The Strake Jesuit Fighting Crusaders are headed back to the UIL Playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. A 37-0 victory over Alief Elsik last Thursday night clinched Jesuit the last playoff spot in District 23-6A, putting themselves two games ahead of Hastings in the district standings.
Jesuit has played through a tough schedule this season where their hopes ofmaking the playoffs weren't always bright. They started out with a 1-4 record, taking losses from C.E. King and talented district opponents Pearland, Shadow Creek, and Dawson. A three game win streak that evened out their record would follow, as the Crusaders beat teams like Alief Taylor, Alvin, and Alief Elsik.
Three games into their season, Strake Jesuit's football team has begun to settle in comfortably after picking up their first win over Alief Hastings. The Crusaders dominated the Bears by a score of 45-7 and were led by senior quarterback Connor O'Hara, who threw for three touchdown passes and ran for one rushing touchdown.
O'Hara has been utilizing his offensive weapons to the best of his ability, having completed 40 passes to 11 different receivers and recording a 56.3 completion percentage through the first three games. Standing out among O'Hara's offensive arsenal has been senior receiver Robert Smith, who accumulated an impressive stat sheet of seven receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown in the game.