After experiencing plenty of postseason success in recent years, is Jesuit ready to take the next step with its football program and win its first district title?
Its matchup tonight perennial power Skyline at Postell Stadium might go a long way toward determining the answer.
The Rangers (3-1, 1-0) haven’t shown any signs of slowing down this year behind an offense filled with new faces. Jesuit has scored at least 35 points in all four of its games, while the defense has posted two shutouts.
The team has plenty of playmakers, including quarterback Jacob Palisch, running back Adam Holtz, and receiver Connor Lanpher. And that doesn’t even include Max Loughborough, who leads Jesuit with four rushing touchdowns.
Last season, Skyline cruised past the Rangers 56-30 on its way to a District 9-6A title and an appearance in the state semifinals. In fact, the Raiders have topped Jesuit handily in each of the past five years, scoring at least 42 points every time.
Longtime Skyline coach Reginald Samples left for Duncanville after last season, yet the Raiders and new coach Derick Roberson (3-1, 1-0) still carry a 49-game district winning streak that dates back to 2008.
Skyline standout quarterback Terreon Randolph is expected to play after leaving last week’s win over Irving with an injury. And his supporting cast includes versatile athlete LeDarryl Randolph (no relation) and speedy running back Da’leon Ward.
It should provide a test for both defenses, with the winner holding on to a share of the lead in the 9-6A standings at the halfway point of the season.