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Here Come The Tigers

Here Come The Tigers

Malik Davis ’17 had 198 yards rushing on 18 carries with four touchdowns, all in the first half, and the Jesuit defense was stifling throughout in a 39-3 season-opening win Thursday (Aug. 25) over Lakewood Ranch.

Davis, ranked the No. 1 football player in the Tampa Bay area by the Tampa Bay Times, picked up where he left off last season. In 2015, Davis rushed for a school-record 2,337 yards and 28 touchdowns in leading the Tigers to a 13-1 record and State semifinal berth.

The defense and special teams were outstanding Thursday. Lakewood Ranch’s only score, a field goal, came on a short field after a Jesuit turnover. The swarming, smothering Tiger defense, led by ends Anthony Nelson ’18 and Nick Terrana ’18, harassed the Mustangs’ ballcarriers all night. A huge, raucous Blue Tide student support section set the tone for the team’s performance with a big pregame tailgate and vociferous cheering.

Kicker Camden Bauman ’17 was 3-for-3 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals, and Aidan Swanson ’19 hit every kickoff into the end zone and had a 54-yard punt.

The Tigers play at Ocala Trinity Catholic next Friday (Sept. 2).

Click here for a Tampa Bay Times story about the game.

View a photo slideshow from Friday's game below, and a video of the Blue Tide storming out of the Tigers' Den below that.


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