Jesuit football has a great tradition of success, with State Championships in 1968 and 2021 and a State runner-up finish in 1992. The Tigers also have won numerous Region Championships; entering the 2022 season, Jesuit had earned Region titles in 6 of the past 7 seasons: 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. From 2015-21, the Tigers compiled a record of 83-13, including a 15-0 Class 5A State title campaign in 2021 led by 1st-Team All-State players RB Jo Smith '23 (1,976 rushing yards, 30 TDs), WR Junior Vandeross '22 (1,976 all purpose yards, 15 TDs), LB A.J. Cottrill '22 (160 tackles), and safeties Wade Woodaz '22 (97 tackles, 4 forced fumbles) and Caleb Williams '22 (110 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 6 int). In the regular season, the Tigers defeated national powerhouse Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas 24-21 on a last-second score to vault into the national rankings. Jesuit finished off the perfect season with a 37-12 rout of Miami Northwestern in the State Semifinal and a heartstopping, final-minute win over Pensacola Pine Forest, 35-29, in the title game in Fort Lauderdale, finishing the year ranked No. 8 nationally by both MaxPreps and USA Today.
Jesuit's football teams – Varsity, JV, and Freshman squads – play in the shadow of the majestic Jesuit Bell Tower before large, raucous crowds on Alumni Field at Corral Memorial Stadium. The powerful Blue Tide student fans have helped the Tigers defeat rival Tampa Catholic every year for more than two decades, with the 22nd straight victory in the rivalry coming on Nov. 5, 2021, a 42-0 win at home. Other recent victories over TC include the 17-7 win in 2018 when the TC offense never crossed midfield, and a 35-20 victory in 2015 when Malik Davis '17 rushed for a school-record 357 yards. Davis rushed for more than 1,000 yards in four games v. TC and became Hillsborough County's all-time leader in rushing (7,029 yards) and touchdowns (84) before signing with the University of Florida.
Every year, several Tigers sign to play college football, including Class of 2022 members Tre'Quan Alexander (Rhode Island), Liam Conroy (Rhodes College), Cottrill (Florida State), Jaydn Girard (Wake Forest), Gozy Okeke (West Florida),Wayne Quin (Florida A&M), Vandeross (Toledo), Williams (Furman), Woodaz (Clemson), and Class of 2021 members Joe Pesansky (Holy Cross) and Todd Bowles (Rutgers). Other recent college signees include Jonathan Odom '20 (Florida), Connor McLaughlin '20 (Stanford), Larry Hodges '19 (Miami), Dane Belton '19 (Iowa), Anthony Nelson '18 (Harvard, from where he graduated in 2022 and now plays at Duke), Kendrick Torain '18 (Duke), and Travell Harris '17 (Washington State), who was selected Pac-12 All-Conference and Academic Pac-12 All-Conference. Numerous Jesuit alumni also have played in the NFL, including Jay Feely '94, who was one of three finalists for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2014; Anthony Allen '06, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens; and Garrison Sanborn '03 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Belton was a 4th round draft choice of the New York Giants in the spring of 2022, and he and Davis (Dallas Cowboys) both enjoyed strong rookie seasons in the NFL in 2022. See below the 2022 Jesuit football schedules, rosters, and more.
Always check the website Athletics Calendar or MaxPreps.com for the most updated Jesuit athletics schedules.
VARSITY HEAD COACH
JESUIT TIGERS 2022 VARSITY ROSTER
SOCIAL MEDIA AND LIVESTREAMING
LIVESTREAM: All Jesuit football Varsity home games, and some away games and playoff games, are livestreamed on the Facebook page Jesuit High School Football - Tampa. The NFHS Network livestreams some away games and playoff games.
TWITTER: Jesuit football has a very active Twitter account, @JesuitTigers_FB, and many Varsity games are live-tweeted from this account.
OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA: Jesuit Football is on social media year-round, follow the Jesuit Tigers here:
JESUIT TIGERS 2022 JV ROSTER
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
To access voluminous photos from Varsity football games 2014-present, go to www.jesuittampa.org/videos or visit Jesuit football's social media pages. The links below from 2021 are to highlight videos, and the links from previous years are to large photo slideshows on the Jesuit website:
State Championship, 12-18-21, v Pensacola Pine Forest, 35-29 win
State Semifinal, 12-3-21 v Miami Northwestern, 37-12 win
Regular season, 11-5-21 v TC, 42-0 win
Regular season, 9-3-21 v St. Thomas Aquinas, 24-21 win
State Semifinal, 12-11-20 at American Heritage, 16-13 loss
Regular season, 9-25-20 v Berkeley Prep, 28-14 win
Regular season, 9-4-20 at Bishop Verot, 28-21 win
Region Final, 11-22-19 at Lake Wales, 55-21 win
Region Semifinal, 11-15-19 v Chamberlain, 30-7 win
Regular season, 11-1-19 v TC, 31-21 win (20th straight win v TC)
Regular season, 10-25-14 Homecoming v Bayshore, 45-14 win
Region Semifinal, 11-16-18 v Immokalee, 31-3 win
Regular season, 11-2-18 at TC, 17-7 win (19th straight win v TC)
Regular season, 9-14-18 v Jefferson, 23-20 win
Region Quarterfinal 11-10-17 v Jefferson, 14-7 win
Regular season 11-3-17 v TC, 35-7 win (18th straight win v TC)
Regular season, Homecoming, Senior Night, 10-13-17 v Robinson, 12-10 win
Region Semifinal 11-18-16 v Jefferson, 42-21 win
Regular season 11-4-16 v TC, 34-14 win (17th straight win v TC)
GUY TOPH AWARD AND STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Record-shattering running back Malik Davis ’17 was named the 2016 Guy Toph Award winner in January, 2017. The Guy Toph Award is considered the Heisman Trophy of Hillsborough County football and most prestigious athletic award in the county. Founded in 1939, it is believed to be the oldest high school football award in America.
Davis is the fourth Jesuit student to earn the award, joining Gary Godsey '99 in 1998, Al Lopez III '82 in 1981, and Skipper Peek '76 in 1975. Peek was the first private school student to win, and only seven of the first 78 winners have come from private schools.
Davis arguably had the greatest season and football career in county history, and compiled one of the best rushing careers in state history. In 2016, he rushed for 2,469 yards on 214 carries (11.5 avg.), with 33 touchdowns, breaking his single-season Jesuit records from 2015 of 2,337 rushing yards and 28 TDs. The 33 TDs are a single-season county record, and the rushing yards is second best in county history.
Davis completed his Jesuit career with county records of 7,029 rushing yards and 83 rushing touchdowns (84 total TDs). The rushing yards ranks Davis 11th in state history, and he is No. 1 in county history by a wide margin of nearly 1,300 yards over second-place Ray Ray McCloud of Sickles. Davis’ career total TDs and rushing TDs also are best in county history, with the rushing mark of 83 TDs easily surpassing second-place Kalvin Bailey of Armwood (67). Both McCloud and Bailey are former Toph Award winners.
2022 VARSITY COACHES
MATT THOMPSON - Head Coach
DARRELL PALMER - Defensive Coordinator/DBs
DON MESICK - Offensive Coordinator/QBs
DEREK BACHMAN - Running Backs
BRIAN CALLAHAN ’91, P ’22, ’25 - Defensive Line
GARY GIVENS, P ’24 - Wide Receivers/Strength & Conditioning
JEFF GARNER - Kickers/Special Teams
DENNY HAYWOOD - Outside Linebackers
CHUCK MCLEOD, P’ 22 - Inside Linebackers
TRISTIAN OWUSU-YAW - Defensive Backs
CAMERON RUFF ’13 - Offensive Line
JOHN TELFER - Outside Linebackers
2022 JV/FRESHMAN COACHES
MATT KAISER - Head Coach/Special Teams/DL
BOB RODDENBERRY ’80 - Offensive Coordinator/QBs
DENNY HAYWOOD, P ’25 - Defensive Coordinator/ST/ILBs
GREG HARLOW ’69, P ’10 - OL
ALEX COTTRILL ’91, P ’22, ’24 - DL
KYLE CRAMER - OL
WESLEY FORDE - DBs
JEFF GARNER - K/P
DENIS LOPEZ, P ’21, ’22, ’23 - OLBs
BRANDON LOUDERMILK - DBs
BOB PICCIRILLIi ’69, P ’07 - WRs