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Football

Jesuit football has a great tradition of success, with a State Championship in 1968, State runner-up in 1992, and numerous Region Championships, including 5 of the past 6 seasons - 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020. The past six seasons (2015-20) the Tigers have compiled a record of 68-13, including a 14-1 mark in 2020 led by WR Junior Vandeross '22, LB A.J. Cottrill '22, and QB Joe Pesansky '21, who threw a school-record 35 TD passes and was named the Class 5A State Player of the Year.

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 two decades, with the 21st straight victory in the rivalry coming on Nov. 6, 2020, a 35-21 win at TC. 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 major college football, including Class of 2020 members Jonathan Odom (Florida), Connor McLaughlin (Stanford), Christian Jones (Florida A&M) and Trevor Mayberry (Navy), plus Brett Gerena, Raleigh Oxendine, and Spencer Williams, who all signed with Army West Point, and from the Class of 2021 Pesansky (Holy Cross) and Todd Bowles (Rutgers). Other recent college signees include Larry Hodges '19 (Miami), Dane Belton '19 (Iowa), Anthony Nelson '18 (Harvard), Kendrick Torain '18 (Duke), and Travell Harris '17 (Washington State), who has been 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 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. See below the 2021 Jesuit football schedules, rosters, and more.

 

Varsity/JV Schedules

Always check the ATHLETICS CALENDAR on this website for the most updated Jesuit athletics schedules 

JESUIT FOOTBALL
    
2021 Varsity Schedule
DATETIMEOPPONENTLOCATION
    
Aug. 277:00West Port (Ocala)West Port
    
Sept. 37:30WhartonJesuit 
    
Sept. 107:30BloomingdaleJesuit 
    
Sept. 177:30HillsboroughHillsborough
    
Sept. 247:30Plant CityPlant City
    
Oct. 87:30Clearwater C.C.Clearwater C.C.
    
Oct. 157:30JeffersonJefferson
    
Oct. 227:30BlakeJesuit
    
Oct. 297:30King Jesuit
    
Nov. 57:30Tampa CatholicJesuit
    
    



2021 Junior Varsity Schedule
DATETIMEOPPONENTLOCATION
    
Aug. 267:00Clearwater C.C.Jesuit
    
Sept. 17:00LakelandLakeland
    
Sept. 97:00Carrollwood DayCDS
    
Sept. 167:00Tampa CatholicJesuit
    
Sept. 237:00Lake GibsonLake Gibson
    
Sept. 307:00WhartonWharton
    
Oct. 14 7:00 Blue-WhiteJesuit
    
Oct 207:00SicklesJesuit
    
Oct. 27  7:00 IMGJesuit

            


Head Coach

VARSITY HEAD COACH

MATT THOMPSON

  • 9th season at Jesuit in 2021
  • 84-22 overall at Jesuit in 8 seasons (20-8 State playoffs), with 7 District Titles and 5 Region Titles/State Semifinals
  • United States Marine Corps 1986-91
  • University of South Florida 1995 graduate
  • mthompson@jesuittampa.org,
    (813) 877-5344, ext. 613

 

Varsity Roster

JESUIT TIGERS 2021 VARSITY ROSTER

#FirstLastGRPOSHTWT#FirstLastGRPOSHTWT
1AndreGilbert11DB5'6"17535JamarRandolph12RB5'5"164
2JuniorVandeross12WR5'10"19440EliasAcevedo10DL6'1"206
3LiamConroy12FB6'0"18541JackFerreri11K6'1"155
4WadeWoodaz12DB6'4"19541KyleWeaver11DB5'9"156
5JaydnGirard12WR6'0"16842OwenMitchell11OLB5'9"150
6Luke Knight10QB5'10"17142WillHoerbelt11TE6'4"159
7DrewWoodaz10OLB6'2"17044HoltenRoberts11ILB5'10"185
7JackEarnest10WR6'2"16545WayneQuin12OLB6'0"198
8JarriettBuie11WR6'3"18247JoeMele12WR5'11"146
9CarterFrench12WR6'3"18050CaydenFluker11OL6'1"260
10WillySuarez10WR5'11"16551GavinBlanchard9DL6'2"265
11GiscardDonatien12DB6'0"18752CaleShwedo11OL 5'9"244
12WiltonRollins10WR5'7"14153KyleBoyes11DL6'4"195
13BrysonGoodwin10WR6'1"16454CharlesMcLeod12OL5'10"230
14JCMarisola9QB5'11"16955DanielFuentes12ILB5'11"198
15HayesGreep12DB5'11"16556CyrusAboud10ILB5'10"185
16CreightonKoontz10QB6'2"18060GriffinMore10OL 6'0"275
17PeterPesansky10DL6'3"26161RichardHarris11OL6'3"263
18GaryGivens10WR5'11"15564RayCuevas10OL5'9"264
19GusBaier10DB5'10"15765JonahTran12OL 6'1"246
20KevinDoherty11DB6'3"16566GraysonTraber12OL5'11"208
21Luke Arena11ILB6'2"19567MatthewTran12OL5'9"234
21IanWilson9RB5'7"16068JoeCommesso11OL5'8"183
22JustinOates12DB5'8"13471EvanRordam10OL6'3"269
23TroyBowles11OLB6"2"21574JakeMargetis11OL 5''8"190
24JoquezSmith11RB5'7"19575Tre'QuanAlexander12OL6'3"285
25CalebWilliams12DB5'10"18176GozyOkeke12OL6'4"299
26TreTaylor10DB5'10"13480SJGreen9WR5'11"164
27NickRobbins10RB5'10"16881MaxHunt9WR6'4"170
28HoustonWeathers11DB6'3"17883JohnnyKilkelly12TE6'2"191
29Luke Wagers11DB6'1"15287HansenRix11TE6'7"200
30ConnorCharest12ILB5'11"19088MikeyLeonardo12TE6'2"242
31EmanuelArango9RB5'5"17989RyanOverstreet12WR5'10"150
32ConnorDooly10ILB6'2"20094RJMcCollough10DL6'1"301
33AJCottrill12ILB6'2"21096AndreMorris11DL6'4"266
34TyJames12RB5'6"14397JulianAlonso10DL5'9"223
34ConnorVance11DB5'10"15999OmarionClark12DL6'1"282
35HoldenFernandez11DB5'9"155       

Jesuit Football Media

LIVE STREAM: All Jesuit football Varsity home games are livestreamed on the Facebook page Jesuit High School Football - Tampa.

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 active on social media year-round, follow the Jesuit Tigers here:

  • Twitter: @JesuitTigers_FB
    twitter.com/JesuitTigers_FB
  • Facebook: Jesuit High School Football - Tampa
    facebook.com/JesuitHighSchoolFootballTampa/
  • Instagram: jesuit_tigers_football
    instagram.com/jesuit_tigers_football/
  • MaxPreps: https://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/jesuit-tigers-(tampa,fl)/football/home.htm

JV Roster

JESUIT TIGERS 2021 JV ROSTER


Football Photo Slideshows

To access all of Jesuit's voluminous photo slideshows from Varsity football games from 2014-present (numerous games photographed from each season), go to www.jesuittampa.org/videos


2020

State Semifinal, 12-11-20 at American Heritage, 13-16 loss

Regular season, 9-25-20 v Berkeley Prep, 28-14 win

Regular season, 9-4-20 at Bishop Verot, 28-21 win


2019

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


2018
State Semifinal, 11-30-18 at Cardinal Gibbons, 14-3 defeat

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


2017

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 

 

2016
State Semifinal 12-2-16 at Plantation American Heritage, 21-14 defeat

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

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 78 winners have come from private schools. Recent winners include Vernon Hargreaves (Wharton High), the 2016 1st round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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.

 

Clark Bulleit '15 recognition

Clark Bulleit '15 was an All-County offensive linemen for Jesuit, his class Valedictorian, and college football player at Duke University. In the fall of 2018, Bulleit, an engineering student at Duke, and a teammate used advanced 3-D printing to custom-build a protective brace that allowed star Duke quarterback Daniel Jones to play despite a fractured collarbone. Jones went on to become an NFL 1st round draft pic of the New York Giants.

At the Super Bowl in January, 2020, Bulleit and two former Duke teammates were named the grand winners of the NFL's 1st and Future innovations competition. The co-founders of the company Protect3d, Bulleit and his partners presented their innovation during the NFL's annual Super Bowl competition on stage at the Miami Beach Convention Center. They then were crowned winners of $50,000 and two tickets to Super Bowl LIV.

 

Coaching Staff

2021 VARSITY COACHES

MATT THOMPSON - Head Coach

DARRELL PALMER - Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs
DON MESICK - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 

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
CHUCK MCLEOD, P’ 22 - Inside Linebackers
TRISTIAN OWUSU-YAW - Defensive Backs
BOB RODDENBERRY ’80 - Tight Ends/Fullbacks
CAMERON RUFF ’13 - Offensive Line
JOHN TELFER - Outside Linebackers

 

2021 JV/FRESHMAN COACHES

MATT KAISER - Head Coach/Special Teams Coach/Defensive Line

REY RIVEROS ’16 - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 
DENNY HAYWOOD - Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers

WESLEY FORDE - Defensive Backs
TRAVIS HALL - Defensive Backs
GREG HARLOW ’69, P’10 - Offensive Line
DENIS LOPEZ, P’21, P’22, P’23 - Outside Linebackers
BOB PICCIRILLI ’69, P’07 - Wide Receivers
ROB WHITAKER ’15 - Tight Ends
KYLE CRAMER - Fullbacks
ERIC LOPEZ - Runnings Backs
ALEX COTTRILL - Defensive Line

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