“You only get better by playing the teams above you!”
The Rams traveled to Tampa, knowing just that; this would be the toughest game of the season so far for the Rams. Prior to the game, Jesuit was ranked #24 in Nation, and #3 in Division 1A in Florida. FLN’s Lee Roggenburg stated during his YouTube Channel “Morning Coffee With FLN” on Friday morning, that “this should be a terrific matchup,” and boy was he right.
It would take a huge defensive effort by the Rams and timely scoring for the offense to defeat the previously undefeated Jesuit Tigers (9-1). In the 4th quarter, with 9:40 remaining on the clock, Jesuit Junior, Chase Minacci put the Tiger’s up by 3 points with an impressive behind the back score and a 9-6 advantage. Down by 2 goals, and only 3:10 left on the clock, Riverview’s coach DeLisser called a timeout, and it was just what he Rams needed, as :15 seconds later, Riverview’s Blake Quigley would find Ken Kaiser cutting to the front of the goal for a quick shot and score, pulling the Rams within one with 2:54 remaining. With the Rams down 9-8, and just :28 seconds remaining, Junior Ken Kaiser scored again to force the game into overtime. It took nearly the entire 4 minute overtime before the game was finally decided, when, with just :24 seconds remaining and with the Rams “Man-up”, Kevin Southerland found Freshman JC Fleming who was able to shoot just above GLE for the game-winning goal.
The winning goal was setup by the heads-up play of Rams’ goalie Chris Johnson, who’s quick action on a wide shot by Jesuit’s Colin Kruger enabled him to get ahead of the Tiger’s attacker as the ball went out-of-bounds, to turn possession over to Riverview with less than a minute to play in the overtime. Senior Tyler Horiuchi received the clear and took the ball the length of the field and drew a hard cross-check penalty in the back which put the Rams “man-up” with less than 30 seconds to go in the overtime. The entire play is our “Highlight-of-the-Week.”
In the end, four different Rams would have 3-point games. Blake Quigley (1G/2A), Ken Kaiser (3G), Will Evans (2G/1A), and Kevin Southerland (2G/1A). Chris Johnson was stellar in goal with 15 saves, including 2 key saves in the overtime.
Jesuit Scoring Summary: So. #22 Colin Kruger (4 Goals), Jr. #14 Chase Minacci (4 Goals). Jesuit’s FOGO, Scott Moore was nearly perfect at face-off, going 18-for-22.
For the first time in program history, the Rams defeated the Jesuit Tigers, 10-9. A very impressive win, with 7 different players contributing to the scoring, including Senior Jake Day, that not only scored, but had 5 takeaways to go along with his 3 groundballs. The contribution by the Rams’ Sophomore class was excellent, with Blake Quigley netting 3 goals, Will Evans picking up 6 groundballs and Ray Leffler winning 9-out-of-10 faceoffs. Senior Dusty Hibbs collected 3 points (2G/1A). Junior Wyatt Khaighin had 11 saves in goal. Congratulations to Coach Pete and all the players on this historic program win.
Note: FLN had Jesuit ranked #14 in the state of Florida. TLR had Jesuit ranked #4 in the Tampa Bay area.
2019 Varsity Boys Preseason Scrimmages:
Maclay (Tallahassee) (District 2)
Tampa Jesuit (District 16)
Plant (District 16)
Riverview-Sarasota (District 17)
10:00AM – Riverview vs. Plant (PLANT WINS, 4-3)
11:15AM – Riverview vs. Jesuit
12:30PM – Plant VS. MACLAY
1:45PM – JESUIT VS. MACLAY
Scrimmages will be held at Jesuit High School.
The Rams lost a non-conference matchup against Tampa Jesuit, 11-6. Junior Rhys McRobb was a standout at faceoffs, winning 12 of 19 faceoffs (63%).