AURORA | As tone-setting openers go, it couldn’t have been much better for the Regis Jesuit football team Friday night.
The Raiders took their home turf at Lou Kellogg Stadium facing longtime nemesis Cherry Creek seeking to start the 2016 season off on the right note.
With a capacity crowd on both sides looking on, junior running back DJ Jackson turned Regis Jesuit’s opening possession into a long touchdown and it got the Raiders off on and running on their way to a dominating 19-7 victory over a Bruins squad that had handed them three losses in the past two seasons alone and enjoyed a big advantage in the all-time series.
Veteran assistant coach Bob McPhee said he wasn’t sure if Regis Jesuit had ever beaten Cherry Creek before, but the Raiders managed to do it this time when junior quarterback Justin Lamb put them up for good with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter and Jackson added some insurance with a 6-yard burst into the end zone midway through the fourth quarter.
Coach Danny Filleman’s Regis Jesuit team — ranked No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Class 5A media poll — held the third-ranked Bruins to just a single second quarter touchdown and came up with big stop after big stop in the second half to preserve the victory.
Regis Jesuit has a chance to even top this victory next week, when it travels to face parochial school rival Mullen at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at de La Salle Stadium in the A-Town Game of the Week.
The Mustangs made noise themselves with a 41-10 victory over defending Class 5A state champion Valor Christian.
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(7) REGIS JESUIT 19, (3) CHERRY CREEK 7
Score by quarters:
Cherry Creek 0 7 0 0 — 7
Regis Jesuit 7 0 6 6 — 19