AURORA | There’s bouncing back from adversity and then there’s what the Regis Jesuit football team did against ThunderRidge Friday night.
The Raiders had an excellent week of practice following a Week 4 loss to Cherokee Trail and liked the matchup they had with the Class 5A top-ranked Grizzlies coming to Lou Kellogg Stadium on Homecoming.
Regis Jesuit — ranked No. 9 in the most recent 5A CHSAANow.com coaches/media poll — hung the first 28 points on ThunderRidge in the first half and dominated the soggy night defensively on its way to a rousing victory in its Continental League opener that pushed the Raiders to 4-1 overall.
Quarterback Matt Houghtaling rushed for a touchdown and passed for one to Cody Lippert and Kameron Butler and Grant Neal ran for short scores in the first half as Regis Jesuit piled up 283 yards of offense and sent the Grizzlies reeling.
Declan Brown had a pair of interceptions and Joe Bozeman had one as well in the second half as the Raiders’ defense kept ThunderRidge and star quarterback Brody Westmoreland from gaining any real momentum.
The Grizzlies eventually got onto the scoreboard midway through the third quarter on 43-yard touchdown run by Westmoreland, who suffered a leg injury that knocked him out of the game late in the period.
Brown intercepted the first pass from ThunderRidge backup Brandon Brenning on the second play of the fourth quarter, setting up Jalen Wiliams’ 5-yard touchdown run to cap the scoring.
Steve Ray scored an 11-yard touchdown in garbage time for the Grizzlies.
(9) REGIS JESUIT 35, (1) THUNDERRIDGE 12
Score by quarters:
ThunderRidge 0 0 6 6 — 12
Regis Jesuit 14 14 0 7 — 35
Regis Jesuit — Matt Houghtaling 14 yard run (Vince Sabin kick), 5:02
Regis Jesuit — Kameron Butler 2 yard run (Sabin kick), 1:44
Regis Jesuit — Grant Neal 2 yard run (Sabin kick), 10:14
Regis Jesuit — Cody Lippert 4 yard pass from Houghtaling (Sabin kick), 6:09
ThunderRidge — Brody Westmoreland 43 yard run (kick failed), 7:15
Regis Jesuit — Jalen Williams 5 yard run (Sabin kick), 11:05
ThunderRidge — Steve Ray 11 yard run (pass failed), 1:03
Regis Jesuit: Jalen Williams 20-102, TJ Marion 3-29, Matt Houghtaling 6-27, Grant Neal 7-23, Trevor Williams 2-8, Kameron Butler 4-7
Regis Jesuit: Houghtaling 9-16, 172 yards passing, 1 touchdown
Regis Jesuit: Trevor Williams 3-102, Cody Lippert 3-37, AJ Shaw 1-18, Marion 1-14
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