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Rematch goes Jesuit's way

A healthy QB makes all the difference this time for the Tigers in beating Bradenton Southeast.

By THOMAS SIMONETTI
Published November 20, 2004

BRADENTON - To survive the second round of the playoffs, Jesuit had to beat a team it lost to during the regular season. But this time the Tigers were armed with starting quarterback Chris Uhrig.

Jesuit returned to Bradenton Southeast with Uhrig healthy and beat the Class 3A, District 11 champion 28-23 in the region semifinals. Uhrig, playing instead of backup T.J. Paratore, who started the regular-season matchup, rushed for a touchdown and passed for two more.

"I felt a little more confident because I know Chris," Jesuit running back Anthony Allen said. "He's just not going to stay in there and take a sack. He's going to roll around and make plays. That's what he did - make plays."

Allen, who rushed for 17 yards, said he knew Southeast would try to stop the run and make Jesuit pass. Up 21-17 in the fourth quarter, Uhrig threw his second touchdown 18 yards to Chris Chatterton to put the Tigers up for good.

Late in the game, Southeast had chances to comeback. After Chatterton's touchdown, the Seminoles closed within five on Shawn Williams' 10-yard touchdown run. Southeast got the ball back for one last drive but couldn't convert after four incomplete passes.

"I knew I could make plays and I was happy because it's a great win," said Uhrig, who completed 10-of-17 for 134 yards without an interception. His 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter opened scoring.

Jesuit coach Bill Schmidtz said Uhrig brought more mobility to the game than Paratore did the first time around.

"We can put Chris on the move a little bit more," Schmidtz said. "He's a really great athlete. This defensive front from Southeast was fantastic. Moving the quarterback around I thought was advantageous. We did it a lot. He's an added threat in the backfield and I think he's a heck of a quarterback."

The Tigers face county rival Jefferson next week.

[Last modified November 20, 2004, 01:06:09]


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