OLATHE, KS – Top ranked Christ Prep defended their home turf on senior day with a 30 – 20 victory over #2 Tulsa NOAH Jaguars. The Patriots rebounded from their second loss of the season last weekend to vanquish the Jags with a relentless ground attack and solid pass defense. CPA was able to strike first when senior running back Grant Stamatis burst through the middle for a 46 yard touchdown on the first offensive play.
Tulsa NOAH responded with a 34 yard pass play from quarterback Jarrod Barnett to little used wideout Matt Cato. The teams traded punts for the rest of the half until the Patriots used 15 plays and 7 minutes to march 82 yards capped by a 20 yard touchdown pass from Stamatis to fellow senior receiver Cadin Ferren out of the Wildcat formation and a 14-7 lead at the break.
CPA extended the lead in the second half when Noah Blair scored on a QB sneak after Sway Jenkins put the Patriots in scoring position with a 44 yard run down to the Jags 11 yardline. But the Jags passing attack responded and Barnett found Boone Lasater over the middle for a 52 yard touchdown and make the score 21-14 in the 3rd quarter.
The Patriots dominated time of possession by consuming the rest of the 3rd quarter and part of the fourth with two offensive drives that resulted in two field goal attempts. Senior Grant Gilkeson missed the first but made a 32 yarder to give CPA a 24-14 advantage. Again, NOAH’s passing game brought them back as Barnett found all-star receiver Jayce Roberts for an amazing 66 yard reception with Blair drapped all over him.
The Jags defense was not able to stop the Patriot offense. Blair found Stamatis for a 19 yard reception and then Blair scrambled for a 33 gain to the NOAH redzone. Connor Hurley scored 5 plays later. Blair then picked off Barnett and returned it for a touchdown but the play was called back because of a block in the back penalty but it was enough to end the Jags threat.
The Patriots (8-2) now travel to Springfield for the season finale against rival Lighthouse.
- The win for Christ Prep evened the all-time series with NOAH 3-3.
- The 475 total yards was a season high.
- The 387 yards rushing was a season high.
- The Patriots had 2 players (Blair 127, Jenkins 104) top the 100 yard rushing mark in the same game for the first time since 2015 when Will Cook and Tanner Metzdorf did it.
- Coy Goss intercepted his first pass of the season, and Blair added to his all-time interception mark with his 4th this year and 16th career.
- Gilkeson made the first FG for Christ Prep since TJ Carver’s final game in 2016.
- Gilkeson on his Field Goal – “I just try not to think about it and keep my head down.”
- Conner Hurley – “This was so much fun. I am so proud of these guys and how we played and focused especially at the end.”
- Noah Blair on guarding Jayce Roberts – “He’s good. He is definitely good you saw that. But I got him back on that last one though.”