St. Charles Catholic’s Jaelon Gordon blocked two extra points and it turned out both were needed as the Comets escaped Leadership Academy Doug Williams Stadium in Baton Rouge with a narrow 13-12 win over Madison Prep in the Division III quarterfinals Friday night.
The win for the fifth-seeded Comets sets up a rematch at rival Riverside Academy in the Division III semifinals. The top-seeded Rebels defeated another District 12-2A foe, Newman, the No. 9 seed, 38-15.
St. Charles Catholic managed a 7-6 lead at halftime thanks to Gordon’s first block and a Comets defense that halted Chargers scoring chances inside the red zone.
The Comets, accustomed to taking advantage of a short field, was on the opposite end of the field-position battle in the first half as Madison Prep began four possessions inside St. Charles territory.
The first such occasion came on the opening kickoff when Brian Savoie returned the opening kickoff to the SCC 18-yard line. The Comet defense forced Madison Prep to turn the ball over and downs to set the tone for the first half.
Fourth-seeded Madison Prep, which went into the game 11-0, scored first on a 2-yard run by Tyrese Walker but the blocked extra point left the Chargers with a 6-0 advantage.
The score held up until the closing moments of the first half. St. Charles quarterback Lloyd Nash hooked up with Dane Authement three times on the late drive, including a 28-yard strike for a touchdown with 28 seconds remaining before intermission. Andrew Rodrigue’s extra point gave the Comets a 7-6 halftime edge.
The Comets stretched the lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Eric Lewis. The big play of the drive was a 43-yard run by Nash. Malcolm Roach, the son of Madison Prep coach Michael Roach, blocked the extra point, leaving St. Charles Catholic’s lead at 13-6.
A 38-yard touchdown pass from Madison Prep quarterback Edwin Kleinpeter to Savoie with less than three minutes left in the game pulled the Chargers to within one point.
Gordon came through once again as his second block of the game allowed the Comets to eke out the 13-12 win.