Jags Upset Patriots
TULSA – The Tulsa NOAH Jaguars upset #2 ranked Christ Prep Friday night by a score of 21-7 and may have knocked the Patriots out of the championship bracket in the National Homeschool Football Association tournament. The Patriots turned the ball over 5 times plus had a punt blocked to set up the Jags first touchdown. Christ Prep rallied to take a 7-6 lead when Grant Stamatis hid behind Deshawn Brand’s downfield blocking for a 42 yard run to the 19 and on the next play quarterback Noah Blair found Jeffery Harlin, Jr. in the back of the endzone for a touchdown and the PAT.
But the Tulsa NOAH responded with a scoring drive just before the half and took a 14-7 lead into halftime. The Patriots could not sustain any offense because of penalties and turnovers. As the fourth quarter began, the defense held the Jags on a 4th and 9 play when Micah Krause forced the Jags out of bounds just short of the first down marker. Senior Riley Gilkeson then tore off a thirty yard run but a sideline personal foul erased half of that. Tulsa NOAH did the Patriots a favor by hitting replacement quarterback Grant Stamatis late for an automatic first down on 4th and 9. The Patriots were able to drive to the Jags 34 when Stamatis threw an interception.
The defense held the Jaguars again when Conner Hurley stripped the ball from Trayvon Moss and Daniel Hund recovered for CPA. But again the offense could not muster a first down and on 4th & 15, Blair threw an interception that was returned 34 yards for an insurance score for Tulsa NOAH.
The Patriots could only manage 203 yards of offense on the day, however, the defense kept Christ Prep in the game. Coy Goss and Krause both grabbed interceptions and Goss also recovered a Jaguar first half fumble.
Just prior to the varsity game the Patriot Junior High squad lost their first game of the year by a score of 16-12.
- The loss drops CPA to 2-5 all time vs. Tulsa NOAH, only Jefferson Co. North and Lighthouse have more wins than the Jaguars.
- Stamatis had 105 All-Purpose yards.
- Blair led the team in tackles with 8.
- Goss had a personal best in tackles in a game with 4.
- Stamatis on his run – “I thought I was going to score. I just stayed near Dashawn but I didn’t think anyone would catch me from behind.”
- Coach Hurley addressing the team on the loss – “This hurts. Let this loss stick in your gut. Remember this feeling so that we don’t let it happen again.