DALLAS JESUIT (8-2) vs. SACHSE (7-3)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium
What: Class 5A Division II Region 2 bi-district game
When we saw them last: Jesuit, which finished second in District 9-5A, built momentum heading into the playoffs with a 40-12 win over Sunset. Sachse didn’t fair nearly as well in its regular-season finale, losing to District 10-5A champion Garland, 41-19. Sachse finished fourth in District 10-5A.
Last in the playoffs: This is Sachse’s first trip to the playoffs in the school’s nine-year history. Rowlett bounced Jesuit in last year’s bi-district playoffs, 35-28, at SMU’s Ford Stadium.
What’s at stake: The winner has the unfortunate draw of facing the winner of Longview (9-1) and Temple (6-4) in the area round. Longview is currently ranked No. 6 in the AP state poll.
Key matchup: The defenses against the pass-happy offenses. Don’t expect this game to go by quickly, as both teams look to the air as their primary means of moving the ball. Sachse quarterback Trent White has thrown for almost 3,000 yards this season, targeting a committee of receivers led by Chris Robb. When Sachse pushes it close to the goal line, Billy Cole handles the ball on the ground, accounting for 15 rushing touchdowns. Jesuit has one of the top receivers in the area in Jake Oliver, who has over 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns. Quarterback Brian Buell has over 2,000 yards passing despite not starting until the fourth game of the season.
Players to watch: Oliver is fearless going up to get balls and typically comes through in the clutch when Jesuit runs a two-minute offense. Sachse’s offensive success will depend on the performance of White.
Prediction: Dallas Jesuit 49, Sachse 42.