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Marauders maul Jaguars in playoff opener

Nov 06, 2022 12:00AM ● By By Shaun Holkko, sports editor

Jesuit junior middle linebacker Jagger Shaddix (right) signals to the sideline before kickoff during a 22-21 loss to Folsom on Nov. 20, 2021, in Carmichael. The Marauders won 38-10 against Gregori on Saturday, November 5 in Carmichael during the first round of the 2022 Division II CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Football Playoffs. Photo courtesy of Allene Salerno/Lenie's Pictures "¢ (

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) – The Jesuit varsity football team outscored Gregori of Modesto 31-0 in the second and third quarters combined to earn a lopsided victory in the first round of the 2022 Division II CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Football Playoffs on Saturday afternoon.

The No. 5 seed Marauders defeated the No. 12 seed Jaguars 38-10. Gregori (4-7) outscored Jesuit (9-2) 10-7 in the first and fourth quarters combined. However, the disparity in scoring from the middle quarters proved to be too much for the Jaguars to overcome.

An early fumble by the Marauders was the difference in the game early. Gregori got a 25-yard field goal from junior kicker Jace Guzman midway through the first quarter. Jesuit drove into Jaguars territory towards the end of the first 12 minutes of play, but the first period ended with Gregori ahead 3-0.

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The Marauders got on the scoreboard shortly into the second quarter as junior quarterback CJ Lee completed a 10-yard pass to senior running back Tatum Pappas for the touchdown. Following a Jaguars punt, Jesuit senior running back Anthony Seibles got into the action with a 15-yard rushing touchdown.

Senior middle linebacker Jagger Shaddix shut down Gregori’s next drive with a tackle for loss, leading to another punt. The Marauders added three points before the half with a 27-yard field goal from junior tight end and defensive end George Hemmen. Jesuit led 17-3 at halftime racking up 228 yards of offense compared to 37 for the Jaguars.

The Marauders’ star quarterback scored the first point of the second half with his legs, rushing 58 yards into the end zone. Both teams then traded punts. Jesuit’s next touchdown was set up by another Gregori punt. Shaddix, who also plays running back, rushed 49 yards to the end zone to put his team up by four scores. The third period ended with the Marauders up 31-3.

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Jesuit scored its final points of the afternoon following a turnover on downs by the Jaguars. Seibles scored his second touchdown of the day in the fourth, rushing in from five yards out. Hemmen successfully converted the point after try, as he did in all five attempts Saturday. Gregori scored its lone touchdown of the day on a seven-yard pass from junior quarterback Conner Bailey to junior wide receiver Jaxx Baroda. Guzman nailed the PAT.

The big lead allowed Jesuit to empty its bench and let other players gain playoff experience. Junior quarterback Jack Payant connected with junior wide receiver Maximus Diepenbrock late in the game for a big gain. The Marauders ultimately defeated the Jaguars 38-10.

Jesuit will play at No. 4 seed Rocklin in the quarterfinals on Friday night at 7 p.m.