Perhaps we have found a challenger for St. Paul’s and its Division I supremacy.
At Farley Field Saturday, fourth-ranked Brother Martin came from behind to down Jesuit 3-1 in a District 6-I showdown. The win was the first for the Crusaders over the Blue Jays since 2016.
The two rivals had played to a tie on Nov. 29 at a tournament at Vandebilt Catholic.
After a scoreless first half, Jesuit’s Gabe Gordon converted a penalty kick early in the second half to give the second-ranked Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
Undaunted, the Crusaders got the equalizer four minutes later on a goal by Evan Starring.
Brother Martin took the lead for good two minutes later on a goal by Bryce Kennedy. Dexter Brooks added an insurance goal late for the huge victory.
Brother Martin (12-2-4, 4-0) will next host Ben Franklin Monday at 4 p.m. before hosting East Jefferson next Thursday in a pair of key non-district matches. The Crusaders will try to claim the undisputed district title against Hahnville next Saturday at home at 11 a.m.
Jesuit (15-3-5, 4-1) saw its six-match win streak come to an end. The Blue Jays will play at Newman next Friday at 7 p.m.