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Jesuit WR Jake Oliver sets state record, but team falls to Lake Highlands on last-second FG
Jake Oliver broke a state record, but Lake Highlands’ Mitchell Henton broke a lot of Jesuit hearts with a 42-yard field goal as time expired Friday at Jesuit Stadium.
Henton’s field goal gave Lake Highlands a 20-17 win over Jesuit. Henton kicked a 44-yarder to beat Rowlett earlier this season.
“Ice cold Mitch!” Lake Highlands defensive lineman Nick Thurman shouted after the game. “He comes through in the clutch every time.”
Jesuit’s Cody Wicker just missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt with 17 seconds left. Tyree Britton made a diving catch of a 40-yard throw from Trent Jones to set up Henton’s game-winning kick with four seconds left.
“I live for this,” a beaming Henton said. “I trusted my offense. I knew they would come through for me.”
Oliver was also clutch for Jesuit with 15 catches for 174 yards. His sixth catch of the night broke the state record for career receptions. He now has 274.
“We just made too many mistakes tonight,” Oliver said. “It’s a great memory to get this record, but I wanted to get the win really bad. But it’s a great honor.”
The mistakes included four interceptions, including two in the end zone, to thwart potential scoring drives.
Lake Highlands, 5-2 overall, remains tied for second place in District 9-5A at 3-1 while Jesuit, ranked No. 10 in the area, dropped to 5-2, 2-2.
Oliver made the record-breaking catch with 3:49 remaining in the second quarter. He ran a simple hitch route on the right sideline for an 8-yard gain to the Lake Highlands 31.
Jesuit officials had planned to stop the game briefly to honor Oliver, but play continued. The crowd on the home side recognized the achievement and broke into applause.
Oliver came into the game needing five catches to tie the record of 264 career receptions set by Jordan Shipley from 2000-03 while playing at Rotan and Burnet. Shipley went on to star at the University of Texas, where Oliver is committed to play.
Jesuit took a 7-0 lead with 2:42 left in the first quarter. Orion Salters finished off a 12-play drive with a 16-yard touchdown run.
That was all the scoring in the first half as Lake Highlands defensive back Jesse Johnson thwarted two Jesuit drives by picking off Jack Brezette passes intended for Oliver. Johnson’s second pick was in the end zone with 11 seconds left in the half.
Lake Highlands’ Darian Morris also had two interceptions in the second half, the last one in the end zone with 4:02 left.
Jesuit led, 17-10, entering the fourth quarter but a 46-yard touchdown run by Jamarice Preston on the first play of the quarter knotted things up. Henton’s game-winning kick was the only time Lake Highlands led.