The best defensive performance of the season for Jesuit Dallas came on a night when the normally proficient offense struggled.
The Rangers fell to Lake Highlands 28-14 on Friday, leaving Jesuit staring up at the Wildcats in the chase for the District 7-6A title.
Lake Highlands led 14-0 less than two minutes into the game. Leland Germany caught a 69-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage, and C.J. Johnson returned a fumble for a score two plays after that.
The Wildcats (3-1, 2-0) didn’t score again until the fourth quarter, but Jesuit couldn’t capitalize. An offense that averaged 46 points through three games was shut out in the first half. The Rangers (2-2, 1-1) committed three turnovers before getting on the board on a Charlie Peters touchdown run midway through the third quarter.
That cut the deficit to 14-7, but two Deonte Dean scoring runs in quick succession — the second coming after a blocked punt — put the game away for Lake Highlands in the fourth quarter. Dean finished with 165 yards.
Jesuit added a late score on a long touchdown pass from Peters to Henry Bourret but couldn’t cut any further into the margin.
Peters was 20-of-36 for 212 passing yards. His top target was Jaeger Krauss with six catches for 59 yards.
The Rangers will travel to face winless Irving next week before a key showdown against neighborhood rival Highland Park on Sept. 29 at SMU’s Ford Stadium.
Other scores from Week 4:
Highland Park 63, Irving 3
Wilmer-Hutchins 49, Hillcrest 3
Greenhill 17, The Woodlands Cooper 14
South Oak Cliff 49, Parish Episcopal 14
W.T. White 21, Molina 17
Frisco Legacy 28, St. Mark’s 14
First Baptist 43, Covenant 17