A week after scoring just six points against its rival in rainy weather, the Chaminade-Julienne High School football team broke its losing eight-game losing streak to Alter High School when it mattered most — Week 11.
Eagles senior quarterback Ryan Peltier tossed five touchdown passes — including three to Dominic Wilcox — and ran for another as CJ beat Alter 49-28 in a Division III, Region 12 quarterfinal game at Roush Stadium on Friday night.
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CJ improved to 8-4, winning its first playoff game since 2011.
The Eagles hadn’t beaten Alter since Week 10 of 2010. It’s a great feeling for the community, C-J coach Marcus Colvin said.
“We have so much respect for (Alter),” Colvin said. “They play so hard. If you beat them, you know you came to play. It means everything. This is a big time football game for us. To win in a playoff situation, it’s a blessing.”
The No. 7 seed Eagles advanced to play No. 6 New Richmond (9-2), which beat Franklin 17-10 in the other quarterfinal game.
The regional semifinal will be played 7:30 p.m. Friday at a site to be determined.
While he hates making excuses, Peltier said the Eagles offense was hampered by the rain a week ago when it had just 154 yards of total offense. This week, it proved just how explosive it can be, he said.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Peltier said. “We knew what we could do and executed everything. Everybody played perfect.”
Alter, which finished its season 9-2 and won the Greater Catholic League Co-ed North Division championship, jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a three-yard TD run by Peter Riazzi.
Less than a minute later, Peltier hit KeShaun Owens on a 62-yard TD pass to tie the score at 7-all with about eight minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Running backs Lane Harshbarger and Lamar Landers each scored on touchdowns run of 13 and 57 yards, respectively, to give Alter a 20-7 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter, however, belonged to the Eagles. Peltier found Dominic Wilcox on a 60-yard TD strike to pull within 20-14. C-J forced a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Peltier scored three plays later on an 8-yard run to give the Eagles their first lead at 21-20 with 11:20 to go in the first half.
Peltier hit tight end Colin Downing on an 18-yard touchdown strike with 3:03 remaining to give the Eagles a 28-20 lead heading into halftime.
On the opening possession of the second half, Peltier hit Wilcox from 45 yards out to extend the lead to 35-20. The Eagles then recovered an onside kick and capitalized with a 1-yard TD run from Johnathan Bell to extend the lead to 42-20.
Alter drove the ball into CJ territory, but turned the ball over on downs. A few plays later, Peltier found Wilcox for the third time on a 74-yard TD strike to extend the lead to 49-20.
The Eagles took advantage of the Knights mistakes this week, Alter coach Ed Domsitz said.
“That made a big difference,” he said. “Certainly we were still in the ballgame at halftime. We needed to come out and get a stop and things didn’t work out that way.”