This was the capsule that the Herald web site published about the game between Christopher Columbus and Belen Jesuit last night:
Columbus 13, Belen 12: If Columbus fans were wondering if Jakhari Gore had another standout season in him, Friday evening's performance versus neighborhood rival Belen showed them just that.Full disclosure, I'm a Belen alumnus which is the only reason I was interested in seeing the Herald's coverage. But if you read those four paragraphs not one Belen player is mentioned by name, nothing about Belen scored or Belen's statistics.
Gore ran for 146 yards on seven carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Explorers against the Wolverines in front of 7,000 fans at Tropical Park Stadium.
''We have a good thing going with Gore and [Jaren] Jones,'' Columbus coach Chris Merritt said. ``Over the spring, we implemented a successful two-back system from Wake Forrest and it showed tonight.''
Jones, a senior, had 92 yards on nine carries while senior transfer quarterback Dan Parker added 55 yards in the air to a variety of Explorer receivers.
The Explorers' defense also shined behind senior linebacker Derrick Crumpton, who complied 10 tackles and a crucial fourth quarter sack.
As a bit of background, both Belen and Columbus are all-boys Catholic schools. The schools have produced many influential and successful alumni. But Belen is a much smaller school known more for academics than sports. This game was only the 3rd meeting of these schools on the gridiron ever. This series was established in 2005 and has been a huge success in raising money for both schools. Columbus won the first meeting in 2005 by a score of 21-7. They won going away in 2006, 28-0.
In short, Belen is huge a underdog anytime these two schools meet in football. Which is why it's unbelievable to me to see a capsule of the game that doesn't describe how David almost beat Goliath. With about two minutes to go in the game Belen stopped Columbus on 4th and goal and took control of the ball on their own 1 yard line. Belen then marched to about mid field before they were finally stopped and the game ended. The game could not have been closer. A one point loss against a team with a much bigger reputation and several state championships in a higher division and the Herald doesn't think any of that is worth mentioning. I shouldn't be surprised to see the Herald miss the most intriguing angle to the story, but I am.