Sunday, January 16, 2022

5A Soccer Playoffs: Carroll brothers power Regis Jesuits to comeback win at Pomona

AURORA — The Regis Jesuits advanced to the Class 5A state playoff quarterfinals on Friday night after wiping out a two-touchdown deficit against a traditional football powerhouse.

The No. 7 Raiders rallied in the second half to a 28-21 win over No. 10 Pomona at Lou Kellogg Stadium. The two Regis brothers — junior quarterback Xander Carroll and senior running back Xavier Carroll — set the tone. Xander scored a go-ahead rushing touchdown in the third quarter with a 3:26, and the Raiders were away for good.

Regis is seeking its first football state championship in the program’s history.

“We wanted more of it,” said Xavier Carroll. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, really, to be able to play my last year with my brother.”

Pomona’s flamboyant attack scored the first touchdown of the night when senior quarterback CJ Kyler ran 15 yards into the end field for an early 7-0 lead. The Panthers made it a two-touchdown advantage with an 8-yard rushing score from senior running back Chase Muller in the second quarter.

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