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Football: Lowell fights off Hammond for win

Updated: October 14, 2013 8:25AM



LOWELL — It was a happy homecoming for Lowell football Friday night.

The fans went home happy after the Red Devils’ 21-6 win.

Of course the homecoming king and queen were happy.

Lowell linebacker Paul Mauer? Not so much.

“I’m happy with the win but personally I think we could have done much better,” Mauer said. “Hammond came out and showed a lot of heart but we have to come back and get our team back on track.”

Indeed, the outmanned Wildcats gave Lowell (5-2) a battle for the entire game, but two turnovers that led to Red Devils scores were Hammond’s undoing.

Joshua Bottos’ 17-yard run on a reverse gave Lowell a 7-0 first-quarter lead before a second-quarter Wildcats fumble gave the Red Devils good field position. And they took advantage of the gift with Edward Simmons running 21 yards for a score.

The same scenario took place in the third quarter after Lowell’s Jeremy Surowiec blocked a Hammond punt to give the Red Devils a red-zone possession before Mauer scored from 2 yards out to make it 21-0.

Still, the Wildcats (1-5) gave a gallant effort, scoring on a fourth-quarter 83-yard TD pass from Derrion Rogers to De’shon Roberson. Not that Hammond coach Eric Schrieber gets into moral victories.

“I don’t believe in that,” Schreiber said. “We’re not going to use that (a lack of numbers on his roster) as an excuse. Our kids and continuing to work hard and we will keep on working.”

Lowell, which has a huge matchup with Munster next week, got a 100-yard rushing game on 13 carries from area leading rusher George Fields. The Red Devil defense was solid throughout, forcing six Hammond fumbles while recovering two and holding the Cats to 51 yards rushing for the game.



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