Football: Andrean QB Matt DeSomer puts up big numbers in air
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent August 16, 2013 11:22PM
Andrean's Matt DeSomer looks to pass as Crown Point's Pierce Jones advances Friday evening during a scrimmage at Crown Point High School on August 16, 2013. | Michael Gard/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 18, 2013 6:13AM
CROWN POINT — Andrean coach Phil Mason put it best when he said that Friday’s scrimmage against Crown Point “had no winner or loser out here.”
The 59ers looked pretty dominant, though, and that could spell trouble for other Northwest Crossroads Conference schools.
Andrean put up seven touchdowns compared to the Bulldogs’ one as senior QB Matt DeSomer was given the chance to air it out all night long.
The third-year starting QB completed TD passes to Jamie Johnson, Josh Barajas, Donovan Chandler and Ramon Guerrero.
It was exactly what Mason hoped for Friday.
“We came out here to work on some things,” he said. “Not having Matt the majority of the summer, we wanted to throw the ball quite a bit; we know what he can do with his legs. We have a lot of guys to get the ball to in space that can do special things.”
Both teams started the scrimmage with 12 plays starting at their own 35-yard line. Andrean took the ball first and drove down nicely with a combination of passing and running plays.
Crown Point’s Troy Grady halted Andrean’s first drive, however, intercepting the ball inside the red zone. DeSomer came back four plays later and hit Chandler for a 13-yard TD strike.
“I liked our first drive,” Mason said. “(DeSomer) has to get his timing down on his release point and he’s got to remember he doesn’t have to force it either. He’s just trying to get back in the flow of things and I’m sure he was pretty excited we were driving the ball.”
Equally impressive was the 59ers’ stubborn defense, which gave up less than five first downs and one Luke Polus 10-yard run when CP started from its the 10-yard line with 10 chances to punch it in.
“We knew we were going to be good on defense. I think Josh Barajas brings another spectrum that’s pretty impressive,” Mason said. “Our two linebackers are the toughest two kids you are ever going to find. One weighs 186 pounds and another is a sophomore (David Graham) that weighs 165 pounds. They’ll hit you in the mouth.”
Bulldogs starting QB Jake Jatis and several other starters did not play.
“They didn’t get a lot of reps tonight and I haven’t been shy about that and I’m sure it disappointed the fans but we’ve got to look for the long-term health of this football team,” CP coach Jevin Enright said. “If we were getting a win or a lose out of it, Jatis would have played. Would our starting tailback have played tonight? Yes. Would our starting linebackers? Yes.”