Football: Andrean responds to last year’s upset loss against Wheeler with blowout
By STEVE T. GORCHES 648-3141 or email@example.com October 19, 2012 11:38PM
Andrean's John Albomonte celebrates after making a tackle for a loss against Wheeler during their first round sectional football game held at Wheeler High School on Friday October 19, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 21, 2012 6:11AM
VALPARAISO — Take your pick of words starting with the letter R.
Retribution. Revenge. It all equaled a rout on Friday night at Wheeler, as Andrean didn’t forget about last year’s monumental upset in the first round of sectional.
The 59ers responded with a blowout of epic proportions by scoring touchdowns on their first nine possessions in the first half on their way to a 63-13 victory over the Bearcats.
Sticking with the “R” theme, the 63-0 halftime lead led to a running clock.
Wheeler coach Tony Klimczak chose one of those “R” words.
“I think they had revenge on their minds,” he said with a look of resignation on his face. “It looked like they came in with a chip on their shoulders — they were angry and we couldn’t match their intensity. And when a big, physical, talented team is angry and they execute, things like this are going to happen.”
Sure, but you don’t necessarily expect 63 points in the first half. That happened because Andrean (8-2) was clicking in all aspects of the game.
On offense, five different players scored rushing touchdowns. The 59ers were led by quarterback Matt DeSomer, who looked like a track star at times, sprinting through and around Wheeler’s defense for TD runs of 52, 71 and 51 yards. He finished the first half — and the game since the starters were rested in the final two quarters — with 216 yards on the ground. He was also efficient passing with 4-of-5 for 34 yards.
Trevor Berg got into the act with three TDs of his own on much shorter runs of 7, 3 and 28 yards.
The other three scores came from Shamir Johnson, Zack Kogut and Donovan Chandler.
“We didn’t want (last year) to happen again,” DeSomer said. “We relied on one person last year — Mason Zurek — and this year we’re a different team. We have a lot of threats.”
This time, the 59ers get to prepare for a second opponent in the postseason — Boone Grove, which rolled to a victory over Lake Station.
“I feel good that the kids played well,” Andrean coach Phil Mason said. “I told the kids we have three phases to winning the sectional. This was phase one, and now we go to work on phase two.”
The Bearcats (6-4) got on the board twice in the fourth quarter on touchdowns from senior Derek Hartwig — a run of 17 yards and a 75-yard reception off a screen pass from Jeremy Truchan.