Football: Hobart avenges regular-season loss with dominant effort against KV
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org October 19, 2012 11:38PM
Hobart's Alex Metz dives in from the 7 yard line for the Brickies first touchdown with 8:30 left in the 1st at Kankakee Valley Highschool in Wheatfield on Friday October 19, 2012. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 21, 2012 6:14AM
WHEATFIELD — The agony of this one will be hard to forget for Kankakee Valley.
With 4:17 left and just fourth-and-inches to go for a touchdown, Tyler Birky was stood up by a wall of fired-up Hobart defenders.
Birky, playing with an ankle injury, stormed off the field in disgust, with his helmet in his hands.
Hobart hadn’t given an inch in a 38-0 opening round victory in Class 4A Sectional 10. Not even one last meaningless score.
The Brickies were dominant in every single facet of the game, from start to finish, even when they had the game wrapped up.
They were clearly making a point. They will play Mishawaka at the Brickyard next week.
“We needed to put 48 good minutes together,” Hobart coach Ryan Turley said.
They did, scoring three times in the first half.
Hobart got on the board on its first possession with an impressive 14-play, 68-yard drive that ended when Alex Metz rumbled in from 7 yards out for a touchdown.
The Brickies’ second score was set up by a 17-yard Kougars punt that gave Hobart field position at the 30. After they were dropped for a 5-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage, Andrew Barras found Elijah Walker for a 35-yard TD pass.
The third score of the half came after an interception by the Brickies. That set up a 34-yard touchdown run by Dre Devereaux.
Devereaux got one more long score — a 46-yard touchdown run in the third quarter — and the game was pretty much over.
For Hobart, the victory made up for a disappointing Week 4, when it lost to KV 27-21.
The Brickies’ quick start pretty much devastated KV.
“It was big for us to get going early,” Hobart tailback Alex Metz said.
It was also big for them to get the big plays from Devereaux, who credited his offensive line for his ability to break free. He finished with 89 yards on four carries.
Turley said the offense is designed to get people involved.
“It was his turn,” Turley said.
For KV, it was a bitter defeat after a great season. Its jump from an eight-loss season in 2011 to an eight-win season this year was the biggest upward movement of any team this year.
The game was marred by a scrum in the third quarter that resulted in Anthony Burgos, Hobart’s best wide receiver and KV running back Johnny Morrison getting kicked out. Burgos will have to miss a game if the IHSAA studies the film and believes he was at fault in the melee. Turley contended that the officials got the wrong guy.