Friday night football follow-up notebook
Post-Tribune staff report November 3, 2012 11:18PM
Andrean quarterback Matt DeSomer runs the ball with Kyle Hamm holding off Rennselaer's Brad Boget in the second quarter at Andrean High School Friday evening. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 5, 2012 6:52AM
MERRILLVILLE — The quarterbacks were supposed to be the stars of Friday night’s matchup between Andrean and Rensselaer. But 59ers’ signal caller Matt DeSomer and Bombers’ QB Hunter Hickman were held relatively quiet by the opposing defenses.
After throwing three touchdown passes in each of the previous two games, Hickman completed 10 of his 15 passes for 108 yards and no scores, while Andrean intercepted him twice. Hickman was able to get into the end zone twice on the ground, but he amassed only 42 yards on his 15 carries—a poultry 2.8 average.
DeSomer entered the game on a roll of his own, racking up three rushing touchdowns and another through the air in the 59ers’ previous two contests. Against the Bombers however, DeSomer managed 95 yards on the ground and just 35 through the air on 3-for-6 passing, including a crucial interception late in the first half.
“Matt just wasn’t himself tonight,” Andrean head coach Phil Mason said. “And when that happens, we need other guys to pick it up and make plays. We did that.”
Four for four: Many years down the line, seniors of this year’s Morton football team will be able to brag to their children, their children’s children, and any one else willing to listen that they never played a season at Morton without winning a sectional title. With Friday’s 27-0 win over Highland, the Morton seniors have won a sectional title every year of their careers.
They’re also the only sectional titles for the Governors in their history.
The class of 2010 can brag about winning the only regional Morton has ever won, but this year’s seniors can match that with a win at Mishawaka next Friday.
“Coach said that when your senior year comes you’ll want to win yours,” said running back Eleazar Henderson. “You’ll want to fight hard for it so we (seniors) had to step up tonight.”
Of the 100 career wins coach Roy Richards has at Morton, this year’s seniors are responsible for nearly half of them at 41 including gutting out seven wins this season despite a 2-4 start.
Peaking at the right time: Questioned for much of the season, Merrillville’s defense turned in another strong performance in a 24-14 win against Crown Point in the Class 5A Sectional 1 final. That performance was especially important in a game in which the Pirates’ offensive pace slowed in the second half, largely because of the Bulldogs’ play.
“Defensively, we’ve improved,” said Merrillville coach Zac Wells, whose team entered Friday averaging 41.3 points scored and 26.7 allowed. “We had to, because the teams are only going to get better as you advance.”
The defense caused four Crown Point turnovers, which helped make up for Merrillville’s three miscues.
“It’s a tribute to our kids that they were able to overcome that, because it can be demoralizing,” Wells said.
— Staff writer Michael Osipoff and correspondents Dave Melton and Tommy Williams contributed