Andrean holds on to beat Lewis Cass in five overtimes
By Steve T. Gorches 648-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org November 9, 2012 11:26PM
Andrean's Nick Serrato celebrates after defeating Lewis Cass during their Class 2A regional game held at Lewis Cass High School in Walton Indiana on Friday November 9, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 11, 2012 6:14AM
WALTON — Remember that Andrean is a Catholic high school and that praying is a daily occurrence for the students at the 53-year-old institution.
So it’s no surprise that 59ers coach Phil Mason admitted there was plenty of praying to God above in a Class 2A regional championship game that went not one, not two, not three, not four, but five overtimes on Friday night at Lewis Cass High School.
In that final overtime, about an hour after regulation ended, Matt Anderson, the kicker who sent the instant classic into OT with a 37-yard field goal made a simple extra point to give Andrean a 67-66 victory over the Kings for the 59ers first semistate appearance since 2004.
Mason thought back to the field goal Anderson made to save the day after his team squandered a 16-point lead.
“I thought he missed it,” said Mason soon after giving his wife, Dee, another long hug. “Are you kidding me? Of course I prayed. We were praying pretty hard.”
It was Anderson’s longest field goal of the season — his first as a football player after three years on the soccer team — and just his second one made.
“Even after I made it I was still nervous,” Anderson said while getting pats on the back and hugs from numerous teammates. “The ref told me if it was five years (further) back I would have missed it.”
Almost an hour later, he wasn’t as nervous in making the semistate-sealing extra point.
“I had my helmet off — I thought we had to go for two after the third overtime,” he said, referring to a sentiment that most people in the press box, including Cass supporters, assumed. Unlike college, there is no requirement to go for the two-point conversion.
“It was just back and forth (in the first four OTs) and we had to go for it,” Mason explained.
When Anderson got the call in OT No. 5, he simply said, “I’m ready to go.”
Turns out Andrean wouldn’t have been in any overtime if Cass’ kicker had been half as accurate as Anderson. Cass had missed an extra point in the first quarter on the Kings’ first touchdown, then had another blocked in regulation. Either would have give Cass (11-2) the victory.
In the second overtime, Cass scored a TD that tied the game after Andrean had gone for two and missed. But that kick was also blocked by Tylor Petkovich.
Anderson wasn’t the only hero for the 59ers (11-2). Junior quarterback Matt DeSomer was a running machine, especially in the overtimes. He finished with 206 yards on the ground — 43 of them in the extra periods — and six TDs, four of them in overtimes. He also passed for a couple touchdowns in regulation. But when the 59ers needed him most, it was his legs that did the talking.
“I’m extremely tired,” DeSomer said. “I thought (Cass) was going to start keying on me … I guess not. I want the ball in my hands. I wanted to get the job done.”
He’ll have a chance to keep getting it done next week at home as the 59ers will host Fort Wayne Luers.