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Friday Football Follow-up: Andrean game one for the ages

Andrean's Matt DeSomer crosses goal line as he scores touchdown against Lewis Cass making score twenty one twelve second quarter

Andrean's Matt DeSomer crosses the goal line as he scores a touchdown against Lewis Cass making the score twenty one to twelve in the second quarter 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

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Updated: December 12, 2012 6:49AM



Matt DeSomer wasn’t happy with his performance in the sectional final victory over Rensselaer.

After all, his Andrean offense only put up 28 points in a narrow win following outputs of 63 and 62 points in the first two postseason contests.

On Friday night, the 59ers returned to that 60-point plateau, but it took five overtimes in a thrilling 67-66 victory over Lewis Cass in the regional that will be remembered for years.

And DeSomer was a major part of the instant classic. The junior QB has 206 yards rushing to go with 99 yards passing. He had six touchdowns on the ground — four of them in the overtimes — and two TDs through the air.

“My line blocked their butts off,” he said.

Much of his motivation came from trying to make up for losing a fumble with 9:17 left in the game. The 59ers were up 28-25 at the time and they were driving in Cass territory.

“Since I messed up, we needed a spark to send us into overtime,” he said, referring to the final drive in regulation that led to a 37-yard game-tying field goal that barely made it over the crossbar.

Andrean really only played about 15 minutes of good football in the first four quarters — the last three minutes and the whole second quarter in which the 59ers scored 28 points on four straight touchdown drives. The first of those drives was 88 yards, but the other three all started in Cass territory, thanks to a 28-yard punt from the Kings’ own end zone, a punt of zero yards — yes, the Cass punt actually went virtually straight up in the air and was downed at the original line of scrimmage — from the 35, and a fumble lost.

The end result was two TD passes to Donovan Chandler and Tylor Petkovich, and DeSomer’s first two TD runs for a 28-12 halftime lead.

“I thought from the end of the first quarter to halftime was the best 12 minutes of football I’ve seen Andrean play since I’ve been here (seven years),” Andrean coach Phil Mason said.

But that all changed in the second half when Cass scored 19 unanswered points before Anderson saved the day with his field goal. It was the running game that led the Kings as seven different players gained at least 32 yards on the ground on their way to 345 as a team.

In the end, the blown lead, tying the game and back-and-forth through five overtimes was enough to suck the brain out of a coach.

“My brain is gone,” Mason said. “I don’t know how we overcame it, but we overcame it. I’m more happy for my family because my wife (Dee) carries the burden of this for eight months.”

But at least Andrean players and fans don’t have to carry the burden of all the what-ifs Cass is thinking about now — the missed extra points, the bad punts, its own fumble and not being to stop DeSomer. It all led to the 59ers barely living to play another day.



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