Andrean’s offense is often powered by quarterback Matt DeSomer’s legs
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org November 15, 2012 11:14PM
Andrean quarterback Matt DeSomer talks with coach Phil Mason between plays in the first half against Rensselaer during the 2A sectional final at Andrean High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 19, 2012 1:03PM
MERRILLVILLE — In the five-overtime victory over Lewis Cass, of the roughly 15 plays that Andrean ran from scrimmage, Matt DeSomer ran 13 of them.
The other two were dive plays to fullback Zack Kogut.
In more ways than one, DeSomer was the perfect quarterback for the situation. A sturdy, run-first guy against a defense that was gasping for air, he had all the right instincts for the moment.
Just find the hole after the snap, run the mesh play with Kogut or Trevor Berg and dive forward.
It worked time and time again. It was almost like DeSomer was personally crafted to play an extra 75 minutes against a bone tired defense.
“I just decided we were not going to take the ball out his hands,” Andrean coach Phil Mason.
Wise decision. DeSomer rushed for more than 200 yards in the 67-66 victory, and the truth is, he really is more comfortable running the ball than passing it.
That’s because before DeSomer was a 59er, he was a Red Devil. And before he was a quarterback, he was a running back. And Lowell football is all about the vertical run game. His comfort level is built for running the ball, not necessarily throwing it.
Imagine DeSomer lining up for Keith Kilmer as a tailback in the Red Devils’ Power I. That was pretty much how he spent his formative football years. DeSomer decided on Andrean because he wanted to play baseball. Andrean baseball coach Dave Pishkur told Mason that DeSomer had a powerful arm (He is an outfielder and pitcher).
That pretty much settled it. He was the 59ers’ new quarterback.
“I’m glad he went to me,” DeSomer said. “I love having the ball in my hands with the game on the line.”
DeSomer backed up Demetri Blanco as a freshman. Last year, he was tossed head first into the fire.
The learning curve is still something that DeSomer is trying to master. Mason is just glad to have DeSomer around to try to master it. He has loads of potential and some of it is being realized as Andrean makes its playoff run.
Mason blames himself a little for not making him do more last year when the whole offense basically revolved around Mason Zurek.
“We didn’t give him the opportunities he deserved,” Mason said. “I wish we would’ve helped him grow more. That offense didn’t help him much.”
Whatever happened last year in terms of not getting the ball, DeSomer has more than made up for this year. He is pretty much the centerpiece of the 59ers’ option offense. Nobody runs more mesh plays than the 59ers. He has rushed for 1,382 yards and passed for 1,342. He has also thrown 15 touchdown passes and seven interceptions —pretty good numbers for a guy who admits that he never, ever changes the play that Mason calls.
He still isn’t there yet.
“I choose not to,” he said. “I’m not comfortable with it.”
Part of the reason he’s not comfortable is that he knows if the play breaks down, he always has a chance to make something out of it because of his legs.
Plus, the 59ers have a bevvy playmakers in wide receivers Ramon Guerrero, Nick Serrato and running back Berg.
DeSomer is happy that the team has finally put the regional curse behind it for Mason with the win over Cass. Mason had lost in three other regional championships.
“It was great to get a win for the seniors,” DeSomers said. “We’d like to keep on winning.”