Andrean works out early kinks to beat West Side
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or email@example.com September 6, 2013 11:30PM
Andrean QB#3 Matt DeSomer uses a staight arm to break free for 21 yard TD run late in the 1st half of a game with Gary West Side. Andrean led 44 to 22 at the halftime. | John Booz/for the Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 8, 2013 6:11AM
MERRILLVILLE — It was a strange week.
The 59ers upset Merrillville last week after a one-day delay and then they had to face West Side, a team that is unique, to say the least.
The Cougars are defensively challenged but they are an offensive dynamo.
They have enough big playmakers — Lonnie Johnson, Jon Vea Johnson and Ramone Atkins —that they can give any team fits. Plus, they play a spread offense.
For the first half of the first quarter it looked like Andrean was still buzzing from its upset of Merrillville last week.
The 59ers couldn’t do much right.
They turned the ball over twice in the first six minutes and the high-octane Cougars offense took advantage, getting a pair of touchdowns — one on a long, pass-happy drive and another on a 55-yard pass from Ramone Atkins to Jon Vea Johnson.
West Side, which piled up 34 points in a loss to Hobart in the first week, looked like it was going to make a serious run at Andrean.
But the early scores turned out to be minor speed bumps for the 59ers in a 65-28 victory over West Side.
Andrean coach Phil Mason was just happy to get this one over.
“The turnovers killed us early,” he said. “That accounted for two of their scores.”
Andrean roared back, getting a 52-yard touchdown run from Matt DeSomer and then following that up less than three minutes later with a 7-yard run by Cameron Bosak with 1:37 left in the first.
The 59ers ended up scoring five straight times —the last one coming on a 16-yard run by DeSomer with 5:25 left in the half.
By the end of the first half, Andrean had racked up 217 yards rushing and 62 yards passing.
West Side wasn’t too far behind, rolling up 261 yards passing but the Cougars only had 24 yards rushing.
The night started poorly for the 59ers when DeSomer ran the first play from scrimmage for 33 yards but then fumbled at the end of the play.
The Cougars then went on a 78-yard, seven-play drive that ended with a 4-yard run by Barrie Wesby.
After the Johnson TD reception, which put West Side ahead 14-0, the 59ers defense adjusted — to a degree.
They came out and pressured Atkins, and kept him in the pocket, and they were able to contain Lonnie Johnson — at least to a degree.
Tyler Petkovich put the game out of reach for the 59ers when he rumbled in for a 45-yard touchdown off a fumble recovery.
The 59ers play Munster next week.
Mason told his team to rest up and get ready for long practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, presumably to get ready for the Mustangs. DeSomer led Andran with 180 yards rushing on 13 carries. Mason pulled him after the third quarter.