Hobart defense comes up with game-changing play to beat Griffith
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent September 6, 2013 11:30PM
Griffith, 9/6/13--Griffith's Kyle Buikema, makes a move up the middle. | Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 8, 2013 6:12AM
GRIFFITH — It definitely wasn’t the typical hard-nosed, defensive-minded battle between Griffith and Hobart on Friday night at the Boneyard.
Both teams combined for 94 points, 1,170 yards of offense and 14 touchdowns in the Brickies’ 56-38 win.
But with a game filled with all those eye-popping stats, it still came down to a defensive stop on fourth down with 3:40 to go in the third quarter.
And that defensive stop also turned into a touchdown.
“They beat us on it the first two times and when it’s fourth-and-long I’m not going to let it happen again,” said Nick Bokun, of the team getting burned on two screen plays in the first half. “We get a steak dinner if we get a defensive touchdown so there was no way he was going to drag me down. Ben (Johnson) and Noah (Smith) were right there blocking for me. It was a team effort.”
It was a collective effort by the Brickies, and the team’s first win in Northwest Crossroads Conference action. Hobart is 3-0 to start the 2013 season.
“We came out flat but stepped up in the second half when we needed to,” Bokun said. “Starting off 3-0 is huge.”
Noah Smith, who finished with 16 carries for 202 yards, got the Brickies going with a 67-yard TD run in the first quarter. Griffith responded with touchdown runs by Antonio Suarez (35 yards) and Justin Green (51 yards).
But Hobart answered with a pair of touchdowns by Drey Devereaux (78-yard pass reception from Andrew Barras) and Bokun (28-yard TD reception).
Green made it interesting, recording a 54-yard TD reception on a screen play before halftime giving Hobart a 21-18 lead going into the locker room.
“The offense was awesome,” Griffith coach Jim Pickett said. “We put Justin at fullback because he’s a real big threat and he can make anything happen with the ball. But defensively, we just couldn’t figure them out.
“That (interception by Bokun) was the backbreaker. We had a breakdown. One of our kids didn’t block the end and that was a momentum breaker right there.”
Senior QB Kyle Buikema made it interesting in the second half, rushing for 124 of his game-high 225 yards in the final 24 minutes. But Hobart proved to be too much as Zach Satterfield punched in three TDs (10, 1, 14), Deveraux added a 63-yard run and Bokun made his 75-yard interception return, helping Hobart score 35 points in the second half.