OSIPOFF: Hobbled Matt DeSomer, 59ers offense rise to occasion
By MICHAEL OSIPOFF firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2485 November 15, 2013 11:38PM
Andrean's quarterback Matt DeSomer (3) drags Jimtown's Adam Gill (57) as DeSomer goes through the line during the Class 3A Regional football game in Merrillville, In., on Nov. 15, 2013. | John Smierciak/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 17, 2013 6:16AM
MERRILLVILLE — At halftime, Matt DeSomer left the field via cart, after backup quarterback Jake Paliga had taken a kneeldown on the final play of the second quarter.
Before the third quarter, DeSomer and Paliga warmed up side-by-side. Moments later, teammates surrounded Paliga, high-fiving him and appearing to generally offer him encouragement.
But there was pretty much no way DeSomer, who hurt his right leg, was going to exit Andrean’s 27-7 win over Jimtown in Friday night’s Class 3A regional.
“I didn’t want to come out of the game, especially my senior year,” said DeSomer, who didn’t play safety in the second half, when Bryan Schmidt also handled the 59ers’ only punt of the night. “I want to be with this team as much as they want to be with me.
“A little tweak, that’s it. I’m good.”
DeSomer, who appeared to have his ankle taped after halftime, clearly was hobbled in the second half. He rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on six carries in the first half, with his only attempts in the second a pair of kneeldowns to run out the clock. For the game, he completed 16-of-21 passes for 164 yards and a first-half touchdown.
“It’s a calf bruise — he got nailed on the calf pretty good, and it’s bothering him,” Andrean coach Phil Mason said. “That was the neat thing, that we were able to pick up when things got slowed down for him. That’s what I was really impressed with.
“Trevor Berg and our offensive line played outstanding. We couldn’t be more proud of those guys.”
Indeed, Berg rushed for 130 yards and a second-half touchdown on 20 carries, barreling for 82 yards on 14 attempts after halftime. DeSomer, too, praised him.
“Today we needed him the most,” he said. “And our line did their part. Berg just capitalized.”
Jamie Johnson also had a big game for the 59ers, with five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.
“Jamie’s Jamie,” DeSomer said. “Some days he’s just there, and some days he makes unbelievable plays.”