8/24 7:30 H
Week #9 vs. Gurnee (Warren)
PAT Block Huge in Double OT Win
Gurnee (Gowe Memorial Stadium) - In a game that had been circled on the calendars of many football fans in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, fans who attended weren't disappointed, as they went away having seen a game that lived up to all the hype.
Both teams had been winning games with a tough defense and with the ways the game went in the first quarter, things were looking like it would be a good old fashion defensive battle. Warren struck first, both on defense & offense.
Anthony Maldonado (DB 5'9 160 jr.) intercepted Stevenson's Preston Earl (QB 6'3 210 sr.) on the very first play from scrimmage. Then the Blue Devils & the Patriots would battle back and fourth, forcing each other to go 3 & out or allowing just one first down and a dozen or so yards, until Joe DeVries (QB 6'4 185 sr.) hit Marcus Lewis (WR 6'3 185 sr.) for one of many receptions between the 2 Friday night, putting the Devils further down field & setting up a Mitchell Moore (RB 6' 205 sr.) 4 yards touchdown run, putting the Devils up 7-0.
Stevenson answered right back though as Michael Breckeimer (RB 5'7 186 sr.) helped bring the Patriots down field from deep in their own territory before Carl Johnson (RB 5'11 205 sr.) punched it in for 6 on an 8 yard TD run, helping tie the game up.
Kyle Crowley (DL 6'3 217 sr.), James Hardy (DL 6'4 235 sr.) & Mike Morrissey (LB 6'3 210 sr.) helped make things difficult for the Devils backfield as Crowley & Hardy had a sack sack a piece and all had at least 2 tackles for a loss.
Stevenson would grab the lead in the second as they went for it on 4th & 5 just inside the redzone to get another set of downs, and set up another Johnson rushing TD with 5:18 left in the first half.
Warren answered right back, even with Hardy swatting away a pass and getting a sack on the Blue Devils possession, a couple of big reception from Lewis, including a 36 yard TD catch that had him jumping, tip toeing backwards & then diving sideways as he scooted along the sidelines to tie things up with just 30 seconds left in the half.
The 3rd & 4th quarters were all defense until Mitchell Moore stepped up on an option play that was dead were it started. Moore got the ball on an option play to the left and the Patriots defense had effectively sealed up the entire side, Moore, back pedaled and ran right, put a juke move on the few defenders who were able to shift back the the other side of the field before crossing the goal line for a 35 yard touchdown. Putting the Devils up 21-14.
Stevenson was stopped cold on the ensuing possession and punted, but big plays that resulted in 2 tackles for a loss by Crowley & Morrissey against Warren, had the Devils punt from 4th & 16 on their own 10, setting up the Patriots with 2:36 left in the game and 1st & 10 on the Blue Devils' 36.
Breckeimer would rumble of 20 yards on 6 carries before Earl would find his tight end Paul Cartwright (TE 6'5 210 sr.) open just inside the goal line for an 8 yard TD reception. Mitchell Rasmussen's PAT would tie the game up at 21 all with 29 second left to play.
Warren got close to scoring as DeVries optioned to Marvin Bembry (RB 6'190 sr.) who would run left and right before lateraling to Moore, who tried some shaking & baking as the clock expired. Moore managed to break north as the clock expired & the crowd was getting louder & louder as screams from cheerleaders pierced the air like banshees howling on Halloween. Moore would pitch it himself to Lewis who would make his way even further down field before getting driven out of bounds at the yard line and sending the game into overtime.
It took Stevenson & Breckheimer 3 plays to score, as they won the coin toss and elected to play in the endzone surrounded by their fans on the south. Warren game out gunning at DeVries hit Lewis on the first play in the corner of the endzone to force a second overtime.
Warren, now a default coin toss winner, elected to switch endzone, and Stevenson then deferred to play defense first. Warren stepped up right off the first play again as DeVries hit Lewis on what looked like the same play. Stevenson and Morrissey, weren't looking to let the Devils get off that easy & the Patriots got a good push and Morrissey broke though & blocked the PAT, giving the Patriots a glimmer of hope if they could score on their possession.
It would take 3 tries again, but Johnson would find his way into the endzone on a 4 yard run & Rasmussen's PAT would sail through the uprights as the Pats would win by a PAT.
by Vincent Johnson
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