MERRILLVILLE | Andrean senior quarterback Matt DeSomer donned jersey No. 30 of injured teammate David Graham in Friday’s lopsided 58-6 victory over an outmanned Knox at Father Eckert Field in a Class 3A Sectional 25 opener.
Graham broke his fibula late in last week’s game against Lowell and is out for the rest of the season.
Andrean coach Phil Mason said Graham, a sophomore linebacker, has been playing great and always gives it everything he’s got on the field.
“He’s a great kid, and Matt just gave him a little tribute tonight and wore his jersey for him just to keep some spirit out there,” Mason said.
Graham’s jersey also had a little magic in it, as DeSomer was a perfect 10 for 10 passing for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
DeSomer said he’s been inspired by the play of Graham and wanted to make him still feel part of the team.
“I think he’s one of the best linebackers in the area,” DeSomer said.
Graham was on the sideline on crutches wearing DeSomer’s No. 3 and said he was honored that DeSomer wore his game jersey.
DeSomer aired it out early, connecting with Jamie Johnson on a 61-yard scoring pass to put Andrean (10-0) up 7-0 with 7:50 left in the opening quarter.
Trevor Berg broke free from 28 yards out to put the Niners up 14-0 in the first quarter before DeSomer hooked up with Ramon Guerrero from 8 yards out, and Cam Bosak finished an Andrean drive with a 5-yard scamper for a 28-0 lead at the half.
“We just kind of kept it simple,” Mason said. “I don’t think we made many mistakes, and I thought our defense played great. We got to play a ton of kids.”
Berg finished with 78 yards rushing, while Bosak added 56 yards rushing and two touchdowns. D’Angelo Collins returned a fumble 27 yards for a score, and Joe Albomonte added a 19-yard TD jaunt in the second half.
“We got some guys off the field that got some boo-boos and keep them healed up,” Mason said. “We’ve just got to stay focused and stay the course.”
Andrean advances to next week’s semifinal game at Calumet, who beat Wallace 27-12.