HOBART | Trevor Berg doesn’t always say a lot, but his coach could tell by the junior’s demeanor that there was angst in his game.
“Trevor’s had a little body language lately,” Andrean coach Phil Mason said. “He’s not getting the ball, and a big part of that is we don’t have the same big fullback we had last year. But if people take (quarterback) Matt (DeSomer) away, they’ve got to understand that Trevor is good.”
Not featured heavily thus far this season, Berg was huge Friday night as he ran 29 times for 184 yards and two touchdowns to help the Times and Class 3A No.1 59ers remain unbeaten with a 28-14 at No. 5 Hobart.
“Whatever’s going (on the read option), that’s what we go with,” Berg said. “We were just trying to get the win. I had to fight -- for sure -- and work hard, but it paid off in the end.”
Berg ran possessed at times, and he often bulldozed would-be tacklers on his way to big gains. He carried the final three plays of a tiebreaking five-play drive, going for 49, 18 and five yards, the latter the go-ahead touchdown. Many bruises were distributed on those plays.
“It’s fun; it’s football, and that’s how you play,” the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Berg said. “You’ve got to be aggressive. When it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go.”
The Northwest Crossroads Conference game started, in a sense, Thursday with a touchdown … of lightning. A struck light pole became inoperable and was not going to be fixed in time for the game; thus, the contest moved to the Brickyard.
The impromptu host Brickies, who came in averaging 39.5 points per game, led 7-0 after their first possession, but the 59ers scored 28 unanswered points and held the Brickies in check.
DeSomer was huge, passing for 116 yards and a touchdown, a 48-yarder to Ramon Guerrero, and running for 135 yards and a touchdown, an 80-yarder that put Andrean (5-0, 2-0) up 21-7 with 6:15 to play in the first half.
Hobart (4-1, 2-1) had a faint hope after a perfectly placed 41-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Barras to Drey Devereaux with 10:24 to go in the game cut the lead to 28-14. The Brickies moved up on the kickoff thanks to an Andrean penalty and then onside kicked. However, the Brickies touched the ball before it advanced the requisite 10 yards, and Andean took over and ran almost six minutes off the clock before turning the ball over on downs in the red zone.
“After the first drive we got the cobwebs out defensively,” Mason said. “We’ve got to keep getting better. We beat a 4-0 football team, and we feel better.”
With the 59ers coming into play averaging 47.8 ppg, many expected a high-scoring affair. Hobart punted on its second possession and could not punch the ball in after getting a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Three stymied runs and a fourth-down pass broken up by John Albomonte killed the drive and Hobart’s momentum.
“I just felt that, I don’t know what it was, but we kind of had a lapse (early),” Hobart coach Ryan Turley said. “To play football like we want, we’ve got to play 48 minutes, especially with Andrean and the caliber of team that they have.”