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Andrean faces tough foe in West Lafayette

2013-11-18T17:00:00Z 2014-06-24T20:06:23Z Andrean faces tough foe in West LafayetteSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
November 18, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

The game was all but over. The fat lady was clearing her throat.

But West Lafayette showed its grit on Friday in coming back to beat Fort Wayne Concordia last week in the Class 3A regional. Consequently, the No. 6 Red Devils (12-1) travel to top-ranked Andrean (13-0) in Friday's semistate.

The winner advances to play at Lucas Oil Stadium in the state championship.

Down 21-13 with about five minutes left in the game, West Lafayette had a remarkable comeback.

Kyle Turner caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from Parker Ronchetto to get within two. The two-point conversion failed, as did the onside kick.

"We knew we had to get the ball back," West Lafayette coach Shane Fry said.

So Turner intercepted a pass at midfield and the Red Devils marched down the field for the game-winning score with 33 seconds left. It was the school's seventh regional championship.

West Lafayette won state titles in 1993 and 2009.

"I saw the look in our kids' eyes," Fry said. "After the interception I had no doubt we were going to drive down and score."

West Lafayette's offense is impressive. Through the sectional championship game, running back Maurice Woodard had carried the ball 306 times for 2,011 yards and 31 touchdowns. He had another three TDs against Concordia.

Ronchetto, who turned a fourth-and-four rush for 27 yards on the final drive, has carried the ball 136 times for 890 yards and eight scores through the sectional. He's 127-of-183 for 2,352 yards and 29 TDs, also through the sectional.

The senior signal caller has a solid group of receivers — Turner (26 catches for 488 yards), Travis Rolle (43 receptions for 590 yards, nine TDs) and Brandon Watt (17 catches for 671 yards and eight TDs).

West Lafayette beat Rensselaer 20-14 on Sept. 27. Andrean beat the Bombers 28-21 in last year's Class 2A sectional final.

Fry said the turnover battle will be big at Andrean. His Red Devils forced four turnovers against Concordia and did not lose the ball once.

"Andrean is a very impressive team," Fry said. "They have a lot of tradition. We have to play our game and not try and do what we've never done before. We have to find a way to contain their quarterback (Matt DeSomer).

"But their defense is very good. They're a big defensive team."

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