WALKERTON | Andrean coach Phil Mason looked at his team after its 42-0 shutout of John Glenn in Friday night’s Class 3A Sectional title game and said, “Twenty-one days.”
Thanks to 420 yards of total offense from quarterback Matt DeSomer and the defense’s second shutout of the season, the No. 1 59ers are two wins away from playing for a state title Nov. 29.
Andrean (12-0), which now has 16 sectional titles, will face Jimtown for the regional championship.
Tyler Petkovich and DeSomer turned in momentum-changing plays on back-to-back plays late in the second quarter to give the 59ers control of the game.
Trailing 7-0, the Falcons (6-6) methodically marched down the field on a 20-play drive that started at their own 11-yard line. On second-and-goal from the Andrean five-yard line, John Glenn quarterback Daniel Wallace fumbled the snap, and Petkovich recovered for the 59ers.
DeSomer took the next snap 94 yards for a touchdown on an option keeper that put Andrean ahead 14-0 with 3:28 left in the first half and turned the tide in favor of the 59ers.
“It was a huge play with the sudden change down at the goal line,” Mason said. “We weren’t going to take a shot. We ran what we feel is a safe play for us, and Matt just does what he does.
“That’s why he’s a Mr. Football candidate. He makes plays like that.”
DeSomer finished with 127 yards on the ground on eight carries. He also had 14 completions for 293 yards and two touchdowns.
“My line did a fantastic job,” DeSomer said of his touchdown scamper. “Everyone blocked everything, and I got a cutback. And it was a breakaway from there.”
The 59ers forced a three-and-out from John Glenn and needed just two plays to make it 21-0. DeSomer hit Jamie Johnson for a 17-yard gain and then connected with Johnson again on a 41-yard score.
Johnson caught four passes for 98 yards and a score, and Donovan Chandler had six grabs for 102 yards. He opened the scoring, taking a swing pass 25 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.
Andrean’s defense forced three John Glenn fumbles and limited the Falcons to 188 yards of total offense.
The 59ers finished with 515 yards, including 222 on the ground.
“We have athletes, and we have to get the ball in those kids’ hands,” Mason said. “When we do, they make great things happen.”
Trevor Berg had two rushing touchdowns in the second half, and Cameron Bosak added a 16-yard scoring run.
Zach Combes led the John Glenn rushing attack with 76 yards on 25 carries. Jake Strong had three catches for 59 yards.