No. 1 Andrean 42, No. 4 Lowell 28 | 59ers' Trevor Berg runs for 3 TDs; QB Matt DeSomer figures in 3 scores as well

59ers standing at the Crossroads and looking good

2013-10-18T23:30:00Z 2013-11-26T19:19:20Z 59ers standing at the Crossroads and looking goodAl Hamnik alan.hamnik@nwi.com (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
October 18, 2013 11:30 pm  • 

LOWELL | Times No. 1 Andrean and No. 4 Lowell held a pre-sectional dress rehearsal Friday night.

The 59ers brought their 44.0 to 17.8 scoring advantage, 10-5 series edge in the last 15 meetings and a perfect record.

The Red Devils' show-and-tell included an impressive 11.4 ppg. defensive average, six-game win streak and -- like Andrean -- a shot at the Northwest Crossroads Conference championship with identical 5-0 marks.

Lowell running back George Fields, returning from a one-game benching, gave the Senior Night crowd reason to be pumped with his 1,064 yards, 6.8 average and 10 touchdowns in the lineup again.

But when the final curtain went down and the credits were flashed at The Inferno, Andrean had won its third straight NCC title, 42-28.

"This is a brotherhood, a team, not one player," coach Phil Mason said.

Matt DeSomer once again led the way, passing for 184 yards and two touchdowns and running for another 161 and one score.

"If Matt DeSomer is not the best football player in the northern half of the state, I don't know who is," Mason said. "Offensively, we obviously have weapons all over the place. But when we need that big play, it's usually Matt."

Trevor Berg added 103 rushing yards and three touchdowns for Andrean (9-0).

"He's a hearty kid, a workhorse," Mason said.

"I take most pride in being there for my team," Berg said.

Fields saw his first action at 6:02 of the opening quarter and accounted for both scores in the Red Devils' 28-14 halftime deficit.

He finished the chilly night with 134 yards rushing and three TDs.

Lowell coach Keith Kilmer thought the game came down to two crushing plays -- DeSomer's 67-yard bomb to Jamie Johnson as the first half expired and DeSomer's 48-yard run to the Red Devils' 3 on a well-executed fake punt in the third quarter that set up a Berg TD.

"We didn't play particularly well, but we were in the game," Kilmer said. "We've wavered in recent years, but our kids have found a way to get their confidence back.

"They get it now. They get what Lowell football is about."

Ike James' 94-yard kickoff return touchdown in the fourth quarter gave Lowell (6-3) some hope until John Albomonte picked off Seth Anderson at the Andrean 35 with 3:14 remaining.

The 59ers had 10 penalties for 100 yards, an area they'll have to clean up before sectionals begin.

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