Prep Football

Luers overcomes sad drama to return to 2A semistate

2012-11-12T22:00:00Z 2012-11-14T20:58:08Z Luers overcomes sad drama to return to 2A semistateSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
November 12, 2012 10:00 pm  • 

It was like President Obama being impeached. Or the Pope receiving a pink slip. Or Donald Trump having his microphone unplugged. For eternity.

On Sept. 12, according to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne Luers legendary football coach Matt Lindsay was found to have inappropriate video clips on his computer.

Lindsay, who coached there 33 years and won nine state championships, was eventually fired.

On Friday, the Luers will travel to Father Eckert Field in Merrillville to take on Andrean in the Class 2A Northern Semistate. Luers has won the last three 2A state championships.

But how did the Knights get over such an emotional letdown in September?

"It was pretty easy," Luers coach Steve Keefer said. "When I took over I told the boys we were looking forward, we were staying positive. That's how we were going to handle this, and that's what the players did."

Senior Jaylon Smith scored three touchdowns in Friday's 22-12 win over Tipton in the regional. Smith will play at Notre Dame after his prep days are done.

"He's a Mr. Football candidate, he's a Notre Dame recruit, he's a big part of what we do," Keefer said. "We have a lot of great athletes and these kids have been a part of three straight state championships."

That doesn't mean the Knights aren't aware that they have a tough contest at Andrean. They listened to the 59ers' record-breaking 67-66 five-overtime win over Lewis Cass on Friday night.

"That was something, wasn't it," Keefer said. "Obviously they have to be thankful for winning that game."

Luers has never played Andrean before. In 2009 and 2010 the Knights beat Rensselaer in the semistate. In 1991, Luers beat Lake Station 14-10 in Lake County.

In 1990 River Forest beat the Knights 15-12 at home in the semistate.

"That's what I love about our tournament," Keefer said. "I've always enjoyed getting out of our city and facing new challenges in new places."

Luers trailed Tipton 12-7 in the fourth quarter before Smith scored two touchdowns to keep Luers alive.

Keefer said he has 14 returning starters from last year's team, which pounded Evansville Mater Dei 41-17 at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thanksgiving Weekend.

"Andrean is impressive," Keefer said. "They run the ball well. They have a talented quarterback (Matt DeSomer). They have a good defense. I think it's going to be a great game."

The 59ers are shooting for their first semistate championship since 2004, when Andrean won the Class 3A state title.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which school has the area's best girls tennis team?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses