No. 2 Andrean 55, Bishop Noll 14 | Chandler catches two touchdown passes for 59ers

Mason's 'cats' cool, but Andrean still in doghouse after big win

2013-08-23T22:00:00Z 2013-08-24T02:30:05Z Mason's 'cats' cool, but Andrean still in doghouse after big winPhil Arvia Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Who knew Andrean had this many guys not named Matt DeSomer?

Donovan Chandler caught 99 yards worth of touchdown passes. Trevor Berg had 30 yards worth of touchdown runs. D'Angello Collins forced a pair of fumbles that led directly to points. Josh Barajas -- who scooped up one of those forced fumbles for a 17-yard touchdown return — blocked a punt for a safety.

All of those contributions lifted No. 2 Andrean to a 51-14 victory Friday night over Bishop Noll's Warriors.

"We've got a lot of cats," coach Phil Mason said. "A lot of cats."

Others among them included Cameron Bosak, who capped Andrean's scoring with a shade over three minutes left, carrying on all seven snaps in a 69-yard scoring drive, the last tote coming from 6 yards out. Eighty-nine of his team-high 96 yards came in the second half.

Of course, that was because Andrean couldn't get moving on the ground early. The 59ers managed only 28 yards on 16 carries in the first half.

It was unacceptable given Mason's expectations for this squad, 11-3 and Class 2A semistate participants a year ago.

The ball seemed to move only when it found Chandler's hands. He found an opening behind the defense on his 42-yard touchdown reception that opened the scoring, and covered most of the 57 yards on his next score, barely 90 seconds later, after a seemingly innocuous catch in the flat.

"We know about our athletes on offense. We did a good job of getting the ball to them," Mason said. "But we've got to be able to run the ball on offense. We were really sloppy. That can't happen. It just can't happen."

DeSomer lost 4 yards on five carries rushing. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 149 yards, all in the first half, before turning over the reins to Jake Paliga.

Bishop Noll struggled all night on offense, before Nick Thrasher busted a quarterback keeper for 48 yards and a touchdown with 6:35 to play. The Warriors' first score came on Jahari Davis' 87-yard kick return in the second quarter.

"I was happy, overall," Noll coach Mike Juscik said. "There weren't enough (preseason) reps for this offense. We've got a new quarterback, four new offensive linemen. We're going to be a good football team.

"I like how they play, I like how they work."

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