MERRILLVILLE — If this were a job resume, they'd be given a penthouse office, French villa and NFL Sunday Ticket for life.

Hobart and Andrean have combined for 37 sectional, 23 regional, 15 semi-state and six state football championships.

Yeah, these are pretty special programs.

In the Northwest Crossroads Conference opener for both Friday night, Times No. 6 Hobart came in averaging 36 points a game and No. 5 Andrean 38.8.

Instead, fans were treated to two determined defenses that would make Homeland Security proud.

In a sloppy, penalty-filled game, quarterback Sam Ehrlich scored from 10 yards out in overtime as the Brickies slipped by Andrean, 13-10.

The 59ers had gone ahead 10-7 on JJ Wadas' 25-yard field goal.

Then came Hobart's turn and you just knew who was getting the football.

"I'm running with a purpose," said Ehrlich, who rushed for 110 yards in regulation and threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Omena Onomakpome in the second quarter. "When I carry that ball, I want to make something happen.

"Of course, it all starts with my guys up front."

Ehrlich played wide receiver last season for the Brickies (4-1), who graduated 28 seniors.

"We knew it was going to be a dogfight and we love dogfights," Ehrlich said. "We love to finish games. We don't have to prove anything to anybody. It's us against the world and we love that, too."

Hobart finished with seven penalties, many of which erased big plays or stymied promising drives. Andrean did likewise with its six penalties, all at inopportune times.

"We're still cleaning that up early in the season," Hobart coach Ryan Turley said. "But Hobart-Andrean is a rivalry talked about for a long time. You (media) guys know. You write the headlines."

It was 7-7 in regulation after four quarters with each team squandering chances to win in regulation.

Andrean (3-2) had a 4th-and-1 at the Hobart 5 late in the final period but its quarterback, Zack Merrill, was sacked for a six-yard loss.

Hobart's Matt Hylek later missed a 44-yard field goal after Ehrlich fumbled at the hosts' 27.

The Brickies fumbled four times and lost one; Andrean did twice and lost one.

Merrill's 28-yard TD throw to Tyler Thomas in the second quarter tied it at 7.

Wadas missed a 45-yard field goal shortly before halftime that would've pushed the 59ers ahead.

Teely Rhyne rushed for 113 yards and Thomas caught three passes for 51 yards to lead Andrean.

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