by Beau Wicker
As Friday night’s epic, marathon game kept moving from one overtime session to another, it became apparent that Andrean couldn’t stop Cass from 10 yards out with four downs to go.
Unfortunately for the Kings, they couldn’t stop Andrean junior quarterback Matt DeSomer.
As each team kept matching each other with scores, it came down in the end to extra-point attempts. Cass had one to win it in the second OT session, but the kick was blocked. While Andrean had one to win it in the fifth OT session, and it was good, lifting the Fighting 59ers to an unbelievable 67-66 win in five overtimes in a Class 2A regional game.
Andrean will host Fort Wayne Bishop Luers next Friday for a semistate game.
Andrean place-kicker Matt Anderson was 6-for-6 in extra point attempts, and he hit a 37-yard field goal in the final minute of regulation to force overtime. His game-tying field goal was an ugly line drive that somehow went through the uprights.
Cass place-kicker Marcus Hedrick was 2 of 5 in extra points, with his final two attempts blocked, one with 3:32 to go in the fourth quarter and one in the second overtime.
Cass’ best chance to stop Andrean in the overtime sessions came in the first one when Luke Knutson recorded a sack of DeSomer. But he was called for a controversial horsecollar penalty to negate the play.
DeSomer finished with 209 yards rushing and seven touchdowns and added 99 yards passing and two more TDs. Four of his 10 rushing attempts in the OT sessions went for touchdowns.
The Kings came back from a 28-12 halftime deficit to force overtime. They recovered two Andrean fumbles and got their offense going in full gear.
Cass quarterback Sheldon Slusser rushed for 65 yards and four TDs on 14 attempts. He added an 18-yard TD pass to Drew Shepherd on a fourth-down play in the third OT.
Payton Young had a team-high 75 yards rushing on eight carries, and Shepherd had 70 yards on eight attempts.
Garrett Riley had 59 yards rushing and two TDs on 15 carries, and Blake Cain had 39 yards rushing and two TDs on five attempts. Gabe Welch added 56 yards and a TD 11 totes.
It was a classic in which the Kings came up just short — similar to a 54-53 loss in two overtimes to Luers in a 2009 regional.
Pick up Sunday’s Pharos-Tribune for complete coverage of the game.