Football: Bremen defeats Lemont 28-15, claims South Suburban Blue crown
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org October 19, 2013 12:00AM
Bremen's Jacob Forgue gets a hand on a pass intended for a Lemont receiver in the end zone at Bremen High School on Friday, October 18, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 21, 2013 6:54AM
Bremen had lost all seven conference meetings with Lemont going into Friday’s South Suburban Blue battle in Midlothian.
After six minutes, an 0-8 reading looked to be a distinct possibility.
Everything that could go wrong did for the Braves, who trailed 12-0 before anything went right.
But when it did go right, just about everything else followed suit.
Braves quarterback Tyler Banovich broke two big touchdown runs to put them in front, and linebacker Drequan Ross-Brown made two late interceptions to key a 28-15 victory.
The win not only broke Lemont’s spell, but gave Bremen (7-1, 6-0) its first conference title since 2005.
“Oh, this feels great. Feels real good,” Ross-Brown said. “I knew we were going to do big things. I didn’t underestimate any of the other teams, but we had a goal to do big things.”
Lemont fell to 3-5 and 2-3 and out of playoff contention.
Banovich ran 16 times for 70 yards and was 10-of-15 for 181 yards for the Braves.
Bremen’s night of fulfillment started off sour.
Julio Aleman capped Lemont’s first drive with a 1-yard TD. Less than two minutes later the lead was extended to 9-0 when Bremen punter Christian Garza had to fall on a wild snap in his own end zone for a safety. Soon after Marcin Orszulak made it 12-0 Lemont by kicking a 45-yard field goal.
“I was trying to keep the guys up on the sideline, get everyone in the game, on top of the game,” Banovich said.
The Braves found their feet on the following possession, going 64 yards in 10 plays. Banovich provided a big lift with a 14-yard scramble, and moments later scored on a draw play up the middle from the 16.
On the Braves’ next chance Banovich drove them 80 yards, finding Ronald Sims for a 39-yard completion and scoring himself on a 14-yard run up the middle. Alexis Salas’ second PAT kick made it 14-12 Bremen at the half.
“My line does a great job of blocking for me,” Banovich said. “It’s a great feeling.”
Bremen’s defense, meanwhile, didn’t exactly stonewall Lemont in the first half, but stopped the Indians twice on drives in and near the red zone at the 5- and 23-yard line.
Ross-Brown put Bremen in front 21-12 with 4:29 left in the third period by catching an 8-yard screen pass from Banovich.
Orszulak responded with a 32-yard field goal for Lemont, but the Braves made it a two-score lead again when Banovich and Mack Holder hooked up for a 34-yard TD pass play.
Ross-Brown put the nail in for Bremen with 6:42 left when he intercepted a pass by Lemont backup quarterback Ryan Dawson at the Bremen 20. His second interception soon followed, along with another by Kyle Ramos.
Dawson (13-of-17 for 100 yards) came on when starter Chris Thompson (12-of-22, 114 yards) was knocked out of the game after being sacked in the opening minute of the third quarter.