Football: Oresky, Evergreen Park snatch victory from Argo 45-44
By Pat Disabato email@example.com October 5, 2013 8:52PM
Keyshawn Carpenter, of Evergreen Park, runs up the middle for the score against Argo at Argo, Saturday, October 5th, 2013, in Summit. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 7, 2013 6:30AM
Evergreen Park and Argo combined to score 89 points on Saturday.
However, it was a specific play by Evergreen Park’s defense that determined the outcome of the South Suburban Red first-place showdown in Summit.
More specifically, it was a heads-up play by Evergreen Park linebacker Don Oresky.
Argo led 44-38 with just under nine minutes remaining in the game when Oresky stripped the ball from Argonauts running back D’Ken Jones and, in stride, whisked 30 yards untouched for the score to lift Evergreen Park to a 45-44 win.
Evergreen Park is three wins away from securing its first-ever conference championship.
“I was on the outside and noticed that he (Jones) wasn’t looking at me,” said Oresky, a senior. “I went in and grabbed for the ball. He wasn’t holding the ball real tight. I got it and ran as fast as I could to the end zone.”
The Mustangs defense, which allowed Argo (5-1, 2-1) to record 334 yards of offense, preserved the lead.
The game itself had five lead changes. To the Argonauts credit, they rallied twice from 13-point deficits and took a 44-39 lead on a four-yard TD run by Jones with 41.5 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Argonauts, with a boisterous homecoming crowd going wild, appeared to have all the momentum. But early in the fourth quarter, rain and thunder blanketed the area, causing a delay that lasted approximately 90 minutes.
Any momentum the Argonauts had was washed away by Mother Nature. On the flip-side, the delay provided the Mustangs (6-0, 3-0) with an opportunity to regroup.
“The delay probably helped us,” Evergreen Park coach Dan Hartman admitted. “They had all the momentum going their way.”
Oresky came through with the strip on the second play after the delay.
“I think the delay was big for us,” Oresky said. “It allowed us to settle down and get mentally focused.”
Keyshawn Carpenter was a force throughout for the Mustangs, totaling 179 yards on 30 carries, including touchdown runs of 7, 9 and 27 yards. Quarterback Sean Ryan, making his first varsity start in place of injured John O’Brien, made some excellent passes and completed 15-of-33 passes or 260 yards. He twice connected with Jacquet McClendon (10 catches, 156 yards) on scores of 11 and 12 yards. Ryan also found Eric Gurrister wide-open in the end zone for a 32-yard TD reception. The Mustangs offensive line of Brennan Quick, Joe Piet, Nick Knieps, Frank Meisl and Dave Ziebarth flourished.
“I think he did a great job,” said McClendon of Ryan. “He’s only going to get better from here on out.”
Behind quarterback Jason Noel, Argo fought back from deficits of 13-0, 27-14 and 39-28. Noel finished 13-of-29 for 197 yards and two touchdowns. He did, however, get picked off four times, with Evergreen Park’s LaShon Johnson accounting for two. Mike Rizzo and Danny Hines had one each.
Diamonte Mallory (39-yarder) and Drake Walker (14-yarder) had TD receptions and Hector Vazquez a 10-yard TD run for Argo.
Dolton Abernathy had a pick-six for Argo and Brandon Wells a 62-yard kickoff return for a score.