Lemont finally scored on, but tops Tinley Park
By Phil Arvia firstname.lastname@example.org September 15, 2012 12:24AM
Friday was a perfect night for football in Tinley Park. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 17, 2012 6:27AM
Its first three opponents might not have gone for 99 yards in three games against Lemont. The Indians gave up that many in three snaps Friday night at Tinley Park.
True, the Titans threw an interception on their first offensive play of the South Suburban Blue slugfest, but they stood up Lemont workhorse Christos Giatras on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line to end the next series.
Three snaps later, they gave the Indians, who’d outscored their first three foes 138-0, something they hadn’t seen since last November — a deficit.
Preston Thompson (16 carries, 185 yards) ran right twice for 13 and 15 yards, respectively, then burst off left tackle for a 71-yard touchdown sprint.
Though sixth-ranked Lemont (4-0, 1-0) would eventually grind out a 31-24 win, Tinley Park (3-1, 1-1) reaffirmed the Indians’ respect.
“They’re a really good team,” Lemont coach Eric Michaelsen said. “To win at Tinley Park, I don’t care if it’s by one or by a touchdown, is something to be proud of. They play hard, they’re well-coached (by Nick Johnston).
“I don’t want to make it sound like I’m gonna marry the guy, but he’s a tremendous coach and he runs and awesome program.”
The Titans led 14-7 at the half and 17-14 through three quarters, quarterback Christian Plummer with a 1-yard touchdown and Trevor Rolette a 32-yard field goal. But, behind Giatras (31 carries, 164 yards, 4 TDs), Lemont responded.
Or, perhaps to be more accurate, Giatras responded behind his offensive line.
“Their big offensive line took control in the second half,” Johnston said. “They kept our offense off the field.”
Lemont scored its first three touchdowns on drives that averaged 10 plays and 70 yards. The latter two ate up 8:42 of the third quarter and ended with the Indians taking the lead for good at 11:57 of the fourth quarter.
Lemont quarterback Zach Brosseau chipped in with 89 yards on 6-of-9 passing, while Joe Hehir added a 22-yard field goal. Jamar Washington caught a 15-yard pass from Christian Plummer to account for Tinley’s final touchdown.