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Leonard Ross Lyons powers inendzone for score against Marist Marist Friday October 26th 2012 Chicago IL | Gary Middendorf~for Sun-Times

Leonard Ross, of Lyons, powers into the endzone for a score against Marist at Marist, Friday, October 26th, 2012 in Chicago, IL | Gary Middendorf~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 29, 2012 6:47AM



Having trailed in several games at halftime this season, Marist’s Nic Weishar was confident he and the RedHawks would be able to come back from a 13-point halftime deficit Friday night.

The receiver was right. Marist scored two late fourth-quarter touchdowns against visiting Lyons in a Class 8A first-round game but was unable to recover an onside kick with under two minutes to go in the game. Lyons recovered and was able to kill the clock in the 34-28 upset win.

“We’re always thinking positive, and I thought we’d be able to pull out the comeback,” Weishar said. “All game we just had a few key turnovers, and you just can’t win with that many turnovers. You’ve got to give credit to Lyons.”

Marist finishes the season 8-2 overall and has lost in the first round of the playoffs three straight years. Quarterback Ian Woodworth finished 32-of-54 for 396 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Receiver Flynn Nagel had a monster day for the RedHawks, hauling in 11 catches for 162 yards and a touchdown.

Trailing 34-14 midway through the fourth quarter, the RedHawks offense came to life. Jordan Burger capped a 65-yard drive with a 1-yard punch into the end zone.

After the defense forced a Lyons punt, Marist was driving again as Woodworth found Nagel for a 10-yard score that cut the deficit to six points with 1:51 to go in the game.

For a second straight attempt though, the RedHawks were unable to recover an onside attempt.

“We hurried the tempo up a little more,” Weishar said. “All year when we did that with high speed, high tempo, we did better, and that’s what we were able to do in the fourth quarter.”

Weishar finished with 11 catches for 146 yards while Burger finished with 69 rushing yards on 19 carries.

Despite the loss, Marist coach Pat Dunne credited his team’s ability to come back from a 20-point deficit.

“That’s the character of this group,” Dunne said. “We dug ourselves a hole and couldn’t come back, but I couldn’t be more proud of this group.”

Lyons (6-4) was led by a strong defensive effort that picked off Woodworth three times, including a Matthew Harris interception return for a touchdown. Jemari Burks had two receiving touchdowns, a 13-yarder in the first and a 35-yard catch across the middle late in the second quarter.



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