Lemont has an answer for Richards’ attack
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media November 3, 2012 11:24PM
Lemont's #25 Christos Giatras sticks the ball across the goal line for a touchdown to tie the game at 13-13 in the 2nd quarter. Lemont vs. Richards football at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, Saturday, November 3, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: December 5, 2012 6:36AM
The opening whistle sounded and Richards’ offense went off like a bomb.
On the first play from scrimmage, Hasan Muhammad-Rogers fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to Tacari Carpenter. Three minutes later, the pair connected again as Muhammad-Rogers found Carpenter for a 54-yard score via play-action to give Richards a 13-0 advantage.
The lead wouldn’t stick, however, as Lemont played bomb diffuser for the final 45 minutes.
Quarterback Zach Brosseau led a hurry-up attack that scored 23 unanswered points as Lemont defeated Richards 23-19 Saturday in Oak Lawn in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
Lemont (10-1) advances to face fellow South Suburban Blue co-champion Oak Forest in the 6A quarterfinals next week.
“We just had to get the ball out quicker and find open guys right away instead of waiting and holding onto the ball,” Brosseau said of going to a shorter drop. “The mistakes happened when I held onto the ball. That’s one of the best defenses we’ve played all year.”
Brosseau went 21-of-32 for 249 yards and a touchdown. He completed passes to six different receivers and tossed a 10-yard pass to Drew Slee for Lemont’s first score of the game. Brosseau also ran for a score on a 12-yard keeper in the third quarter to give Lemont a 21-13 lead.
Brosseau’s touchdown jaunt came after Chris Giatras (81 yards on 25 carries) scored on a 6-yard run after a Connor O’Brien fumble recovery before the half.
O’Brien, Lemont’s do-it-all senior linebacker, was all over the field. He batted a pass that turned into a Drew Hayes interception and later found himself garnering a safety for a 23-21 Lemont lead after a Muhammad-Rogers fumble.
“Connor O’Brien is one of the best players that we’ve had at Lemont,” coach Eric Michaelsen said. “He makes a tremendous amount of plays for us.”
After the torrid start, Muhammad-Rogers completed just two passes in the second half. He finished 6-of-16 for 143 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 112 yards on 12 carries and scored on a 20-yard dash late in the third quarter.
Richards (9-2) turned the ball over five times.
“We can’t turn the ball over like that,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “It was our Achilles heel. You can’t do that against a Lemont team.”