Football: H-F squanders lead, falls 31-24 in OT to Bolingbrook
By Pat Disabato email@example.com October 12, 2013 12:04AM
Deante Harley-Hampton, of Homewood-Flossmoor, scores on a 15-yard run Friday against Bolingbrook. | Gary Middendorf/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:29AM
When Homewood-Flossmoor scored two touchdowns in 1:17, which provided it with a 21-7 lead Friday night, it appeared on the verge of making quick work of Bolingbrook.
The Raiders, however, had different ideas.
Jaden Huff’s 2-yard touchdown run in overtime capped an impressive comeback and lifted Bolingbrook to a stunning 31-24 victory over the host Vikings in a SouthWest Suburban Blue thriller.
The Vikings had a chance to tie and it looked like they would when a first-down pass from quarterback Isaac Cutrara to Vashon Nutt netted nine yards to the Raiders 1-yard line.
Bolingbrook, however, stood its ground and stuffed the Vikings on their next three attempts.
The win gave the Raiders (7-0, 5-0) sole possession of first place in the Blue and also the rights to the Alec Anderson Memorial Traveling Trophy, named after the former H-F and Bolingbrook athletic director who passed away suddenly over the summer.
The Vikings (6-1, 4-1) fell into a second-place tie with Lincoln-Way East.
“It’s a great win,” Bolingbrook quarterback/running back Quincy Woods said. “We played as a team.”
H-F led 21-10 at the half and had the ball at its own 15-yard line with 8:06 remaining in the third quarter when the tide began to turn.
Quarterback Isaac Cutrara dropped back to pass when he was hit and fumbled. Bolingbrook’s C.J. Clark scooped up the loose ball and scooted to the end zone to cut the deficit to 21-16. The 2-point conversion failed.
A 23-yard field goal by Morgan Bohlman upped the Vikings’ lead to 24-16 at 11:03 of the fourth quarter.
The Raiders drove 70 yards on the ensuing possession, capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Woods. Dariel Greer then hit a wide-open Huff in the end zone for the 2-point conversion that tied the game at 24 with 6:15 to go.
“We were struggling for a while, but we never stopped believing,” Woods said. “We stayed together.”
The Raiders appeared to be headed for a game-winning score late in the fourth. Bolingbrook drove all the way to the H-F 8-yard line when Woods fumbled. The Vikings’ Devante Heard recovered with 1:04 left in regulation.
“I had to make it up to my teammates,” Woods said. “When we play together, we can’t be stopped.”
Vashon Nutt (6 carries, 62 yards) scored on a 35-yard run on the Vikings’ first series of the game for a 7-0 lead after the first of three Bohlman point-after kicks.
The Raiders tied the game at 7 on a 5-yard run by Huff and PAT by Adam Klein with 5:54 remaining in the first quarter.
H-F scored twice within a 1:17 span and appeared to take control of the game. Deante Harley-Hampton scored from 15 yards out at 2:22 of the second quarter, and after a three-and-out by the Raiders, Cutrara (10-of-20, 143 yards) hit Nicholas Atoyebi from 24 yards out for a 21-7 advantage.
The Raiders defense, led by T.J. Lee, Bernard Flowers, Eli Carbajal, Micah Dew-Treadway and Parrker Westphal, stymied the Vikings offense in the second half.