Football: Lemont finds route to victory over Plainfield South
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media August 30, 2014 12:16AM
Updated: August 31, 2014 2:14AM
Amid a flurry of penalties on both sides and lightning that caused an hour delay during the first half, Lemont made enough plays to start its season with a 17-7 win over Plainfield South.
Jimmy Kepouros caught a 28-yard scoring pass from Ryan Dawson with 11 minutes to play in the fourth quarter to give visiting Lemont a 14-7 lead.
Lemont stopped Plainfield South on its next possession and the Indians were able to move the ball on the ground approaching the midway point of the fourth quarter.
Marcin Orszulak kicked a 23-yard field goal with 3:53 to play to put Lemont ahead 17-7.
Dawson, a senior, and Chris Thompson, a junior, rotated at quarterback for Lemont.
Thompson put the Indians ahead 7-0 with a 13-yard run up the middle with 6:28 to play in the second quarter. A 9-yard completion to Flynn Nagel and a pass-interference penalty on Plainfield South helped set up the touchdown.
Nagel was targeted several times in the game, including a couple of long incompletions down the sideline in the first half.
Lemont was trying to quickly move upfield in the final seconds of the first half when Thompson was hit dropping back to pass and fumbled. Plainfield South’s Brenton Dickson scooped up the ball and took it 25 yards for the tying touchdown with three seconds left before halftime. South’s Eric Johnson had the hit that knocked the ball loose.
Lemont also had some stellar individual defensive stops. Defensive lineman John Dykstra, linebacker Hunter LaDuke and defensive back Matt Martenson were in on tackles for losses in the first half.
Nagel transferred from Marist to Lemont this season for his senior year. In what turned out to be the 2013 season finale for Plainfield South, Nagel caught two touchdown passes to help Marist rout South 64-28 in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs.