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Football: Bremen beats Oak Forest in overtime

Oak Forest RB TevColeman breaks away for long run against Bremen early game Oak Forest H.S. Friday Sept. 16 2011.

Oak Forest RB Tevin Coleman breaks away for a long run against Bremen early in the game at Oak Forest H.S. on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Keith Hale/for the Southtown Star

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Updated: November 10, 2011 10:03AM



As the pass from Oak Forest quarterback Kyle Czeszewski fell incomplete in the first overtime, seven straight losses and three straight times watching the SouthtownStar Rivals Trophy lifted washed away for Bremen.

With that incompletion the Braves capped an improbable comeback, winning the 32nd meeting between the South Suburban Blue rivals 20-13 Friday night at Oak Forest.

“We got some guys that can play for four quarters,” Bremen coach Dan Stell said.

Down 13-6 with just over two minutes remaining in the regulation, Oak Forest running back Matt Barry (27 carries, 70 yards, 2 TDs) fumbled at the Bremen 20-yard line. The Braves’ Taiyon Jones scooped up the ball and ran it 25 yards.

After Braves quarterback Cedric Clemons (7-of-13, 95 yards; 2 carries, 20 yards, TD) hooked up with David Smith (16 carries, 65 yards, 2 TDs) for a 29-yard gain, the Braves were 25 yards away from tying the game.

Clemons’ next pass was intercepted by Oak Forest cornerback Dylan Swan in the end zone with 1:35 left. After a 31-yard run by Czeszewski, there was 1:17 remaining and Bremen (4-0, 2-0) had just one timeout remaining. Rather than take a knee, the Bengals ran another play and Czeszewski fumbled, with Braves linebacker Dontau Dodson recovering the ball near midfield.

After a loss of seven yards put Bremen at its own 40, Clemons took over. He found Darrion Hunt for a 31-yard gain with 47 seconds left, Deshon Grissom for a 10-yard gain with 34 seconds left and dived into the end zone to compete a 19-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds on the clock. The PAT was missed, leaving the game tied at 13.

“The line stepped it up and my receivers did a lot for me at the end,” Clemons said. “I saw the end zone and I knew I had to dive.”

In the first overtime, Smith scored what would be the game-winner on a 3-yard run on third down. It was the first time the senior had beaten Oak Forest (3-1, 1-1).

“Is this real?” Smith said. “This is absolutely perfect.”

Bremen had just seven yards of total offense in the first half, as a Barry 1-yard TD run on Oak Forest’s first drive made it 7-0 at the break. Barry added a 5-yard TD run with 4:01 left in the third quarter. The PAT was no good, leaving the Bengals ahead 13-0.

Smith had a 2-yard touchdown run with 8:47 left in the fourth to make it 13-6.



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