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High School Football Wrap: Oak Lawn stops 2-pt convo try with no time left, edges Tinley Park

By Jason Maholy
Sports Editor

The Oak Lawn defense stopped a two-point conversion try with no time left to hang on for a 27-26 win over Tinley Park in a South Suburban Conference crossover.

The Titans had pulled within one point when they scored on an untimed play brought about by a penalty against the Spartan defense on the final play of regulation. Tinley then opted to go for two in an attempt to win the game.

Oak Lawn senior Gabe Duer had other plans. The 6-4, 165-pound linebacker stopped 6-5, 230-pound senior quarterback Evan King to preserve the victory.

The Spartans improved to 3-3, 1-2 in the South Suburban Red.

“We really thought they were going to let [King] run the ball — he had run all over us all game — and they did,” said Spartan coach Ryan Pattison. “It was a one-play thing, and our quarterback tackled their quarterback, so that’s always awesome.”

Duer is also Oak Lawn’s starting quarterback.

The Spartans led 27-14 before the Titans stormed back in the fourth quarter. They began their final drive with 1:30 left and appeared to run out of time. A flag for a helmet-to-helmet hit gave them one more play with no time on the clock, and they punched it in.

Adam Alcantara was Oak Lawn’s offensive star, rushing eight times for 77 yards and a touchdown, and catching two passes for 61 yards and a score.

The Spartans rushed for 270 yards, led by Gavin Butler’s 83 and a touchdown. Duer had 14 carries for 73 yards and Nicco Reyes ran for 37 yards and a touchdown.

Pattison has his team two wins away from a likely playoff berth in his first season in Oak Lawn. The Spartans host Shepard this Friday, then play at Argo before finishing the regular season at home against Evergreen Park.

“They compete and it’s fun to watch,” Pattison said of his players. “We ran out of gas in a couple games — I feel like this one we almost did — but they play as hard as they can and give it all they’ve got.

“Coming down the stretch here there’s going to be some big games coming up here, which is awesome for the conference.”

 

Joliet Catholic 41, St. Laurence 7
The Vikings’ Brandon McCoy completed 7-of-10 passes for 56 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mike Elizondo. Ryan Carrol rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries to lead the St. Laurence rushing attack. Matt Ochoa and Henry Coughlin both rushed for 38 yards.

St. Laurence (3-3, 1-1 CCL-ESCC Orange) plays at Mount Carmel on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

 

St. Edward 34, Chicago Christian 14
Knights quarterback Luke Jelderks rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown and also threw for a score. Chicago Christian (1-5, 0-4 Metro Suburban Red) hosts Aurora Central Catholic on Friday.

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