A double overtime nail-biter of a game sunk Marian Central’s homecoming hopes as the Hurricanes lost to East Suburban Catholic Conference Rival Carmel Oct. 7 at George Harding Field.
The hard-fought game saw the ’Canes start slowly — they were down 14-0 in the second quarter — but managed to fight back and tie the game 14-14 before halftime thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns by running back Brian Niemaszek, who finished the game with 127 rushing yards. ’Canes quarterback Gavin Scott suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter, but he remained in the game and continued to lead the fight against the Corsairs.
The teams were tied at 31 at the end of regulation, and then again at 38 after the first overtime period. Carmel moved ahead with another touchdown in the second overtime to seal the win 45-38.
Up to that point, the ‘Canes fought hard and found themselves very close to a touchdown of their own to answer. Scott didn’t see an open receiver but did see a running lane on the last play of the game, and so he took off for the end zone and had everyone in attendance thinking he was going to score until a Carmel defender hit Scott and forced him to fumble. The Corsairs recovered the fumble, ending the exciting homecoming game.
“Gavin is a tremendous athlete. He had the confidence to see the field and have a vision,” said Marian Central coach Mike Maloney. “I don’t want to lose that because of one play. We’re very fortunate to have one of the best quarterbacks in the conference.”
“We had plenty of opportunities to win that game, other than the last couple moments. So we’ve got to do a good job at maximizing those opportunities in the future,” Maloney continued.
If the ‘Canes can capitalize on more of those opportunities and win their final two games, they still will make the playoffs.
“All we can do is continue this fight in the next game. We fought all night and just couldn’t pull it out. We played really good today, but it just came down to that last play. I’m very confident about next week,” Scott said.
The Hurricanes have two away conference games left in the regular season – Friday, Oct. 14, at Notre Dame and Saturday, Oct. 22, at St. Patrick.