Preppers beat rival Lancers for first time since 2019 – News-Herald

Chants of “Patty, Patty” rang out among the university’s football team following a dramatic 28-20 win over rival Gilmour in the September 24 homecoming.

University senior RB/LB Ryan Pattison and his teammates won’t soon forget this one, the first win over the Lancers for the Preppers since 2019.

It wouldn’t be the Battle of SOM without a dramatic ending, and fans of both teams and college alumni were able to witness one on an overcast afternoon.

PHOTOS: Gilmour vs college football, Sept. 24, 2022

University went from their 20 to fourth and 3 to Gilmour 25 in the fourth quarter, burning more than six minutes down and hoping to put the game away.

But with 2:02 to go, Gilmour got the defensive stop he needed, putting the ball in the hands of highly skilled junior QB Jake Kavcic.

Kavcic kept the Lancers’ drive alive with a fourth down completed by Will Lazzaro at Gilmour 46.

But on the next game, with 22 seconds left, Pattison jumped up and took off an aerial from Kavcic to seal the victory for the Preppers.

“It’s awesome,” Pattison said of the win. “Before that, all I could think about was my first year and the kids I looked up to, like they were my older brothers. I remembered how they beat Gilmour in my freshman year, and it’s great to do it for them.

It was fitting for Pattison to make the play that sealed the victory, since he played such an important role in the University having a lead to hold in the first place.

Running with determination and forcing his way on contact, Pattison had 183 yards and three touchdowns on 32 killer carries.

Along with Pattison’s run, the Preppers turned two Gilmour turnovers into first-half touchdowns by taking a 21-6 halftime lead.

University won the pregame toss and elected to postpone, then surged on the opening kickoff at Gilmour 24. Five plays later, George Minello ran 8 yards for a touchdown and an early 7-0 lead over the University.

Gilmour responded immediately with a 10-play, 65-yard drive, scoring on a Kavcic keeper from 1. But the extra point was blocked, leaving the Preppers ahead, 7-6.

The university put up an impressive 10-play, 91-yard run in the second quarter, marked by rushes of 21, 12 and 33 yards by Pattison, who finished the course with a 2-yard touchdown run to take it to 14 -6. .

The Preppers tackled Gilmour’s kick returner at the Gilmour 11 on the ensuing kickoff, and two plays later Brian Kellon recovered a fumble at the Lancer 4.

It took two games for Pattison to reach PayDirt again for University, putting the Preppers ahead, 21-6 at halftime, but no lead is usually secure in this rivalry game.

“Tough result, and in the first half we kind of gave them two points,” said Gilmour’s interim coach Jake Schaefer, replacing Tommy Zagorski. “The kickoff, when they got the ball early on our plus-25, kind of got us off on the wrong foot.

“We come back, then they score and we get the ball back on our minus-10 and turn it over again. Giving them 14 points in the first half didn’t help us. But the kids at halftime were all talking about coming back and the story of this game.

University converted two fourth downs on a long drive to start the third quarter, but Gilmour stopped them on their third fourth down, at the Lancers’ 25.

Two games later, Kavcic, as he often does, found some magic. Dashing to his right to avoid a stampede, he spotted his twin brother Andy downfield and threw a pass to him while falling out of bounds. Andy made the catch and edged the Preppers into the end zone to complete a 77-yard scoring play, cutting Gilmour’s deficit to 21-13.

University followed with a 65-yard drive that included runs from Pattison and junior QB Jackson Boland, and Pattison’s 4-yard run, his third of the day, gave the Preppers a 28-13 lead at the end. of the third quarter.

Andy Kavcic crossed the goal line on a 3-run to complete a 62-yard drive from Gilmour in the fourth quarter, drawing the Lancers to 28-20 with 8:31 left.

University burned more than six minutes down on their next possession, converting a key fourth-and-second play at the Gilmour 47 with a Boland keeper.

But the Preppers couldn’t convert fourth and third on the Gilmour 25, and the ball came back to Gilmour with 2:02 on the clock and the memories of the Lancers’ 35-28 and 26-21 wins. in 2021 and 2020 foremost in the minds of fans of both teams and the large contingent of University alumni.

But it was not to be that day.

“It’s been a long time, man,” said college senior defensive end Jack Cocco. “Last time was our first year, and the last two years have really sucked. It’s just great to finally beat them, I’m telling you.

University had 306 yards, 276 rushing and 21 first downs. Boland added 65 yards on 15 carries and passed for 30 yards. Kellon had 3 receptions for 29 yards.

“In many ways it’s such a great game,” University coach Ben Malbasa said of the rivalry. “You have guys right across the street, really hard-working kids, that’s all you could want in a high school football game.

“(Gilmour) is such an impressive group. They were undefeated, they were eighth (Division III, Region 9). We knew they would fight until the end and give us everything we could handle.

Gilmour finished with 233 yards and Jake Kavcic had 176 on 9 completions on 17 attempts. Andy Kavcic rushed for 49 yards on 16 carries, and the brothers combined for all three of Gilmour’s touchdowns. Tommy McCrone had two catches for 62 yards.

But Malbasa thought his defensive line was capable of pressing and containing the elusive Jake Kavcic, and it turned out to be the case.

“I’m so proud,” Malbasa said. “I thought our d-line could be the difference today. The number of times we were able to pressure (Kavcic), and get him moving. As good as he was, he couldn’t really come out and create some of the havoc he’s created against other teams. It’s such an honor for our guys up front.

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