Eastern Tech runs past Poly

Mavericks score 2 TDs in 4th quarter

end zone interception preserves win

No. 8 Eastern Tech 20 No. 13 Poly 12

Football Class 2A North

November 17, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,SUN REPORTER

Eastern Tech coach Marc Mesaros' game plan going into the Mavericks' Class 2A North semifinal playoff game against No. 13 Poly was simple: run the ball and don't turn it over.

When fullback Derryck Davis scampered into the left side of the end zone with 1:16 left in the game, faced the crowd and flexed to a roar from the Eastern Tech fans, it was evident that Mesaros' team had executed that plan perfectly.

The eighth-ranked Mavericks beat the Engineers, 20-12, last night at CCBC-Essex and will face the winner of today's semifinal between City and Edmondson for the North regional title.

"[Running the ball] is what we do," Mesaros said. "We have a lot of confidence in it, and when you have a kid like Derryck with a lot of speed between the tackles, it's not a bad idea."

Both teams focused on pounding the ball and made few mistakes, and midway through the third quarter, Eastern Tech (11-0) was clinging to a 7-0 lead.

Star Poly running back Lee Reynolds, who had been contained to that point, finally found some space, caught a ball over the middle and raced down the sideline for a 57-yard touchdown.

"That kid's all-world. He changed the entire nature of a game," Mesaros said

Reynolds (13 carries, 72 yards) broke free again early in the fourth quarter for a 39-yard score and a 12-7 Engineers lead.

Eastern Tech answered quickly, putting together a seven-play, 70-yard drive, capped by a 7-yard touchdown pass from Travis Crane to Thomas Edwards to give Eastern Tech a 13-12 lead.

"We came into this game knowing they'd be disciplined and it would be a hard-fought game," Crane said. "We're a senior-laden team. We've been in this situation before, and we came in ready."

Crane finished with eight carries for 40 yards and completed four of eight passes for 39 yards and a touchdown.

The Mavericks stopped Poly on downs on the next possession, setting up the offense on Poly's 35-yard line with 4:11 left. That led to a 4-yard touchdown run by Davis, who finished with 155 yards on 16 carries.

Poly (8-3) had a chance at the end, driving to the Mavericks' 27-yard line with 27 seconds left, but Andre Hall's interception in the end zone clinched the victory for Eastern Tech.


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