Dwight garners important road victory
Dwight traveled to Momence looking to get to .500 on the season and take a step closer to a playoff berth. Standing in the way was a talented-but-underachieving Redskins team.
A missed conversion was the difference as the Trojans held on for a 21-20 victory.
The Trojans (3-3) continued their pattern of scoring early. Mixing run plays between senior Logan Graham and sophomore Carson Crouch, Dwight drove 50 yards in four minutes, capped by a 3-yard dive by Graham, to get on the board. JC Santos booted through an extra point to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.
Momence senior quarterback Kobey Mazur entered the game with 1,100 yards in passing. His offense is predicated on spreading the field and mixing his passes with scrambles and handoffs to his tail back D’Juan Crumbley.
“Mazur is a great quarterback,” Dwight head caoch Luke Standiford said after the game. “He keeps plays alive and finds receivers.”
Mazur was able to drive into Trojan territory on his first possession but ended up turning the ball over on downs at the DTHS 32.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, Graham slipped a tackle at the line of scrimmage and burst downfield for a 67-yard gain. Cal Schultz was able to convert a 1-yard sprint two plays later and Santos extended the lead to 14-0 with 4:32 left in the first quarter.
Mazur was able to engineer his own scoring drive in the second quarter taking Momence 77 yards and scoring on a 15-yard pass to Austin Kinz to pull Momence within seven.
The Redskins threatened again late in the second quarter. Mazur drove his team to the Trojans’ 18 yard line with 1 second left. While scrambling on that final play of the first half, he found Seth Hamman near the goal line. Schultz and Hammann fought for the ball and Schultz was able to bring the receiver down short of the line with no time left on the clock.
Mazur, who tallied 254 yards passing and another 76 on the ground, drove Momence 68 yards to put the Redskins ahead. Crumbley scored on a 6-yard run with 8:45 remaining in the game that tied the game at 14-14.
Dwight methodically drove the ball down the field on its next possession. Starting on their own 27-yard line and pounding away at the Momence defense, Crouch and Graham combined for 12 carries that ate up 6½ minutes for the Trojans.
“We felt like we could get blocks and move the ball,” Standiford said of the drive. “The kids had a lot of confidence. We had to run away from (defensive end Jason) Bargy most of the night but our guys found the seams.”
Graham, who rushed for 203 yards on the night, took an outside hand off to the right, broke through tackles on the edge and carried the last defender into the end zone on an 18-yard run with 1:57 remaining. Santos converted another point-after kick to put the Trojans up 21-14. It proved to be a crucial conversion.
“JC has been solid for us all year and was a big reason we were able to win tonight,” Standiford said.
Mazur was not done, though. Starting at the Momence 40 yard line, he mixed passes to four different receivers and had a 17-yard run. With 1.3 seconds remaining in the game he was able to find Jhett Anderson for a 12-yard touchdown pass.
Momence decided to go for the win rather than playing for the tie. An option pitch to Crumbley was stopped at the 2 yard line, sealing the 21-20 victory for Dwight.
“They scored on that same play earlier because we got caught inside,” Standiford said of the conversion try. “(Chris) Bement read it and kept outside and we were able to bring the tailback down.”
Dwight hosts winless Iroquois West for Homecoming next week.