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Unbeaten Lovejoy overcomes controversial call, rallies past Sherman, 35-27
LUCAS — Trading touchdowns, penalties and controversial calls, Lovejoy rallied for a 35-27 victory over Sherman to remain undefeated. Lovejoy (8-0, 5-0 in District 13-4A) took its first lead with 6:31 remaining on an extra point. Lovejoy tied the score on a 2-yard run by Zach Saffle and the extra point provided the difference after Sherman had missed its extra point on a touchdown to take a 27-21 lead.
Lovejoy, which suffered from a controversial fumble call in the first half, picked up 28 of its last 30 yards on the go-ahead drive on penalties. Sherman (6-2, 4-1) still almost rallied despite a fourth-quarter interception but was stopped by inches on a fourth-and-five stop and close spot of the ball. Sherman, which lost standout receiver Joseph Harvey to an injury late in the first half, outgained Lovejoy with 532 yards of total offense to 345.
Lovejoy led 35-27 a play after a Nicholas Larsen interception set up freshman quarterback Bowman Sells to hit junior receiver Chochy Luce on a 43-yard touchdown pass. Lovejoy had fallen behind 14-0 midway through the second quarter.
Sherman took a 27-21 lead after junior running back Tre Mask scored on a 17-yard run in a drive kept alive by a quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one. But Sherman missed its first extra point of the season.
Lovejoy tied Sherman, 21-21, in the third quarter on a 42-yard, play-action scoring pass to a wide open Justice Luce a play after making a fourth-down stop. Lovejoy played without leading rusher Nick La Sane, who went out last week with a knee injury, and is transitioning the talented 6-3, lefty freshman Sells at quarterback.
Sherman took a 21-14 lead midway through the third quarter as senior receiver J.T. Luper caught a 55-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Dru Smith. Just a minute before, Lovejoy had tied the score, 14-14, on its first drive of the second half as junior running back Dan Sefcik caught a 32-yard pass from Sells. Lovejoy’s first drive of the second half was kept alive by a roughing the punter penalty.
Sherman held a 14-7 halftime lead, but it could have been much bigger — or much smaller. Sherman scored with a 92-yard touchdown pass as senior receiver Joseph Harvey raced downfield on a perfect pass at midfield from senior quarterback Dru Smith on third-and-19 from Sherman’s 8-yard line. That came a possession after Sherman failed to convert a fourth-and-goal from Lovejoy’s 5-yard line on its first drive.
Sherman led 14-0 after Mask, a converted defensive back, scored on an 8-yard run as Mask keyed a 76-yard drive. Sherman led in total yards 327-145 but couldn’t convert more points.
Lovejoy’s first score came on a 3-yard run by Sefcik.
The game could have been much closer. A controversial 60-yard pass reception that was fumbled by Lovejoy near the goal line was ruled a touchback with possession to Sherman instead of remaining a Lovejoy drive at the 2-yard line.