ELKHART — Jimtown has a simple strategy in mind — get Matt Desomer off the field, preferably before he runs or throws his way into the end zone.
Andrean’s all-state quarterback will get plenty of attention in the film sessions and practices as the Jimmies gear up for their Class 3A regional game with the 59ers on Friday, Nov. 15.
Desomer is a 48-minute game-changer and Jimtown head coach Mike Campbell is more than impressed.
“He’s one of the best quarterbacks I’ll ever go against. He’s so fast, he throws the ball extremely well on the run,” Campbell said this week. “He’s a three-year starter at Andrean. There’s something to be said for that.”
Desomer piled up 420 total yards — 293 passing and 127 rushing, including a back-breaking 94-yard run on Glenn after the Falcons had driven inside the Andrean 10-yardline.
Instead of Glenn potentially scoring to forge a 7-7 tie, the 59ers turned the game around for a 14-0 lead in a 42-0 win.
Andrean finished with 515 yards as Desomer added two passing touchdowns.
“There’s a calmness about him. Nothing rattles him ... everything slowed down for him. He looks like he’s playing a video game,” Campbell said. “There have been bits and pieces (of games), but their coaching staff said, all right, if they’re going to take away this, let’s do this. Defensively, we’ve got to mix it up as much as possible.”
With an array of stunts, blitzes and good coverage downfield, the Jims shackled Twins Lakes in their sectional title win last week. Jimtown continually harassed Indians QB Cameron Bennington, who never found a comfortable rhythm in his team’s offense.
The 59ers average 45.5 points a game and start nine seniors who took them to the 3A semistate a year ago. Andrean’s only loss in its last 21 games overall was a 35-21 setback to eventual 2012 state champ Fort Wayne Luers.
Jimtown is seeking its first regional crown since 2009. Campbell said he hopes to take a page out of a strategy his team used against Concord earlier this season.
Adam Gill, Luke Crocker and Casey Adams were continually in the Twin Lakes backfield making plays last week.
“We can’t simulate the speed in practice and we couldn’t do that with Concord,” Campbell said, “but what we managed to do was things to cause some mistakes. It’s not limiting the big play, we have to limit the huge play ... the 95-yard touchdown runs, the 70-yard bombs. We’ll have to do what with our fronts and with our pressure and our tackling.”
Class 3A Regional
Friday, Nov. 15
Jimtown (10-2) at Andrean (12-0)
Kickoff: 8 p.m. (Elkhart time)
Site: Andrean High School, Merrillville
Series: Jimtown leads 1-0
Last meeting: Jimtown won 10-7 in 2009 regional.
Advancement: Winner to play West Lafayette (11-1)-Fort Wayne Concordia (9-3) winner in semistate on Nov. 22 If Jimtown wins, it would be home to either West Lafayette or FW Concordia.
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