Football: Homewood-Flossmoor downs Lincoln-Way East 24-20
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media September 28, 2013 12:02AM
Homewood-Flossmoor's quarterback Isaac Cutara (10) celebrates with his tight end James Sheehan (12) after Sheehan's touchdown reception. | Vincent D. Johnson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 28, 2013 4:44PM
Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea said after Week 1 he really wasn’t sure what to expect from this version of the Vikings.
After his team’s 24-20 win Friday night over the Griffins in Flossmoor, he might have a better grasp of what he actually has.
The Vikings (5-0, 3-0 SouthWest Suburban Blue) scored 17 consecutive points to erase a seven-point deficit against the previously unbeaten Griffins (4-1, 2-1).
“This is what we set out for,” Buzea said. “This is the team to beat in the conference and the team to beat in the south suburbs.”
Buzea especially was proud of the running back combination of sophomore twins DeVante Harley-Hampton and Dante Harley-Hampton, who combined for 107 yards to complement Vashan Nutt (11 carries, 125 yards, TD) and a steady day by quarterback Isaac Cutrara (8-of-17, 133 yards, 2 TDs).
Nutt scored what proved to be the game-winning points on a 66-yard run with 10 minutes, 7 seconds left in the third quarter that gave his team a 24-14 lead.
“We fought hard, and this just shows how much work we put in,” Nutt said. “This was a game of a lifetime. People would die to play in a game like this. I was happy to see all the support from the crowd and I hope they keep coming out all year.”
Will Daniels interception with a little over two minutes left stopped the Griffins’ final drive of the night. Daniels scored on the play but the touchdown was called back because of a block-in-the-back penalty. The Vikings were able to run out the clock.
H-F took the opening drive and gained a 7-0 lead on a 35-yard pass to DeVante Harley-Hampton from Cutrara. The Griffins responded with the next 14 points, the scores coming on a fake field goal, a 16-yard pass to Colin O’Connell from holder Brett Fuessel, and a 36-yard TD pass to Paul Gossage from Jordan Wirtz.
Back came the Vikings to reclaim a 17-14 halftime edge on a 20-yard pass to James Sheehan from Cutrara and a 33-yard field by Morgan Bohlman.
“We did it. I’m extremely proud of our guys and our coaching staff,” Buzea said.