Mooseheart finishes regular season 8-1
By Jake Krzeczowski For zSun-Times Media October 19, 2012 11:18PM
Updated: December 21, 2012 5:10PM
Mooseheart outlasted visiting North Shore Country Day in a near repeat of last year’s matchup between the two, squeaking by 28-27 Friday night.
It was a game of who made the least amount of mistakes as North Shore’s four turnovers were the difference in the game, setting up the Mooseheart offense on several occasions.
The Red Ramblers’ Sahr Mahoney was everywhere at once for Mooseheart, intercepting two passes on defense, racking up six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown and tacking on another score on the ground.
“It’s crazy to be out there all the time, sometimes I wonder how I keep going,” said Mahoney, whose interception with 1.8 seconds left sealed the game. “I’ve been training for this game all season though and am excited to get the win.”
After a back-and-forth battle through the first half, which saw each team score twice unanswered to make the score 14-13 Mooseheart, things heated up in the fourth with a see-saw of scoring that saw four lead changes in the final 12 minutes.
The game ultimately came down to a difference in strategy with North Shore opting to keep the ball on the ground behind a solid rushing attack by senior running back Kendrick Hales (16 attempts, 240 yards, two touchdowns). His 65-yard scamper down the sideline gave the Raiders a six-point lead with under six minutes to go.
North Shore Country Day had a chance to take control of the game following a touchdown from Mooseheart senior quarterback Jonathan Hart to Mahoney that put the Raiders down one with 3:20 to go in the game.
Staying true to form, the Raiders, who threw the ball only twice in the second half, continued to pound away on the ground with little success.
“They were giving us the run and our running game was working,” said North Shore Country Day coach Fred Miller. “We just have to manage the clock and hold on to the football and we won’t end up in a situation like that we don’t want to be in.”
With each team losing to Ottawa Marquette, Mooseheart was able to secure second place in the Northeastern Athletic Conference heading into Saturday’s playoff selection with an 8-1 record and .
“This win means a lot, momentum is the key,” said Mooseheart coach Gary Urwiler. “Right now mentally we feel pretty darn good. We’ll get ready and see who we have to play.”