Big catch sparks Big Foot's victory over Jefferson
Fortunately for Walworth Big Foot High School’s football team, 6-foot-5 wide receiver Alec McGreevy had more size than Jefferson.
McGreevy’s diving, 31-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter erased Jefferson’s 7-0 lead and ignited Big Foot’s comeback for a 14-7 victory over the Eagles in key a Rock Valley crossover game here Friday night.
The win was Big Foot’s 23rd straight in regular-season play. It boosted the state’s third-ranked medium-sized school to 4-0 this season and kept the defending champion Chiefs tied with Brodhead/Juda and Palmyra-Eagle for the Rock Valley South lead at 2-0.
In suffering its first loss of the season, Jefferson (3-1) fell a game behind Edgerton and McFarland in the North.
Michael Walker clinched the Big Foot victory with a
1-yard touchdown run with two minutes remaining that left Jefferson coach Steve Gee searching for answers.
“That’s a great catch,” Gee said of McGreevy’s pivotal reception. “Our best corner was on him (McGreevy), which is what we wanted, and our guys come off the field and say, “What did we do wrong?’ And frankly, I told them they did nothing wrong.”
Big Foot quarterback Steve Dowden certainly thought he did something wrong when his touchdown pass appeared to be heading out of bounds.
“I threw the ball and I saw it in the air, and I saw him (McGreevy), and I said, ‘Oh, boy, I think I threw the ball out of bounds,’ ” Dowden said. “But he caught it, and it was a great catch.”
Big Foot took over from there.
After a short Jefferson punt on the ensuing possession gave Big Foot the ball at midfield, the Chiefs went to work on the game-winning drive.
Walker carried the ball five out of the next six plays, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run that put Big Foot up 14-7 late in the game.
The Eagles then surged to midfield on the ensuing possession, before Big Foot recovered a on the Chiefs’ 45 to put the game out of reach.
“It was a good, hard-hitting football team, and they were well prepared,” Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said of the Eagles. “Last year, we got to a big lead on them, and this year I knew as well-prepared as they were, it was going to be a defensive struggle.”
After the defensive struggle led to a scoreless first half, the Eagles’ power running attack took shape in the third quarter.
Jefferson methodically drove 61 yards to Chiefs’ 22 before Tyler Tomczak grabbed a short Lucas Smillie pass and smashed through a gang of Big Foot tacklers for the touchdown that put the Eagles up 7-0.
Jefferson’s defense continued to shut down the physical Big Foot offense until Dowden and McGreevy finally responded.
“All we can do from this is learn from it and take some of the feeling we had at the end of the game and use that for the rest of the season,” Gee said.
BIG FOOT 14, JEFFERSON 7
Jefferson 0 0 7 0—7
Walworth Big Foot 0 0 0 14—14
Scoring summary: J—Tyler Tomczak, 22 pass from Lucas Smillie (Tomczak kick). WBF—Alec McGreevy, 31 pass from Steve Dowden (Sean Kivlin kick). BF—Michael Walker, 1 run (Kivlin kick).
Statistics: First downs—J 11, WBF 14. Rushing—J 36-204, WBF 36-158. Yards passing—J 60, WBF 117. Passes—J 12-5-0, WBF 17-11-0. Fumbles—J 6-3, WBF 2-1. Penalties—J 10-80, WBF 11-110.