BELOIT — In a sport that had slightly of all the pieces, Ursuline had slightly extra the place it mattered most.
The sixth-seeded Irish defeated third-seeded host West Department 38-31 in a prolonged Division IV, Area 13 quarterfinal Saturday evening.
The Irish improved to 6-2 and can play at second-seeded Poland subsequent Saturday.
“I want we didn’t must make it that shut ultimately, however we knew West Department wasn’t going to give up; they’re too good for that,” Ursuline coach Dan Reardon mentioned. “We had good little lead and our offense was rolling, however a number of occasions there late, we didn’t convert on account of a foul (shotgun) snap and such.”
Nonetheless, the Irish completed in a approach most groups need to end – in victory formation working out the clock after Matt Reardon recovered an onside kick with 2:43 remaining and the Warriors with only one trip left.
“The largest factor for us is we knew we needed to play mistake-free to have an opportunity,” West Department coach Ken Harris mentioned. “It took us some time to regulate to their velocity and it was a bodily, testy sport such as you’d count on playoff video games to be.”
Ursuline led 24-6 at halftime, as Dante Walker blocked a West Department punt to arrange the primary landing and intercepted a go and returned it 27 yards late within the first half after the Warriors had pulled inside 16-6 on Brock Hillyer’s 2-yard go to Dru DeShields.
“I just like the pick-6 higher than the blocked punt as a result of my coronary heart was actually pounding in that return and I picked up and good block and made a reduce,” Walker mentioned. “It was my first pick-6 ever. I do know the blocked punt obtained us going, although. My coaches informed me that if I went onerous, I used to be going to get one this week and we put in a particular play to go for one.”
Nonetheless, Alec Wilson intercepted Ursuline quarterback Brady Shannon and returned it 37 yards to paydirt simply 15 seconds into the second half, as West Department made it 24-12.
It started an avalanche of factors.
Ursuline scored simply 1:25 later as Walker made a 38-yard over-the-shoulder reception on a fantastic throw from Shannon to make it 32-12.
West Department retaliated with a 2-yard TD go from Hillyer to DeShields and Ben Tolson added the extra-point kick.
Each groups scored 5 whole touchdowns, however the Irish transformed 4 two-point conversions.
DeMarcus McElroy’s 5-yard run gave the company a 38-19 lead with 5:05 left within the third quarter.
West Department added two touchdowns within the fourth quarter, with Hillyer tossing an 11-yarder to Nick Wilson with 9:20 left to make the rating 38-25.
The Warriors, as they’ve performed all season, stored hitting onerous and preventing to the tip. Hillyer scored on a 1-yard TD run with 2:45 left, however Matt Reardon recovered the onside kick and the Irish obtained a pair of first downs and took two knees the drain the clock.
“Positive, we’ve got some issues to work on, however that workforce (West Department) over there’s a excellent soccer workforce,” coach Reardon mentioned. “We’re going to be sore tomorrow they usually’re going to be sore tomorrow, I can inform you that a lot.”
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