The team did not need any added motivation. This was the first district game, this was the M&M Bowl, this is what all of the weeks of practices had come down to. The game started out close, however, the team slowly but surely tightened their grasp on the game as the night progressed, leading to a 49-35 victory over Madison Saturday night.
Quarterback Tyler Vitt had another outstanding performance, completing 74 percent of his throws while also rushing for 34 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Bobby Lepovitz was on the receiving end of Vitt’s only passing touchdown and also had 128 yards receiving. The player with the quietest big game was running back Daijon Williams, who had 32 rushes(!) for 224 yards and 4 touchdowns. Williams appeared to never run out of gas as he plowed through Madison defenders the entire game.
Staying calm seemed almost impossible for the players as the anticipation for this game was unmatched to any previous event this year. At times the team seemed to be over excited, resulting in minor mistakes and penalties early. However, the players settled in and focused on the details, which senior Bobby Lepovitz knew was crucial in this big game.
“We all knew that we had a job to do and we went out to practice everyday and worked hard,” Lepovitz said. “We knew what was at stake.”
Halfway through the season, Bobby is second in the district in receiving yards(463) and first in touchdowns (6). He is a terrific route runner with quick cuts, and the ability to create separation from almost any opposing corner. He understands that his work on the outside can help the team win even if the ball does not go his way.
“I just run my routes hard, if I run my routes hard then other people get open, if they run their routes hard then I get open, it was just my night,” Lepovitz said.
The team is now 4-1 this season and 1-0 in district play. Next week, the team takes on the 3-1 Churchill Chargers who have not allowed over 28 points in their first four games.
“Momentum [can be carried over],” Lepovitz said. “[We need to work on] Finishing plays, and avoiding dumb penalties like not having everyone on the line (illegal formation), we’ll be fine.”