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Takacs' Sack the Finishing Touch on Win for Interboro

Varsity vs Episcopal Academy on 9/9/2011 7:30:00 PM
Posted Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Matt Chandik

 

PROSPECT PARK — Tom Takacs struggled to find running room all night.

Takacs, Interboro’s junior fullback, found out the hard way that the middle of Episcopal Academy’s defense wasn’t going to budge on runs up the middle.



Fortunately for Takacs and the Bucs, though, he found a way to get involved on the other side of the ball.

Takacs sacked Adam Strouss on fourth-and-nine to make Josh Breen’s rushing touchdown stand as overtime’s only points to help Interboro get its first win of the season with a 14-7 triumph over the Churchmen Friday night at the South Avenue Athletic Complex.

“I dropped into coverage, but I knew that if (Strouss) rolled out, I was supposed to blitz,” said Takacs, who finished with 36 hard-fought yards on 13 carries. “It feels really good to get that first win, especially after last week (a 35-21 loss to Springfield).”

Breen was bottled up all night by the EA defense as he totaled just five rushing yards on nine carries and 74 yards through 6-for-15 passing. However, he saved his best for last. After a first-down rush only gained one yard on the first play of overtime, Breen seized the opportunity to shine.

He faked a handoff to running back Tyler McLaughlin and once the Churchmen defense followed McLaughlin, Breen was able to stroll into the right corner of the end zone to give the Bucs their first points since McLaughlin’s 23-yard touchdown gallop in the first quarter.

While Breen’s touchdown gave the Bucs the necessary points to win, it was McLaughlin who carried the load offensively for Interboro. He rushed 29 times for 182 yards and that first-quarter touchdown, mostly on outside run plays that allowed Interboro’s offensive line to get to the second level.

“Our O-line was having some nice holes outside,” McLaughlin said. “I was just able to get up and get some yards. I’m kind of used to (getting lots of carries). (Head coach Steve Lennox) runs the ball a lot.”

After last week’s loss to the Cougars, Lennox was relieved to have Interboro back in the win column.

“The first one’s always the toughest,” Lennox said. “I’m really proud of the kids — they really stuck together — we had some nice moments.”

Interboro (1-1) almost didn’t need the extra time. The Bucs faced third-and-13 with 35 seconds remaining when Shawn Frampton picked up a backward pass from Breen that bounced on the ground and launched it to a wide-open Rashon Fentress. Fentress couldn’t hold on to what looked like a sure touchdown, but the Bucs eventually battled back.

For Episcopal Academy head coach Todd Fairlie, it was a tough end to a night that saw his Churchmen (1-1) battle one of the Del Val League’s favorites down to the wire. Fairlie was impressed with his team’s tenacity, but definitely saw some things that he’d like to fix.

“It didn’t go the way we wanted,” Fairlie said. “I thought we had some good looks and we didn’t execute. We faced some adversity. It was the hottest it’s been all year for us, we’re on the road on grass for the first time and it’s a tough place to come in and get a win.”

Ian Strain scored EA’s lone touchdown of the night when he took a slant pass on third-and-10 from the EA 20-yard line, weaved past a few defenders and sprinted past the rest for an 80-yard touchdown.

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