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Football: Lemont Loses on Missed Extra Point in OT

Lemont kicker Joe Hehir's missed extra point attempt cost the Indians a 21-20 loss in overtime to T-F South.

Breaking It Down: When Joe Hehir lined up for a 42-yard field goal with 8 seconds left in regulation to break a 14-14 tie with T-F South, Lemont fans had reason to feel confident. Even though the kicker had missed an attempt in the second quarter, Hehir had connected on over 50-yard field goals previously. He won the game for Lemont in a similar situation just a week earlier.

But, he could only put his head down, as he walked back to the Lemont sideline after watching his kick bounce off the field goal post's bottom crossbar.

T-F South was able to take advantage of its new life in overtime, and took a 21-14 lead after Joe Young broke a tackle on his way to a 2-yard touchdown. Lemont's offense did not flinch, scoring on a Mitch Balek 5-yard touchdown run. Right before T-F South's offense went back on the field, the unthinkable happened. Hehir, who was the team hero last week after making a game winning field goal, missed his extra point attempt wide right, as Lemont fell to T-F South by a final of 21-20. 

Patch’s MVP: Mitch Balek, Lemont. Balek was the only offensive threat Lemont had all evening. He rushed for 171 yards on 26 carries, and accounted for all three of Lemont's touchdown scores. What makes these stats more impressive is how Balek was able to be so effective, despite the passing game failing to gain over 60 yards total.

Lemont Stat Pack: Connor O'Brien had more than 10 tackles, including all three on T-F South's first offensive possesion of the game, and two sacks. Joe Sambucci caught two passes for 35 yards. Zack Brosseau completed 2-of-7 passes for 22 yards in the first half. Michael Larkins rushed for 42 yards on 7 carries.

T-F South Stat Pack: Peyton Padjen and Saleem Sanford combined to complete 6-of-13 of their passes for 111 yards. Sanford also rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries. James Bucksath recorded a sack, and rushed for over twenty yards. Drakkar Frazier was targeted on seven pass attempts, and caught two of them for 61 yards, including a touchdown. T-F South committed 7 of its 8 penalities in the second half. 

Quotable I: “I'd take Joe [Hehir] any day," O'Brien said of his team's kicker. "There wouldn't be anyone else I'd want to kick that ball except Joe."

Quotable II: “A year ago we were sitting at 1-5 at this point,” T-F South head coach Tom Padjen said. "We finished strong last year, and our seniors worked hard to make sure this was a successful year."

Team Records: Lemont is 5-1 and 2-1 in the South Suburban Blue. T-F South is 5-1 and 4-0 in the South Suburban Blue.

What’s Next: T-F South moves on to host Breman on Oct. 5. Lemont plays at Hillcrest on Oct. 5 with a 6:45 p.m. kickoff.

Scores of Interest: Tinley Park 17, Bremen 14. Oak Forest 49, Hillcrest 12. For more scores, go to IHSAScoreZone.

Mary Van September 30, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Hmmm...too bad Tinley Park can never beat Lemont. I love it when Lemont beats Tinley in any sport......GO INDIANS !!!!
Mary Van September 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
David, My husband and I watched the game online, and you are correct in reporting that there were missed field goals. However, you need to remember that the kicker would have WON the game......her certainly was not responsible for the loss that your headline implies. Why did you not report the mistakes made by other players during other plays. These are kids, and they are learning the game. Shame on you.
Terri O'Neill October 04, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I am so very happy to see such support from the other comments for not allowing our youth athletes, the parents or the fans to pin a loss on one player or one play. My son played soccer for 17 years beginning at the age of 5, post game we would get in the car and break down how the game went- not blaming any one play, or any one call for a loss. Instead it is a self inventory on what each player could have done better to provide a more comfortable lead so that the pressure of "saving" the game would not be on a sole play or player. Football is one of many team sports that requires the best personal effort possible from EVERY player and coach on the field, and if at the end of the game there is an L instead of a W in the column then it is up to the coaches, the parents, and the responsible adults around these youth players to help them learn, evaluate and become better for that experience, not to unfairly and unjustly blame. I commend Joe Hehir for walking out there and making the attempt. I am cheering for you, for LHS, and for all youth athletes. You will not succeed in every shot, chance, or attempt you make in sports or in life, but do not ever let that deter you from holding your head high as you try and try again.
Spencer D. Smith October 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
This was poorly reported and unfair to the kicker. Not only was there obviously an abundance of reasons why the game came down to one kick, but why is it just the kicker at fault here? It's not just him representing LHS on the field when he is kicking. There are plenty of other possibilities as well. Perhaps the offensive line performed poorly and he was rushed. Perhaps there was a bad snap, causing the football to be askew. The possibilities, for that one play alone, are rather numerous and should not be shouldered by one player. Football is a team effort and when a team wins, the entire team is responsible for said win. When a team loses, the same holds true.
lisa dell February 08, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Even though it emplies he lost the game, in the same message it talks about how it says he won the game the previous week, and I'm sure he didn't win the game by himself

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