ANDOVER–So, a Friday the 13th and a full moon? All of the momentum and unlucky things that happen on a night like this happened was Maize South’s Ryan Hays intercepted a pass on a crucial drive, capping the 14-7 Maize South win on Friday night.
The Trojans fall to 0-2 on the season. Their two games have been decided by a combined 10 points.
Eli Fahnestock threw a play they had ran numerous times in practice. However, it was the senior Ryan Hays for Maize South, playing with a sprained wrist, stepped in front of the pass that seemed destined for the end zone, taking it 39 yards the other way. Fahnestock would save the touchdown.
“Our guys fought hard,” Andover head coach Cade Armstrong said. “We have a shot week. We’ll get to fixing the things that need to be fixed and be ready for Eisenhower.”
Two solid defenses and two offense that were expected to produce more points found a defensive battle with less than 125 yards of offense each in the first half.
It was Maize South who struck first. Justice Morris caught a tipped pass in the end zone with 1:54 remaining in the first quarter. It was the cherry on top of a five-play, 47-yard drive.
Except: It shouldn’t have been. There was a flag on the play, calling for offensive pass interference. The officials conferred and ruled it a tipped pass and therefore, negating the interference. They awarded Maize South with the touchdown. By rule, the ball was tipped at the one-yard line, not within the expanded neutral zone as the officials assumed.
“That’s football, what are you going to do?” Armstrong said.
Maize South would score again midway through the second quarter. It was Shields again on the pass. A 7-yard touchdown pass from Shields again. This time it was Braden Pfiefer who caught the touchdown. The Trojans fell behind 14-0 with 7:58 to go in the second.
Andover’s offense was limited in part to a good Maize South defense. However, it was penalties that saw their demise in the first half. It seemed as if the Trojans were on the move offensively, it would be a mistake that would put them back behind the sticks once again. As they said, one step forward, two trojan steps back.
As the Trojans drove down to end the half, penalties and careless mistakes saw Andover go from inside their own 30, to punting from outside the 50.
Andover finally found some momentum on a miscue from Maize South. A botched punt put the Trojans at the Maverick 21-yard line. It was finished off by a Fahnestock 3-yard touchdown run with 7:31 remaining. Andover had clawed their way back into the contest.
After forcing a three-and-out, Andover marched down the field. A highlight was the screen pass to Payton Henry, setting up a first and goal for the Trojans.
However, that’s when Hays happened.
Hays read the play from the beginning. He maintained the discipline and read the round and stepped up at the right moment.
“Maize South linebacker made an amazing play,” Armstrong said.
Andover (0-2) will host Goddard Eisenhower at Andover District Stadium in Week 3 in a short week Thursday showdown.
Maize South 7 7 0 0 14
Andover 0 0 0 7 7
MS — Collins Shields 6-yard TD pass to Justice Morris (kick good).
MS — Shields 7-yard TD pass to Braden Pfiefer (kick good).
Andover—3-yard TD run by Eli Fahnestock (kick good).