ST. CHARLES – St. Charles East’s Brannon Barry was frustrated for most of four quarters Friday night at Norris Stadium, but the senior standout made his presence felt in a huge way in overtime to help the Saints edge crosstown rival North, 28-21.
Barry, a wide receiver, scored on a 10-yard run in the extra session to give the Saints (3-0, 1-0 UEC River) their first lead since the first quarter, then broke up a pass at the goal line to preserve the victory.
“It was a slot reverse,” Barry said of the touchdown run. “We made a last-minute change and it just worked out for the best.”
Barry’s dramatics came up after a wild fourth quarter in which the Saints scored a pair of touchdowns and had to complete a two-point conversion to force overtime.
Trailing 14-7, Ramon Lopez scored on a 4-yard run to pull East within one early in the final period, but the extra-point attempt sailed wide right.
On North’s ensuing possession, Evan Kurtz busted up the middle and broke four tackles to ramble 76 yards for a touchdown to put the North Stars (1-2, 0-1) up 21-13.
Kurtz had a monster game, grinding his way to 224 yards on 36 carries and scoring all three of North’s touchdowns. He also had a strong game at linebacker, helping the North Stars keep the Saints’ offense bottled up most of the game.
East tied the score with 3:15 left in regulation when quarterback Jimmy Mitchell hit a wide-open Erik Anderson in the flat for a 34-yard scoring play and Mitchell connected with Mitch Munroe for the two-point conversion.
“We run bleachers every single day,” Barry responded when asked how the Saints were able to change the momentum in the fourth quarter. “We don’t get beat because we have so much stamina. That’s what we tell ourselves. When the second half comes, we’ve got to work our butts off.”
The Saints had started out strong when Mitchell hit Munroe in stride for a 90-yard scoring strike down the right sideline on a 3rd-and-18 play on their first possession, but the North defense and the North Stars’ strong running game controlled the game for the next two quarters.
North rolled up 315 yards on the ground, including 79 by quarterback Erik Miller.
Mitchell threw for 200 yards to account for most of East’s offense.
ST. CHARLES EAST 28, ST. CHARLES NORTH 21 OT
SCN 0 7 7 7 0 - 21
STCE 7 0 0 14 7 - 28
HOW THEY SCORED
First quarter STCE - Munroe 90 pass from Mitchell (Frio kick), 8:02 Second quarter SCN - Kurtz 4 run (Stutesman kick), 5:05Third quarter SCN - Kurtz 1 run (Stutesman kick), 1:00Fourth quarter STCE - Lopez 4 run (kick failed), 8:31 SCN - Kurtz 76 run (Stutesman kick), 8:09 STCE - Anderson 34 pass from Mitchell (Munroe pass from Mitchell), 3:15 Overtime STCE - Barry 10 run (Anderson kick)
RUSHING - St. Charles North: Miller 15-79, Kurtz 36-224, Conroyd 3-16, Hunter 1-0. Totals: 55-319. St. Charles East: Anderson 10-58, Mitchell 2-minus 19, Lopez 9-12, Barry 1-10. Totals: 22-61.PASSING - St. Charles North: Miller 9-17-0-60, Kurtz 0-2-0-0. St. Charles East: Mitchell 12-25-1-200, Munroe 0-1-1-0, Candre 1-1-0-22.RECEIVING - St. Charles North: Johnson 2-11, Hunter 4-28, Kurtz 1-3, Merriwether 1-8, Newbill 1-10. St. Charles East: Munroe 5-130, Flanigan 2-23, Barry 4-26, Anderson 1-34, Lopez 1-9.TOTAL OFFENSE -- St. Charles North 379, St. Charles North 283SOPHOMORE GAME -- St. Charles North 35, St. Charles East 7