Stevenson Drops Close One to Warren

Lawrence Kreymer, Sports Editor

“The Patriots are driving down the field. Cole Okmin ’19 steps back to pass. Okmin looks downfield for an open receiver. And he’s intercepted, another empty possession for the Patriots.”

That was the storyline for Friday’s football game between Stevenson and Warren.

The Patriots lost their last game of the season 21-14 against the Warren Blue Devils and finished the regular season with a record of 6-3. Against Waukegan, Okmin was named the starter and his performance gave some hope for the Patriots offense that struggled against Lake Zurich. However, after Friday’s game where Okmin threw three interceptions and the offense only scored 14 points, the offense took a step back in their quest for consistency.

All game long, the Blue Devils defense made it uncomfortable for the Patriots offense to get any sort of momentum. However, Alex Capstick ’18 was able to bring a spark to the offense with his touchdown early in the second quarter, helping the Patriots to cut the deficit. Right before halftime the Patriots called up the play of the season. With one second left, Stevenson needed to go 50 yards to score. Instead of running the clock out, the Patriots went with the infamous hook-and-ladder. Capstick barely got into the end zone, tying up the score going into halftime.

However, the Patriots didn’t score after the break, as Warren’s defense stifled any momentum the Patriots had coming out of halftime.

The player that stole the show for Warren was the 6’5” receiver, Micah Jones, committed to Notre Dame. His height advantage was too much for the Patriots to handle, and his three touchdowns were enough to give the Blue Devils the victory.

The loss put the Patriots in a bad position for a home playoff game, and on Saturday, that loss came back to bite them, as Stevenson was given the number 22 seed and matched up against 7-2 Hinsdale Central. The game will take place this upcoming at 3pm Saturday at Hinsdale Central.