10/20/2012, 12:00am CDT
Sahr Mahoney was huge in Mooseheart’s 28-27 win over visiting North Shore Country Day Friday night.
Mooseheart outlasted visiting North Shore Country Day in a near repeat of last year’s matchup between the two, squeaking by 28-27 Friday night.
North Shore’s four turnovers were the difference in the game, as they set up the Mooseheart offense on several occasions.
The Red Ramblers’ Sahr Mahoney was seemingly everywhere at once. Mahoney intercepted two passes on defense, racked up six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown and added another score on the ground.
“It’s crazy to be out there all the time, sometimes I wonder how I keep going,” said Mahoney, whose interception with 1.8 seconds left sealed the game. “I’ve been training for this game all season though and am excited to get the win.”
After a back-and-forth battle through the first half, which saw each team score twice unanswered to make the score 14-13 Mooseheart things heated up in the fourth as the teams traded leads four times in the final 12 minutes.
North Shore kept the ball on the ground behind a solid rushing attack. Senior running back Kendrick Hales (16 attempts, 240 yards, two touchdowns) led the way. His 65-yard scamper down the sideline gave the Raiders a six-point lead with under six minutes to go.
North Shore had a chance to take control of the game following a touchdown from Mooseheart senior quarterback Jonathan Hart to Mahoney that put the Raiders down one with 3:20 to go in the game.
Staying true to form, the Raiders, who threw the ball only twice in the second half, continued to pound away on the ground with little success.
“They were giving us the run and our running game was working,” said North Shore coach Fred Miller. “We just have to manage the clock and hold on to the football and we won’t end up in a situation like that we don’t want to be in.”
With each team losing to Ottawa Marquette, Mooseheart was able to secure second place in the Northeastern Athletic Conference heading into Saturday’s playoff selection with an 8-1 record.
“This win means a lot, momentum is the key,” said Mooseheart coach Gary Urwiler. “Right now, mentally, we feel pretty darn good. We’ll get ready and see who we have to play.