Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Edwardsville Can't Pass Bar, Falls to Woodstock

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Edwardsville Can't Pass Bar, Falls to Woodstock

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Edwardsville High quarterback Jim Dougherty stood at midfield and looked at the crossbar that 45 minutes earlier denied the Tigers a chance to continue their unbeaten season.

Dougherty's missed field goal attempt in overtime and Adam Vetere's subsequent 19-yard field goal gave Woodstock a 17-14 win over the Tigers on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Illinois Class 5A high school playoffs at the Edwardsville Sports Complex.

The win by the Blue Streaks (10-1) sends them into the quarterfinals, where they will play Rock Island, a 53-22 winner over Chicago Hubbard. Edwardsville, ranked No. 4 in the Post-Dispatch large-schools poll, ended its season at 10-1. The goal posts at Edwardsville have two cross bars, set about a foot apart. Dougherty's 32-yard field goal attempt in overtime hit the bottom of the top crossbar and bounced down between the two crossbars. "After it hit and bounced in, I figured it had to have (missed)," Edwardsville head coach Tim Dougherty said. "I guess that tells the story of the game." The real story was the second half, in which Edwardsville gained only 51 yards on offense. The Tigers, who played the game without star running back Collin Gardiner (groin pull, sprained ankle and bruised heel) and tailback Curtis Mayfield (leg injury), could not muster any offense as the Blue Streaks defense stopped the Tigers' option offense. Because of Woodstock's defense, Edwardsville was zero for four on third-down conversions in the second half and one for seven for the game. "They outplayed us in the second half," Dougherty said. "It seemed like they had 15 players on the field. They're a good football team and they made plays when they had to." Edwardsville led 14-7 at halftime and had the ball to start the third quarter. But the Tigers couldn't get rolling on offense and a Brad Grotefendt punt pinned the Blue Streaks at their own 5. But, Woodstock marched 95 yards in 13 plays to score, with Vetere, who was 11 of 22 for 180 yards, hitting Eric Kottke on a 19-yard touchdown pass to make the score 14-13. …

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