Van Horn holds off Sherwood for league win

By The Examiner staff
Posted: September 8, 2012 - 1:01 AM

Van Horn coach Jeff Tolbert wished his Falcons would have executed better during Friday night’s 28-19 win over Sherwood.

Still, the Falcons had some individual playmakers who executed when it was necessary to secure the Crossroads Conference win at Truman High School.

One time when it was necessary was when Van Horn was protecting a 20-19 fourth-quarter lead. Having scored on Brett Eddleman’s 1-yard TD run to make it a one-point ballgame with 5 minutes, 33 seconds remaining, Sherwood opted for a go-ahead two-point conversion pass. Defensive back Juan Ortiz broke up Eddleman’s pass over the middle.

“I knew they were going to pass, because I saw the two receivers,” Ortiz said. “They cut opposite ways as soon as they hiked the ball. Nolan (Ingold), our safety, followed the receiver who cut out, so I made the move inside. I saw the ball coming, I just dove and put my hand out. I was lucky enough to get it on the ball.”

Tolbert called the pass defense a huge play.

“When your back’s against the wall, you look for guys to step up and make a play,” he said. “And although I’m not sure we did enough of it tonight, obviously, we had a couple guys that did it when it really did count. So I am happy about that.”

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