Matt Morrissey did all he could, but the Stevenson Patriots are still winless after two weeks.
The Michigan State-bound wide receiver/safety caught four passes for 132 yards and a touchdown and intercepted another pass, but a late Deante Harley-Hampton kickoff return for a touchdown was the difference in a 28-21 win for Homewood-Flossmoor, dropping the Patriots to 0-2 on the early season.
Leading by seven early in the fourth quarter, the Vikings were driving deep into Stevenson territory when Morrissey intercepted an Isaac Cutrara pass. Two plays later, he was on the receiving end of a Willie Bourbon toss, running 73 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 21 apiece.
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The momentum was short-lived, however, as Harley-Hampton, a sophomore, took the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a score to give the Vikings back the lead. It was Harley-Hampton’s second score of the quarter — he caught a 7-yard score earlier to give H-F a 21-14 lead — and put the Patriots back in a seven-point hole they had been chasing all night.
Twice Bourbon led the Stevenson offense, which committed eight second-half turnovers last week in a 15-14 loss to Kenosha Indian Trail (Wis.), on first-half touchdown drives to answer H-F scores, a seven-yard touchdown toss to Cameron Green and a 13-yard scamper, but he also threw three interceptions, including an errant throw with less than a minute to play in Vikings territory. Bourbon finished 17-for-27 with 219 yards.
The Patriots’ offensive line was better — junior center Jason Vavrick’s snaps were accurate and on-time, unlike last week — but still didn’t give Bourbon enough time to find much of a rhythm, and the team rushed for just 33 yards on 14 carries.
It’s not time to panic in Lincolnshire, but the Patriots understand improvement is needed for the team to reach their 2013 goals. They should receive a boost next Thursday when they host Zion Benton (0-2).