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Prep football: Comets reflect on amazing comeback over EP

Adversity overcame

Newman's Bryce Ivey waits to catch the ball against Riverdale. The Comets play a Three Rivers crossover game at Sherrard on Friday.
Newman's Bryce Ivey waits to catch the ball against Riverdale. The Comets play a Three Rivers crossover game at Sherrard on Friday.

Down 30-7, most teams would panic. Newman is not most teams.

On the road last Friday, playing high-powered Erie-Prophetstown, the Comets picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and went about their business. And business was good, as Newman earned a 54-38 win over the Panthers and command of the Three Rivers North.

"It sums up our team. It's about playing the whole game," Comets senior starting tight end and backup linebacker Bryce Ivey said. "We can overcome. Anyone can blow someone out, but it takes a different type of team to come back from 23 points and win by 16."

"It shows that we have a lot of character and a lot of heart," senior backup quarterback and starting linebacker Nate Terveer said. "We trust each other to do our jobs. Hopefully we can come back from any deficit we have now."

One of the key cogs for Newman (6-1, 5-0 Three Rivers North) in recent weeks has been senior Mitch Jecklin, who has been starting at right guard and is in the defensive tackle rotation.

Jecklin waited a long time for his turn.

"I've played since fifth grade, and this is really my first time starting these last couple weeks," he said. "It feels really good. The coaches have always said that our time will come, and we might be called upon at some point. A couple weeks ago, I was called upon."

Jecklin did not get frustrated with his role in the past. He just kept working.

"Everybody on this team earns their spot," he said. "If you don't get that spot, it just pushes you harder."

A state-qualifying wrestler, Ivey has been on the mat since fourth grade. He thinks football and wrestling go hand in hand.

"I don't think I would be as good and physical at blocking if I didn't wrestle," Ivey said.

After falling behind to EP, Newman made it 30-21 by halftime before outscoring the Panthers 33-8 in the second half.

"We started playing more Newman defense and more Newman football in the second half," Terveer said. "We made adjustments at halftime, and we've been working this week on tightening up our loose ends."

The Comets know they'll have to play better than last week to reach their goals, and while they're not looking ahead, there's still one goal in mind.

"We all have, deep in our minds, that one goal, to get to DeKalb and play there [in the state championship] and bring home the hardware," Terveer said.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where; Sherrard High School

Radio: 102.7 FM

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