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Giants’ comeback effort falls short against rival Warriors

Giants’ comeback effort falls short against rival Warriors

A rivalry game that lived up to the hype.

Well, almost.

Highland Park and Deerfield seemed poised for some game-ending dramatics, but what looked like a onside kick recovery was nullified by a rare penalty, ending the Giants’ miracle bid.

The Warriors kneeled out the final 90 seconds to claim a 21-16 win Friday night, Sept. 1, in Highland Park.

“(The referee) said that we have to give the other team an opportunity to catch the ball,” Giants coach Anthony Kopp said of the recovery that wasn’t. “… I figured if the ball’s kicked and it goes 10 yards — I don’t know what to say.”

Giants quarterback David Finfer rolls out and looks for an option on Friday night.

After his team pulled to within five, Highland Park kicker Sebastian Vybral chipped the kickoff about 15 yards toward the far sideline, right into the arms of a sliding Nick Blumer, his teammate who secured the ball between two Warriors.

Officials took a few minutes to discuss the play before affirming an interference penalty on Highland Park.

The call ended a valiant comeback effort for the Giants who, down 21-10, had just scored a touchdown in a minute to pull within one score.

Highland Park scored the opening touchdown of the game, traveling 99 yards in 15 plays, the last of which was a 5-yard scoring run by senior Nikko Rosenbloom.

Highland Park’s Johnny Walker awaits a pass that was broken up.

Deerfield answered, but the score remained tied at 7-7 until late in the third quarter, when Deerfield struck again.

The Giants responded with a field goal in the fourth quarter but could not stop the Warriors before they scored another touchdown that proved to be the game-winner.

This recap will be updated with more details, stats and quotes on Saturday, Sept. 2.

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