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New Trier suffers another heartbreaking loss as Evanston secures last-minute victory

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New Trier suffers another heartbreaking loss as Evanston secures last-minute victory

In a season that’s already had its fair proportion of heartbreak for Latest Trier, the Trevians took one other blow straight to the sternum in Week 6 courtesy of their longtime rivals.

The Evanston Wildkits erased Latest Trier’s late, two-point lead by delivering a shocking 47-yard touchdown on third and long with 45 seconds to play, leading them to a 26-22 victory on Friday, Sept. 29, in Evanston.

Latest Trier was in prime position to place the ending touches on the team’s first conference win after forcing the Wildkits right into a third-and-21 situation. ’Kits quarterback Colin Livatino then tossed what appeared like an innocent screen pass to Demarion Timberlake, who was quickly met by a wall of Latest Trier defenders along the sideline. However the multiple would-be Trevs’ tacklers couldn’t bring down a darting and spinning Timberlake before he broke free for the back-breaking rating.

“We were there to make the play, (but) we had plenty of guys miss plays,” Latest Trier head coach Brian Doll said. “I’m upset within the execution. I’m upset in plenty of things. I don’t really have plenty of words without delay. I’m type of in shock. We’ve not turn out to be the football team I used to be hoping that we’d turn out to be and I’ll take responsibility for that.”

Trevians quarterback Patrick Heneghan reaches the ball over the goal line for a touchdown.

The defeat was Latest Trier’s fourth straight and fifth overall on the season, all but eliminating the Trevians from playoff contention just two weeks into their conference season.

It was an evening that served as a microcosm of what’s turn out to be an unexpectedly disappointing season for Latest Trier. Lots of the same issues which have plagued the Trevians all 12 months — including opposing offenses gaining chunks of yards at inopportune times, turnovers and missed tackles — were on the forefront of their demise once more on Friday.

“We’re just not football team without delay and it’s hard to observe,” Doll said. “I didn’t think we could be at this place with plenty of kids who I expected to have a fantastic senior 12 months and I feel bad for them.”

The Trevs’ tackling on the evening was particularly disheartening for the team’s coaching staff, Doll said, on condition that it was a spotlight in practice all week.

“One among our big goals this week was tackling and we focused completely on it and practice was probably probably the most physical week of practice we’ve had tackling-wise, so then to come back out here and never execute our tackling was hard to observe,” he said.

After a scoreless first quarter, Evanston finished off a formidable 19-play, 92-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to open the sport’s scoring. The series was kept alive after the Trevs committed a costly roughing the kicker penalty on a Wildkits’ punt attempt.

Latest Trier wasted little time in answering, embarking on a 52-yard scoring drive of its own. Junior quarterback Patrick Heneghan, who returned under center for the Trevs after a two-game injury absence, connected with senior Miles Cremascoli for a 40-yard touchdown.

Latest Trier receiver Miles Cremascoli signals first down after an enormous catch within the second half.

The Kits capitalized on a Latest Trier turnover later within the quarter, returning an interception to the Trevs’ 8-yard line. Evanston scored on the following play when Livatino fired a touchdown pass to Keron Pryor.

The Trevs responded once more with a game-tying drive that was capped on a Cremascoli 3-yard touchdown run out of the wildcat formation.

Evanston got the ball back with just over one minute left within the half and made probably the most of its limited time. The ’Kits delivered its first of two crushing scores, taking the lead after Livatano found a large open receiver for a 51-yard touchdown with 5 seconds to go within the half.

Latest Trier opened the third quarter with a robust drive, going 60 yards in six plays to tie the sport at 20. Heneghan finished the drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak. The Trevs got the ball into Evanston’s redzone three plays earlier when Heneghan and Cremascoli connected on a 47-yard completion.

It was one other superb night for Cremascoli, who finished with six receptions for 120 yards. He caught a touchdown pass, rushed in a rating and intercepted a pass.

The Trevians took a 22-20 lead when a nasty Evanston snap caused a security with just over five minutes to play.

But Latest Trier fumbled on the primary play of the following drive, giving Evanston the ball back at its own 46. The Kits then rallied to supply the game-winning rating.

Latest Trier’s Dylan Jeppe pulls down Evanston’s Cajmere Lemond on Friday, Sept. 29, in Evanston.

“It’s very (backbreaking),” Doll said of the defeat. “You’re 1-5 now and there’s not much else I can say. That record speaks for itself. We’ve to be higher and there are plenty of things I can point at but I’ll just take the responsibility for it.”

Latest Trier will return home next Friday night for its homecoming game against Glenbrook North. There shall be a much different feeling on the Trevs’ sidelines in uncharted waters for a program that has familiarized itself with playoff football.

The Trevians will post back-to-back losing seasons for the primary time in 30 years (1992-’93). Latest Trier qualified for the postseasons for 16 straight seasons until 2019.

“That is recent territory for me,” Doll said. “I’ve never gone into Week 7 knowing that we’ll not be within the playoffs, so we’ll need to regroup as a staff and speak about what the approach is. I don’t know what it is going to be at this cut-off date.”

Whatever the Trevs’ approach, the “simplistic a part of football has to come back back to life next week,” for Latest Trier to snap its losing streak, Doll said.

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