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Beyond the Boxscore: Brown climbs charts with two more interceptions

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 9, 2017 8:30 pm Updated: Sep. 9, 2017 8:31 pm

Adehkeem Brown might eventually force Quincy University interim head football coach Gary Bass to give into his wishes.

The senior cornerback wants a shot at playing offense. Saturday, he showed once again he has the hands to play wide receiver.

Brown intercepted two passes, both of which led to touchdowns, as the Hawks rolled to a 50-21 victory over Alderson-Broaddus in the home opener at QU Stadium.

"If he keeps making many more interceptions, I'm going to have to honor that request at some point in time," Bass said.

Brown now has 13 career interceptions, which is a Great Lakes Valley Conference record and the second most in QU history.

Ricardo Patterson, who played from 2003-06, holds the QU record with 19 career interceptions. Brown moved past Murphy Grant, who had 12 interceptions from 1992-96. They are the only three players in QU history with more than seven career interceptions.

"Adehkeem is supremely talented," Bass said. "He's a great corner. He's been a great corner. He's one of those guys we expect a lot of things out of, so if anything ever happens and he does get beat, you're like, ‘Oh, wow, that shouldn't happen.' It just never happens to him.

"He had another great performance and we were able to take advantage of the times he got us the ball back."


Great day for Central State Eight Conference

The Central State Eight Conference continues to provide the QU football program with a number of top recruits.

Saturday, CS8 alums were nearly responsible for single-handedly beating Alderson-Broaddus.

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin product Chris Harris and Jacksonville products Kody Wood and Adam Hillis combined to score five touchdowns and give Bass his first victory as a head coach.

Harris, a fifth-year senior at tailback, rushed for 155 yards and three scores, including a 55-yard burst for a touchdown on his first carry of the game. Wood, a senior wide receiver, caught three passes for 23 yards with an 11-yard touchdown grab for his fourth career receiving touchdown. And Hillis, a freshman tight end, turned his first career catch into a touchdown as he hauled in a 19-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter.

Two other CS8 alums -- wide receiver Zac Lonergan of Jacksonville and linebacker Dylan Handlin of Rochester -- also saw time in reserve roles.


Position changes work

It was a subtle move having linebackers T.J. Daniels and Cody Leonard switch spots, but it worked well.

Daniels, a junior who had been starting as a middle linebacker, was moved to the hybrid defensive end/linebacker spot normally occupied by Leonard. It was done to give the Hawks a bigger body -- Daniels is 5-foot-11 and 234 pounds, while Leonard is 5-11 and 192 pounds -- to take on offensive lineman but a physical tackler who has the speed to cover a tight end or a fullback in coverage.

The results were promising. Daniels had two tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, and intercepted a pass in the third quarter. He also broke up a pass. Leonard, a junior, led the Hawks with 11 tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss, and was credited with a quarterback hurry.

It wasn't the only switch that paid dividends.

The Hawks took placekicking responsibilities away from sophomore Nathan Kewney, turning them over to freshman Michael Klotz. Meanwhile, Kewney concentrated solely on his punting duties.

Kewney averaged 40.4 yards on five punts with a long of 55 yards and one touchback. Klotz went 6 for 6 on extra points and averaged 59.2 yards per kickoff with one touchback.


How big was that hole?

On the second play from scrimmage, the Hawks scored on a Chris Harris' 55-yard touchdown run in which he found a seam between left tackle Justin Rosendahl and left guard Jared Carlton and saw nothing in front of him except turf.

"Huge," Harris said. "Huge."

Realistically, how big was it? Bass, who played offensive line at NCAA Division II Catawba College, joked he might have picked up some yards.

"I wouldn't have scored a 55-yard touchdown, I can promise you that," Bass said. "I may have gotten 10 or 15 maybe. I may have run through a tackle or two."


Go for two

After Harris' first touchdown, the Hawks lined up in a swinging gate-style formation for the extra point. Typically, they shift back to a normal blocking scheme and kick the PAT. Not this time.

Noticing how Alderson Broaddus lined up, holder Brendan Saak took the snap and hurled a lateral to linebacker Nate Rueckemann behind the blockers outside the right hash mark. Rueckemann caught the ball, tucked in behind a blocker and ran in the two-point conversion. It ensured the Hawks would never be tied or trail the remainder of the game.

Although the Hawks had practiced the play, no one expected it, including Rueckemann. Alderson-Broaddus' alignment gave Saak the opportunity to run the trick play, and it worked to perfection.

It is the second time Rueckemann scored in his career. As a freshman in 2014, he returned a blocked field goal 65 yards for a touchdown in a 42-28 victory over William Jewell.

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