Football: Bourbon shows poise in Stevenson’s win over Lyons Township
Stevenson quarterback Willie Bourbon (left) tries to elude a defender during Friday's season opener. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 1, 2012 6:08AM
LINCOLNSHIRE — Stevenson sophomore Willie Bourban (13-for-25, 316 yards) made his starting debut a memorable one with three touchdown passes to two different receivers to lead Stevenson past visiting Lyons Township 35-28.
Two of Bourban’s TD passes went to Matt Morrissey for 35 and 62 yards. Morrissey’s second TD catch was a short flare that Morrissey juggled a few times before corralling it down the sidelines to tie the game at 21 in the third quarter.
“He has unbelievable hands. I love that guy. He’s a great kid too,” Bourbon on Morrissey.
Lyons Township scored on a 23-yard TD pass from Zach Mahoney to Kevin Pikul to trim Stevenson’s lead with 4:45 to play. The Lyons defense ended a Patriots’ drive at the Stevenson 35. Lyons Township regained possession at its own 41 with 2:35 left, but the Patriots sacked Mahoney on first down.
Lyons Township could not get a first down and threw an incompletion to end its final possession. Lyons had only four of its 17 first downs in the game in the second half.
“This will get us ready for next week (at H-F),” Morrissey said. “This is a big momentum (boost) for us.”
The two teams met in another thriller after Lyons Township won 24-19 in last year’s opener. Lyons Township faces West Suburban Gold favorite Downers Grove South in Week 2 in the second of three consecutive road games to start the season.