As Tempe quarterback Emmanuel Gant twisted and turned, trying to escape the Chandler Seton Catholic defenders grip, he made a throw only an underclassman would make.
With 2:30 left in the third quarter, the sophomore signal caller threw a dart facing away from his receiver that was picked off by senior Matt Haggerty and returned 78 yards for a touchdown. It was his worst of five interceptions he threw on the night — all of them coming in Seton territory.
Seton (8-1) took full advantage of the turnovers winning 41-25 in a non-division game. It used its balanced attack to throw for 269 yards and rush for 270. Sophomore Antonio Campanella contributed 119 of those rushing yards, and his quarterback David Gesicki added 69 yards rushing despite being sacked three times.
Gesicki was not glamorous in the pocket, but he was efficient, completing 19 of 30 passes with three touchdowns, despite his receivers dropping seven passes.
“He was making good throws all night long,” Seton coach Rex Bowser said.
With a total of seven turnovers by Tempe (6-3), there wasn’t much needed from the offense.
“That was a huge factor in this ballgame,” Bowser said. “They’re a really really good team and they are really well-coached.”
Not much went right for Tempe. Gant completed 30 of 45 passes for 372 yards, but his glaring five passes to the other team makes his performance somewhat mediocre.
“This was our biggest game,” Gesicki said. “We have been looking forward to it. They have some great young underclassmen that have carried the team. So kudos to them for just having a great season and luckily we came out on top today.”
After the game, one Seton player jumped on another player’s shoulder and screamed out in celebration while pounding his chest. This win clearly meant a lot.
“It means we can win in a close game,” Gesicki said. “We’re ready for the playoffs. We can face adversity and take care of it.”