LeCaptain leads Southern Door to thrilling win over Kewaunee
KEWAUNEE (WLUK) -- Derik LeCaptain was proof Friday night your dreams can come true.
The Southern Door junior put on a show against Kewaunee in a battle of contenders in the Marinette-Oconto Northern Lakes Packerland Conference-Large, scoring four touchdowns -- two on receptions, one on a run and one on an interception -- and he intercepted a pass on a two-point conversion in the final minute as the Eagles won a thrilling 28-27 game against the Storm.
LeCaptain did it all and was emotional afterwards.
"It's actually funny and I swear the truth on this," LeCaptain said. "Two years ago before we played Kewaunee I dreamt we won on a play just like that. It's so overwhelming. I dreamt of me catching the ball like that in the end zone and my teammates carrying me the whole way. I'm at a lost for words."
LeCaptain's final heroic play of the night came in a wild final two minutes. Michael Barribeau scored on a 1-yard plunge to give Kewaunee a 21-20 lead with 1:51 left, but 20 seconds later LeCaptain scored on a long pass to give the Eagles a 28-21 lead.
Then in the final minute Kewaunee quarterback Cody Bultman hit Michael Halada with a scoring pass to trim the lead to 28-27. Kewaunee, ranked No. 10 in the FOX 11 Top 11, called a timeout and decide to go for two points. That's when LeCaptain intercepted Bultman as the Storm was denied.
"Derik's just a great football player," Southern Door coach Pat McCarty said. "Offensively, I could play him at 11 positions. He's so talented and versatile."
Southern Door has now won 15 straight conference games, dating back to the Packerland Conference and the Eagles are playing a full 48 minutes to get the job done. They improved to 3-1 this season and the four games have been decided by a total of 11 points, including back-to-back one-point wins.
Southern Door lost a dozen seniors from last year's team that went perfect in the regular season, but behind LeCaptain the Eagles are getting it done, for the most part, and moved to 2-0 in league play.
"They've improved," McCarty said of his players. "We've played some good games the last four weeks and played really good teams the last two weeks in \conference play. We just have to keep it going."
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