Walters bursts through for 99-yard TD as Bulldogs shutout LC, 10-0

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith

9-16-2019

 

LC's Mateo Cedeno (15) leads the offense of the blue Indians in the shadow of the red sky against Crown Point Friday night in St. John. (Photos by Mark Smith)
It wasn't the most exciting game but four CP students basked in the glow of the 7 p.m. sunset at the Crown Point-Lake Central game.
Lake Central's Jalen Wigley (5) tries to contain CP quarterback Will Pettit (7) in Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) action Friday night in St. John.
Crown Point linebacker Jacob Woods (52) heads off Lake Central halfback Felix Garcia (1) in first half action Friday night at LC.
CP's Matthew Walters (24) gets good blocking on this second quarter run. Walters scored the game's only touchdown at Lake Central on Friday.
CP linebacker Danny Sopczak (47) analyzes the Lake Central offense in week four action in St. John.
LC's Jarred Ivy (17) and Marco Ciapponi (25) eyes Crown Point quarterback Will Pettit (7) in first quarter action last Friday in St. John.
Senior William Welever (18) had three solo tackles in the 10-0 Bulldog shutout at Lake Central.
Junior quarterback Will Pettit (7) sets to throw against Lake Central. The Bulldogs evened their season record at 2-2 and their Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) record at 1-1.
That's senior Jacob Woods (52) leading the Bulldog defense that held Lake Central to just 159 total yards and only seven first downs.
Most everyone from CP ended up happy including the student trainers who showed up in full force and took over the visitors sidelines.
CP's 10-0 victory at LC was not the most exciting game of the year, but four moms in the back row still had a good time by the light of the full moon. (All photos by Mark Smith)
 

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Team 1 2 3 4 F
CROWN POINT (2-2 1-1) 3 0 0 7 10
Lake Central (2-2, 1-1) 0 0 0 0 0

Friday, September 13, 2019 -  69 degrees (at kickoff), Duneland Athletic Conference at ST. JOHN, Ind.

1st QtrCP (3-0) Sammy Brewer, 32-yard field goal. 53-yard drive, 10 plays. 3:39 min. Time of Possession (TOP). 1:11 left.
2nd
Qtr: No scoring.
3rd Qtr: No scoring.
4th
Qtr: CP (10-0) Matthew Walters, 99-yard run. 99-yards, 1 play. 0:15 sec. TOP. Sammy Brewer kick. 6:56 left.

STATISTICS

RUSHING:
CROWN POINT (36 carries, 255 yards, one TD): Matthew Walters (HB) 15 carries, 175 yards, one TD; Davian Lira (HB) 18-75 yards; Will Pettit (QB) 3 carries, 5 yards; David O’Toole (WR) 1-6 yards.

LAKE CENTRAL (34 carries, 119 yards): Felix Garcia (HB) 25 carries, 101 yards; Matep Cedeno m()QB) 8 carries, 21 yards; Max Creasbaum (HB) 1 carry, (minus 3 yards)

PASSING:
CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 9 of 20, 78 yards; 0 TDs, one interception;
LC: Mateo Cedeno (QB) 5 of 20, 41 yards.

RECEIVING:
CROWN POINT: David O’Toole (WR) 5-35 yards; Ben Uran (TE) 3-39 yards; Treston Logan (WR) 1-4 yards.
LC: Felix Garcia (HB) 2-24 yards; Danny Nykiel (WR) 1-6 yards; Diego Garcia (WR) 1-8 yards; Ryan Mayton (WR) 1-3 yards. .

TOTAL OFFENSE:
CP: 333 yards, 14 first downs, one turnover;
LC: 160 yards, 7 first downs, No turnovers.

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ST. JOHN (9-13-2019) It was Crown Point’s worst game of the year on offense. But the Bulldogs won 10-0.

It was hard to watch at times. It was hard to watch most of the time. But the Bulldogs won 10-0.

CP played much better in the 21-19 loss to Lowell and the 27-24 overtime loss to Merrillville, not to mention the 24-0 victory over Highland.

This Friday in the cool of the night in St. John, the Bulldogs had a punt blocked, dropped a punt, fizzelled out frequently in scoring territory and were 9 of 20 passing. And they won 10-0.

“Honestly,” said CP coach Kevin Enright, “I’m not sure either side is going to be extremely pleased about tonight. We’re a little more pleased because we won.”

“You go through the experience we went through last week (an overtime loss at home to arch rival Merrillville) and we were anxious to get back on the field. But I don't know (about the performance against LC) I really don't.”

About 2,000 fans saw CP score on their second possession, which reached the Lake Central 15-yard-line. Sammy Brewer’s 32-yard field goal opened the scoring.

The next two quarters could politely be described as mediocre.

LC receivers must have dropped 10 passes, sabotaging Indian quarterback Mateo Cedeno who was just 5-of-20 passing.

Lake Central punted nine times in the game and missed two field goals. They only had the ball 11 times.

After an early second quarter interception, CP punted the next six times they had the ball, in part, due to eight penalties for 65 yards.

Enright was less than thrilled.

“Our philosophy is that no one should get in the end zone but I don't know,” he began. “Getting out of our own way has got to be big for us going forward. The offsides. Unsportsmanlike penalties. We were missing a couple of guys, but everybody is.

“The mistakes we made you don't expect to see that heading into the fifth game of the season. When we get down near the goal line we’ve got to punch it in. You can't win anything in the post-season if you can't do that.”

LC punted twice in the fourth quarter and Cedeno’s ninth punt of the game rolled to the Bulldog 1-yard-line. Then, CP’s Matthew Walters broke off right guard and raced through the LC defense which was packed in tight trying to push the Bulldogs back into the end zone for a safety.

Walters sprinted the length of the field, finally rewarding the visiting Bulldog fans who had spent most of the night sitting quietly in chilly 65-degree breezes. I can definitely say that Walters’ 99-yard run was the most exciting play of the night, because is was the only exciting play of the night. Both teams seemed to try very hard. Especially the punters.

“You can say we had a tough emotional loss last week and we came back,” said Enright, who was not complimentary of his team’s second win in four games.

“Was this a trap game? Was there a letdown? I don't know. One thing I notice about them (LC) is that they are competitive for 48 minutes. That’s a credit to them because they haven't had a ton of success in the recent past.”

Enright suggested that, by the time you read this, CP’s September night in St. John will have been filed in the appropriate container.

“We’re happy we won,” the coach said. “But were going to put it behind us and get to work on next week. There may be some consequences for our lack of focus when we look at the film. We need to get out of our own way. We need to fix us.”

DOG NOTES: Senior halfback Matthew Walters is now in Crown Point’s record books for all time.

His 99-yard fourth quarter touchdown run was a school record that, obviously, cannot be broken. On September 30, 1988, Nick Byrd ran the opening kickoff back 99 yards in a 15-6 win over Munster.

On September 27, 1994, CP’s Jeff Svhira caught a 99-yard TD pass from Brian Parker, the same Brian Parker, who is now the coach of Hanover Central.

On November 4, 1988, CP’s Mark Minch ran 90 yards from scrimmage for a TD in a 21-0 win over Lake Central. On September 6, 2002, CP’s Bobby Rutherford caught a 92-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cowan in a 34-27 win over Merrillville.

For most of the game, the 32-yard field goal by CP’s Sammy Brewer created the only points of the game. The sophomore soccer player has kicked five field goals in the Bulldogs’ last three games.

“Sammy Brewer splits time between soccer and football,” said CP coach Kevin Enright. “His main sport is soccer, but he really put in the time with us during the summer.”

“He’s challenged himself to be the best soccer player and the best football player he can be. We’re certainly glad he’s with us.”

“Sammy is mature beyond his years. We feel comfortable trotting him out there whenever we need him.”

CP played without starting left tackle Cael Begley, who was hurt against Merrillville.

Senior end Tysen Cazy (14 catches, 213 yards) either played very briefly or not at all.

Junior Treston Logan (6-2, 165) caught his first pass of the season at wide receiver.


CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
6A 1 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 2-2
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Kevin Enright, 43-39 in 8th year at school
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 19.3, DA 12.0
Aug. 23 at Lowell 4A L 19 21    
Aug. 30   Highland 4A W 24 0    
Sep. 6   Merrillville 6A © L 24 27 OT  
Sep. 13 at Lake Central 6A © W 10 0    
Sep. 20 at Portage 6A © 7:00 pm    
Sep. 27   Valparaiso 5A © 7:00 pm    
Oct. 4   LaPorte 5A © 7:00 pm    
Oct. 11 at Chesterton 6A © 7:00 pm    
Oct. 18   Michigan City 5A © 7:00 pm    
©DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
6A 1 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 2-2
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
LAKE CENTRAL
INDIANS
Coach: Tony Bartolomeo, 5-16 in 3rd year at school
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 16.8, DA 14.5
Aug. 23 at Munster 5A W 37 7    
Aug. 30   Hammond Morton 4A L 0 20    
Sep. 6   Portage 6A © W 30 21    
Sep. 13   Crown Point 6A © L 0 10    
Sep. 20 at LaPorte 5A © 7:00 pm    
Sep. 27   Michigan City 5A © 7:00 pm    
Oct. 4 at Chesterton 6A © 7:00 pm    
Oct. 11   Merrillville 6A © 7:00 pm    
Oct. 18 at Valparaiso 5A © 7:00 pm    
©DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

The Bulldogs' Next Opponent:

CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
6A 2 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 1-3
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
PORTAGE
INDIANS
Coach: Darren Rodriguez, 16-19 in 4th year at school, 53-67 in 12th year overall
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 22.5, DA 31.8
Aug. 23 at Mishawaka 5A L 27 42    
Aug. 30   Lowell 4A W 35 9    
Sep. 6 at Lake Central 6A © L 21 30    
Sep. 13 at Merrillville 6A © L 7 46    
Sep. 20   Crown Point 6A © 7:00 pm    
Sep. 27   Chesterton 6A © 7:00 pm    
Oct. 4 at Michigan City 5A © 7:00 pm    
Oct. 11   Valparaiso 5A © 7:00 pm    
Oct. 18 at LaPorte 5A © 7:00 pm    
©DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

Duneland Athletic Conference Standings
 
DUNELAND
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
  CONFERENCE ALL GAMES
  W-L Pts OP W-L Pts OP Streak
Merrillville 2-0 73 31 4-  0 142 51 Won 4
Valparaiso 2-0 77 21 4-  0 174 35 Won 4
Chesterton 1-1 36 28 3-  1 97 41 Won 1
Crown Point 1-1 34 27 2-  2 77 48 Won 1
Lake Central 1-1 30 31 2-  2 67 58 Lost 1
Michigan City 1-1 42 49 2-  2 121 76 Lost 1
Portage 0-2 28 76 1-  3 90 127 Lost 2
LaPorte 0-2 7 64 0-  4 27 145 Lost 5
Friday, Sep. 13
Chesterton 29, LaPorte 7 ©
Crown Point 10, Lake Central 0 ©
Merrillville 46, Portage 7 ©
Valparaiso 42, Michigan City 21 ©
Friday, Sep. 20
Crown Point at Portage ©, 7 pm
Lake Central at LaPorte ©, 7 pm
Merrillville at Michigan City ©, 7 pm
Valparaiso at Chesterton ©, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 27
Chesterton at Portage ©, 7 pm
LaPorte at Merrillville ©, 7 pm
Michigan City at Lake Central ©, 7 pm
Valparaiso at Crown Point ©, 7 pm
©conference game