Vikings intercept Bulldogs' 2nd half rally, score 17 4th quarter points to win 31-14
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|CP's Tysen Cazy (84) holds on as Valpo's Jack Cahill (28) tries to separate him from the ball Saturday in Crown Point. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|CP's Jacob Woods (52) puts an arm on Valpo ball carrier Tommy Burbee (27) Saturday in the DAC game at CP.|
|CP captains David O'Toole (88) and Alec Barancyk (29) lead the Bulldogs onto the field for the fight against the visiting Vikings.|
|CP's Danny Sopczak (47) has a tall order trying to get by Valparaiso's 6-foot-6, 300 pound junior John Hofer (54).|
|CP's Ben Uran (16) turns up field at the 5-yard line with a pass from quarterback Will Pettit.|
|Here Ben Uran (16) dives and sticks the ball into the end zone for a second quarter TD.|
|Valpo's Mason McMullen (30) can't drag down CP quarterback Will Pettit (7) in the end zone last Saturday.|
|CP's offensive line of Carl Watroba (79), Michael Wolff (68), Zach Milly (68), Alex O'Toole (56) and Jack Darlington (78) took on undefeated Valparaiso Saturday.|
|CP quarterback Will Pettit (7) talks it over with tight end Ben Uran (16) in the second quarter against Valparaiso.|
|Sometimes when your dad takes you to the local football game you pay attention and sometimes you don't. There was plenty of room at CPHS Saturday for the Valpo-CP game.|
|CP's Carl Watroba (79) battles Valparaiso all-state defensive end Cooper Jones (11) Saturday in Crown Point.|
|I firmly believe that a future Crown Point star player is always in the stands somewhere. You never know who he (or she) may be. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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|Valparaiso (6-0, 4-0 DAC)||7||7||0||17||31|
|CROWN POINT (3-3, 2-2 DAC)||0||7||7||0||14|
Saturday, September 28, 2017 - 64 degrees (at kick-off), Duneland Athletic Conference at CROWN POINT, Ind.
Qtr: VALPARAISO (7-0)
Blake Worthington, 12-yard
pass from CJ Opperman. 36-yard drive, 4 plays.1:25 min. time of possession
(TOP). Elias Sewell kick. 0:14 left.
2nd Qtr: VALPARAISO (14-0) Wesley Sharp, 35-yard pass from CJ Opperman. 58-yard drive, 13 plays. 6:52 min. TOP. Elias Sewell kick. 2:13 left.
CROWN POINT (7-14) Ben Uran, 13-yard pass from Will Pettit. 46-yard drive, 7 plays. 1:11 min. TOP. Sammy Brewer kick. 0:58 left.
3rd Qtr: CROWN POINT (14-14) Davian Lira, 33-yard run. 63-yard drive, 2 plays. 0:34 min. TOP. Sammy Brewer kick. 6:06 left.
VALPARAISO (17-14) Elias Sewell, 25-yard field goal kick. 72 yard drive, 17 plays. 6:15min. TOP. 11:40 left.
Antonio Osorio, 2-yard run. 34-yard drive, 6 plays. 2:04 min. TOP. Elias Sewell
kick. 9:21 left.
VALPARAISO (31-14) Tommy Burbee, 18-yard run. 37-yard drive, 8 plays. 3:44 min. TOP. Liam Shepherd kick. 2:51 left.
VALPARAISO (49 carries, 215 yards, 2 TDs): Tommy Burbee (RB) 28 carries, 132 yards, TD; Hayden Vinyard (RB) 14-61 yards; Antonio Osorio (RB) 5-18 yards TD; C.J. Opperman (QB) 2-4 yards.
CROWN POINT (19 carries, 73 yards, TD): Matthew Walters (HB) 12 carries, 54 yards; Davian Lira (HB) 2-33 yards, TD; Will Pettit (QB) 3 (minus-19) 1 sack, minus-7 yards.
VALPO: C.J. Opperman (QB) 8 of 18, 143 yards, 2 TDs, one interception;
CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 10 of 30, 127 yards, 1 TDs, three interceptions.
VALPO: Luke Patterson (WR) 5-92 yards, TD; Blake Worthington (WR) 1-12 yards, TD; Wesley Sharp (TE) 1-10 yards, TD; Antonio Osorio (RB) 1-19 yards.
CROWN POINT: Tysen Cazy (WR) 3 catches, 48 yards; Felix Meeks (TE) 1-0 yards; Ben Uran (TE) 4-61 yards, TD; David O-Toole (WR) 2-18 yards.
VALPARAISO: 338 yards, 17 first downs, one turnover (interception).
CROWN POINT: 200 yards, 9 first downs, 3 turnovers (3 interceptions).
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Going into last Saturday’s Crown
Point game against undefeated Valparaiso, I honestly didn't give the Bulldogs
much chance to win.
When the game was tied 14-14 after three quarters, my attitude had been adjusted.
But it was all in my mind. The Class 5A No. 2 Vikings scored 17 fourth quarter points to reject the upset bid of the Bulldogs in a postponement-created late Saturday afternoon special.
Just when it looked like CP might top the first place Vikings (6-0), Valpo stepped up and the Bulldogs (3-3) backed down, creating a final score which was not indicative of how this Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) game was played.
“We faced some adversity,” said Valpo coach Bill Marshall after the Vikings won their 13th DAC game in a row. “We responded. Now as coaches, we don't need the ‘heart attack’ of that adversity. But we responded and that’s all we can ask.”
Marshall didn't think the 20-hour ‘rain delay,’ which pushed the game from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday affected his team, but he wasn't sure.
“I don't know what it was,” he said. “We wouldn't make that excuse. We just weren't very focused. It didn't affect them (CP).”
“It's just a matter of focusing and when you have 14 to 18 year old young men, sometimes that's a problem.”
With the game tied 14-14, Valparaiso held the ball for 10 plays and ended up with a 25-yard field goal by senior kicker Elias Sewell with 11:40 left in the game.
On a 3rd-and-10, Will Pettit’s pass to David O’Toole deflected into the hands of 6-foot-2 Valpo junior safety Blake Lemmon, who grabbed it at the CP 34-yard-line.
Five plays later, the Vikings’ Anthony Osorio scored from the 2-yard-line to give Valpo a 24-14 lead. After the kickoff, a Pettit pass was cleanly grabbed by Lemmon at the Bulldog 38-yard-line. After an exchange of possessions, Valpo’s Tommy Burbee scored to make it 31-14 with 2:51 left in the game.
“Blake Lemmon,” Marshall said. “He stepped up for us today. He did the same thing last week. I think interceptions are being in the right position where the coverage is. Diagnose what’s coming. We knew they like to roll out and throw back over the middle. So we rolled some coverages that way.”
Crown Point rallied late in the first half after a 29-yard kickoff return by David O’Toole. Trailing 14-0, Pettit connected with Tysen Cazy for a 5-yard gain to the Valpo 27-yard-line. A pass interference call on Valpo put the ball on the 13 and Pettit found the Bulldogs’ 6-foot-5 tight end Ben Uran near the visitors' sideline inside the Valpo 5. Uran tiptoed down the sideline and dived into the end zone to cut the Viking lead to 14-7 at the half.
Midway in the third quarter, two big plays tied the game. Pettit hit Uran for 30 yards to the Vikings 33-yard line. Then on a play where both CP receivers lined up split out left from the line, the Bulldogs ran right behind tight ends Uran and Felix Meeks (6-3, 240) and junior halfback Davian Lira broke loose for a 33-yard game-tying TD with 6:06 left in the third quarter.
But the CP skies and fortunes turned gray at that point and the powerful Vikings dominated the game from that point on.
“We have to make plays in big games,” said CP coach Kevin Enright. “And we will. You don't get better playing inferior competition. We don't get a chance to play them (Valpo) again this year but we’ll use this as a teaching exercise.”
Even though CP has lost by two to Lowell and by three to Merrillville, this 17-point home defeat to Valpo might have been the toughest loss of the year. Because some of us thought that when the game was tied, CP was in position to pull off a major upset.
“In the fourth quarter, we let things get away from us and emotionally, we because a little disheveled. Not getting a penalty call when we thought we should have had one. Things like that. On both sides of the ball.”
“We had our chances.”
BULLDOG/VIKINGS NOTES: The Valpo-CP game was played in front of a quiet crowd of about 300 people in 65-degree weather. There were no cheerleaders, or band members performing. I shouldn't even call it a ‘crowd’. More like a gathering of close friends.
At least 3,000 figured to attend had the game been played in good weather on Friday night.
Valparaiso’s football team had traveled to Crown Point before a vivid electrical storm with lots of rain postponed the game until Saturday.
“We were geared up and ready to go,” said Valpo coach Bill Marshall. “And then at 6:12, I think it was, they cancelled it.”
The Vikings racked up a season-high 11 penalties for 105 yards at Crown Point. The Bulldogs have now lost to Class 5A No. 2 Valpo (6-0), Class 6A No. 7 Merrillville (6-0) and Lowell (4-2).
Valparaiso’s starting offensive line is center Matthew Olson (6-0, 255), guards Tommy Stalmah (6-1, 260) and Krayton Schenck (6-1, 300) and tackles Ben Scott (6-6, 335) and John Hofer (6-6, 300). The tight end is Wesley Sharp (6-1, 240). The 202 yards rushing on 49 carries was the most gained against Crown Point this season.
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