Bulldogs' 4th Qtr comeback tipped away by Devils' Allessia, Lowell upsets CP 21-19
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|CP captains Alec Barancyk and David O'Toole (88) get the word on the coin toss before the Lowell-Crown Point game. (All photos by Mark Smith.)|
|Lowell quarterback Cameron Stojancevich (17) fakes a hand-off to Ryan Marx (12) during his debut against Crown Point. Stojancevich passed for three first half touchdowns.|
|CP's Reilly Granger (54) keeps a sharp eye on the Lowell backfield. The Bulldogs shut out Lowell in the second half.|
|CP kids were wearing white in the visitors stands Friday night at Lowell.|
|CP's Will Pettit (7) gets full protection from blockers Michael Wolff (75) and Carl Watroba (79) in first half action.|
|Crown Point halfback Matthew Walters (24) makes a move on Lowell's Trevor Matovina (72) in the annual Lowell-CP game Friday in Lowell.|
|Football isn't more important than popcorn at the Lowell-CP game last Friday night.|
|Lowell defensive end Trevor Matovina (72) gets a piece of CP quarterback Will Pettit (7) during first half action Friday night in Lowell.|
|Lowell students like the way things are going as the Devils take a 21-7 lead early Friday night in the season opener.|
|Lowell's Trevor Matovina (72), Nic Bozak (64), Bryan Stoner (60) and Chris Bozak (11) spend quality time with the 'Old Leather Helmet Trophy' after Lowell's 21-19 win over CP.|
|Crown Point cheerleaders saved smiles for another day as Lowell edged the Bulldogs Friday night in the opening game of the football season.|
|Lowell's RDP (Red Devil Pride) took a boost Friday after the Devils' 21-19 upset win over Crown Point. (All photos by Mark Smith.)|
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CROWN POINT (0-1)
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 67 degrees & clear (at kick-off) in season opener at
(7-0) Matthew Walters (TB), 2-yard run.
80-yard drive, 14 plays. Sammy Brewer kick. 5:52 min. left.
LOWELL (7-7) Aaron DuBord (TE), 5-yard pass from Cameron Stojancevich (QB). Nate Gard kick. 3:33 min. left.
2nd Qtr: LOWELL (14-7) John Alessia III (WR), 28-yard pass from Cameron Stojancevich (QB). Nate Gard kick. 11:54 min. left.
LOWELL (21-7) Brad Goldsmith (WR), 83-yard pass from Cameron Stojancevich (QB). Nate Gard kick. 1:55 min. left.
3rd Qtr: No scoring.
4th Qtr: CROWN
(13-21) Tysen Casey (WR), 24-yard pass from
Will Pettit (QB). High snap, pass failed. 9:57 min. left.
CROWN POINT (19-21) Tysen Casey (WR), 12-yard pass from Will Pettit (QB). Two-point pass from Pettitt to Ben Uran (TE) tipped away by John Allessia (FS). 2:37 min. left.
CROWN POINT (19 carries, 7 yards, one TD): Matthew Walters (HB) 9 carries, 21 yards; Davian Lira (HB) 4-2 yads; Will Pettit (QB) 5 carries (minus-22 yards 3 sacks – minus 22; David O’Toole (WR) 1-6 yards.
LOWELL (23 carries, 37 yards): Ryan Marx (QB-HB) 15 carries, 24 yards; Jon Alessia (WR) 2-0 yards; Jeffrey Wallis (HB) 2-16 yards; Adam Bank (HB) 3 (minus-4 yards); Cameron Stojancevich (QB) 1-1 yard.
CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 23 of 38, 336 yards 2 TDs, 0 INTs;
LOWELL: Cameron Stojancevich (QB) 7 of 10, 171 yards 3 TDs, one INT; Ryan Marx (QB-HB) 0-1 no yards.
CROWN POINT: Tysen Cazy (WR) 7 catches, 122 yards, 2 TDs; David O’Toole (WR) 6-89 yards; Felix Meeks (TE) 2-38 yards; Matthew Walters (HB) 2-4 yards; Ben Uran (TE) 5-72 yards; Treston Logan (WR) 1-11 yards.
LOWELL: Jeffrey Wallis (WR) 3-23 yards; John Alessia (WR) 2-62 yards, TD; Aaron DuBord (TE) 1-5 yards, TD; Bradley Goldsmith (WR) 1-83 yards, TD.
CP (1) Noah Hollendonner (CB);
CROWN POINT = 335 yards, 15 first downs, 0 turnovers;
LOWELL = 236 yards, 4 first downs, 1 turnovers.
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LOWELL (8-23-2019) I know I’ve said this before, probably after some other Crown Point-Lowell game. If you didn't care who won Friday night at Lowell, this was a two hour, full color postcard for high school football.
But most of the 2,500 fans
sitting and standing in the cool of the evening out behind Lowell high school
certainly did care who won the latest edition of Northwest Indiana’s oldest high
school football rivalry.
They saw drama. They saw action.
And almost 500 yards in passing.
On a night when Crown Point started fast and finished strong, the Bulldogs left for home wondering how they lost the 2019 season opener 21-19 at Lowell last Friday.
In October-like 65-degree weather, in front of a standing room only crowd, the Devils showed just enough offense and some near magic moments on defense to overcome a Bulldog team that was reminded again how hard it is to win down at the south end of Lake County.
“We stole one,” said Lowell coach Keith Kilmer after his boys overcame a career-high 336 yards passing by Crown Point quarterback Will Pettit.
“But I don't want to say we were lucky. We made plays when we had to.”
The Bulldogs led 7-0 quickly after the opening kickoff and CP scored two touchdowns in the final nine minutes of the game. But Lowell showed off a surprising ‘air raid’ offense for about 15 minutes of the first half producing 21 points, just enough to hold on for their third consecutive victory over the big rival school to the north.
“Two of them (the 3 TD passes) were the same play,” said Kilmer. “Play action. Just watching how they cover us. We saw something that we could get in their movement.”
“We want to run the ball so we
have to loosen them up a bit,” said Kilmer. “It didn't work. We’ve got to get
better at that. But we hit a couple of plays and we got lucky on one.”
Lowell suited up a secret weapon in junior quarterback Cameron Stojancevich, a transfer from Hobart. The tall new kid can play a little bit.
“His football IQ is pretty good,” said Kilmer. “Especially when it comes to passing. That’s the only reason he can play so quickly. He just showed up on the first day of practice. Like 'I’m ready to play.'”
Senior two-way lineman Trevor Matovia loved the early TDs.
“We made the plays when we had to make them,” he said. “We have a lot of things we have to work on. Like our running game. But we made plays when we had to.”
The ‘lucky one’ was a 2nd-and-12 call from the Lowell 17 yard line with two minutes left in the first half. The Devils led 14-7 and it would have made sense to try to run out the clock, playing with the lead.
But Stojancevich fired a deep pass down the middle in the direction of senior Bradley Goldsmith. Two Crown Point defenders ran into each other and fell down, allowing the Devil senior to run away for an 83-yard TD, his first career score.
“The situation dictated that play,” said Kilmer, who initially wanted to run the ball there. “They are so much bigger than us. We couldn't let them line up and run the ball at us. Getting a two touchdown lead there was big. Every once in a while you have to take a chance."
“It was a great game. It's a rivalry. It's week one. It doesn't hurt anything if you lose. So, go for it."
But Crown Point, which held Lowell to just 208 total yards, turned the game around in the fourth quarter. CP’s receivers dropped a few passes in the first three quarters, but the Bulldogs started making big catches in the final period.
After a short punt, tight end Ben Uran grabbed a 10-yarder to the Bulldog 39. Tysen Cazy caught a toss over the middle and broke loose for 36 yards to the Lowell 25. On 4th-and 7 from the 26, Pettit flipped a high lob to Cazy in the corner of the end zone. The 6-foot-3 Cazy out-jumped the Devils' defense to make it 21-13 with 9:15 left in the game.
After the CP defense stopped Lowell twice, the Bulldogs got moving again.
The two-point conversion was the play of the night. Pettit rolled out to his right and threw a high lob towards the 6-foot-5 Uran in the back of the end zone. But Lowell safety John Alessia wasn't fooled by the rollout and he harassed Uran enough to keep him from making the game-tying catch in the back of the end zone with 2:37 left in the game.
Crown Point rolled up 16 first downs and hogged the ball most of the second half. Lowell uses some creative blitzes and sacked Pettit three times, but the Bulldog defense, led by senior Colin Flavin (6-2, 240) held Lowell to just 37 yards rushing. Stojancevich, who was a JV player at Hobart in 2018, was 5-for-7 for 165 first half yards. In the second half, Lowell had just one first down.
This was a roller-coaster game with CP outgaining Lowell 150-2 after Devils scored 21 unanswered first half points.
I came into this game with high expectations.
Lowell has won five Class 4A Sectional 17 championships in a row. CP has won three consecutive Class 6A Sectional 1 titles. And after two hours on the natural grass last Friday, both sides showed they have the power to win the sectional again. Capacity crowd. Perfect weather. And the boys of the fall playing an unforgettable season opener.
It was like that ‘Avengers’ movie where Iron Man and Captain America turn against each other. Pick teams and fight it out for two hours before they go their separate ways.
Lowell vs. CP was marvelous. If you didn't care who won.
DOG/DEVIL NOTES: CP quarterback Will Pettit, who was 23
of 38 for 336 yards and two touchdowns, was 107 of 248 for 1,129 yards and eight
TDs in 12 games in 2018. The 6-foot 2 junior faced blitzing Devil defenders but
didn't lose an interception or fumble.
Lowell gave up big passing yards, but it was Devil Davids against Bulldog Goliaths all night. CP’s receivers, Ben Uran (6-5, 215), Tysen Cazy (6-3, 185), Felix Meeks (6-3, 240) and David O’Toole (6-1, 195) towered above Lowell defensive backs like Adam Bank (5-8 160), Kyler Newcomb (5-11, 180), John Alessia (6-0, 148) and Reece Ison (5-11, 161).
With five veteran pass catchers and a returning QB, CP should have done well passing and they did. If it hadn’t been for at least four dropped passes, Pettit throws for 400 yards.
Both grandstands were rocking at different times and the game ended on a 4th down pass play controversy. CP’s David O’Toole collided with Lowell defensive back Cody Cashetta at the Lowell 40-yard line. The deepest referee slipped and fell and didn't make any call.
Lowell’s junior Cameron Stojancevich (6-2, 170) is new to Lowell, but he clearly didn't just start playing football this summer. His play-action fakes froze the Crown Point defense and he showed good accuracy despite an interception by CP’s Noah Hollendonner in the second quarter.
Lowell junior Ryan Marx, much more of a runner than
Stojancevich, started the game at halfback but stepped in at quarterback in the
second half when the Devils wanted to run the ball.
Matovina couldn't put into words what beating Crown Point and starting the season 1-0 means.
“I cant really describe it,” he said. “They’re a great team. They fought us right till the end. To get that first win, it means a lot. It gives our team a lot of confidence to beat them.”