Michigan City Dominates Bulldogs in 48-0 Regular Season Finale

A USA-365.com Special Report by Frank Sprankle & Dave Woodworth



The main entrance on the south end of Ames Field is home to the Michigan City Wolves. Michigan City High School has been playing football since 1995 following the consolidation of Elston and Rogers High Schools. (Photos by Frank Sprankle)
Sophomore running back Matthew Walters (24) and senior cornerback Kenny Mills (12) warm-up before the Crown Point Bulldogs and Michigan City Wolves week nine match-up at Ames Field on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.
An inflatable wolf head stands on the southwest corner of Ames Field, awaiting the arrival of the Michigan City Wolves as they hosted the Crown Point Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.
The Michigan City Wolves take part in pregame warm-ups before meeting the Crown Point Bulldogs at Ames Field on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.
Viewing the field from the south press box, looking north, the field is laid out West to East (left to right) at Ames Field.
Bulldog senior tri-captains Sam Krutz (14), Ethan Potosky (28) and Adam Hilliard (48) meet the officiating crew prior to the Michigan City football game at Ames Field.
The Crown Point Bulldogs warm up at the East end of the football field Friday night at Ames Field in Michigan City. The Wolves would win 48-0 to finish the season with a 7-2 record going into the Class 5A playoffs.

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Team 1 2 3 4 F
CROWN POINT (3-6, 2-5) 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan City (7-2, 6-1) 7 27 14 0 48

Friday, October 13, 2017,  69 degrees and clear (at kick-off), Duneland Athletic Conference at CROWN POINT, Ind.

1st QtrMICHIGAN CITY (7-0) Tyler Siegmund, 4-yard run. 84-yard drive, 5-plays. 1:53 min. time of possession (TOP). 10:01 left.
2nd Qtr:  MICHIGAN CITY (14-0) Zennon Wilhelm, 2-yard pass from Bryce Hayman. 73-yard drive, 10-plays. 3:53 min. TOP. Riley Shreve kick. 10:30 left.
MICHIGAN CITY (21-0) Zennon Wilhelm, 7-yard pass from Bryce Hayman. 8-yard drive, 2-plays after Michigan City recovered a fumble at the CP 8-yard line. 0:42 min. TOP. Riley Shreve kick. 10:30 left.
MICHIGAN CITY (28-0) Lyric McFarrin, 29-yard run. 60-yard drive, 4-plays. 1:43 min. TOP. Riley Shreve kick. 4:22 left.
MICHIGAN CITY (34-0) Zennon Wilhelm, 11-yard pass from Bryce Hayman. 54-yard drive, 6-plays after MC's Brian Walker intercepted a Will Pettit pass and returned it to the CP 48-yard line. 1:53 min. TOP. Bryce Hayman run failed. 1:22 left.
3rd Qtr: MICHIGAN CITY (41-0) Michael Bradford, 29-yard pass from Bryce Hayman. 43-yard drive, 4-plays. 1:30 min. TOP. Riley Shreve kick. 8:20 left.
MICHIGAN CITY (48-0) Chase Triplett, 19-yard scoop of loose ball and run for defensive TD, following kit of Bulldog QB Will Pettit as he was about to pass on 2nd-and-11 from the CP 19-yard line. Riley Shreve kick. 7:29 left.
4th Qtr: No scoring.

CROWN POINT (35 carries, 85 yards): Scott Mills (TB) 26-75 yards; David O'Toole (WR) 3-(-6) yards; Mathew Walters (RB) 6-16 yards.

MICHIGAN CITY (31 carries, 204 yards, 2 TDs):
Bryce Hayman (QB) 4-8 yards; Tyler Siegmund (WR) 3-10 yards, TD; Lyric McFarrin (TB) 10-128 yards, TD; Michael Bradford (RB) 3-27 yards, Detrick Merriweather (RB) 12-31 yards.

CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 3-10, 5 yards, INT, Fumble.
MICHIGAN CITY: Bryce Hayman (QB) 8-13, 135 yards, 4 TDs.

CROWN POINT: Scott Mills (TB) 2-(-8) yards, Ben Uran (TE) 1-13 yards.
MICHIGAN CITY: Michael Bradford (RB) 1-29 yards, TD; Justin Wozniak (TE) 2-39 yards, Zennon Wilhelm (WR) 4-33 yards, 4 TDs; Demetrius Garrett (WR) 1-34 yards.

CROWN POINT:  5-45 yards; MICHIGAN CITY: 4-35 yards.

CROWN POINT: 90 yards, 9 first downs and 3 turnovers (1 interception, two fumbles)
MICHIGAN CITY: 339 yards, 11 first downs and 1 turnover (1 fumble/stripped ball)

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CROWN POINT (10-12-2018) Having scored the most points in the Duneland Athletic Conference and ranked as one of the best teams in Class 5A football, the Michigan City Wolves proved too much for the Crown Point Bulldogs to handle.

It showed from the start as the Wolves defeated the Bulldogs 48-0 at Ames Field last Friday, Oct. 12 to close out the regular season.

Winning the coin toss became an advantage for the Wolves as they elected to receive. It worked to success as they scored on their opening 84-yard drive in five plays, courtesy of a four-yard sweep by senior wide receiver Tyler Siegmund just 1:59 min. into the game.

The 7-0 lead would continue to grow in the second quarter with four Michigan City touchdowns. Three of which were delivered on passes from senior quarterback Bryce Hayman to senior wide receiver Zennon Wilhelm, of two, seven and 11 yards.

Senior running back Lyric McFarrin also rushed 29-yards for his 14th touchdown of the season with 4:22 left in the second quarter.

As Crown Point changed offensive formations in the second half from a quarterback set with sophomore Will Pettit to a wildcat option with senior running back Scott Mills and sophomore rusher Matthew Walters, the Wolves added 14 points in the third quarter.

Hayman struck for his fourth touchdown pass of the night to sophomore running back Michael Bradford for 29 yards, while senior outside linebacker Chase Triplett recovered a fumble for a score.

Hayman has tossed 20 touchdown passes on the season, as the Wolves now have scored more than 40 points per game over the last five weeks.

Michigan City’s lone losses, both at home, came in week two against Homewood-Flossmoor 33-30 in overtime and to Valparaiso 14-7 in week four.

Both the Bulldogs and Wolves get bye weeks before heading into their sectional semi-final matchups.

For the Bulldogs, they will entertain the Portage Indians in Class 6A, Sectional 1, while Michigan City welcomes in the Munster Mustangs for Class 5A, Sectional 9.

Both teams will be well rested before embarking on the postseason.

“It’s nice to have the bye,” Michigan City Head Coach Phil Mason said. “Originally, I was not sure I would like it, but I do and one of the reasons is being a Class 5A school, playing in the DAC we have guys that play both ways, offense and defense. It will be nice to give these kids some rest and it will be nice for me to get some rest too.”

The Bulldogs concluded the 2018 regular campaign with a 3-6 record, 2-5 in the Duneland Athletic Conference, while the Wolves improved to 7-2, 6-1 in the DAC.

Michigan City entered this match-up with the possibility of achieving part of the conference championship. However, Valparaiso achieved the title outright by defeating Lake Central 48-14 on the road for a perfect 7-0 DAC record.

DOG NOTES: Prior to the MC game, the last time the Bulldogs suffered a shutout defeat came on Nov. 11, 2016 in a 23-0 loss on the road against the Penn Kingsmen in the Class 6A Regional Championship. The last time Crown Point gave-up 45 or more points in a game was on Oct. 24, 2014, in a 45-42 loss to the Merrillville Pirates in the Class 6A Sectional 1 Championship.

The Bulldogs have now lost back-to-back games for the second time this season, with the other loss coming against Chesterton the previous week. CP lost five games in 2017 but did not lose any of them in consecutive weeks.

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Coach: Kevin Enright, 39-36 in 7th year at school
Aug. 17   Lowell 4A L 7 17    
Aug. 24 at Highland 4A W 14 10    
Sep. 1 at Merrillville 6A © L 21 26    
Sep. 7   Lake Central 6A © W 21 3    
Sep. 14   Portage 6A © L 12 14    
Sep. 21 at Valparaiso 6A © L 7 38    
Sep. 28 at LaPorte 5A © W 24 21    
Oct. 5   Chesterton 6A © L 14 17    
Oct. 12 at Michigan City 5A © L 0 48    

Coach: Phil Mason, 23-10 in 3rd year at school, 136-71 in 18th year overall
Aug. 17 at Griffith 4A W 53 0    
Aug. 24   Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) L 30 33 OT  
Sep. 1 at Chesterton 6A © W 28 10    
Sep. 7   Valparaiso 6A © L 7 14    
Sep. 14 at Merrillville 6A © W 42 21    
Sep. 21   Lake Central 6A © W 49 6    
Sep. 28 at Portage 6A © W 49 14    
Oct. 5   LaPorte 5A © W 52 8    
Oct. 12   Crown Point 6A © W 48 0    
  W-L Pts OP W-L Pts OP Streak
Valparaiso 7-0 198 49 7-  2 221 99 Won 7
Michigan City 6-1 275 73 7-  2 358 106 Won 5
Merrillville 5-2 186 120 6-  3 222 162 Won 2
Portage 3-4 92 163 4-  5 113 201 Lost 3
LaPorte 3-4 123 195 3-  6 157 258 Won 1
Chesterton 2-5 86 142 3-  6 126 152 Lost 1
Crown Point 2-5 99 167 3-  6 120 194 Lost 2
Lake Central 0-7 60 210 2-  7 103 226 Lost 7
Friday, Oct. 12
LaPorte 22, Portage 19 ©
Merrillville 28, Chesterton 16 ©
Michigan City 48, Crown Point 0 ©
Valparaiso 48, Lake Central 14 ©
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