Maceo passes, runs Portage to 27-10 win over Bulldogs

A Special Report by Frank Sprankle & Dave Woodworth




Bulldogs senior punter James Priddy warms-up before his team's Week 5 contest against the Portage Indians at Portage High School. (Photos by Frank Sprankle)
The Portage Indians get ready for their home game against the Crown Point Bulldogs last Friday, as they entered play with a perfect conference mark.
With the Portage Indians cheerleaders in the background, the Portage student section featured a USA-themed night as they rooted for their team against the Crown Point Bulldogs. Portage would win 27-10 to remain unbeaten (3-0) in DAC play.
The sun sets in the west prior to the start of the Crown Point-Portage High School football game at 'The Warpath," the stadium for the Portage Indians (09-15-2017).

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Team 1 2 3 4 F
CROWN POINT (2-3, 1-2 DAC) 0 7 3 0 10
Portage (3-2, 3-0 DAC) 7 7 7 6 27

Friday, September 15, 2017,  80 degrees (at kick-off) at PORTAGE, IN


1st QtrPORTAGE (7-0) Michael McGregor, 6-yard run. 72-yard drive, 9 plays. 3:46 min. Time of Possession (TOP). Stephen Szakacs kick. 2:39 left.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (7-7) Tyler Gomez, 42-yard run. 64-yard drive, 7 plays. 2:43 TOP.  Ben Fridrich kick. 11:48 left.
 PORTAGE (14-7) Greg Milledge, 73-yard pass from Anthony Maceo. 73-yard drive, 1 play. 0:07 TOP.
Stephen Szakacs kick. 1:03 left.
3rd Qtr:  CROWN POINT (10-14) Ben Fridrichs, 23-yard field goal. 16-yard drive, 8 plays following Maceo's fumble and recovery by CP's Jack Zaleski at the Portage 22-yard line. 4:42 TOP. 6:21 left.
PORTAGE (21-10) Cody Russell, 4-yard run. 65-yard drive, 6 plays. 3:02 TOP.
Stephen Szakacs kick. 3:08 left.
4th Qtr: PORTAGE (27-10) Anthony Maceo, 4-yard run. 68-yard drive, 14 plays. 7:58 TOP. 4:59 left.

CROWN POINT (27 carries, 105 yards, 1 TD)
Tyler Gomez (TB) 20-120 yards, TD; Scott Mills (RB) 3-3 yards; Drew Horton (QB) 2-(-6) yards; Brett Schoettle 1-(-12) yards.

PORTAGE (38 carries, 167 yards, 3 TDs)
Anthony Maceo (QB) 17-61 yards, TD; Michael McGregor (RB) 7-59 yards, TD; Jalen Smith (RB) 6-17 yards; Cody Russell (RB), 4-9 yards, TD; Zach Warchus (QB) 2-3 yards; Jeff Bloom (RB) 1-3 yards; Scott Hansen (RB) 1-(-1) yards.

CP: Ryan Bolda (QB) 4 of 10, 35 yards; Drew Horton (QB) 5 of 10, 49 yards.
Portage: Anthony Maceo (QB) 5 of 9, 139 yards.

CP: Ben Fridrich (HB) 3-40 yards; Eric Mahaffey (WR) 2-18 yards; Brett Schoettle (WR) 2-16 yards; Timmy Angel (WR) 1-6 yards; James Priddy (WR) 1-4 yards.
PORTAGE: Greg Milledge (WR) 3-121 yards, TD; Jalen Smith (RB) 2-18 yards.

CP: 199 yards, 7 first downs.
PORTAGE: 306 yards, 12 first downs.


CP: 3-35 yards; Portage: 2-20 yards.


CP: 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles.
PORTAGE: 0 interception, 2 fumbles.

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PORTAGE (9-15-2017) Both the Crown Point Bulldogs and the Portage Indians averaged 30 points a game heading into their Week 5 contest. A pivotal Duneland Athletic Conference showdown for both teams as they traded scoring drives midway in the first half.

But Portage quarterback senior quarterback Anthony Maceo would feature two touchdowns, one in the air and one on the ground, as the Indians remained perfect in the conference with a 27-10 win.

The scoring began in the opening quarter when junior wing back Michael McGregor had a six-yard touchdown on a pitchout.

However, it did not take the Bulldogs long to even-up matters. On the opening play of the second quarter, senior running back Tyler Gomez burst through the line for a 42-yard touchdown run, his ninth TD of the season.

On the ensuring series, the Bulldogs defense forced Portage to a three and out and Cp started a drive from their own 35 yard line looking to take the lead. But on a third-and-10 play from the Portage 44 yard line, Bulldogs senior quarterback Ryan Bolda was hit hard as he dropped back to pass by weak side by Indians senior linebacker Drake Guerrero. Bolda was noticeably shaken up on the play as he laid flat of the field for at least 60-seconds. The sympathetic crowd cheered him as he walked off the field with 7:33 left in the second quarter, never to return to the game.

Portage and Crown Point exchanged two more possessions in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs were unable to move the ball on the ground as they resorted to the two running back "wildcat" formation. But no one could have predicted what would come after Crown Point punted to the Portage 27-yard line where the Indians took over on offense with 1:10 left in the first half and the score still tied 7-7.

That's when Portage quarterback Anthony Maceo, who had completed only three passes on the night prior to this play, rolled out to his right and delivered a 73-yard strike to senior wide receiver Greg Milledge down the home sideline for only his third touchdown pass on the year. The resulting 14-7 halftime score seemed to noticeably shift the game's momentum in favor of the home team Indians.

Crown Point managed to take control of a fumble recovery by junior linebacker Jack Zeleski on Portage’s first drive of the second half, just 57-seconds into the third quarter at the Portage 22-yard line.

Crown Point went back to their regular offense with back-up quarterback sophomore Drew Horton (5-8, 160) behind center, and who connected on his first varsity pass of the year to wide receiver Brett Schoettle for 11-yards and one play later had a 1st and goal from the Portage 10-yard line. But the next three running plays finished at the Portage 6-yard line and CP had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from senior kicker Ben Fridrich, and a 14-10 deficit with 6:21 left in the third quarter.

In the next series, Portage put together an impressive 6-play, 65-yard drive that was capped off at the 4:59 mark of the third quarter, with senior fullback Cody Russell giving the Indians a two-possession lead with a four-yard touchdown run.

Maceo would then put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter with a four-yard touchdown run of his own, his 13th rushing score in 2017. More important perhaps than the points, was the fact that the Indians drive ate up 7:58 minutes of the clock over 14 plays and 68 yards. That left CP with only 4:59 minutes in the fourth quarter to try to play "catch-up" football.

With the win, Portage has now won three-straight, all coming within the DAC. The Indians improved to 3-2 and 3-0 in the DAC. The Bulldogs dropped to 2-3 and 1-2 in the DAC.

DOG NOTES: This loss by the Bulldogs marks the second consecutive year that the Bulldogs lost their Week 5 match-up against the Portage Indians. They lost 7-3 at Bulldog Turf on Sept. 16, 2016.

The last time that the Bulldogs lost to Portage on the road was Sept. 20, 2013, 31-3 victory for the Indians.

In three road games this season, the Bulldogs are 1-2, having lost to Lowell on Aug. 18 and now Portage. Their only league win was last week at Lake Central, a 45-0 shutout

The Bulldogs now return home to meet the Valparaiso Vikings this Friday. Like the Portage Indians, the Vikings are 3-0 in the DAC, the two top teams in the conference. The Vikings won last Friday night at Chesterton, a 14-0 shutout over the Trojans.

The Valparaiso-Crown Point game can be heard live on and with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. (CDT), with kickoff at 7 p.m. (CDT).



Coach: Kevin Enright, 31-28 in 6th year at school
Aug. 18 at Lowell {4A}   L 13-27   
Aug. 25 Highland {4A}  W 35-  6   
Sep. 1 Merrillville {6A}‡   L 26-34   
Sep. 8 at Lake Central {6A}‡  W 45-  0   
Sep. 15 at Portage {6A}‡   L 10-27   
Sep. 22 Valparaiso {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 29 LaPorte {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 6 at Chesterton {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 13 Michigan City {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   

Coach: Darren Rodriguez, 9-6 in 2nd year at school, 46-54 in 10th year overall
Aug. 18 at Mishawaka {4A}   L 45-47   
Aug. 25 Lowell {4A}   L   7-20   
Sep. 1 at Lake Central {6A}‡  W 40-14   
Sep. 8 at Merrillville {6A}‡  W 28-21   
Sep. 15 Crown Point {6A}‡  W 27-10   
Sep. 22 Chesterton {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 29 at Michigan City {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 6 Valparaiso {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 13 at LaPorte {5A}‡ 7:00 pm