Blocked FG attempt & TD return tips balance for Portage in 14-12 win over Bulldogs
A USA-365.com Special Report by Frank Sprankle & Dave Woodworth
|The Portage Indians warm up on the north end of Bulldog Turf prior to their game Friday (09-14-2018) at Crown Point High School. (Photo by Dave Woodworth)|
|Members of the Portage Indians run through passing and receiving drills under beautiful blue skies and 75-degree temperatures prior to their game at Crown Point, 09-14-2018.|
|That's Miles Sisco (16), a sophomore wide receiver for the Portage Indians, looking for a pass during pregame wam-up drills at Crown Point, 9-14-2018.|
|Dozer, a one-year old male English Bulldog from Crown Point poses for a picture before the game against the Portage Indians on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at Crown Point High School. Dozer was brought in to take individual pictures of senior members of the Crown Point Bulldogs football team on Senior Night. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)|
|The Crown Point Bulldogs warm up prior to their game Friday night with the Portage Indians. Portage would come from behind in the second half to win 14-12.|
|Senior members of the Crown Point Bulldogs football team pose for a photo before the game against the Portage Indians on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at Crown Point High School. (Photo b y Frank Sprankle)|
Members of the Portage Indians and Crown Point
Bulldogs shake hands following the visiting Indians' 14-12 win over
the host Bulldogs Friday night, 9-14-2018.
(Photo by Dave Woodworth)
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Friday, September 14, 2018, 75 degrees (at kick-off) at CROWN POINT, IN
Tysen Cazy, 15-yard pass from Will Pettit. 17-yard drive, 3 plays after Sam
Krutz intercepted a pass and returned it 37-yards to the Portage 17-yard line. 1:02 TOP. Kick
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (9-0) Justin Robinson, 26-yard field goal. (-5)-yard drive, 4 plays after defensive lineman Blake Klingberg recovered a fumble at the Portage 8-yard line. 1:45 min TOP. 6:39 left.
CROWN POINT (12-0) Justin Robinson, 27-yard field goal.
52-yard drive, 5 plays. 0:39 min. TOP. 0:04 left.
3rd Qtr: PORTAGE (7-12) Scott Hansen, 23-yard pass from Zach Warchus. 45-yard drive, 5 plays. 2:35 min. TOP. Miguel Verduzco kick. 6:30 left.
Josh Warmick, 60-yard return following Isaac Hedgewood's block of CP's 43-yard
field goal attempt by Jack Mumaugh. Miguel Verduzco
kick. 4:20 left.
4th Qtr: No scoring.
PORTAGE (28 carries, 35 yards, fumble): Michael McGregor (FB) 9-31 yards; Jalen Smith (RB) 9-22 yards; Trey Sebben (RB) 1-(-5) yards; Zach Warchus (QB) 9-(-13, including 4 sacks for -28 yards) yards.
CROWN POINT (12 carries, 38 yards): Scott Mills (TB) 10-26 yards; Will Pettit (QB) 1-5 yards; Matthew Walters (RB) 1-7 yards.
Portage: Zach Warchus (QB) 4 of 12, 77 yards, TD, INT.
CP: Will Pettit (QB) 18 of 32, 206 yards, TD, 2 INTs.
PORTAGE: Michael McGregor (FB) 1-31 yards, TD; Jalen Smith (RB) 1-14 yards; Scott Hansen (RB) 1-23 yards, TD; Tylee Swopes (RB/QB) 1-9 yards.
CP: Ben Uran (TE) 4-49 yards; Tysen Cazy (WR) 4-50 yards, TD; David O'Toole (WR) 6-103 yards; Anthony Gonzalez (WR) 1-0 yards; Scott Mills (TB) 2-0 yards; Felix Meeks (TE) 1-4 yards.
PORTAGE: 112 yards, 6 first downs.
CP: 244 yards, 6 first downs.
CP: 12-65 yards; Portage: 6-50 yards.
CP: 2 interceptions, 0 fumble, kick blocked & returned for TD.
PORTAGE: 1 interception, 1 fumble.
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CROWN POINT (9-14-2018) In a tight game where each team's defense controlled the running game of their opponents, Friday night's outcome was decided more by the opportune "bad bounce" or "good bounce" of the football, depending on your perspective.
With the Bulldogs leading 12-7 and lining up for a 43-yard field attempt that could have upped the CP lead to 15-7, the Indians' junior cornerback Isaac Hegwood slipped by the Bulldog line to block the kick. Then, an alert and opportunistic senior linebacker names Josh Warmick picked up the football on the bounced and raced 60-yards to the North end zone untouched for what proved to be the winning touchdown and a 14-12 lead with 4:20 left in the third quarter. That proved to be the final score as both teams defenses prevented the other's offense from further scoring in the game.
“The win is huge,” Portage Head Coach Darren Rodriguez said. “We talked at halftime in the locker room saying we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot. We did some good things in the second half. Our defense played well.”
Everything started well for the Bulldogs on Senior Night, as Crown Point High School honored its senior members of the football team, cheerleaders and band either before the game or at halftime.
Crown Point took advantage of the game's first turnover in the first quarter when, on 3rd-and-9 from the Indians48-yard line, Bulldog senior safety Sam Krutz intercepted a Zach Warchus pass and returned it 37-yards to the Portage 17-yard line. Three plays later CP sophomore quarterback Will Pettit threw a perfect timing pass to junior wide receiver Tysen Cazy streaking into the Northeast corner of the end zone for a 6-0 lead with 5:08 left in the first quarter. In perhaps a foreshadowing of a later occurrence, the extra point kick was blocked - also by the Indians' Hegwood.
Crown Point added field goals of 26- and 27-yards by Justin Robinson in the second quarter to take a 12-0 lead into the second half. The first field goal was also a direct result of good field position following a Portage fumble that was recovered by Bulldog defensive nose tackle Blake Klingberg at the Indians' 8-yard line. The second field goal was set up primarily by two Will Pettit to David O'Toole pass completions of 29 and 23-yards in a 52-yard drive that stalled at the Portage 10-yard line just before halftime.
Portage got back into the game in the third quarter after forcing Crown Point to punt on 4th-and-3 from the Portage 40-yard line. The Indians Isaac Hegwood again slipped through the Bulldog line to block the Collin Flavin punt, giving Portage good field position at the CP 45yard line. Portage junior quarterback Zach Warchus connected with junior running back Scott Hansen on a well executed 23-yard TD pass.
The ensuing kickoff to CP was returned from the CP-10 yard line to the 42-yard line by speedy sophomore running back Matthew Walters. The Bulldogs put together a nice drive including a 17-yard pass from Pettit to Cazy and aided by a 15-yard pass interference call against Portage. The Bulldogs were held at the Portage 26-yard line and opted to go for a long 43-yard field goal attempt on 4th-and-6. That's when Portage's Hegwood got his hand on his 3rd kick of the night that tipped the game in favor of the Indians with Warmick running back the blocked kick for the final score of the night.
With the win, Portage improves to 3-2 overall, and remains tied for second in the DAC with a 2-1 conference record. The Bulldogs dropped to 2-3 and 1-2 in the DAC.
DOG NOTES: There was yet another opportunistic play that resulted in a loose ball recovery by the Bulldogs - none other than on the opening kickoff of the game. Senior kicker Jack Mumaugh booted a line drive kick down the center of the field between the two Portage kick returners, and a member of the speedy Bulldog kickoff cover team recovered the loose ball at the Portage 21-yard line, much akin to an on-side kick. Only this was much further downfield in a rare play of this nature. Crown Point tried for the quick score by throwing three consecutive passes on that first possession, but all three went incomplete. The 38-yard field goal attempt by Mumaugh was no good, and the Bulldogs missed a golden opportunity for an early score that could have produced a different outcome for the game.
This loss by the Bulldogs marks the third consecutive
year that the Bulldogs lost their Week 5 match-up against the Portage Indians.
They lost 27-10 at Portage on Sept. 15, 2017, but later avenged that loss with a
14-7 Sectional title victory at home on Nov. 3, 2017.
For the Indians, the victory comes one week after losing to the Merrillville Pirates at home 39-0, Portage’s first shutout loss since Aug. 29, 2014, at home against the Penn Kingsmen.
The Bulldogs honored the memory on Don Emery III who passed away on Aug. 24 at the age of 60. Emery had served as an assistant coach on Crown Point’s football staff and coached teams within the Junior Bulldog youth football program. The Bulldog players also wore decals of his initials on their helmets.
The Bulldogs now hit the road the next two weeks, meeting the Vikings in
Valparaiso this Friday, before traveling to LaPorte County to face the Slicers
on Sept. 28. The Vikings are atop the DAC with a 3-0 mark after shutting out
Chesterton 23-0 last Friday night at Valpo.
The Valparaiso-Crown Point game can be heard live on USA-365.com and Indiana-Sports.com with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. (CDT), with kickoff at 7 p.m. (CDT).
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