Bulldogs defense & Krutz 85-yd fumble TD return lift CP to 12-7 Sectional Semifinal win over Portage
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|Crown Point's Will Pettit (7) gets good protection as he winds up for a long one against Portage. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|CP senior halfback Scott Mills breaks away for a 27-yard run in the second quarter. Mills would score the go-ahead touchdown in the third period.|
|Portage's Zach Warchus (7) loses a fumble near the goal line. CP's Sam Krutz would eventually pick it up and run for the Bulldogs' first TD of last week's playoff game.|
|Portage halfback Scott Hansen (5) turns the corner against CP linebacker Jacob Woods (52).|
|CP's Ethan Potosky (28) and Silas Reeves (9) put their hands on Portage running back Jalen Smith (24).|
|CP's Silas Reeves (9), Seamus McShane (57) and Collin Flavin (13) man the defensive line against Portage in the 6A Sectional 1 semifinals.|
|Calvin Pawlowski (39) and Adam Hillard (48) close in to help out teammate Jacob Woods against Portage's Michael McGregor (24) and Scott Hansen (5).|
|CP's Ben Uran (16), Will Pettit (7) and Anthony Gonzalez (5) can see the future as they get the play call from the sidelines in last week's playoff game.|
|Scott Mills (22) heads for the goal line as Portage's Josh Warmack (22) and Jordan Warner (35) get set to stop him.|
|It was a good night for 'Dogs Football' as CP advanced to the 6A Sectional championship game.|
|CP junior David O'Toole (88) checks with the referee to make sure he's set to go. CP will be set to go to Merrillville for the Sectional 1 championship game this Friday. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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Friday, September 26, 2018, 45 degrees (at kick-off), IHSAA Class 6A, Sectional 1 Semifinal at CROWN POINT, IN
Sam Krutz 85-yard run with fumble recovery. Kick blocked
by Troy Carrington. 6:28 left.
2nd Qtr: PORTAGE (7-6) Scott Hansen, 13-yard TD run. 72-yard drive, 13 plays. 6:29 min. time of possession (TOP). Miguel Verduzco kick. 11:53 left.
3rd Qtr: CROWN POINT (12-7) Scott Mills, 1-yard run. 49-yard drive, 6 plays. 1:45 MIN. TOP. Run failed. 6:15 left.
4th Qtr: No scoring.
PORTAGE (40 carries, 119 yards, one TD, two fumbles): Scott Hansen (HB) 12 carries, 68 yards, TD; Jalen Smith (HB) 5-16 yards; Trey Sebbemn (HB) 6- (-1) yards; Michael McGregor (HB) 2-7 yards, Zach Warchus (QB) 15-29 yards (one sack minus-10).
CROWN POINT (25 carries, 116 yards, one TD, one fumble): Scott Mills (HB) 21 carries, 111 yards, TD; Will Pettit (QB) 4-5 yards, fumble.
PORTAGE: Zach Warchus (QB) 14 of 24, 152 yards.
CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 4 of 16, 88 yards no TDs, no interceptions.
PORTAGE: Trey Sebben (RB) 3-25 yards; Tylee Swopes (WR) 3-33 yards; Kody Taylor (WR) 3-29 yards; Scott Hansen (RB) 5-65 yards.
CROWN POINT: Tysen Cazy (WR) 2-43 yards; David O’Toole (WR) 2-38 yards.
CP: (2) Sam Krutz, Silas Reeves.
PORTAGE: (2) (LB) Truman Edwards, (DE) Troy Carrington.
PORTAGE: 6-55 yards.
CROWN POINT: 7-65 yards.
CROWN POINT: 204 yards, 8 first downs, two turnovers.
PORTAGE: 271 yards, 17 first downs, two turnovers.
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(10-26-2018) It was cold. There were a few fumbles. Nobody scored in the
But it was win or go home and Crown Point won.
How well did the Bulldogs play?
It doesn’t matter how well they played. At the end of the game, CP won 12-7 over Portage and they will play at arch-rival Merrillville on the first Friday of November for another Class 6A Sectional, 1 championship.
Crown Point’s defense scored the game’s first touchdown and held Portage scoreless in the second half to put CP in the local 6A championship game for the third consecutive season.
Portage dominated the first quarter but did not score until early in the second period. An early Crown Point fumble allowed the Indians (4-6) to run 24 offensive plays to just one for the Bulldogs.
CP scored on defense. Portage junior QB Zach Warchus led his team to the CP 4-yard-line, but on an option run he fumbled. After a multiple player scramble, CP senior Sam Krutz picked the ball up, and raced 85 yards to score the game’s first TD. Krutz originally dove on the ball, but it slipped away. The senior got up and scooped the ball up.
Portage finally scored on a 13-yard run by Scott Hansen on the first play of the second period.
CP’s only offensive TD came when Scott Mills scored on a 1-yard run midway through the third quarter.
“Defensively,” said coach Kevin Enright, “We just fly around. I think they (Portage) had the ball almost all of the first quarter, but when we needed a play, they stepped up. That’s a credit to the senior leadership.”
Krutz made the biggest play. He could have fallen on the fumble and nobody would have blamed him. But he scooped it up and ran for a TD which, in some respects, decided the game.
“Sam’s been our safety for three years,” said Enright. “He’s a team captain. He’s our spokesperson. Honestly, we expect him to come up big. I think he expects to come up big.”
“That ball was rolling around down there and there were a lot of bodies. He made a big time senior scoop ad score there. That’s an experienced play.”
Mills finished with 111 yards on 21 carries, including 61 yards on nine carries in the third quarter. Late in the second quarter with CP trailing 7-6, the CP halfback got loose on a 27-yard run to the 9-yard line. After an offside penalty moved the ball to the Portage 4-yard-line, Mills took the ball around right end to the side line inside the 2. He appeared to be on his right knee extending the ball to the goal line when he lost control of the ball with senior Trey Carrington recovering for the Indians, holding that 7-6 lead at the half. After a referee conference, the play was ruled a fumble and the ball was given to Portage.
“I heard one ref say my knee was down,” said Mills. “But it was a fumble. Couldn’t do anything about it. Coach reminded me about ball security and I ran a little harder in the second half.”
On the second CP TD, Mills ran the ball six consecutive times, picking up 49 yards and his 10th touchdown of the season with 6:15 left in the third quarter.
Portage gained 132 yards in the second half, but could not score. The Indians, who defeated CP 14-12 in September, never crossed the 50-yard-line in the final quarter.
This victory made it three years in a row that CP has won a playoff game after not playing in the 10th week of the season. Coach Enright doesn't claim any great secret to managing the ’bye week’.
“The week off is unique here to 6A and 5A schools,” he said. “Depending on how your season went, you don’t know how your players are going to respond. I’m sure you’ll have a group of kids wishing the season would end. That’s just human nature.”
“But you try to recover and keep it positive. Take some time off in that week. It helps coaches and players mentally. Certainly your injured guys. You get time to heal.”
“The players need to leave football alone for a while and hopefully they come back refreshed. That’s how we look at it.”
BULLDOG NOTES: The Crown Point victory made 2018 just like 2017 in one respect.
Last year, Portage defeated CP 27-10 during the regular season only to lose to CP 14-7 in October. CP’s 12-7 win last Friday came after Portage’s 14-12 win over CP during the regular season.
CP’s Scott Mills, who is 115 yards short of 1,000 after 10 games, isn’t sure whether the ‘bye week’ (Class 6A teams get a week off after the regular season ends) helps everyone.
“I was on the bench in the third quarter thinking about that,” he said. “Because I was a little gassed. Maybe because we didn’t play for a week. But you do get to watch film another week. You get more time to prepare for who you’re playing. It hurts and helps at the same time.”
“It helps that you can completely forget about the regular season. That’s all past. Does not matter if you lost or won. That’s true whether you have a week off or not.”
The sectional championship game will be the 10th meeting of Crown Point and Merrillville in the last five years. The Pirates have a 6-3 edge in those games.
In the last 15 years, Merrillville has eliminated Crown Point in sectional play seven times, but in the last two years, CP has eliminated Merrillville 24-19 and 23-14.
CP’s playoff starting lineup includes just four seniors (linemen Elliot Flynn and Hunter McDonald, slot receiver Anthony Gonzalez and halfback Scott Mills) on the offense.
Last Friday’s CP playoff defense had six seniors including linebackers Ethan Potosky, Adam Hillard and Trevor Bieszczat, nose guard Seamus McShane and defensive backs Railaun Cosy and Sam Krutz.
CP coach Kevin Enright says that playing the same team for the fourth times in two years (as CP did with Portage and will with Merrillville) isn’t as repetitive as it might seem.
“The dynamic of your team changes every year,” he explained. “Kids get older or they graduate and move on. As far as offensive or defensive scheme, Xs and Os, that’s more of a college or professional thing.”
“We know each other, but it's all about execution at our level. Even if we know each other. Players change. They move on or they didn't play the year before and they’re older and more mature. That’s how we see it.”
The Crown Point-Merrillville sectional title game on Friday, Nov. 2 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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