|Kick returns for TDs by Gill, Jusevitch lead Red Devils to 27-13 season opener over Bulldogs|
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|Crown Point students showed up dressed in all white for the invasion of rival Lowell in the 2017 season opener.|
|Lowell's Jaeger Gill (2) flips the ball to the ref after his second touchdown of the first half against CP.|
|Lowell junior Chandler Austgen (78) tries to squeeze through the line to get to CP quarterback Ryan Bolda (19) in first quarter action.|
|Lowell's Mitchell Wildman (24) tries to anticipate what Ryan Bolda (19) and the CP offense will do in the season opener at Lowell Friday.|
|CP's Ethan Potosky (28) heads for open spaces after a second quarter pass interception. The Crown Point defense grabbed four Lowell turnovers.|
|CP senior quarterback Ryan Bolda (19) threw a total of 36 passes against Lowell in the season opener. including 12 in the fourth quarter.|
|Crown Points' Eric Mahaffey (13) celebrates his first career TD on a pass from Ryan Bolda.|
|Lowell defensive end Blake Jansky (44) looks to put hands on CP junior halfback Christian Berry (4) in second quarter action.|
|Lowell's Jaeger Gill (2) grabs a short pass as CP defenders Hunter McCrorie (27), Sammy Krutz (14) and Anthony Haage (23) move in to stop him.|
|CP QB Ryan Bolda (19) completed five passes to Eric Mahaffey (13) in the season opening game at Lowell.|
|Lowell linemen Jake Mitrisin (70) and Caleb Bergstrom (66) get their hands on the 'Old Leather helmet Trophy' after Friday's game.|
|The Lowell players head for the student section to show off the 'Old Leather Helmet Trophy' after the Devils topped Crown Point 27-13.|
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CROWN POINT (0-1)
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 80 degrees (at kick-off) in season opener at
(7-0) Jaeger Gill, 95-yard kickoff return
(opening kickoff) 11:46 Jake Post kick. 11:46 min. left.
LOWELL (14-0) Jaeger Gill, 75-yard TD pass from Payton Schreiber. Jake Post kick. 1:01 min. left.
2nd Qtr: CP (14-7) Eric Mahaffey, 24-yard pass from Ryan Bolda. 75-yard drive, 11 plays. Ben Fridrich kick. 7:31 min. left.
LOWELL (20-7) Jordan Jusevitch, 93-yard kickoff return. Kick low. 7:19 left.
3rd Qtr: CP (20-13) Tyler Gomez, 1-yard run. 21-yard drive, 5 plays after fumble recovery. Kick wide.
4th Qtr: LOWELL (27-13) Logan O'Hanlon, 7-yard TD pass from Payton Schreiber. 8-yard drive, 4 plays after bad snap on punt turned the ball over. Jake Post kick. 7:09 min. left.
POINT (14 yards, 20 carries, one TD):
Tyler Gomez (HB) 13 carries, 25 yards,
TD; Christian Berry (HB) 3-8 yards;
Railaun Cosey (HB) 1-1 yards, Ryan Bolda
(QB) 3- (minus-20 yards) 3 sacks,
LOWELL (37 carries, 77 yards, 0 TDs, 2 fumbles): Tyler Wildman (HB) 15 carries 63 yards, Jordan Jusevitch (HB) 33 yards, 13 carries, Cedric Cachetta (HB) 1-2 yards, Brendan Bertola (WR) 1-3 yards, Payton Schreiber (QB) 7-(minus-24 yards) 2 sacks minus-20.
CROWN POINT: Ryan Bolda (QB) 14 of 37, 148 yards, one TD, one interception;
LOWELL: Payton Schreiber (QB) 6 of 11, 123 yards, 2 TDs 2 interceptions.
CROWN POINT: Eric Mahaffey (WR) 5 catches, 89 yards, TD; Ben Fridrich (TE) 4-37 yards; Brett Schoettle (WR) 2-15 yards; Tim Angel (WR) 1-8 yards; Christian Berry (HB) 1 (minus - 1 yard) Jacob Vickery (WR) 1-3 yards.
LOWELL: Jaeger Gill (WR) 3 catches, 94 yards; Jordan Jusevitch (HB) 1-11 yards; Mitchell Wildman (TE) 1-13 yards; Logan O'Hanlon (WR) 1-7 yards.
CP (2) Ethan Potosky (DB); Tim Darche (LB);
LOWELL (1) Jaeger Gill (DB).
CP (2) Hunter McCrown (LB), Tim Darche (LB)
LOWELL (1) Blake Jansky (DE)
CROWN POINT = 162 yards, 8 first downs, 2 turnovers;
LOWELL = 210 yards, 10 first downs, 4 turnovers
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When future opponents look at the video of Friday's season
opening game between Lowell and Crown Point, a few things are going to stand
Crown Point threw the ball an unofficial 37 times. Lowell lost four turnovers
and won. Crown Point held Lowell to 77 yards rushing and lost.
But the biggest point to take from Lowell's 27-13 victory over Crown Point is: When Lowell puts number two (Jaeger Gill) and number six (Jordan Jusevitch) back to return the kickoff, you're going to have to kick it into the end zone or bounce it to one of the blockers. Any other plan of action will be taken at your own risk.
Gill returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a TD and, after Crown Point closed the lead to 14-7 in the second quarter, Jusevitch ran the next kickoff back 93 yards to give the Devils what they needed in the 13-point victory.
Lowell never trailed. Gill took the opening kickoff, hit full stride about the
30-yard line and ran away from the CP defenders for a 7-0 Lowell lead after just
14 seconds. Crown Point's Ethan Potosky intercepted Lowell rookie QB Payton
Schreiber at the Bulldog 47-yard-line, but three passes by CP quaterback Ryan Bolda
fell incomplete and the visitors punted to the Lowell 25.
On 3rd-and-10, Schreiber (6-1, 215) dropped back and fired a perfect deep pass
down the home sideline to Gill who had gotten behind the single coverage of
junior Railaun Cosey.
The 75-yard TD made it 14-0.
"Payton was a transfer last year and he wasn't eligible for the varsity," said long time Lowell coach Keith Kilmer, who suggested that CP's unfamiliarity with his new player led to this TD.
"This was his first real action in two years. We put him in positions where he had to make plays. That first pass was spot on. Our guys upstairs saw they were playing Gill with single coverage. Later in the game they may not have done that so we tried to take advantage and we were able to."
Crown Point responded when CP drove 67 yards in 12 plays and QB Ryan Bolda hit senior receiver Eric Mahaffey on a 24-yard TD with 7:31 left before halftime. But when the Bulldogs kicked off, this time Jusevitch grabbed it at the Lowell 7-yard line and roared straight down the center of the field, making one move and running away from the defense for a 20-7 lead.
"Obviously, those were killers to us," said CP coach Kevin Enright. "It's tough to come back from that. Those were quick hitting plays for points. I thought we continued to give great effort (after those plays) and I was proud of that."
"I was a little disappointed we made so many mistakes. Our effort was good and consistent, but we made some mistakes on both sides of the ball."
The Bulldogs rallied to within 20-13 in the third quarter after Payton Schreiber
fumbled at the Lowell 21. Tyler Gomez, who lost a fumble at the Lowell 44 in
the second quarter, cashed in a six-yard third quarter run to keep his team
close with 3:02 left in the period.
Lowell drove to the CP 40 and punted and the Bulldogs could not move the ball from their own 18 yards line in three plays. Lined up to punt, a wild snap got away from James Priddy and he was tackled at the CP 8-yard line.
Three plays later, Schreiber hit his second TD pass of the night to Logan O'Hanlon on 4th-and-goal from the 7-yard line. Schreiber had a big smile after the game. He also seemed a little amazed to be where he was considering where he cam from.
"I played as a freshman at Clark," he said. "Not many people in the stands. Tonight I couldn't even hear my coaches. I was a little excited, but I think the game will slow down for me."
Jusevitch's kickoff return came when CP seemed to be rallying, after a 24-yard TD pass from Ryan Bolda to Eric Mahfey. The Lowell senior said he didn't have much to do but run.
"Seeing the hole was huge," Jordan said. "The guys up front blocking cleared everybody out and the kicker was the only guy left."
"Everyone's ranked us number one around here," Jusevitch said. "But nobody knows how anybody is really going to be. We just have to prove ourselves every night."
Crown Point shouldn't be discouraged with this game. They held Lowell to less than 100 yards rushing and the passing attack with QB Ryan Bolda has a lot of promise.
"Ryan has a had a lot of high intensity experience," said Enright, referring to three playoff starts in 2016. "He's a tough kid. This is a tough place to play. A big test. They have a couple of dynamic players, but it's a team game. We had our chances. We just have to clean up the mistakes. We'll get better."
"You do this (coach) for a long time and you try to eliminate the mistakes in game one. It's hard to do and tonight we didn't do that. You miss a block. You miss a catch on third down. It's a mistake. But the effort was there. We'll build, but we definitely have to clean it up."
DOG/DEVIL NOTES: Lowell used big boy tackles Jake Mitrisin (6-2, 300) and Chandler Austgen (6-2, 281) against the run on early downs and rushed in pass rushers on passing downs. Crown Point wide receiver Eric Mahaffey caught five passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. The senior did not catch one pass in 12 games in the 2016 season. Bulldog tight end Ben Fridrich caught four passes for 37 yards at Lowell. In 2016 he caught four passes all season.
Jordan Jusevitch said he can only imagine what its was like to transfer in and suddenly be the starting quarterback.
"This has to be a confidence builder for him," Jordan said. "When he made a mistake I just tried to tell him, 'next play', next play'. That's all you can do. He threw a real 'dot' to Jaeger Gill in the first quarter. He was great. We're expecting a lot from him."
If it looks like Lowell's Jordan Jusevitch 'appears' at a lot of positions, it's because he does.
"Saftey, wide receiver, running back," he said. "Sometimes I'll play a little linebacker. There's a some plays for me and Number two (Jaeger Gill)."
Lowell fumbled four times on the QB-center exchange, but Payton Schreiber says the next time you see him, that will be cleared up.
"Sometimes I get out too early," he said. "We were working on it after the first fumble. It's on me. We're going to clean that up."