Wolves hold off late Bulldogs' rally to win 17-15, end "bad luck"

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

10-15-2017

 

Daeolon Wren (34), Michael McCullough (1), Nathan Stevenson (81), Michael Shanks (42), Alfonso Ratliff (30 and Chase Triplett (8) lead the Michigan City Wolves onto the field for pregame warm-ups before taking on the Crown Point Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (Photos by Frank Sprankle)
Senior running back Tyler Gomez (42) and senior quarterback Ryan Bolda (19) get ready in pregame warm-ups before the Crown Point Bulldogs met the Michigan City Wolves on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
Sam Longoria (left) serves Marek Bauner (right) a bowl of chili as they two Crown Point residents tailgated in the south parking lot of Bulldog Turf before the Michigan City Wolves and the Crown Point Bulldogs match-up on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.
The Crown Point student section was decked out in pink to promote October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Michigan City Wolves played the Crown Point Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Michigan City won 17-15.
Team 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan City (6-3, 4-2) 10 7 0 0 17
CROWN POINT (5-4, 3-3) 7 0 2 6 15

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

1st QtrMICHIGAN CITY (3-0) Riley Shreve, 30-yard field goal. 24-yard, 5-play drive. 1:56 min. time of possession (TOP). 9:41 left.
CROWN POINT (7-3)
Tyler Gomez
, 50-yard run. 50-yard, 2-play drive. 0:52 min. time of possession (TOP). Ben Fridrich kick. 8:50 left.
MICHIGAN CITY (10-7) Daelon Wren, 6-yard run. 45-yard, 3-play drive. 0:40 min. TOP. Riley Shreve kick. 1:38 left.
2nd Qtr: 
MICHIGAN CITY (17-7) Michael McCullough, 3-yard run. 70-yard, 8-play drive. 5:05 min. TOP. Riley Shreve kick. 6:41 left.
3rd Qtr:
 CROWN POINT (9-17) Safety, bloc ked punt out of end zone. 0:28.5 left.
CROWN POINT (15-17)  Tyler Jones, 12-yard pass from Ryan Bolda. 19-yard, 4-play drive following CP fumble recovery at MC 19-yard line. 1:18 min. TOP.  Two-point run failed. 4:02 left.

RUSHING:
MICHIGAN CITY (40 carries, 162 yards, 2 TDs, 2 fumbles): Michael McCullough (QB) 10-50 yards, TD; Daelon Wren (RB) 24-93 yards, TD; Keyshawn McGill (WR) 4-26 yards; Bryce Hayman (WR) 1-1 yards, Zennon Wilhelm (WR) 1-(-8).

CROWN POINT
(32 carries, 155 yards, TD, 2 fumbles): Tyler Gomez (TB) 27-171 yards, TD; Scott Mills (TB) 3-2 yards; Eric Mahaffey 1-(-3) yards; Tyler Jones 1-(-15) yards.

PASSING
:
MICHIGAN CITY: Michael McCullough (QB) 11-22, 115 yards.
CROWN POINT: Ryan Bolda (QB) 7-18, 93 yards, TD, INT.

RECEIVING:
MICHIGAN CITY: Keyshawn McGill (WR) 5-68 yards, Justin Wozniak (TE) 1-17 yards, Zennon Wilhelm (WR) 1-15 yards; Tyler Sigmund (WR) 3-10 yards; Bryce Hayman (WR) 1-5 yards.
CROWN POINT: Tyler Jones (WR) 4-68 yards, Ben Fridrich (HB/TE) 2-18 yards, Timmy Angel (WR) 1-2 yards.

TOTAL YARDS:
MICHIGAN CITY: 277 yards, 14 first downs and 2 turnover (2 fumbles)
CROWN POINT: 248 yards, 8 first downs and 3 turnover (1 interception, two fumbles)

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CROWN POINT (10-13-2017) The regular season finale proved entertaining and exciting for the Michigan City Wolves and the Crown Point Bulldogs.

In the end, the excitement went the way of the visiting Wolves, who picked-up a 17-15 victory over the Bulldogs last Friday night.

With eight seconds remaining Senior Ben Fridrich lined-up for a 47-yard field goal attempt from the left hash and a right angle. But a bad snap forced Michigan City to prevail.

“Anytime you lose it’s disappointing, but to stand-in with Michigan City, it’s a positive,” Head Coach Kevin Enright said as now the focus advances to sectional play at home against the Merrillville Pirates on Oct. 27. “We will look to get better and clean-up the mistakes. We will get better.”

For the Wolves, they open-up the sectionals against the Munster Mustangs on the road, also on Oct. 27.

But as far as the final regular season tilt, both teams put points on the board early. On their first offensive possession of the game, Wolves’ senior kicker Riley Shreve connected on a 30-yard field goal just 2:09 into the game.

The Bulldogs then took over and senior running back Tyler Gomez did as well with a 50-yard touchdown run, his 16th of the season, set-up by a nice kick-off return by junior Ray Cosey.

With short Michigan City touchdown runs by senior running back Daelon Wren of six yards and quarterback Michael McCullough’s three-yard rushing score, the Wolves led 17-7 at halftime.

The Bulldogs provided a strong effort in the second half, a block Michigan City punt rolled into the back of the Wolves end zone for a safety.

In the fourth quarter and met with 4th down and three from the Michigan City 12-yard line, senior quarterback Ryan Bolda hit senior wide receiver Tyler Jones for a crucial 12-yard touchdown pass to make it a two-point game. However, the Bulldogs could not convert on an attempted two-point conversion as the run came up just short of the goal line.

Crown Point put together a heroic rally in the closing 23 seconds of the game, including a 40-yard pass completion from quarterback Ryan Bolda to senior wide receiver Tyler Jones at MC 30-yard line. Ben Fridrich was unable to get off the 47-yard field goal attempt as the snap with 8.5 seconds left in the game was a little high, and holder Tyler Jones was unable to place the place for the kick, the Wolves recovered a loose ball with a fraction of a second left. McCullough took a knee to finish out the game for a 17-15 win for the visiting Wolves.

Michigan City had lost a couple of close games with late rallied by Valparaiso (a 17-14 come-from behind win) and LaPorte (a 58-56 seesaw battle won by LaPorte on a TD pass as time ran out) earlier this season.

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs remain up-beat heading into sectional play.

“Our confidence level is still way up there, it’s through the roof,” Bolda said “We have a good chance in the playoffs as long as we keep our focus and our intensity up.”

DOG NOTES: For the second straight game, Michigan City defeated Crown Point at Bulldog Turf. The Wolves came into Crown Point and picked-up a 32-17 win on Oct. 16, 2015.

The Wolves and Bulldogs entered their traditional DAC Week 9 match-up with winning records. Until this game, the last time these two teams met with winning records was 2005. The Bulldogs won that game at home 47-7 on Oct. 14, 2005.

Michigan City closes out the 2017 regular season at 6-3, 5-2 in the Duneland Athletic Conference, while the Bulldogs dropped to 5-4, 4-3 in the DAC. Crown Point also had its three-game winning streak snapped after victories again Valparaiso, LaPorte and Chesterton.

The Bulldogs head into a bye-week before postseason play, where they will meet the Merrillville Pirates in the Class 6A, Sectional 1 semi-final on Friday, Oct. 27 at Bulldog Turf. This will mark the sixth sectional meeting for the Pirates and the Wolves since 2011. In the previous five sectional contests, Merrillville holds a 3-2 advantage. Already this season, Crown Point lost at home to Merrillville in Week 3, 34-26.

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CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
6A 1 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 5-4
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Kevin Enright, 34-29 in 6th year at school
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 24.8, DA 17.7
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}  W 21-  6   
Sep. 29 LaPorte {5A}  W 37-35   
Oct. 6 at Chesterton {6A}  W 21-  7   
Oct. 13 Michigan City {5A}   L 15-17   
DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
5A 9 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 6-3
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
MICHIGAN CITY
WOLVES
Coach: Phil Mason, 13-7 in 2nd year at school, 126-68 in 17th year overall
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 34.6, DA 27.0
Aug. 18 Griffith {4A}  W 25-20   
Aug. 25 at Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.)   L 21-63   
Sep. 1 Chesterton {6A}  W 35-14   
Sep. 8 at Valparaiso {6A}   L 14-17   
Sep. 15 Merrillville {6A}  W 56-28   
Sep. 22 at Lake Central {6A}  W 56-14   
Sep. 29 Portage {6A}  W 31-14   
Oct. 6 at LaPorte {5A}   L 56-58   
Oct. 13 at Crown Point {6A}  W 17-15   
DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

DUNELAND
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
  CONFERENCE ALL GAMES
  W-L Pts OP W-L Pts OP Streak
Valparaiso 6-1 147 69 8-  1 190 83 Won 3
LaPorte 5-2 253 188 6-  3 317 234 Won 2
Michigan City 5-2 265 160 6-  3 311 243 Won 1
Crown Point 4-3 175 126 5-  4 223 159 Lost 1
Portage 4-3 193 156 4-  5 245 223 Lost 3
Chesterton 2-5 116 152 4-  5 184 194 Won 1
Lake Central 1-6 94 304 2-  7 127 359 Lost 1
Merrillville 1-6 133 221 1-  8 146 270 Lost 6
Friday, Oct. 13
Chesterton 14, Merrillville 7
LaPorte 36, Portage 33
Michigan City 17, Crown Point 15
Valparaiso 42, Lake Central 8
‡Conference game
 

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