LaPorte jumps to quick 2 TD lead and holds on to win 34-16 over Bulldogs
A USA-365.com Special Report by Frank Sprankle
|The inside of Kiwanis Field with a preservation of LaPorte Slicers football history.|
|The Crown Point Bulldogs make their way across a wet Kiwanis Field for their Week 7 match-up against the LaPorte Slicers. The rains eventually let up for most of the game.|
|The LaPorte Slicers warm-up before their home match-up with the Crown Point Bulldogs as the officiating crew make their way onto the field.|
|The ticket window at Kiwanis Field at LaPorte before the Week 7 meeting before Slicers match-up with the Crown Point Bulldogs. Despite a heavy rain before the game, many attended notably the home crowd. (All Photos by Frank Sprankle)|
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Friday, October 3, 2014 - 60 degrees & cloudy, Duneland Athletic Conference game at LaPorte, Ind.
(7-0) Brennnen Long, 11-yard run. 75-yard drive, 6 plays. 1:53 min. TOP.
Juan Villa kick. 10:07 left.
LaPORTE (13-0) Scott Cooper, 53-yard pass from Nolan Lorenz. 61-yard drive, 3 plays. 0:49 min. TOP. Kick wide right. 6:51 left.
(Crown Point 7-13) Mark Knox, 4-yard run. 6-yard drive, 2
plays, following 92-yard kick-off return by Brett Schoettle. 0:28 min. TOP. Ben
Fridrich kick. 5:54 left.
2nd Qtr: (LaPorte 7-20) Chris Juszkiewicz, 11-yard run. 52-yard rive, 9 plays. 3:30 min. TOP. Juan Villa kick. 1:06 left.
(10-20) Ben Fridrichs, 45-yard field goal. 55-yard drive, 11 plays. 1:01
min. TOP. 0:05
3rd Qtr: LaPORTE (10-27) Chris Juszkiewicz, 6-yard pass from Nolan Lorenz. 55-yard drive, 5 plays. 2:10 min. TOP. Juan Villa kick. 3:04 left.
4th Qtr: LaPORTE (10-34) Nolan Lorenz, 47-yard run. 85-yard drive, 11 plays. 5:11 min. TOP. Juan Villa kick. 7:00 left.
CROWN POINT (16-34) Shane McCormick, 78-yard pass from Grayson Lynk. 67-yard drive, 4 plays. 0:53 min. TOP. Ben Fridrichs kick. 6:02 left.
Crown Point (24 carries, 79 yards, TD): Grayson Lynk (QB) 5 carries, 21 yards; Tyler Gomez (TB) 11 carries, 29 yards; Mark Knox (WR) 2 carries, 5 yards, TD; Griffin Govert (HB) 4 carries, 15 yards; Zach Stewart (CB-HB) 1 carry, 8 yards; Tyler Jones (WR) 1 carry, 1 yard.
LaPorte (55 carries, 366 yards, 3 TDs): Drayson Nespo (TB) 14 carries, 96 yards; Nolan Lorenz (QB) 9 carries, 135 yards, TD; Brennen Long (FB) 19 carries, 82 yards, TD; Chris Juszkiewicz (HB) 13 carries, 46 yards, TD; Mahtenia Hunter (HB) 2 carries, 7 yards.
Crown Point: Grayson Lynk (QB) 4-13, 88 yards, TD; Tylr Gomez (TB) 1-1, 11 yards; Zach Stewart 0-1, 0 yards; James Priddy, 0-1, 0 yards.
LaPorte: Nolan Lorenz (QB) 2-4, 59 yards, 2 TDs.
Crown Point: Tyler Jones (WR) 2-20 yards, Tyler Gomez (HB) 1-(-8) yards: Mark Knox (WR) 1-9 yards; Shane McCormick (WR) 1-78 yards, TD.
LaPorte: Scott Cooper (TE) 1-53 yards, TD; Brennen Long (FB) 1-6 yards, TD.
Crown Point: 1 fumble
LaPorte: 0 fumble
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It was a game that both teams needed. The LaPorte Slicers needed it for their
Duneland Athletic Conference Title hopes and march, while staying unbeaten. The
Crown Point Bulldogs needed it to prevent an under .500 regular season.
The answer came in a strong performance by LaPorte junior quarterback Nolan Lorenz as he helped lead the Slicers to a 34-16 win over the Bulldogs at Kiwanis Field last Friday night.
The Slicers improve to 7-0 overall, 5-0 in the DAC to retain the first place status. Winless on through four road games in 2016, the Bulldogs drop to 2-5, 1-4 in the DAC.
Having won the coin toss and electing to receiving, the Slicers cruised downfield. Senior halfback Brennen Long opened-up to scoring less than two minutes in, with an 11-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing offensive drive, Lorenz hooked-up to senior tight end Scott Cooper for a 53-yard touchdown. He would target Long for six-yards in the third quarter for his second touchdown pass.
Those two touchdown passes marked the only completions for Lorenz on four attempts, going for 59 yards combined. He would rush for 135 yards on nine carries with a TD, a 47-yard fourth quarter score that put the game out of reach.
Long rushed had 82 yards rushing on 19 carries, while junior halfback Drayson Nespo had 14 carries for 96 yards, all part of the Slicers 366 rushing yards.
The Bulldogs only managed 72 rushing yards, including Mark Knox’s 4-yard TD run in the first quarter, a score set-up by junior Brett Schoettle’s 92-yard kickoff return.
Crown Point senior quarterback Grayson Lynk passed for 135 yards on 4 of 12 passing, with a 78-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Shane McCormick.
The Slicers racked-up 416 yards of total offense, while the Bulldogs managed 251 yards.
Dog Notes: The win by the Slicers marked the end of a four-game losing streak against the Bulldogs at Kiwanis Field. The previous victory for LaPorte at home against Crown Point was Nov. 10, 2006 in the regional title game, with a 28-21 final. The previous time the Slicers defeated the Bulldogs at home in the regular season until last Friday was on Oct. 1, 2004, a 37-23 win for LaPorte.
Last Friday’s lost against LaPorte marked only the third time the Bulldogs have scored points in double digit figures. Yet they are 1-2 in games in which they have posted more than 10 points. They lost to the Merrillville Pirates on the road in the third week of the season 41-28 and picked-up a 17-3 home victory against the Lake Central Indians the following week.
The Bulldogs have now lost all four of their regular season road games played this year with one more to go (Oct. 14 against Michigan City). The 2001 season marked the last time the Bulldogs lost four regular season road games. It was a year they finished 1-9.
Up Next For The Bulldogs: After back-to-back weeks on the road, the Bulldogs return home to meet the Chesterton Trojans this Friday, who are 2-5 and winless in the DAC. They won their first two games of the season defeating Kokomo at home on 14-7 on Aug. 19, and picking-up a road victory at Munster 25-22 seven nights later. Chesterton is coming off a 38-0 road loss against the Lake Central Indians last Friday, their second shutout defeat of the year.
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|ALL TIMES CENTRAL|
|LaPorte||5-0||203||120||7- 0||251||150||Won 7|
|Michigan City||4-1||143||120||6- 1||229||148||Won 3|
|Valparaiso||4-1||142||74||5- 2||198||101||Won 4|
|Portage||3-2||93||104||4- 3||128||152||Lost 1|
|Merrillville||2-3||146||150||3- 4||183||192||Lost 3|
|Crown Point||1-4||71||106||2- 5||86||119||Lost 3|
|Lake Central||1-4||133||134||2- 5||189||165||Won 1|
|Chesterton||0-5||40||163||2- 5||79||192||Lost 5|
|Friday, Sep. 30|
|Lake Central 38, Chesterton 0‡|
|LaPorte 34, Crown Point 16‡|
|Michigan City 35, Portage 14‡|
|Valparaiso 20, Merrillville 15‡|
|Friday, Oct. 7|
|Chesterton at Crown Point‡, 7 pm|
|Lake Central at Merrillville‡, 7 pm|
|LaPorte at Michigan City‡, 7 pm|
|Portage at Valparaiso‡, 7 pm|
|Friday, Oct. 14|
|Crown Point at Michigan City‡, 7 pm|
|LaPorte at Portage‡, 7 pm|
|Merrillville at Chesterton‡, 7 pm|
|Valparaiso at Lake Central‡, 7 pm|