Bulldogs' Defense holds LC to FG as Gomez rushes for 133 yds to lead CP to 17-3 win in rain
 

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith

9-12-2016

 
If Crown Point's Tyler Gomez (42) seems peaceful as he salutes the student section after the Bulldogs' 17-3 win over Lake Central, he may just have been tired. Gomez carried the ball 39 times for 133 yards. (All photos by Mark Smith)

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Friday, September 9, 2016 -  70 degrees and steady rain showers at CROWN POINT, IN
 

1st QtrNo scoring.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (7-0) Griff Govert, 1-yard run. (80-yard drive, 17 plays) Ben Fridrich kick. 11:56 left.

3rd Qtr: LAKE CENTRAL (7-3) Cole Rainwater, 27-yard field goal. 8:07 left.

4th Qtr: CROWN POINT (10-3) Ben Fridrich, 31-yard field goal. 55 yards drive, 7 plays. 9:09 left.
CROWN POINT (17-3) Tyler Gomez, 18-yard run. 42 yard drive, 5 plays. Ben Fridrich kick. 5:47 left.

 

RUSHING:

LAKE CENTRAL (24 carries, 87 yards, 0 TDs, fumble) Anthony Giles (HB) 19 caries, 86 yards, Zach Bundalo (QB) 1 (minus-8 yards), Quincy Tribble (WR) 1-7 yards;
CROWN POINT (50 caries, 184 yards, 2 TDs, fumble) Tyler Gomez (HB) 39 carries, 133 yards, TD; Griffin Govert (FB) 7 carries, 20 yards, TD; Grayson Lynk (QB) 4 carries, 31 yards.

PASSING:

LAKE CENTRAL: Zach Bundalo (QB) 6 of 11, 46 yards, 0TDs, 1 interception;
CROWN POINT: Grayson Lynk (QB) 4 of 8, 67 yarsd, 0 TDs 0 INTS.

RECEIVING:

LAKE CENTRAL: Josh Benson (WR) 3 catches, 60 yards; Kyle Paul (WR) 1-5 yards;
CROWN POINT: Tyler Jones (WR) 3 catches 23 yards, Griffin Govert (FB) 2-16 yards, Shane McCormack (WR) 4-323-25 yards, Ben Fridrich (TE) 1-15 yards, Tyler Gomez (HB) 1-10 yards. Leo Radiceski (WR) 1-3 yards.

TOTAL YARDS:
LAKE CENTRAL: 154 yards, 6 first downs, 3 turnovers;
CROWN POINT: 230 yards, 15 first downs, 1 turnover
Fumble recovery:
Caden Watson (CP), Zach Ramus (CP), Chris Gillespie (LC)
Interception:
Bailey Miles (CP).

 

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CROWN POINT (9-09-2016) To be on a roller-coaster is okay as long as you know that eventually the ride is going to rise again. Crown Point was able to 'keep the faith' after close losses to Mishawaka and Merrillville and the 'stay-the-course' attitude was rewarded with a decisive 17-3 win over rival Lake Central on a very rainy September night.

Facing a team that averaged 28 points a game over the first three weeks, Crown Point (2-2, 1-1 Duneland Athletic Conference) held Lake Central to three points, six first downs and an unofficial total of just 154 yards. Except for a half against Merrillville, the Bulldog defense has gotten the best of the opposition.

"We like the way our defense has been playing all through the summer, said coach Kevin Enright. "They were our most consistent group. They play well together. As you go through the season, a lot of factors like injuries come into play. But we're pleased with our defense. No question."

"We had some fundamental breakdowns last week," said co-captain and linebacker Donald Schuch. "We cleaned that up. We were much better this week."

Crown Point blended the defense with a clock-eating running attack. At the start of the game, Lake Central gained one first down, punted to Crown Point and never got the ball back in the first quarter.
With a steady rain falling, Crown Point, sparked by their big offensive line, ran 17 consecutive plays to score on a 1-yard run by senior fullback Griffin Govert. LC just didn't move the ball before the half. Only a 37-yard run by senior halfback Anthony Giles broke up a series of punts.

In the third quarter, the LC defense stopped CP on three plays and sophomore quarterback Zach Bundalo fired a 28-yard pass to Josh Benson, who took the ball away from CP defender Zach Stewart at the 8-yard line. But the Crown Pont defense held and all LC got was a 28-yard field goal from Cole Rainwater.

Next time LC (1-3, 0-2 DAC) got the ball, Giles broke loose for a 25-yard run to the Crown Point 47-yard-line. But Giles fumbled on the next play and Caden Watson recovered at the CP 34. An exchange of punts set CP up at the Lake Central 45-yard line, and three plays later, a 16-yard screen pass to Govert moved the ball to the 16.

That drive ended with junior Ben Fridrich booting his first career field goal from 31 yards out to give CP a 10-3 edge with 9:09 left.

Another defensive stop by the Bulldogs led to another short punt and CP was able to clinch the game. Tyler Gomez broke off runs of 4, 9, 9 and finally 18 yards to the end zone to clinch the game with 5:47 to play. In the fourth quarter, as the rain intensified, everybody knew Gomez (5-10, 175) was getting the ball behind the line of center Jacob Keaveney (6-1, 285), juniors Paxton Pittman (6-2, 300) and Andrew Keneson (6-2, 225) and seniors Alex Ristovski (6-12 250 and Nate Marciniec (5-11, 225), but LC could not stop him.

"Tyler grew up tonight in the respect that he's begun to believe in the play that's called," Enright explained. Early in the year, he tried to 'bounce' plays outside. Now he believes in the play. He's definitely a work in progress, but he's getting better and we can go a long way with that."

At the end, as they always do after home wins, the CP boys sang the school fight song (which sounds amazingly similar to the Notre Dame fight song) to the student body and the two painfully close losses were forgotten. The most difficult thing in high school sports is to lose back-to-back games early in a season and still believe you can win. The mindset that winning is normal for you and losing is just a bump in the road until you get to more wins.
 
"We didn't lose confidence at all," Schuch said, "Maybe last year (when CP was 1-9) we would have, but not this year. I think we really learned a lot last year. We made mistakes, but now we feel when we make them we can fix them. That showed today."
 
"Kids have short memories," said Enright. "The plays Merrillville hit on us last week, they can hit on anybody. I think we know our strengths and where we need to improve. We've got to play to our strengths and mask the areas where we need to improve. Tonight we did a pretty good job of that. It was nice to get back on track."

DOG NOTES: Few expected the near game-long rain (it cleared up briefly in the third quarter) last Friday, but nobody seemed to mind. Fans were equipped with colorful umbrellas and students just walked around getting rained on and ignored the weather entirely.

CP senior Donald Schuch said he didn't know if the Bulldogs are a bad weather team just because they played their best game of the year in a steady rainstorm.

"It's definitely fun," Schuch said. "It's different. But we just really wanted a win today."

The last time Lake Central was held to three points or less was September 4th of 2009 when they lost 27-0 to Portage.

Crown Point has not defeated rivals Lowell, Lake Central and Merrillville in the same season since 2006, when they were 12-1. The Bulldogs will likely see Merrillville again in Class 6A Sectional 1 in next month.

Junior halfback Tyler Gomez has an unofficial 107 carries for 383 yards and three touchdowns. The Bulldogs have allowed just 14.2 points per game, the seventh lowest total among the 32 Class 6A teams.


CLASS SECTIONAL ORDER YOUR INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST RECENT SEASONS
6A 1 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 2-2
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Kevin Enright, 25-21 in 5th year at school
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 15.0, DA 14.3
Aug. 19 Lowell {4A} 2ot W   9-  3   
Aug. 26 at Mishawaka {5A}   L   6-10   
Sep. 2 at Merrillville {6A}   L 28-41   
Sep. 9 Lake Central {6A}  W 17-  3   
Sep. 16 Portage {6A} 7:00 pm   
Sep. 23 at Valparaiso {6A} 7:00 pm   
Sep. 30 at LaPorte {6A} 7:00 pm   
Oct. 7 Chesterton {6A} 7:00 pm   
Oct. 14 at Michigan City {5A} 7:00 pm   
DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

 
CLASS SECTIONAL ORDER YOUR INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST RECENT SEASONS
6A 1 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 1-3
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
LAKE CENTRAL
INDIANS
Coach: Brett St. Germain, 42-26 in 7th year at school, 92-38 in 12th year overall
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 23.0, DA 21.0
Aug. 19 Munster {4A}  W 35-  7   
Aug. 26 Lincoln-Way Central (Ill.)   L 21-24   
Sep. 2 at Portage {6A}   L 33-36   
Sep. 9 at Crown Point {6A}   L   3-17   
Sep. 16 LaPorte {6A} 7:00 pm   
Sep. 23 at Michigan City {5A} 7:00 pm   
Sep. 30 Chesterton {6A} 7:00 pm   
Oct. 7 at Merrillville {6A} 7:00 pm   
Oct. 14 Valparaiso {6A} 7:00 pm   
DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME
 

DUNELAND
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
  CONFERENCE ALL GAMES
  W-L Pts OP W-L Pts OP Streak
LaPorte 2-0 88 52 4-  0 136 82 Won 4
Merrillville 2-0 61 42 3-  1 98 84 Won 2
Michigan City 1-1 20 29 3-  1 106 57 Lost 1
Crown Point 1-1 45 44 2-  2 60 57 Won 1
Portage 1-1 50 53 2-  2 85 101 Lost 1
Valparaiso 1-1 67 39 2-  2 123 66 Won 1
Chesterton 0-2 14 69 2-  2 53 98 Lost 2
Lake Central 0-2 36 53 1-  3 92 84 Lost 3

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