Bulldogs' strong second half and Fridrich's 2 FGs and TD lead to 21-7 win at Chesterton

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

10-08-2017

 

Members of the Chesterton Trojans display their National Guard promotional uniforms that they wore against the Crown Point Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (Photos by Frank Sprankle)
A memorial is displayed on the southwest end of Chesterton's football stadium with an American Flag at the top and the seal of each of the five armed service branches below, paying tribute to those in service who lost their lives defending the United States from the Duneland Area Schools.
Chesterton Trojans senior quarterback Andrew Zimmerman loosens-up before facing the Crown Point Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
Crown Point Bulldogs tight end Eric Mahaffey runs practice routes in pregame warm-ups before meeting the Chesterton Trojans on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
The Crown Point Bulldogs warm up on the north end of the field as the Chesterton Trojans run out to the field from the stadium tunnel prior to their game with the Bulldogs, 10-06-2017.
The Chesterton High School Marching Band looks sharp, as they prepare to play the National Anthem prior to the start of the CP-Chesterton Football game, 10-06-2017.
The Chesterton scoreboard and parking lot lights gleam earily in the pregame light rain and mist that prompted fans to keep their umbrellas close at hand, 10-06-2017.
Team 1 2 3 4 F
CROWN POINT (5-3, 3-1  DAC) 7 0 3 11 21
Chesterton (3-5, 4-2 DAC) 0 7 0 0 7

Friday, October 6, 2017,  69 degrees & light rain at kick-off, Duneland Athletic Conference at CHESTERTON, IN.

1st Qtr: CROWN POINT (7-0) Tyler Gomez, 5-yard run. 43-yard, 9 play drive following turnover on downs. 4:17 min. time of possession (TOP). Ben Fridrich kick. 2:07 left.
2nd Qtr: CHESTERTON (7-7) Louie Razo, 3-yard run. 34-yard, 8-play drive following short punt out of bounds. 3:30 min. TOP. Harley Lohmeyer kick. 1:10 left. 
3rd Qtr:
CROWN POINT (10-7) Ben Fridrich, 20-yard field goal. 77-yard, 10-play drive. 5:07 min. TOP. 6:53 left.
4th Qtr:
  CROWN POINT (13-7) Ben Fridrich, 32-yard field goal. 37-yard, 10-play drive. 3:40 min. TOP. 9:49 left.
CROWN POINT (21-7) Ben Fridrich, 18-yard pass from Ryan Bolda. 72-yard, 6-play drive. 2:56 min. TOP. Two-point conversion run by Scott Mills. 5:45 min left.

RUSHING:
CROWN POINT (35 carries, 223 yards, 1 fumble, none lost): Tyler Gomez (TB) 23-133 yards, Ryan Bolda (QB) 1-7 yards, Scott Mills (TB) 11-83 yards, Eric Mahaffey 2-1 yard.
CHESTERTON (40-146 yards, 1 fumble, none lost) Louiw Razo (RB) 13-52 yards, Andrew Zimmerman (QB) 16-57 yards, Cory Boren (RB) 9-32 yards, Anthony Frencl (RB) 2-5 yards.

PASSING:
CROWN POINT: Ryan Bolda (QB) 8 of 14, 70 yards, TD, 0 interceptions;
CHESTERTON: Andrew Zimmerman (QB) 0 of 6, 0 yards, 2 interceptions.

RECEIVING:
CROWN POINT:  Eric Mahaffey (WR) 6-40 yards, Ben Fridrich (HB/TE) 2-30 yards, TD.
CHESTERTON: None.

TURNOVERS:
CROWN POINT (0) 0 fumble, 0 interception.
CHESTERTON (2) 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles.

PENALTIES:
CROWN POINT: 1-15 yards; CHESTERTON: 4-25 yards.

TOTAL YARDS:
CROWN POINT: 293 yards; CHESTERTON: 146 yards.

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CHESTERTON (10-06-2017) For the Crown Point Bulldogs to pull off their third straight victory, they would need a strong second half.

They got it, as the Bulldogs prevailed for a 21-7 road victory over the Chesterton Trojans.

Outscoring the Trojans 14-0 in the back 24 minutes, special teams proved vital. Senior Ben Fridrich connected on two crucial field goals, from 20 yards in the third quarter and a 32-yard boot in the fourth quarter.

After the special teams duties, Fridrich helped put the game out of reach on offense. His 23-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Ryan Bolda capped-off a big night, which had the Bulldogs and Trojans tied at halftime 7-7.

“It all felt great, I love being able to help my team,” Fridrich said about his two field goals and the touchdown reception. “It’s great to score points on special teams because it gives us a better chance to win.”

Crown Point got on the board first in the opening quarter. Senior running back Tyler Gomez rushed for his 15th touchdown of the season, coming from five-yards out. Unofficially, Gomez now has 1,153 yards rushing on 177 attempts in the 2017 season through 8 games.

It took a while for the Trojans to match the Bulldogs. Late in the second quarter, Chesterton senior running back Louie Razo rushed from 3-yards out to help even-up the score with 1:10 minutes before the half.

“Coming out of the half, we did not have much juice,” Bulldogs Head Coach Kevin Enright said. “But our seniors stepped-up and led us in the second half.”

The importance of that senior leadership will hold high volume as the Bulldogs head into sectional play.

“Our seniors are awesome. They are helping us get ready because they have been through it before, Bulldogs junior linebacker Ethan Potosky said. “We are getting hot at the right time just like last year, we’re all coming together figuring it out, it’s a long season.”

The Bulldogs improved to 5-3 overall, 4-2 in the Duneland Athletic Conference, while the Trojans dropped to 3-5 overall and 1-5 in the DAC.

DOG NOTES: The Bulldogs have now won three-straight, with wins over the Valparaiso Vikings, LaPorte Slicers and now the Trojans. In that span, they have won by an average margin of 26-16.

With the win, the Bulldogs are now guaranteed a winning regular season. They are currently 5-3 with one more game to go. The last time the Bulldogs had a winning regular season was 2014, in which they went 8-1.

Crown Point finishes the regular season 2-2 in games away from Bulldog Turf. In 2016, they were 1-4 in regular season road games. Their only road win in that span was on Oct. 14 at Michigan City, 42-21. However, the Bulldogs defeated Merrillville on the road 24-19 in the sectional title game played on Nov. 4.

USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports Programming Note: The Bulldogs close out the 2017 regular season at home this Friday against the Michigan City Wolves. USA-365.com and Indiana-Sports.com will provide live game coverage beginning with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) with the kickoff at 7:00 p.m. (CDT).

The Bulldogs will then have a bye week before hosting the Merrillville Pirates in the Class 6A, Sectional 1 semi-final on Friday, Oct. 27.


CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
6A 1 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 5-3
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Kevin Enright, 34-28 in 6th year at school
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 26.0, DA 17.8
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}‡ 7:00 pm   
‡DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
6A 2 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 3-5
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
CHESTERTON
TROJANS
Coach: Mark Peterson, 23-28 in 5th year at school, 58-57 in 11th year overall
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 21.3, DA 23.4
Aug. 18 at Hobart {4A}  W 35-21   
Aug. 25 Munster {5A}  W 33-21   
Sep. 1 at Michigan City {5A}‡   L 14-35   
Sep. 8 LaPorte {5A}‡   L 18-20   
Sep. 15 Valparaiso {6A}‡   L   0-14   
Sep. 22 at Portage {6A}‡   L 21-31   
Sep. 29 Lake Central {6A}‡  W 42-24   
Oct. 6 Crown Point {6A}‡   L   7-21   
Oct. 13 at Merrillville {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
‡DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

DUNELAND
ALL TIMES CENTRAL
  CONFERENCE ALL GAMES
  W-L Pts OP W-L Pts OP Streak
Valparaiso 5-1 105 61 7-  1 148 75 Won 2
Crown Point 4-2 160 109 5-  3 208 142 Won 3
LaPorte 4-2 217 155 5-  3 281 201 Won 1
Michigan City 4-2 248 145 5-  3 294 228 Lost 1
Portage 4-2 160 120 4-  4 212 187 Lost 2
Chesterton 1-5 102 145 3-  5 170 187 Lost 1
Lake Central 1-5 86 262 2-  6 119 317 Won 1
Merrillville 1-5 126 207 1-  7 139 256 Lost 5
Friday, Sep. 29
Chesterton 42, Lake Central 24‡
Crown Point 37, LaPorte 35‡
Michigan City 31, Portage 14‡
Valparaiso 28, Merrillville 0‡
Friday, Oct. 6
Crown Point 21, Chesterton 7‡
LaPorte 58, Michigan City 56‡
Lake Central 27, Merrillville 23‡
Valparaiso 23, Portage 20‡
Friday, Oct. 13
Chesterton at Merrillville‡, 7 pm
Lake Central at Valparaiso‡, 7 pm
Michigan City at Crown Point‡, 7 pm
Portage at LaPorte‡, 7 pm
‡Conference game

 

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