Pettit's 3 TD passes lead Bulldogs to 21-10 Homecoming win over LaPorte
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|After a week when all Friday games in Northwest Indiana were rained out, only a few clouds hovered over the kickoff last Friday at Crown Point. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|CP linemen Michael Wolff (75) and Carl Watroba (79) get set to take on the Slicers in Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) action last Friday.|
|Crown Point's leading tackler, linebacker Reilly Granger (54) took part in 15 stops against LaPorte last week.|
|Ben Uran (16) and Tysen Cazy (84) join the celebration as tight end Felix Meeks (83) has hold of his first touchdown pass of the season.|
|CP's Will Pettit (7) hands off to junior Matthew Walter (24) last Friday. CP improved to 4-3 on the season.|
|The men on the front line are Griffin Atherton (40), Silas Reeves (9) and Calvin Pawlowski (39) in last week's Crown Point game against LaPorte.|
|CP's Davian Lira (5) runs protected by CP senior Zach Milly (68) as LaPorte's Jorden Steinhiser (69) tries to do something about it.|
|LaPorte sophomore QB Collin Bergquist (9) pitches out to sophomore Jayden Parkes (1) as junior Trevor Cox (76) looks for someone to block. LaPorte has just 18 seniors on the roster.|
|CP's Donovan Huffine (8) keeps a watchful eye on LaPorte's Jayden Parkes (1) last Friday at CP.|
|Walter, the Bulldog was on hand for CP's homecoming game last Friday and he enjoyed CP's 21-10 victory.|
|CP's Ben Uran (16) and Jack Darlington (78) congratulate Tysen Cazy (84) on his fifth TD of the second in the second quarter last Friday.|
|It was also junior cheerleader night last Friday and all anybody could talk abut was Crown Point defeating LaPorte 21-10. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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|LaPORTE (1-6, 1-4)||7||14||7||7||35|
|CROWN POINT (4-3, 3-2)||14||7||7||9||37|
Friday, October 4, 2019, 54 degrees at kick-off, Duneland Athletic Conference at CROWN POINT, Ind.
Jayden Parkes, 69-yard TD run. 84-yard drive, 4 plays. 1:54 min. Time of
Possession (TOP). Javier Robles kick. 8:39 left.
CROWN POINT (7-7) Felix Meeks, 9-yard pass from Will Pettit. 74-yard drive, 10 plays. 5:51 min. TOP. 2:42 left.
2nd Qtr: LaPORTE (10-7) Javier Robles. 30-yard field goal. 48-yard drive, 12 plays. 5:44 min. TOP. 8:52 left.
CROWN POINT (14-10) Tysen Cazy, 10-yard pass from Will Pettit. 69-yard drive, 8 plays. 3:52 min. TOP. Sammy Brewer kick. 4:56 left.
3rd Qtr: No scoring.
4th Qtr: CROWN POINT (21-10) Ben Uran, 15-yard pass from Will Pettit. 43-yard drive, 6 plays. 2:56 min. TOP. Sammy Brewer kick. 5:52 left.
LaPORTE (41 carries, 235 yards, one TD): Jayden Parkes (RB) 11 carries, 111 yards, TD; Isaac Alexander (RB) 10-47 yards; Justin Forker (WR) 1-10 yards; Jacob Ruiz (RB) 4-17 yards; Collin Bergquist (QB) 15-50 yards.
CROWN POINT (19 carries, 73 yards, TD): Matthew Walters (HB) 7 carries, 16 yards; Davian Lira (HB) 12-29 yards, TD; Will Pettit (QB) 3-32 yards; David O’Toole (WR) 1-4 yards.
LaPORTE: Collin Bergquist (QB) 1 of 6, 27 yards;
CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 15 of 24, 179 yards, 3 TDs, no interceptions.
LaPORTE: Jayden Parkes (WR) 1-27 yards.
CROWN POINT: Tysen Cazy (WR) 3 catches, 33 yards, TD; Felix Meeks (TE) 1-9 yards, TD; Ben Uran (TE) 7-76 yards, TD; David O-Toole (WR) 1-37 yards; Davian Lira (HB) 1-14 yards; Matthew Walters (HB) 1-8 yards.
LaPORTE: 240 yards, 10 first downs, no turnovers.
CROWN POINT: 260 yards, 15 first downs, 0 turnovers.
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(10-04-2019) It was not a spectacular
Friday night. Both sides got a little something out of it. But Crown Point got a
little more, namely the win 21-10 over LaPorte in the 2019 CP Homecoming game.
LaPorte, which began the season 0-4, was competitive for the third week in a row and Crown Point, facing a style of option running they had not seen all season, rallied from an early 7-0 deficit to win a game they should have won.
LaPorte runs a double tight end, double wing option offense that is unlike anything anyone else in the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) uses. On the Slicers’ first possession, LaPorte moved the ball 84 yards in four plays and took a very quick 7-0 lead.
“We can't simulate what they do in practice,” admitted CP coach Kevin Enright. “We can get the boys lined up and tell them who is going to block where, but they can't see it until they see it. Our ‘prep’ team cannot simulate it.”
The Bulldogs did give up 200 yards rushing for the second week in a row, but CP did roll up 15 first downs with no turnovers and they slowly gained control after the early LaPorte score.
CP was held to less than 100 yards rushing for the second week in a row, but this might have been the best game of the season for junior CP quarterback Will Pettit, who completed 15 of 24 passes for three touchdowns and ran three times for 32 yards.
Pettit rarely runs the ball when he’s rolling out to throw and, after the win, he thought that the reality or even just the illusion that he might run affects the opposition’s defense.
“I saw what the Valparaiso coach (Bill Marshall) said after that (September 28) game,” Will explained. “He said that when we call a rollout out from certain formations, they know I'm not going to run. ”
Against LaPorte, Pettit’s three TD passes were a rollout 9-yard pass to junior tight end Felix Meeks, a 10-yard ‘fade’ into the corner of the end zone to senior Tysen Cazy, and a rollout 15-yard fourth quarter pass to senior Ben Uran.
The final TD was noteworthy. Two plays earlier, Pettit rolled out and ran for 17 yards, his longest gain of the season. On the TD two plays later, Pettit (6-2, 175) rolled out to his right and stepped up near the line of scrimmage before popping the pass to Uran, who was alone in the end zone. It might be a snap judgment, but Pettit’s run and the appearance of him about to run again drew the front of the LaPorte secondary closer to the line of scrimmage. That movement spread the defense and created a wide open receiver.
“Will made some big steps tonight,” said coach Enright. “He kept plays alive for us, kept drives alive for us and made good decisions with the football (translated: no interceptions). This was a good night for him.”
“I think the game has started to slow down for him. And when the game slows down for a player his confidence level goes way up. The times he escaped out of the pocket, his receivers went into a ‘scramble mode’ and Will knew what they were doing. He’s getting more comfortable.”
CP clearly needs more offense. Through seven games, the Bulldogs average just 270 yards and 19.1 points a game.
That’s very average.
Sectional rivals Merrillville (33.9) and Jefferson (54.6) haven't been held to 19 points in any game. For CP to win the sectional title, they’ll need to light up the scoreboard a little more.
Enright noted that everyone in the DAC has had a ‘moment’ this year when they’ve stepped up and won decisively.
“When you can get a win in our league, it's a big win,” he said. “You’re always going to get a fight. Nobody is deep enough where you can just show up and expect to win.”
DOG/SLICER NOTES: Last Friday’s game was a rare one as neither LaPorte or Crown Point lost a fumble, threw a pass interception or blocked a kick.
CP coach Kevin Enright said he’s optimistic about his boys going into the final days of the regular season.
“You judge the mindset of a group late in the season by practice.” he explained. “Sometimes you’re tired late in the year and it shows. When a group seems to enjoy themselves coming to practice and they have fun in practice, then they have a chance (for post-season success).
“Sometimes, by this time in the season, a group wants to move on to the next season (basketball, wrestling) in the winter. But our boys know we need to be clicking come playoff time. We don't have to tell them. But we really don't talk much about it. We just take it day by day. We made some mistakes tonight, especially on offense. But we’ll fix them. We’ll keep plugging away and trying to stay healthy.”
CP junior linebacker Riley Granger (5-11, 205) was in on a career high 15 tackles, including eight solo stops. Friday was the 11th time in two years (19 games) that Crown Point has held the opposition to 17 points or less.
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