Bulldogs rally in second half to upset 6A, No. 3 Valparaiso 21-6 at home
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|CP junior Railaun Cosey (6) keeps a step ahead of Valpo halfback Eddie Curry (27) early in the CP-Valpo battle. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|Valpo's Tyler Sharp (68) looks to stop CP quarterback Ryan Bolda (19) from throwing down field in first quarter action.|
|Valpo's Reece Staples (2) puts the evil eye on CP wide receiver Tim Angel (21) in the big DAC matchup.|
|Valpo's James Priddy (36) averaged 31 yards a boot to back up the visiting Vikings.|
|Valpo halfback Eddie Curry (27) found a rare hole in the Crown Point defense. The Vikings led 6-0 at the half.|
|CP's Brett Schoettle (20) holds onto a second quarter pass despite the best efforts of the Valpo defense. Schoettle caught three passes for 55 yards.|
|It was a big night at CPHS as the varsity cheerleaders welcomed future Bulldogs cheer talent for a halftime show.|
|CP senior Eric Mahaffey (13) runs the wide receiver 'jet sweep' behind the blocking of tight end Ben Fridrich (85).|
|Crown Point's state championship softball team was honored at halftime. Grace Frazier (right) and all who weren't away at college were presented with championship rings.|
|The CP state softball championship trophy was held up by assistant coaches Jim Chancellor and Gabby Raspopovich.|
|CP held the biggest trophy of the night as senior co-captains Jacob Keaveney (72) and Tyler Gomez (42) got their hands on the 'County Seat Trophy' awarded annually to the winner of the CP-Valpo regular season football game. Crown Point defeated Valparaiso 21-6.|
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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 81 degrees (at kick-off), Duneland Athletic Conference at CROWN POINT, Ind.
Qtr: VALPARAISO (6-0)
(6-0) Peyton Krutz, 4-yard run.
70-yard drive, 17 plays. Kick wide. 0:00 left.
2nd Qtr: No scoring.
3rd Qtr: CROWN POINT (7-6) Tyler Gomez 1-yard run. 67-yard drive, 7 plays. Ben Fridrich kick.. 1:20 left.
4th Qtr: CROWN POINT (14-6) Tyler Gomez, 71-yard run. 71-yard drive, 1 plays. Ben Fridrich kick. 11:16 left.
CROWN POINT (21-6) Sam Krutz, 46-yard interception return. Ben Fridrich kick. 10:20 left.
VALPO (30 carries, 76 yards, 1 TD, one fumble): CJ Opperman (QB) 1 carries, minus-12 yards (one sack minus-12); Eddie Curry (HB) 9-19 yards, Jesse Harper (HB) 14 carries 58 yards; Peyton Krutz (FB) 3-9 yards, TD; Damon Haduch (HB) 3-10 yards.
CROWN POINT (29 carries, 149 yards, 2 TDs, 0 fumbles): Tyler Gomez (HB) 22 carries, 145 yards, 2 TDs; Scott Mills (HB) 2-4 yards, Ryan Bolda (QB) 5-0 yards.
VALPO: CJ Opperman (QB) 12 of 24, 128 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs; CROWN POINT: Ryan Bolda (QB) 7 of 15, 87 yards, 0 TDs, 1 interception.
VALPO: Trent Potis (TE) 4 catches, 53 yards; Eddie Curry (HB) 2-15 yards; Jesse Harper (HB) 4-41 yards; Peyton Krutz (FB) 2-19 yards.
CROWN POINT: Ben Fridrich (TE) 3-30 yards; Brett Schoettle (WR) 4-57 yards.
VALPO (1) Tyler Bukur; CROWN POINT (1) Sam Krutz
CROWN POINT (1) Anthony Haage (CB)
VALPO: 204 yards, 10 first downs, 2 turnovers; CROWN POINT: 234 yards, 8 first downs, 1 turnover.
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When the undefeated, first place team comes to town, you either rise up or get
At halftime last Friday in miserably hot, deflating weather, Crown Point trailed Class 4A No. 3 Valparaiso and the Bulldogs didn't show the heat-dazed home crowd a lot of life until late in the third period.
Then in a six minute-span, Crown Point (3-3) scored three touchdowns and went from frustrating to dominating, winning 21-6 in a Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) surprise.
The Vikings led 6-0 at the half after an early 17-play drive and as play drifted through the third quarter, the 2,500 or so fans on an unbearable night seemed to lose energy.
But late in the third quarter, senior quarterback Ryan Bolda and wide receiver Brett Schoettle connected on pass completions of 11 and 37 yards against a Valpo defense that gave up 52 yards in the entire first half.
But Valpo's Gavin Seay ran the kickoff back to the Bulldogs' 38-yard-line. Three plays later, on 4th-and-1, Crown Point's defense stopped Eddie Curry short of the first down at the CP 29. On the next play, CP's Tyler Gomez broke through behind CP's right guard Zack Ligue (6-1, 270) and right tackle Michael Foster (6-4, 250) to run free to the goal line for a 14-6 Crown Point lead with 11:16 left in the game.
"I'd have to look at the film," said CP coach Kevin Enright, of exactly what happened on the second CP TD. "But we just had to execute and do what we do. We finally did and it worked for us."
"That was a big play," said linebacker Caden Watson. "It was just 7-6. We knew the game wasn't over."
Crown Point (3-3) kicked off and, while Valpo's Jesse Harper ran the ball back to the 40-yard-line, the next play broke the game open.
Valpo sophomore QB CJ Oppperman, playing because the top two VHS quarterbacks were injured, tossed a pass down the middle of the field that CP senior Sammy Krutz intercepted on the run, scoring a 46-yard defensive TD.
"Sammy just guessed right on that play," said Watson. "He'd been throwing down the middle and he just made a play. They (Valpo) are a great team. This was a good day for us."
Enright added, "The 'Pick-6' was a big play obviously. When you come into a game like this, you just want to compete. We've been competitive in every game and we've come out on the other side of the score. This time the big plays were made by us. It's great to get a victory like this."
BULLDOG NOTES: The last time Crown Point defeated an undefeated team after the midway mark of the season was 2005 when the Bulldogs won 35-14 over LaPorte (6-0). One of CP's all-time greatest victories came in 1991 when Crown Point won 22-13 at home over East Chicago (10-0) in a sectional semifinal game.
Heat wave conditions (81 degrees and high humidity at kickoff) held the crowd down to about 1,500. Three consecutive days of record-breaking 90-degree temperatures may have convinced some Valpo people not to make the trip to south Lake County.
Caden Watson said the heat didn't slow the home team for obvious reasons. "It's been like this all week," he said. "We've been practicing in this all week."
Watson recorded 14 tackles while Ethan Potosky and Sam Krutz added 10. This was CP's third game without a turnover in six starts.
|ALL TIMES CENTRAL|
|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|