Walters scores 2 TDs as Bulldogs defeat Portage 22-16 in key Week-5 DAC tilt
A USA-365.com Special Report by Dave Woodworth
|Fans begin to fill the stadium, known as "The Warpath" at Portage High School on Friday, 09-20-2019. (Photos by Dave Woodworth)|
|The Indians' head dress 'tunnel' on the south end of the field awaits the start of the game for Portage players to enter the field from.|
|As part of the "Hometown Heroes" night hosted by the Army National Guard and Portage High School, two area fire trucks extend their ladders to hoist a giant American flag, as members of the Crown Point football team walk onto the field prior to Friday night's game.|
|Members of the Crown Point Bulldogs take their place on the field for pregame warmups prior to their game with Portage, 09-20-2019.|
|Junior running back Matthew Walters (24 - carrying his helmet) and other members of the Bulldogs Football team walk back toward the sidelines prior to Friday's game at Portage, 09-20-2019.|
|Members of the Portage Indians varsity football team wear their Army National Guard supplied "Hometown Heroes" olive drab colored jerseys while running practice drills prior to their game with Crown Point, 09-20-2019.|
|Crown Point quarterback Will Pettit (7) loosens up his arm by throwing passes to senior tight end Ben Uran (16) prior to Friday's game at Portage High School.|
|Team captains for Portage (Jared Gunning -62, Zack Warchus -7, Scott Hansen-5) and Crown Point (David O'Toole-88, Jacob Woods-52 and Alec Barancyk-29) finish the opening coin toss and pregame meeting with the officials.|
Members of the Bulldogs and Indians football teams
meet to shake hands following Crown Point's 22-16 Duneland Athletic
Conference victory Friday,
(Photos by Dave Woodworth)
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|CROWN POINT (3-2, 2-1 DAC)||0||7||0||15||22|
|Portage (1-4, 0-3 DAC)||7||0||3||6||16|
Friday, September 20, 2019, 79 degrees (at kick-off) at PORTAGE, IN
Qtr: PORTAGE (7-0)
Scott Hansen, 4-yard pass from Zack Warchus. 78-yard drive, 4 plays. 1:38 min.
Time of Possession (TOP). Miguel Verduzco kick. 10:13 left.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (7-7) Will Pettit, 1-yard run. 56-yard drive, 11 plays. 1:41 TOP. Sammy Brewer kick. 0:22 left.
3rd Qtr: PORTAGE (10-7) Miguel Verduzco, 21-yard field goal. 45-yard drive, 9 plays following fumble recovery at the CP 49-yard line. 5:10 TOP. 2:05 left.
4th Qtr: CROWN POINT (14-10) Mathew Walters, 18-yard run. 60-yard drive, 9 plays. 2:42 TOP. 11:23 left.
PORTAGE (16-14) Zack Warchus, 80-yard run. 80-yard drive, 2 plays. 0:21 min TOP. Kick wide left. 8:35 left.
CROWN POINT (22-16) Matthew Walters, 3-yard run. 56-yard drive, 8 plays. 3:33 min. TOP. David O'Toole 2-point conversion run. 4:59 left.
CROWN POINT (31 carries, 110 yards, 3 TDS): Matthew Walters (TB) 15-85 yards, 2 TDs; Davian Lira (TB) 11-37 yards; Will Pettit (QB) 3-(-17) yards, TD; David O'Toole (WR) 2-5 yards.
PORTAGE (16 carries, 103 yards, TD) Zack Warchus (QB) 11-87 yards, TD; Isaac Hegwood (RB) 1-(-3) yards, Jaylynn Gholson (RB) 2-15 yards; Tylee Swopes (WR), 1-(-1) yards, Scott Hansen (RB/WR) 1-5 yards.
CP: Will Pettit (QB) 12 of 23, 147 yards, INT;
Portage: Zack Warchus (QB) 13 of 28, 179 yards, TD.
CP: David O'Toole (WR) 3-46 yards; Ben Uran (TE) 3-47 yards; Trestan Logan (WR) 4-42 yards; Felix Meeks (HB/TE) 2-12 yards.
PORTAGE: Tylee Swopes (WR) 7-141 yards, Scott Hansen (RB/WR) 1-4 yards, TD; Meysin Hollowell (WR) 1-12 yards.
CP: 257 yards, 13 first downs.
PORTAGE: 264 yards, 10 first downs.
CP: 9-90 yards; Portage: 10-85 yards.
CP: 2 (1 interceptions, 1 fumble).
PORTAGE: 1 (0 interception, 1 fumble).
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PORTAGE (9-20-2019) In a game that saw two lead changes and a halftime tie, It apeared that Zach Warchus might nearly single-handedly carry the day for the Indians when he broke through the line for an 80-yard 4th quarter TD. But the Bulldogs put together a late 4th quarter drive and made a defensive stop late in the game to seal a 22-16 victory over at Portage.
The Portage Indians got off to a good start, taking a 7-0 lead on their opening drive of the game on a 4-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Zack Warchus to senior wide receiver Scott Hansen just 1:47 minutes into the game. The big play of the drive was a 58-yard pass from Warchus to speedy sophomore slotback Tylee Swopes, who reached the Bulldogs' 4-yard line on the play.
Crown Point then put together a time-consuming 17-play drive that was abruptly ended by a Portage interception of Will Pettit's pass that actually pinned Portage back at their own 8-yard line. The Indians and Bulldogs would go on to exchange three more possessions before the Bulldogs finally mounted a late second quarter drive that ended with a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Will Pettit, his first rushing touchdown of the season with 22 seconds left in the first half. That tied the game at 7-7 going into the halftime intermission.
In the third quarter Crown Point and Portage exchanged short possessions before the hometown Indians mounted a 9-play, 45-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 21-yard field goal by senior kicker Miguel Verduzco with 2:05 left in the 3rd quarter.
That's when the Bulldogs mounted a 9-play 60-yard drive that spilled over to the early 4th quarter, capped by Matthew Walters' first of two TDs on the night. This was an 18-yard run with 11:23 left that gave CP a 14-10 lead.
Portage would come back on their next possession. After throwing an incomplete pass, Indians QB Zack Warchus then scored on an 80-yard run up the middle of the field, out-running all the CP defenders to give Portage a 16-14 lead with 8:35 left in the final quarter. The extra point kick went wide left and the Indians lead remained at two.
On the very next series, Crown Point took over at their own 44 yard line and proceeded to march downfield with a mix of passing and running plays. On what proved to be the winning drive, Will Pettit connected with Trestan Logan on passes of 20 and 13 yards, while Mathew Walters had a 20-yard run prior to his 3-yard TD with 4:59 left in the game.
With the score 20-16, the Bulldogs opted for a two-point conversion run, which was executed perfectly on a wide receiver end-round running play by David O'Toole to give CP a 22-16 lead.
Down by six, Portage still had a chance to tie
and perhaps win the game as they started their final drive from their own
30-yard line, but they stalled out at the CP 49-yard line when the Bulldog
defense held the Indians to no yards on 1st down, followed by three consecutive
incomplete passes. The Indians turned the ball over the CP 2:44 left and the
Bulldogs were able to gain one more first down and run out the clock to win the
DOG INDIANS NOTES: It was "Hometown Heroes Night" hosted by the Army National Guard and Portage High School last Friday. Local first responders and local members of the military were honored prior to the game and were saluted during the playing of the national anthem at midfield. Local and county police and firefighters, along with active and retired members of the military were provided free admission to the game and members of the Portage football team received special jerseys from the Army National Guard to wear during the game in honor of its Hometown Heroes.
With the win, Crown Point improves to 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in the Duneland Athletic Conference. Portage drops to 1-4 on the season, their sole win a 35-9 victory over Lowell in week-2 of the season.
The Bulldogs return home to meet the Valparaiso Vikings this Friday.
The Vikings are undefeated with a 5-0 overall mark and 3-0 in the DAC. The Vikings won last Friday night
40-6 at Chesterton. If the Bulldogs win, they would be tied with Valparaiso in
the Duneland, at no worse than second place, depending on the outcome of
Merrillville (5-0) game at home against LaPorte. Many DAC observers are looking
forward to the Oct. 4 meeting of Merrillville at Valparaiso for what could be
the conference title.
The Valparaiso-Crown Point game can be heard live on USA-365.com and Indiana-Sports.com with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. (CDT), with kickoff at 7 p.m. (CDT).
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