Balanced Bulldogs attack leads to 24-0 shutout win over Highland in home opener

A USA-365.com Special Report by Dave Woodworth

09-02-2019

 

Team 1 2 3 4 F
HIGHLAND (1-1) 0 0 0 0 0
CROWN POINT (1-1) 7 7 10 0 24

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 67 degrees & clear, Nonconference game at CROWN POINT, Ind.

The Highland Trojans warm up on the north end of Bulldog Turf, prior to their nonconference game at Crown Point High School, 08-30-2019. 
(Photos by Dave Woodworth)
The Highland Trojans came into their week-2 game with Crown Point feeling pretty good after their 19-18 victory over the highly regarded Morton Governors in week-1.
The Crown Point Bulldogs warm up near midfield on their home turf prior to their Senior Night game with the Highland Trojans, 08-30-2019.
The Bulldogs' pregame passing drills are an important part of each game preparation, and paid off as junior quarterback Will Pettit completed 12 of 20 passes for 144 yards against Highland.
More than 2,500 fans were estimated to be on hand for Crown Point's Senior Night victory over Highland, 24-0.
Members of the visiting Highland Trojans shake hands with the victorious Crown Point Bulldogs at the end of the game at Crown Point High School, Friday night, 08-30-2019.
 

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1st Qtr CROWN POINT (7-0) Matthew Walters, 5-yard run. 67-yard drive, 11-plays. 4:36 min. Time of Possession (TOP). Sammy Brewer kick. 8:41 left.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (14-0) Matthew Walters, 5-yard run. 95-yard drive, 11-plays. 4:45 min. TOP. Sammy Brewer kick. 1:00 left.
3rd Qtr: 
CROWN POINT (17-0) Sammy Brewer, 24-yard field goal. 38-yard drive, 11 plays (following Noah Hollendonner's interception of an Ethan Litavecz pass ). 3:49 min. TOP. 8:01 left.
CROWN POINT (24-0) Matthew Walters, 39-yard run. 90-yard drive, 6 plays. 2:55 min. TOP. Sammy Brewer kick. 3:22 left.
4th
Qtr: No scoring.

Statistics

RUSHING:

HIGHLAND (21 carries, 47 yards, 0 fumbles): Ethan Litavecz (QB) 7-18 yards, (includes 2 sacks and/or tackles for loss); Jonah Tillman (RB) 5-15 yards; Christian Rios (RB) 2-22 yards; Brandon Hubbird (RB) 1-(-1) yards; Drew Barsich (RB) 2-16 yards.

CROWN POINT (37 carries, 233 yards, 3 TDs, 0 fumbles): Matthew Walters (TB) 28-134 yards, 3 TDs; Davian Lira (TB) 21-102 yards; Will Pettit (QB) 8-(-24) yards; Jason Kostick 3-(-8) yards; David O'Toole 2-44 yards; Collin Flavin 1-(-13) yards.

PASSING:
HIGHLAND: Ethan Litzvecz (QB) 6-16, 25 yards, 3 INTs.
CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 12-20, 144 yards, 1 INT.

RECEIVING:
HIGHLAND: Quinten McToy (WR) 1-11 yards, Brandon Hubbird (WR) 2-16 yards, Xavier Arce (RB) 2-23 yards, Garrett Hudnall (WR) 1-7 yards, Gavin Hofkamp (WR) 1-(-7), Jonah Tillman (RB) 1-(-7).

CROWN POINT: David O'Toole (WR) 6-48 yards; Tysen Cazy (WR) 2-41 yards; Ben Uran (TE) 1-23 yards; Matthew Walters (TB) 1-(-2) yards; Davian Lira (TB) 1-(-2) yards; Felix Meeks (TE) 1-36 yards.

PENALTIES:

HIGHLAND: 3-25 yards; CROWN POINT: 11-85 yards.

TOTAL OFFENSE:
HIGHLAND: 72 yards, 7 first downs; (3) turnovers; CROWN POINT: 377 yards, 18 first downs, (1) turnover.

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CROWN POINT (08-30-2019) The Crown Point Bulldogs bounced back from their week-1 loss at Lowell by unleashing a balanced running and passing offense led by senior tailback Matthew Walters 110 yards rushing  on 14 carries and 3 touchdowns for a 24-0 victory over the Highland Trojans on Senior Night.

Junior Tailback Davian Lira also broke the century mark with 101 yards on 17 rushing attempts, as the Bulldogs out-rushed Highland 233 yards to 47.

The CP scoring machine struck on their first possession of the game, marching 67 yards in 11 plays with Walters scoring his first TD with 7:17 left in the first quarter. Sophomore place-kicker Sammy Brew connected on the first of three point after touchdown (PAT) kicks on the night.

The two teams exchanged two possessions apiece in the remainder of the first quarter and first half of the second quarter before the Bulldogs put together an 11-play, 95 yard drive that was capped off by a Walters 5-yard TD run with 1:00 minute remaining before halftime. That put Crown Point up 14-0 at the intermission.

Highland took the second half kickoff and opened a drive at their own 22-yard line. But the CP defense forced back to back incomplete passes before senior cornerback Noah Hollendonner intercepted an Ethan Litavecz pass near midfield and returned it to the Trojan 45-yard line with 11:36 remaining in the third quarter. The Bulldogs advanced to the Highland 7-yard line before setting for a Sammy Brewer 24-yard field goal with 8:01 left in the third for a 17-0 lead.

On their next possession, Highland drove the ball from their own 32 yard line to the CP 42 yard line on a mix of runs and passes, before junior outside linebacker Trestan Logan intercepted a pass to end the Trojan threat.

Then the Bulldogs launched what would be their final scoring drive of the night from their own 10-yard line, moving the ball downfield on three runs and two passes to set up Matthew Walters 39-yard touchdown run with 3:22 left in the third. That score put CP up 24-0, which would prove to be the final score.

A defensive highlight in the fourth quarter came on 3rd-and-13 play from the Crown point 33-yard line. Trestan Logan's second interception of an Ethan Litavecz pass came with 8:56 left in the fourth quarter. The two teams exchanged possessions with Crown Point finally running out the clock to end the game.

The Bulldogs, who lost the previous week on the road to the Lowell Red Devils 21-19, improve to 1-1 on the season. The Trojans drop to 1-1, after having upset the Morton Governors the prior week 19-18.

DOG NOTES: The 24-0 shutout of Highland was the first shutout win for the Bulldogs since a 45-0 shutout of Lake Central on Sept. 8, 2017. Senior inside linebacker Jacob Woods led the Bulldogs with 8 tackles, including 3 tackles for loss.

The Bulldogs recorded a rare double 100 yard rushing night as both senior Matthew Walters (14 attempts, 110 yards, 7.9 yd. avg, 3 TDs) and Junior Davian Lira (17 attempts for 101 yards, 5.9 avg.) broke the 100-yard rushing mark from the tailback position on the night against Highland.

The Bulldogs will open-up their Duneland Athletic Conference schedule this Friday night, Sept. 6 against the Merrillville Pirates at home. The Bulldogs have lost to the Pirates in week-3 of the3 regular season three years in a row, while CP has also eliminated the Pirates from the playoffs three years in a row.

USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com Broadcast Note: Internet radio USA-365.com and Indiana-Sports.com will broadcast the CP-Merrillville game Friday night (Sept. 6) beginning at 6:30 p.m. with veteran announcers Mark Smith and Dave Woodworth in the press box. The Merrillville Pirates will be looking to build upon their 2-0 start, including victories over Andrean 48-20 in week-1 and Hobart 21-0 in week-2.

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CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
6A 1 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 1-1
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
CROWN POINT
BULLDOGS
Coach: Kevin Enright, 42-38 in 8th year at school
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 21.5, DA 10.5
Aug. 23 at Lowell 4A L 19 21    
Aug. 30   Highland 4A W 24 0    
Sep. 6   Merrillville 6A 7:00 pm    
Sep. 13 at Lake Central 6A 7:00 pm    
Sep. 20 at Portage 6A 7:00 pm    
Sep. 27   Valparaiso 5A 7:00 pm    
Oct. 4   LaPorte 5A 7:00 pm    
Oct. 11 at Chesterton 6A 7:00 pm    
Oct. 18   Michigan City 5A 7:00 pm    
DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME

CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
4A 17 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 1-1
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
HIGHLAND
TROJANS
Coach: Pete Koulianos, 5-7 in 2nd year at school, 26-17 in 5th year overall
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 9.5, DA 21.0
Aug. 23   Hammond Morton 4A W 19 18    
Aug. 30 at Crown Point 6A L 0 24    
Sep. 6 at Thornton Fractional South (Ill.) 7:00 pm    
Sep. 13   Hammond Gavit 4A 7:00 pm    
Sep. 20   Munster 5A 7:00 pm    
Sep. 27 at Lowell 4A 7:00 pm    
Oct. 4   Hobart 4A 7:00 pm    
Oct. 11 at Kankakee Valley 4A 7:00 pm    
Oct. 18   Andrean 2A 7:00 pm    
NORTHWEST CROSSROADS CONFERENCE GAME

Crown Point's next opponent:

 
CLASS SECTIONAL JOHN HARRELL'S INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RECENT SEASONS
6A 1 E-MAIL CORRECTIONS MAP TO SCHOOL 2-0
TOURNAMENT HISTORY
MERRILLVILLE
PIRATES
Coach: Brad Seiss, 22-24 in 5th year at school, 35-41 in 8th year overall
DATE OPPONENT CENTRAL TIME OA 34.5, DA 10.0
Aug. 23   Andrean 2A W 48 20    
Aug. 30   Hobart 4A W 21 0    
Sep. 6 at Crown Point 6A 7:00 pm    
Sep. 13   Portage 6A 7:00 pm    
Sep. 20 at Michigan City 5A 7:00 pm    
Sep. 27   LaPorte 5A 7:00 pm    
Oct. 4 at Valparaiso 5A 7:00 pm    
Oct. 11 at Lake Central 6A 7:00 pm    
Oct. 18   Chesterton 6A 7:00 pm    
DUNELAND CONFERENCE GAME