Balanced Bulldogs attack leads to 24-0 shutout win over Highland in home opener
A USA-365.com Special Report by Dave Woodworth
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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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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.
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.
HIGHLAND: Ethan Litzvecz (QB) 6-16, 25 yards, 3 INTs.
CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 12-20, 144 yards, 1 INT.
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.
HIGHLAND: 3-25 yards; CROWN POINT: 11-85 yards.
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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