Mills rushes for 185 yards, 2 TDs in Crown Point's 24-21 win over LaPorte
A USA-365.com Special Report by Frank Sprankle and Dave Woodworth
|The Crown Point Bulldogs make their way out of the locker room before their week seven match-up against the LaPorte Slicers at Kiwanis Field on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.|
|At midfield, the LaPorte Slicers gather before their game against the Crown Point Bulldogs at Kiwanis Field on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)|
|Orange and black flags marking LaPorte's Duneland Athletic Conference tiles from 1986 and 2003 fly from the north end of the home stands at Kiwanis Field.|
|The LaPorte Slicers varsity football team warms up in the south end of the field at Kiwanis Field prior to their homecoming game with Crown Point on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.|
|The Crown Point Bulldogs run passing drills near midfield prior to the start of the game at LaPorte.|
|The Crown Point Bulldogs and LaPorte Slicers shake hands at the end of CP's 24-21 victory in week-7 of the 2018 season.|
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Friday, September 28, 2018 - 51 degrees & occasional light rain, Duneland Athletic Conference game at LaPORTE, Ind.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (7-0) Ben Uran, 8-yard pass from Will Petit. 24-yard drive, 6 plays following very short LaPorte punt. 3:22 min. time of possession (TOP). Jack Mumaugh kick. 11:54 left.
3rd Qtr: CROWN POINT (10-0) Jack Mumaugh, 26-yard field goal. 47-yard drive, 5 plays. 9:51 left.
LaPORTE (7-10) Caleb Kirkham, 21-yard run. 73-yard drive, 6 plays. 1:54 min. TOP. Two-point conversion run by Collin Bergquist. 7:47 left.
LaPORTE (14-10) Collin Bergquist, 74-yard run. 80-yard drive, two plays. 0:42 TOP. Run by Kirkham failed. 4:49 left.
CROWN POINT (17-14) Scott Mills, 51-yard run. 61-yard drive, 4 plays. 2:02 TOP. Jack Mumaugh kick. 2:02 left.
4th Qtr: CROWN POINT (24-14) Scott Mills, 8-yard run. 37-yard drive, 6 plays following a short LaPorte punt out of bounds. 3:18 TOP. Jack Mumaugh kick. 8:42 left.
Jeremiah Ruiz, 7-yard run. 66-yard drive, 7 plays. 1:50 TOP. Javier Robles kick.
Crown Point (32 carries, 175 yards, 2 TDs): Scott Mills (TB) 26 carries, 185 yards, 2 TDs; Will Pettit (QB) 6 carries, (-5) yards; David O'Toole (WR) 1 carry, (-5) yards.
LaPorte (47 carries, 335 yards, 3 TDs): Collin Bergquist (HB) 13 carries, 122 yards, TD; Caleb Kirkham (QB) 3 carries, 29 yards, TD; Caleb Kuzdas (FB) 5 carries, 63 yards; Isaac Alexander (HB) 14 carries, 59 yards; Dylan Gray (HB) 8 carries, 29 yards; Jewremiah Ruiz, 4 carries, 33 yards, TD.
Crown Point: Will Pettit (QB) 9-20, 80 yards, TD.
LaPorte: Caleb Kirkham (QB) 1-3, 40 yards.
Crown Point: Ben Uran (TE) 4-49 yards, TD; Scott Mills (TB) 2-6 yards: Anthony Gonzalez (WR) 1-5 yards.
LaPorte: Collin Bergquist (RB) 1-40 yards.
Crown Point: None.
LaPorte: 2 fumbles.
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The offenses for the Crown Point Bulldogs and the LaPorte Slicers came alive in
the second half of their Duneland Athletic Conference match-up last Friday,
Sept. 28 at Kiwanis Field. Following a low-scoring first half, in which Crown
Point took a 7-0 lead, the Slicers and Bulldogs combined for 38 second half
points before CP came away with a 24-21 well-earned victory.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Crown Point capitalized on a short field drive that began late in the first quarter after the Bulldog defense forced a punt from deep in LaPorte territory, and aided by a short Slicer punt to their 24-yard line. The Bulldogs overcame a couple of illegal procedure penalties to produce a score on Will Pettit's sixth touchdown pass of the season to fellow sophomore Ben Uran ((6-4, 195). It was Uran's first TD reception as a member of the CP varsity, and was the top receiver of the game, finishing with four receptions for 49 yards.
Coming out of the locker room with a 7-0 halftime lead, the Bulldogs saw their advantage increase by two possessions on a 26-yard field goal by senior Jack Mumaugh.
However, the Slicers came right back to score on back-to-back offensive possessions. Senior quarterback Caleb Kirkham rushed to his left for a 21-yard touchdown run with freshman left halfback Collin Bergquist adding a two-point conversion run. That closed the Bulldogs lead to 10-8 with 7:47 left in the third quarter.
LaPorte then took the lead 14-10, courtesy of Bergquist’s 74-yard touchdown run as the two-point conversion failed with 4:49 left in the third quarter.
Then came Scott Mills for Crown Point, who carried the ball four consecutive plays on a drive that began with 4:40 left in the third. His runs went for 5 yards, 1 yard, 4 yards and then he burst through the line for a 51-yard electrifying touchdown run to give Crown Point a 17-15 lead with 2:38 remaining in the third quarter.
Both teams would exchange touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Mills scored his second touchdown of the night on an 8-yard run with 8:42 left in the fourth quarter.
The following possession for the Slicers produced a 7-play, 66-yard drive that was capped off by a 7-yard touchdown run by sophomore fullback Jeremiah Ruiz with 6:41 left in the game. The Slicers had two more opportunities on offense, but the Bulldogs' defense shut down LaPorte's final efforts as the home team never pushed the ball past midfield the remainder of the game.
The senior tailback Mills finished the game as the top rusher for either team, amassing 185 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns.
“We thought Scottie was feeling it tonight. He was patient and did a nice job
for us,” Bulldogs Head Coach Kevin Enright said. “We are fortunate to have a
number of skilled position guys who can make plays for us.”
Two of those guys who did make a key play, came early in the second quarter, when sophomore quarterback Will Pettit delivered an eight-yard strike into the hands of junior tight end Ben Uran for the game’s opening score. It was Pettit’s sixth touchdown pass of 2018.
“This win brings our confidence level up, to the point we can win our sectional,” Uran said. For Uran, the touchdown reception marked the first as a member of the varsity Bulldogs.
The victory improves Crown Point’s overall record to 3-4, 2-3 in the DAC, while
LaPorte dropped to 2-5, 2-3 in the DAC.
DOG NOTES: With the win, the Bulldogs prevented a third straight loss. They have not had three consecutive defeats since the 2016 season when they lost to Portage, Valparaiso and LaPorte in the regular season.
In the two games prior to this victory, the Bulldogs lost a tough home contest to the Portage Indians 14-12, after holding a two-possession lead at halftime. CP them got blown out on the road 38-7 the following week at Valparaiso.
Crown Point has now won two road games this season. They defeated Highland on Aug. 24 in a 14-10 decision. In the two road victories, the Bulldogs have won by an average margin of four points.
USA-365.com/Indiana-Sports.com broadcast note: The Bulldogs return to Bulldog Turf for their final regular season home game against the Chesterton Trojans this Friday, Oct. 5. Join Frank Sprankle, Mark Smith and Dave Woodworth for the live broadcast from Crown Point High School on www.USA-365.com. Pregame show begins at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) with the kickoff at 7:00 p.m. (CDT).