|Bulldogs cruise to 35-6 season home opener victory over Highland Trojans|
A USA-365.com Special Report by Frank Sprankle and Dave Woodworth
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Friday, August 25, 2017 - 69 degrees & clear, Nonconference game at CROWN POINT, Ind.
|For Senior Night, Bella, an eight-year old Bulldog from Crown Point was brought in to take pictures alongside the Crown Point Bulldogs senior football players before the game against the Highland Trojans, 08-25-2017. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)|
|Crown Point Bulldogs starting quarterback, senior Ryan Bolda, takes part in pre-game warm-ups before his team's 35-6 win over the Highland Trojans. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)|
|The Crown Point student section proudly cheering on the Bulldogs against the Highland Trojans in their Hawaiian night theme attire (08-25-2017). (Photo by Frank Sprankle)|
|The Highland Trojans in white and blue uniforms warm-up on the north end of Bulldog Turf, while the red and white clad Crown Point Bulldogs warm up on the south end of the field prior to the game Friday night (08-25-2017).|
|Senior members of the Crown Point Bulldogs football team are introduced to the crowd, along with their parents, prior to the start of the Highland-Crown Point HS Football game on "Parents' Night" at CPHS (08-25-2017).|
|Members of the Crown Point Royal Regiment marching band perform at halftime of the Highland-Crown Point HS Football game (08-25-2017).|
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CROWN POINT (7-0) Brett Schoettle,
13-yard pass from Ryan Bolda. 45-yard drive, 5-plays. 1:11 min. Time of
Possession (TOP). Ben Fridrichs kick. 8:41 left.
CROWN POINT (14-0) Christian Berry, 4-yard run. 56-yard drive, 7 plays. 1:45 min. TOP. Ben Fridrichs kick. 1:00 left.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (21-0) Tyler Gomez, 2-yard run. 77-yard drive, 6-plays. 1:54 min. TOP. Ben Fridrichs kick. 9:13 left.
3rd Qtr: CROWN POINT (28-0) Christian Berry, 39-yard run. 39-yard drive, 1 play (following Vincent Smith's recovery of a Highland fumble). 0:39 TOP. Ben Fridrichs kick. 8:16 left.
4th Qtr: HIGHLAND (6-28) Trent Slaven, 21-yard pass from Dean Foundos. 89-yards, 13-play drive. 5:49 min. TOP. (PAT failed.) 9:47 left.
CROWN POINT (35-6) Scott Mills 63-yard run. 63-yard drive, 1 play. 0:06 TOP. Ben Fridrichs kick. 9:41 left.
HIGHLAND (40 carries, 91 yards, 1 fumble): Dean Foundos (QB) 18-23 yards, fumble, (includes 9 sacks and/or tackles for loss); Trent Slaven (RB/WR) 1-8 yards; Ethan Celeste (RB) 2-0 yards; Brandon Phillips (RB) 9-25 yards; Rafael Rios (RB) 6- 9 yards, Kaiden Smolar 4-26 yards.
CROWN POINT (46 carries, 411 yards, 4 TDs, 0 fumble): Tyler Gomez (TB) 12-67 yards, TD; Scott Mills (RB) 7-110 yards, TD; Christian Berry (RB) 5-79 yards, 2 TDs; Eric Mahaffey 3-33 yards; Ty Handley 10-36 yards; Brett Schoettle 1-3 yards; Vincent Mayer 3-4 yards; Ryan Bolda 3 (-7) yards (took knee 3x at end of game).
HIGHLAND: Dean Foundos (QB) 1-7, 21 yards, TD.
CROWN POINT: Ryan Bolda (QB) 9-14, 129 yards, TD;
HIGHLAND: Trent Slaven (RB/WR) 1-21 yards, TD.
CROWN POINT: Shane McCormick (WR) 5-61 yards; Griffin Govert (HB) 1-3 yards; Tyler Jones (WR) 1-8 yards; Mark Knox (WR) 1-7 yards.
HIGHLAND: 4-45 yards; CROWN POINT: 7-75 yards.
HIGHLAND: (1) one fumble; CROWN POINT: None.
HIGHLAND: 112 yards, 9 first downs; CROWN POINT: 540 yards, 19 first downs.
(08-25-2016) From 1960 through 1992,
the Highland Trojans and the Crown Point Bulldogs made it a yearly custom to
face each other in high school football.
Last Friday night, the two former opponents of the Calumet and Lake Suburban Conferences renewed on the gridiron renewed acquaintances like old times, as the Bulldogs picked-up their first win of 2017, with a 35-6 decision on Senior Night.
In all, seven Bulldogs contributed in scoring points.
On the first Crown Point offensive possession, quarterback Ryan Bolda found wide receiver Brett Schoettle as the two seniors connected on a sharp looking 13-yard touchdown pass, just 3:19 minutes into the game. Ben Fridrichs kicked the first of five point-after-touchdown PAT kicks on the night.
The goods continued late in the opening quarter as Christian Berry rushed for a 13-yard touchdown with 1:00 minute left in the first quarter. For the junior running back Berry, the touchdown marked his first as a member of the Bulldogs.
Senior Tyler Gomez added a 2-yard rushing touchdown with 9:13 left in the second quarter. The Bulldogs put together an impressive 11-play, 93-yard drive that ate up 4:29 minutes late in the second quarter, only to come up two yards short of the goal line on a 4th and-2 play with 39-seconds left in the half. CP settled for a the first half 21-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs opened the third quarter with a 10-play drive that fizzled after three consecutive incomplete passes and turned the ball over to Highland with 8:35 left in the third. Then CP linebacker Vincent Smith recovered a fumble at the Highland 39-yard line with 8:25 left. On the ensuing 1st & 10 play from scrimmage, the Bulldogs Berry broke through the line for a quick score and his second touchdown run of the evening to increase the Bulldogs lead to 28-0 with 8:16 left in the third quarter.
But the Trojans managed to get on the scoreboard in fourth quarter, when junior quarterback Dean Foundos delivered a 21-yard touchdown pass to junior Trent Slaven. However, the extra point snap was botched and that was all the Trojans could settle for.
The Bulldogs shortly after added-on a Scott Mills touchdown, as the junior broke through the line for a 63-yard score with 9:41 left in the game. Unofficially, Mills was the leading ground-gainer for the game as he carried the ball just seven times for an adjusted 110 yards, after an earlier 75 yard touchdown run was called back for a holding call downfield that still resulted in a 15-yard gain and a first down on the play.
The Bulldogs, who lost the previous week on the road to the Lowell Red Devils 27-13, improved to 1-1 on the season. The Trojans dropped to 0-2, after losing seven nights earlier to the Morton Governors 27-23.
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DOG NOTES: While this meeting marked the first match-up between
Highland and Crown Point since 1992, the Bulldogs have now won five-straight
over the Trojans. The Bulldogs won the last five in a row between 1988 and 1992
as both schools were members of the Lake Suburban Conference.
The last win for the Trojans over the Bulldogs was Nov. 6, 1987 in the sectional semi-final played at Crown Point. It also marked the only postseason meeting for the two schools. The Trojans would go on to win the regional and semi-state, only to lose to Ben Davis in the Class 5A State Championship Game. Highland has not won even a sectional championship since that 1987 season.
The Bulldogs will open-up their Duneland Athletic Conference schedule this Friday night, Sept. 1 against the Merrillville Pirates at home. Including the postseason, this will mark the 12th time the Pirates and Bulldogs have faced each other since 2011. Crown Point lost in week three of last season 41-28 on Sept. 2, 2016, only to defeat Merrillville 24-19, in the Class 6A, Sectional 1 Championship Game on Nov. 4, 2016. Both games were played at Merrillville.
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. 2) beginning at 6:30 p.m. as Frank Sprankle joins veteran announcers Mark Smith and Dave Woodworth in the press box. The Merrillville Pirates will be looking to bounce back from an 0-2 start, including losses to Andrean 42-13 in week-1 and to Penn 7-0 in week-2.
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