Penn spoils Bulldogs' Regional hopes, 33-3 at Crown Point
A USA-365.com Special Report by Frank Sprankle & Dave Woodworth
The Penn Kingsmen warm-up on a cold night before the
Class 6A Regional Championship Game with the Crown Point Bulldogs on
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
(Photos by Frank Sprankle)
|The Crown Point Bulldogs get ready prior to their Class 6A Regional Championship Game with the Penn Kingsmen on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.|
|The Penn Kingsmen (right) and the Crown Point Bulldogs (left) prepare side-by-side before the Class 6A Regional Championship Game on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.|
|Seniors Tyler Jones (11) and Ryan Bolda (19) capture one last image from the 2017 season following Penn's 33-3 win over the Bulldogs in the Class 6A Regional Championship Game on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Jones came back from an injury to finish with 17 pass receptions for 268 yards, while Bolda finished with 107 completions on 223 passing attempts for 1,196 yards on the 2017 season.|
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Friday, November 10, 2017, 27 degrees & clear at CROWN POINT, IN
Hunter Whitlow, 1-yard run. 52-yard drive, 9 plays. 4:41 TOP. Caleb
2nd Qtr: PENN (14-0) George Ohlson, 6-yard pass from Ryan Lynch. 65-yard drive, 11 plays. 6:37 TOP. Caleb Serwatka kick. 9:51 left.
CROWN POINT (3-14) James Priddy, 30-yard field goal. 46-yard drive, 11 plays. 3:28 TOP. 6:16 left.
PENN (20-3) Ryan Whiteman, 64-yard pass from Ryan Lynch.
64-yard drive, 1 play. 0:15 TOP. Kick failed. 3:21 left.
PENN (26-3) Zach Usenick, 14-yard pass from Ryan Lynch. 14-yard rive, 1 play following 37-yard punt return by Paul Moala. Two-point run attempt failed. 1:50 left.
3rd Qtr: PENN (33-3) Zach Usenich, 14-yard pass from Ryan Lynch. 56-yard drive, 9 plays. 4:15 TOP. Caden Paquette kick. 6:15 left.
4th Qtr: No scoring.
PENN (35 carries, 128 yards, TD): Ryan Lynch (QB) 7-47 yards; Hunter Whitlow (RB) 5-3 yards; Ryan Whitman (RB), 10-32 yards; Brock Zolman (RB) 5-10 yards; Trenton Horvath (RB) 4-38 yards; Ronny Powlus (QB) 4-(-2).
CROWN POINT (21 carries, 32 yards): Tyler Gomez (TB) 18-34 yards; Scott Mills (RB) 1-3 yards; Ryan Bolda (QB) 2-(-5) yards.
PENN: Ryan Lynch (QB) 11 of 14, 175 yards, 4 TDs; Ronny Powlus (QB) 0-1, 0 yards.
CP: Ryan Bolda (QB) 7 of 16, 34 yards, 3 INTs.
PENN: Zach Usenick (WR) 5-74 yards, 2 TD; George Ohlson (WR) 3-21 yards, TD; Brock Boynton (WR) 1-14 yards; Ryan Whiteman (RB) 1-64 yards, TD.
CP: Eric Mahaffey (WR) 1-(-1) yards; Tyler Jones (WR) 3-13 yards; Timmy Angel (WR) 1-5 yards; James Priddy (WR) 2-22 yards.
PENN: 190 yards, 5 first downs.
CP: 64 yards, 5 first downs.
PENN: 6-57 yards; CP: 2-17 yards.
CP: 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles.
PENN: 0 interception, 0 fumbles.
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CROWN POINT (11-10-2017) For the second consecutive year, the Crown Point Bulldogs faced the Penn Kingsmen in for hopes of winning a Regional Title. Unlike 2016, this meeting would take place in front of a home Crown Point crowd.
In the end, the Kingsmen proved dominant as they defeated the Bulldogs 33-3 last Friday at Bulldog Turf in the Class 6A Regional Championship Game under clear skies but cold temperatures.
Playing in their seventh game of the season at home, Crown Point saw Penn take the early advantage on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Hunter Whitlow.
But the Kinsmen put the game strongly in their favor at halftime as they outscored the Bulldogs 19-3 in the second quarter.
It became a quarter in which Kingsmen’ senior quarterback Ryan Lynch struck the end zone for three of his four touchdown passes.
Lynch’s first scoring pass went to junior wide receiver George Ohlson for six years, followed-by a 64-yard perfectly executed screen pass to junior running back Ryan Whiteman, and then a 14-yard grab by senior wide receiver Zach Usenick.
The Bulldogs lone points came on a 30-yard field goal by senior kicker James Priddy.
Midway through the third quarter, Lynch would hook-up with Usenick again a for another 14-yard touchdown pass.
Coming-up a win shy of a regional title, the Bulldogs take plenty of positives away from this season to look back on.
“It’s crazy. I started off young and inexperienced. I built this chemistry with my team and therefore I was able to get better. We were able to get better. It was awesome,” said senior quarterback Ryan Bolda, reflecting on his time as a starter, from late in the 2016 season to now, with two hard earned sectional titles accomplished.
The Bulldogs were shutout by the Kingsmen 23-0 in last year’s regional championship, played at Penn on Nov. 11, 2016.
With the win, the Kingsmen improve to 11-1, while the Bulldogs close the 2017 season at 7-5.
Despite defeat, Crown Point was able to accomplish its second straight sectional title, having accomplished that the previous week against Portage on the road.
Never in Crown Point’s school history has the Bulldogs football team claimed back-to-back sectional crowns.
“We have been putting in a lot of hard work; we were all happy that we were able to do this,” Tyler Gomez said after the game as the senior running back reflected on the season’s efforts.
For the Kingsmen, who have now won 17 regional titles, including the last five in a row, they have a return match-up against the Carmel Greyhounds on the road.
Carmel, who defeated Fort Wayne Snider on the road 22-21, also played last Friday, have matched-up with Penn in every semi-state game since 2013.
This will mark the fifth straight year that Penn and Carmel will face each other for the right to play for the state championship, with the Greyhounds having knocked-off the Kingsmen 21-10 a year ago.
Like 2016, this year’s contest will also be played at Carmel.
DOG NOTES: This was the third time that Penn and Crown Point have met, all in the regional round. In addition to the last two years, the first match-up was on Nov. 11, 2011, played at Penn. The Kingsmen won 20-3. In the three regional games between these two programs, the Kingsmen have outscored the Bulldogs 76-6, an average margin of 25-2.
With the Bulldogs finishing the 2017 season at 7-5, they played seven games at home and five on the road. They were 4-3 at home and 3-2 on the road, including postseason games.
In all 12 games played this year, including playoffs, the Bulldogs outscored their opponents by an average of 22-18.
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