Lynk rushes for career-high 4 TDs in Bulldogs' 42-21 win over Michigan City
A USA-365.com Special Report by Frank Sprankle
|An inflatable wolf head welcomes the Michigan City Wolves onto the field from the southwest corner of Ames Field. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)|
|A decent size crowd came out for the week-9 match-up between the Crown Point Bulldogs and the Michigan City Wolves last Friday at Ames Field.|
|The Michigan City High School marching band entertains the Ames Field crowd at halftime in what would be a 42-21 win for the Crown Point Bulldogs over the Michigan City Wolves.|
|The west end of Ames Field was fully lit and stands were filling quickly prior to the start of the CP-MC final regular season game of the high school football season.|
|Members of the Michigan City High School band line up outside the Wolf head "tunnel" prior to Friday's game.|
|Every high school has their pregame traditions or rituals. At Michigan City's final regular season home game of 2016, each member stopped to briefly touch the school's flag pole held by a band member. (Photo by Dave Woodworth)|
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Friday, October 14, 2016 - 56 degrees & clear, Duneland Athletic Conference game at Michigan City, Ind.
(7-0) Zach Stewart, 97-yard kick-off return. 0:14 min. time of possession (TOP).
Ben Fridrich kick. 11:46 left.
MICHIGAN CITY (7-7) Noah Jones, 4-yard pass from Michael McCullough. 37-yard drive, 7 plays. 2:47 min. TOP. Riley Shreve kick. 1:58 left.
(14-7) Shane McCormick, 61-yard pass from Grayson Lynk.
73-yard drive, 4
plays. 0:46 min. TOP. Ben Fridrich kick. 1:07 left.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (21-7) Grayson Lynk, 3-yard run. 54-yard rive, 7 plays. 4:15 min. TOP. Ben Fridrich kick. 6:07 left.
Noah Jones, 89-yard pass from Michael McCullough. 90-yard drive,
2 plays. 0:51 min. TOP. Ben Fridrich kick. 4:13 left.
CROWN POINT (28-14) Grayson Lynk, 60-yard run. 65-yard drive, 2 plays. 0:51 min. TOP. Ben Fridrich kick. 3:22 left. CROWN POINT (35-14) Grayson Lynk, 69-yard run. 69-yard drive, 1 play. 0:11 min. TOP. Ben Fridrich kick. 1:51 left.
4th Qtr: CROWN POINT (42-14) Grayson Lynk, 12-yard run. 51-yard drive, 5 plays. 2:10 min. TOP. Ben Fridrich kick. 6:45 left.
MICHIGAN CITY (42-21) Keyshawn McGill, 34-yard pass from Michael McCullough. 62-yard drive, 6 plays. 1:42 min. TOP. Riley Shreve kick. 4:52 left.
Crown Point (36 carries, 253 yards, 4 TDs): Grayson Lynk (QB) 15 carries, 172 yards, 4 TDs; Tyler Gomez (TB) 16 carries, 47 yards; Shane McCormick (WR) 2 carries, 22 yards; Griffin Govert (HB) 2 carries, 9 yards; Zach Stewart (CB-HB) 1 carry, 3 yards.
Michigan City (31 carries, 123 yards): Aryuan Cain-Veasey (TB) 15 carries, 76 yards; Michael McCullough (QB) 7 carries, 34 yards; Markice Hurt (WR-HB) 4 carries, 13 yards.
Crown Point: Grayson Lynk (QB) 5-15, 124 yards, TD, INT.
Michigan City: Michael McCullough (QB) 14-38, 205 yards, 3 TDs.
Crown Point: Mark Knox (WR) 3-45 yards; Shane McCormick (WR) 2-79 yards, TD.
Michigan City: Noah Jones (WR) 4-103 yards, 2 TDs; Kyshawn McHill (WR) 4-41 yards, TD; Kameron Muhammad (WR) 2-18 yards; Markice Hurt (WR) 5-35 yards.
Crown Point: 1 fumble, 1 Interception.
Michigan City: 2 fumbles.
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What started out as Zach Stewart’s moment became Grayson Lynk’s game.
Taking the opening kickoff 97 yards, the senior Stewart opened-up the scoring with a special teams touchdown, while the senior quarterback Lynk had five of his own in the Bulldogs' 42-21 win at Ames Field against the Michigan City Wolves last Friday night in the regular season finale.
The Bulldogs improved to 4-5 overall, 3-4 in the Duneland Athletic Conference, good for fifth place. The Wolves dropped to 6-3, and finished third in the conference at 4-3, behind second place Portage and first place LaPorte.
Lynk went five of 15, tossing 124 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He rushed for 172 yards on 15 carries with four touchdowns.
Following a Michigan City touchdown pass from junior quarterback Michael McCullough to senior wide receiver Noah Jones, Lynk responded in the opening quarter with his first score, a 61-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Shane McCormick.
He would add a three-yard touchdown run before the end of the first half as the Bulldogs took a 21-7 lead at the half.
But following the second McCullough to Jones scoring connection in the third quarter, this time for 89-yards, Lynk would command the spotlight.
The Crown Point quarterback would establish control for the Bulldogs with three consecutive scores, with touchdown runs of 60, 69 and 12 yards.
McCullough would achieve his third touchdown of the night to conclude the scoring, a 34-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Keyshawn McGill.
For the game, McCullough passed for 205 yards, completing 14 of 38. In addition to his three touchdowns he also tossed an interception, courtesy of Bulldogs senior cornerback Zach Stewart. Stewart returned the pick 32-yards back to near mid-field.
The Bulldogs also committed only three penalties for 25 yards, while the Wolves had 11 penalties for 75 yards.
Dog Notes: With this win over the Wolves, the Bulldogs pick-up their first road victory of the season in five games played away from Crown Point. Going back to last season, they snapped a six-game road losing streak. Their previous win on the road came in WK. 5 of the 2015 season on Sept. 18, a 35-17 downing of the Portage Indians.
This year’s week-9 match-up between Crown Point and Michigan City only marked the third time in the series history that the Wolves had a better record than the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs entered play with a 3-5 record, while the Wolves came in at 6-2. In 2000, the Wolves played the Bulldogs at 5-3 coming into play, while the Bulldogs were 0-8, in a game won by Michigan City at home 45-21 on Oct. 13 of that year. In 2009, the Wolves beat the Bulldogs 35-3 at Bulldog Turf, as Michigan City had a 5-3 mark heading into that match-up, while Crown Point was 3-5.
Up Next For The Bulldogs: The Bulldogs will have a bye week before opening the Class 6A, Sectional 1 tournament on Oct. 28 at Bulldog Turf against the Lake Central Indians. The Bulldogs beat the Indians 17-3 in week-4 at home on Sept. 9 behind junior halfback Tyler Gomez’s 22 carries for 128 yards with a fourth quarter touchdown. The Bulldogs also forced three turnovers in that game as opposed to one given up to the Indians.
The Bulldogs sectional opener at home against the Indians on Oct. 28 can be heard live on USA-365.com and Indiana-Sports.com. Join Frank Sprankle, Mark Smith and Dave Woodworth for the live broadcast from Crown Point High School beginning with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m. The kick-off is at 7 p.m. CDT.
|SECTIONAL 1 [BRACKET]|
|Lake Central [4-5] at Crown Point [4-5]|
|Merrillville [4-5] at Portage [6-3]|
|SECTIONAL 2 [BRACKET]|
|LaPorte [8-1] at Chesterton [2-7]|
|Valparaiso [5-4] at Penn [9-0]|