Bulldogs overwhelm LC, 45-0

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith



Tight end Ben Fridrich (85) and tackle Andrew Keneson (76) clear the way for Tyler Gomez on a first quarter run.
Junior Zack Zaleski (10) moves in on LC quarterback Zach Bundalo (14) in last week's Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) game.
CP junior Ethan Potosky (28) gets set for the next Lake Central play. The Bulldogs kept lake Central off the scoreboard all night.
CP's Tyler Gomez (42) ran for a career-high four touchdowns as CP won on the road for the first time this season.
Tyler Gomez (42) blocks LC's Connor Kaurich (43) and Michael Foster (73) blocks George Gorgievski (51) in support of Crown Point quarterback Ryan Bolda (19).
The Lake Central band was the highlight of the night for the home team at the renovated LC home field.
CP linemen like Zach Ligue (67), Jacob Keaveney (72) and Ben Wesley (70) are part of the Crown point offensive line that has helped gain 976 yards rushing on 150 carries through the first four games.
CP wide receiver Eric Mahaffey (13) has 16 catches for 204 yards after four games.
Lake Central Jonas Sparks (99) can't quite get his hand on this pass by CP quarterback Ryan Bolda (19).
Crown Point's official Bulldog puppy and his unofficial handlers made the trip to Lake Central for Friday's game.
CP's Adam Hilliard (48) chases Lake Central halfback Giovanni Bernard (27) in Fridays game. Hilliard was credited with seven tackle and a fumble recovery in the DAC victory.
Everybody on the Crown Point sideline was in a pretty good mood Friday. The Bulldogs never trailed and defeated Lake Central 45-0. (All photos by Mark Smith)

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Team 1 2 3 4 F
CROWN POINT (2-2 1-1) 14 10 14 7 45
Lake Central (3-1, 2-0) 0 0 0 0 0

Friday, September 8, 2017 -  62 degrees (at kickoff), Duneland Athletic Conference at ST. JOHN, Ind.

1st QtrCP (7-0) Tyler Gomez, 3-yard run. 52-yard drive, 6 plays. Ben Fridrich kick. 8:16 left.
CP (14-0)
Tyler Gomez, 27-yard run. 35-yard drive, 2 plays after a fumble recovery by Adam Hillard. Ben Fridrich kick. 4:52 left.

Qtr: CP (21-0) Tyler Gomez, 1-yard run (on fourth down). 46-yard drive, 10 plays. Ben Fridrich kick. 9:13 left.
CP (24-0)
Ben Fridrich, 40-yard field goal. 65-yard drive, 9 plays. 0:56 left.
3rd Qtr: CP (31-0) Brett Schoettle, 15-yard pass from Ryan Bolda. 52-yard drive, 6 plays. Ben Fridrich kick. 8:16 left.
CP (38-0)
Tyler Gomez, 65-yard run. 65-yard drive, 1 play. Ben Fridrich kick. 3:27 left.

Qtr: CP (45-0) Ty Handley, 3-yard run. 60-yard drive, 9 plays. Ben Fridrich kick. 9:13 left.

CROWN POINT (40 yards, 303 carries, five TDs): Tyler Gomez (HB) 17 carries, 189 yards, (Career-best) 4 TDs), Ty Handley (HB) 6-43 yards, TD; Scott Mills (HB) 12-70 yards; Eric Mahaffey (WR) 2-8 yards; Ryan Bolda (QB) 3 (minus-7 yards).
LAKE CENTRAL (27 carries, 46 yards, 0 TDs, 0 fumbles): Felix Garcia (HB) (HB) 20-48 yards, Carlos Mancera (HB) 2-7 yards; Giovanni Lopez (WR) 2-9 yards; Tyler Amptmeyer (WR) 1-2 yards.


CROWN POINT: Ryan Bolda (QB) 7 of 10, 89 yards, TD.
LC: Zach Bundalo (QB) 10 of 23, 85 yards, 0 TDs, one interception.


CROWN POINT: Eric Mahaffey (WR) 4 catches, 36 yards, TD; Ben Fridrich (TE) 1-6 yards; Brett Schoettle (WR) 2-47 yards, TD.
LC: Keon Sellers (WR) 4 catches, 31 yards, fumble; Quincy Tribble (WR) 1-13 yards; Giovanni Lopez (WR) 1-6 yards; Ryan Ruberry (WR) 2-14 yards; Joe Wells (WR) 2-21 yards..

CP (1) Anthony Haage (DB)


CP (1) Adam Hillard (LB)


CROWN POINT: 392 yards, 17 first downs, 0 turnovers;
LC: 131 yards, 8 first downs, 2 turnovers.

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ST. JOHN (9-08-2017) Some nights are better than others. Crown Point came into Friday night's game at Lake Central with the same won-loss record as the home team. Both teams lost a Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) game the week before.

Who could know how it was going to go?

Then the game started and then it was over.

Crown Point scored seven of the first eight times they had the ball. The Bulldogs never trailed and never had to worry about it, rolling past their western neighbors 45-0.

About 2,500 fans on a perfect weather night saw a game where there was no turning point. Crown Point scored touchdowns the first three times they had the ball, all on runs by Tyler Gomez. They led 24-0 at the half and 38-0 after three quarters.

Most of CP's running plays went right, with center Jacob Keaveney (6-2, 325), right guard Zach Ligue (6-1, 270) and right tackle Michael Foster (6-4, 250), with help from the man-in-motion, tight end Ben Fridrich (6-2, 215).

There wasn't a lot of deception. There hasn't been for three games now. Against Highland, CP ran 64 times for 401 yards. Against Merrillville, they ran 42 times for 251 yards. At Lake Central unoffically: 40 carries, 303 yards.

Of course, CP lost 34-26 to Merrillville even though they outgained them by 169 yards.

"We don't really look at that," Tyler Gomez said after the game.
"We're just trying to win. It's a grind. We don't really look back like that. We're just still trying to get better. Each week, it's a battle to get better."

"We don't really focus on the past. We're just trying to win the next one."

Lowell (4-0) is the only team that stopped CP running the ball. Then again, Lowell is the only team that stopped Portage's high scoring QB Anthony Maceo from scoring or rolling up 100 yards on the ground. CP travels to Portage next Friday and they'll have to keep the first downs coming.

Gomez knows why the yards are piling up. "It has a lot more to do with them (he said of his offensive line) than it does with me," he explained. "These guys are doing a lot."

Jacob Keaveney, CP's center and co-captain, said that last week's loss to Merrillville, despite statistical dominance, wasn't an issue this week.

"No, we just try to pick each other up," he said. "It's not just offense, defense or special teams. It's all of us. We all could do better every week."

CP's offensive line coaches are Mike Depta and Brian Jones. Keaveney says, "don't forget abut them when CP is running the ball well."

"We had a hard summer," Jacob reports. "And I think we grew a very close bond. We have a lot of trust with them and I think they have a lot of trust with us."

"I wouldn't say it's all come together yet, no. It's a long year and we have a lot of things to work on. It's definitely nice to come out in a game like this to block while we did."

Gomez, who has eight TDs in four games, carried just 17 times for 189 yards. Quarterback Ryan Bolda was 7-of-10 for 89 yards and a TD in three quarters. Brett Schoettle caught back-to-back passes of 32 and 15 yards in the third quarter.

Coach Kevin Enright was pleased, but not surprised. And he didn't mind looking back a little.

"If we take care of us, we'll be fine," said Enright. "We gave up too many explosive plays (in the games CP lost). Lowell had two kick returns for touchdowns. They had a 75-yard bomb for a touchdown. They break your back. We fought. We were in the games. But we gave up too any of those."

"Against Merrillville, same thing. A 'pick-6' (interception touchdown). They hit us with long running plays. If we don't give those up, we're fine."

Crown Point reaches the halfway mark in the season next week at Portage and they should be confident.
"If we can stay together. If we can make progress," said Enright. "We like our chances. But we're still focusing on ourselves. If we eliminate the penalties, the turnovers. Stay out of our way. We'll be fine."

DOG NOTES: Lake Central played without running back Josh Williams (51 carries, 237 yards), backup running back Matt Ossana and regular wide receiver Tyler Wagner (4 cathes, 46 yards). CP was without halfback Chris Berry and receiver Mark Knox.

Crown Point's offensive line of tackles Michael Foster (6-4, 250), and Andrew Keneson (6-1, 230), guards Zach Ligue (6-1, 270) and Ben Wesley (6-2, 275) and center Jacob Keaveney (6-2, 325) with tight end Ben Fridrich (6-2, 215) have keyed the CP running attack.

This is the first time in Lake Central's 52-year history of varsity football that they have allowed 40 points or more in three consecutive games.

The last time Lake Central was shut out before this season was September 4, 2009 when they lost 27-0 to Portage. CP shut out Lake Central 49-0 on October 20, 2006.

Coach: Kevin Enright, 31-27 in 6th year at school
Aug. 18 at Lowell {4A}   L 13-27   
Aug. 25 Highland {4A}  W 35-  6   
Sep. 1 Merrillville {6A}‡   L 26-34   
Sep. 8 at Lake Central {6A}‡  W 45-  0   
Sep. 15 at Portage {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 22 Valparaiso {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 29 LaPorte {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 6 at Chesterton {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 13 Michigan City {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   

Coach: Tony Bartolomeo, 0-1 in 1st year at school
Aug. 18 at Munster {5A}  W 33-14   
Aug. 25 at Lincoln-Way Central (Ill.)   L   0-41   
Sep. 1 Portage {6A}‡   L 14-40   
Sep. 8 Crown Point {6A}‡   L   0-45   
Sep. 15 at LaPorte {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 22 Michigan City {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 29 at Chesterton {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 6 Merrillville {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 13 at Valparaiso {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   

  W-L Pts OP W-L Pts OP Streak
Valparaiso 2-0 34 20 4-  0 77 34 Won 4
Portage 2-0 68 35 2-  2 120 102 Won 2
Crown Point 1-1 71 34 2-  2 119 67 Won 1
LaPorte 1-1 26 35 2-  2 90 81 Won 1
Michigan City 1-1 49 31 2-  2 95 114 Lost 1
Merrillville 1-1 55 54 1-  3 68 103 Lost 1
Chesterton 0-2 32 55 2-  2 100 97 Lost 2
Lake Central 0-2 14 85 1-  3 47 140 Lost 3
Friday, Sep. 8
Crown Point 45, Lake Central
LaPorte 20, Chesterton 18‡
Portage 28, Merrillville 21‡
Valparaiso 17, Michigan City 14‡
Friday, Sep. 15
Crown Point at Portage‡, 7 pm
Lake Central at LaPorte‡, 7 pm
Merrillville at Michigan City‡, 7 pm
Valparaiso at Chesterton‡, 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 22
Chesterton at Portage‡, 7 pm
LaPorte at Merrillville‡, 7 pm
Michigan City at Lake Central‡, 7 pm
Valparaiso at Crown Point‡, 7 pm
‡Conference game