Bulldog Mistakes A Factor In 10-6 Loss At Mishawaka

A USA-365.com Special Report by Frank Sprankle and Dave Woodworth



Team 1 2 3 4 F
CROWN POINT (1-1) 0 6 0 0 6
MISHAWAKA (2-0) 7 0 0 3 10

Friday, August 29, 2014,  78 degrees & partly cloudy, Nonconference game at MISHAWAKA, Ind.

Fans wait to enter the gates to Steele Stadium to the Aug. 26 Crown Point-Mishawaka football game. The stadium is located adjacent to the historic Mishawaka High School in Mishawaka, Indiana. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)
Members of the Mishawaka Cavemen football team warm up prior to their week-two game with the Crown Point Bulldogs. (Photo by Dave Woodworth)
Crown Point senior quarterback Grayson Lynk preparing to throw a pass during warm-up drills at historic Steele Stadium, which was built in 1939 and seats up to 8,600 fans.
The Mishawaka High School scoreboard, mounted on the top of the school building at the south end of the field. The Cavemen lead Crown Point 7-6 at halftime.
Players and coaches from both teams shake hands near mid-field, following Mishawaka's 10-6 win over the visiting Crown Point Bulldogs.  (Photo by Dave Woodworth)

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1st Qtr MISHAWAKA (0-7) Isaiah Evans, 91-yard run. 91-yard drive, 1-play, 0:15 min. TOP. Ben Kozlowski kick. 3:08 left.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (6-7) Griffin Govert, 2-yard run. 36-yard drive, 4-plays. 4:45 min. TOP. 4:08 left.
3rd Qtr: No scoring.
4th Qtr: MISHAWAKA (6-10) Ben Kozlowski, 32-yard field goal following a CP fumble recovery by Mishawaka's Christian Vasquez at the CP 30-yard line. 15-yard, 7-play drive. 3:51 min. TOP. 8:04 min. left.

CROWN POINT (36 carries, 154 yards, TD, fumble): Tyler Gomez (TB) 25-88 yards; Grayson Lynk (QB) 6-51 yards; Griffin Govert (HB) 5-15 yards, TD.

MISHAWAKA (46 carries, 227 yards, TD, 2 fumbles): Austin Faulkner (FB) 14-49 yards; Ryan Wroblewski (QB) 13-18 yards, 2 fumbles; Isaiah Evans (HB) 5-106 yards, TD; Vernon Daniels (HB) 8-54 yards.

CROWN POINT: Grayson Lynk (QB) 8-17, 79 yards;
MISHAWAKA: Ryan Wroblewski (QB) 3-6, 26 yards, interception.

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.

MISHAWAKA: Austin Faulkner (FB) 2-16 yards; Cameron Kahlenback (WR) 1-10 yards.

CROWN POINT: one fumble; MISHAWAKA: (3) one interception, two fumbles.

CROWN POINT: 233 yards, 14 first downs; MISHAWAKA: 253 yards, 11 first downs.

MISHAWAKA (08-26-2016) In their last visit to Mishawaka, Crown Point came out on top of a 35-34 shootout. But last Friday's contest proved to be much more like week one's low-scoring defensive context with Lowell. Only this time, the Bulldogs missed out on two separate scoring chances from inside the five yard line, finally falling 10-6 to the Cavemen in the week-two match-up.

The opportunities existed for the Crown Point Bulldogs. But the mistakes became magnified. It looked as if the Bulldogs might have gotten on the scoreboard first. In the game’s opening quarter, Crown Point's Mailey Miles recovered a fumble by Mishawaka quarterback Ryan Wroblewski at the Cavemen's 25-yard line with 9:04 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs moved the ball down to the Mishawaka 2-yard line. However, the Cavemen defense stiffened, and a false start, followed by a bad snap on a Brian Lewis 21-yard field goal attempt gave the ball right back to Mishawaka.

Later in the first quarter, Mishawaka junior halfback Isaiah Evans would provide the first points of the game, rushing 91-yards to the left and down the visitors' sideline on a pitch from senior quarterback Ryan Wroblewski as the PAT from senior kicker/cornerback Ben Kozlowski made it 7-0 with 3:08 minutes left. 

But Crown Point showed some fight before the end of the first half. The Bulldog defense forced a Cavemen punt from their own 21-yard line that went out of bounds at their own 36. The Bulldogs moved the ball to the 5-yard line on a thrilling 27-yard pass from 6-4 Senior QB Grayson Lynk to senior 6-foot-6 wide receiver Shane McCormick. Two plays later senior halfback Griffin Govert (5-10, 210) pushed himself into the end zone from two yards out. However, the point after kick went wide and the Bulldogs saw themselves trailing by one at the half, 7-6. 

The third quarter went scoreless as the two teams exchanged possessions five times. Then, on the first play of the fourth quarter, a bad snap led to a crucial fumble by the Bulldogs, giving Mishawaka their best field position of the game to start a possession at the CP 30-yard line. It took the Cavemen 7 plays before they settled for a 32-yard field goal attempt by Ben Kozlowski, which was good and put the Cavemen up 10-6 with 8:04 minutes remaining in the game.

Hope was not lost for the Bulldogs, as they put together a 14-play drive, their longest of the game. Crown Point had an excellent chance to win the game with a first and goal from the Mishawaka 3-yard line. The first down play gained one yard down to the two yard line. On second and goal, the Cavemen held the Bulldogs to no gain on a dive up the middle. Then on third and goal from the Mishawaka two, another bad snap got away, before quarterback Grayson Lynk recovered the ball for a nine-yard loss. On 4th and goal from the Mishawaka 11-yard line, Lynk would threw to southeast corner of the end zone, looking for fellow senior Shane McCormick, but delivered the pass too high and incomplete.

The Cavemen took over on downs with 2:32 left and would then run out the clock to improve to 2-0 while the Bulldogs, coming off their week-one 9-3 double overtime win over Lowell, dropped to 1-1.

The Bulldogs out-passed the option-offense of Mishawaka 79 to 26 yards, while the Cavemen out-rushed their opposition 227 to 154 yds. But if you subtract the 95-yard TD run by Isaiah Evans from the first quarter, the rushing stats are virtually even, as would (nearly) the score.

Dog Notes: Bulldogs senior co-captain and starting cornerback Zach Stewart recorded his first interception of the season when he picked up a Ryan Wroblewski pass on the first play of the second quarter at Mishawaka. Crown Point took over at their own 32-yard line and picked up a couple of first downs before being forced to punt the ball away at the Mishawaka 39-yard line. It was one of three Mishawaka turnovers on the night, but Crown Point was unable to convert any of them into points.

With Mishawaka’s win it evens the week two series match-up with the Bulldogs 2-2 since 2013. Both games played at Mishawaka however have had an outcome decided by one possession. On Aug. 29, 2014, the Bulldogs defeated the Cavemen on the road 35-34.

With the 10-6 loss to Mishawaka, the Bulldogs have lost back-to-back games to the Cavemen. On Aug. 28, 2015, they were shutout 21-0 at home. The Bulldogs have lost now the last two seasons to Mishawka by an average margin of 16-3.

COMING UP:  The Crown Point Bulldogs open-up Duneland Athletic Conference play on the road against the Merrillville Pirates on Friday, Sept. 2. The Bulldogs are 1-3 against the Pirates in 2014 and 2015. These two teams have met in the opening round of sectional play over those two seasons with the Pirates winning both match-ups, including a 22-12 victory at Merrillville on Oct. 23, 2015. The Pirates (1-1) are coming off a disappointing 35-2 blow-out loss Friday night at Demaree Stadium to the 6A No. 3 Penn Kingsmen (2-0).

Internet radio USA-365.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.

Visitors can listen to the USA-365.com high school football audio archives for 2015 games at http://www.usa-365.com/CP_Football_MP3_2015_Audio_Archives.

Coach: Kevin Enright, 24-20 in 5th year at school
Aug. 19 Lowell {4A} 2ot W   9-  3   
Aug. 26 at Mishawaka {5A}   L   6-10   
Sep. 2 at Merrillville {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 9 Lake Central {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 16 Portage {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 23 at Valparaiso {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 30 at LaPorte {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 7 Chesterton {6A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 14 at Michigan City {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   

Coach: Bart Curtis, 76-27 in 9th year at school, 187-94 in 26th year overall
Aug. 19 at Portage {6A}  W 21-  7   
Aug. 26 Crown Point {6A}  W 10-  6   
Sep. 2 Indianapolis Cathedral {6A} 7:00 pm   
Sep. 9 at South Bend Adams {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 16 at South Bend Clay {4A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 23 Elkhart Central {5A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Sep. 30 South Bend St. Joseph {4A}‡ 7:00 pm   
Oct. 7 Mishawaka Marian {3A} 7:00 pm  nc 
Oct. 14 at Penn {6A}‡ 7:00 pm