Big Plays by Vikings lead to 21-7 win over Bulldogs at Valparaiso
A USA-365.com Special Report by Frank Sprankle and Dave Woodworth
|Valparaiso Vikings quarterback, sophomore Alex Burda (9) and junior Jacob Leffew (11) loosen-up before the start of their game with the Crown Point Bulldogs. (All photos by Frank Sprankle)|
|Crown Point Bulldogs senior long-snapper Leo Radiceski (2) and junior punter James Priddy (36) get some pregame work in before his team's week six match-up with the Valparaiso Vikings. Valparaiso won 21-7.|
|The jumbotron scoreboard on the north end zone of Valparaiso's football field has video capabilities, including live-game production. The scoreboard eventually displayed a final score in favor of the Vikings, 21-7.|
|Valparaiso Vikings senior offensive/defensive lineman Joseph Rios (55) proudly displays the County Seat Trophy, awarded to the winning team in the annual meeting between the Vikings and the Crown Point Bulldogs. (All Photos by Frank Sprankle)|
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|Valparaiso (4-2, 3-1 DAC)||14||0||7||0||21|
Friday, September 23, 2016, 74 degrees & cloudy, Duneland Athletic Conference game at VALPARAISO, IN
(0-7) Jameson Bisacky, 34-yard pass from Jake Leffew. 59-yard drive, 4 plays.
1:23 min. time of possession (TOP). Lucas White kick. 9:38 left.
VALPARAISO (0-14) Jameson Bisacky, 51-yard pass from Jake Leffew. 55-yard drive, 2 plays. 0:43 min.TOP. Lucas White kick. 6:50 left.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (7-14) Griffin Govert, 2-yard run. 95-yard drive, 16 plays. 5:46 min. TOP. Ben Fridrichs kick. 8:20 left.
3rd Qtr: VALPARAISO (7-21) Zach Jones, 58-yard run. 70-yard drive, 5 plays. 2:08 min. TOP. Lucas White kick. 9:42 min. left.
4th Qtr: No scoring.
Crown Point (29 carries, 113 yards, TD): Grayson Lynk (QB) 10 carries, 60 yards; Griffin Govert (TB) 14 carries, 43 yards, TD; Zach Stewart (HB-CB) 3 carries, 7 yards; Shane McCormick (WR) 2 carries, 3 yards.
Valparaiso (35 carries, 169 yards, TD): Zach Jones (FB) 11 carries, 105 yards, TD; Greg Lichtenberger (TB), 19 carries, 59 yards; Jaime Letridge (WR-HB) 4 carries, 12 yards; Jake Leffew, 1 carry, -7 yards.
Crown Point: Grayson Lynk (QB) 13-34, 159 yards, 2 INTs; Zach Stewart (CB-HB) 0-1, 0 yards.
Valparaiso: Jake Leffew (QB), 12-21, 175 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.
Crown Point: Leo Radiceski (WR) 6-100 yards, Tyler Jones (WR) 4-35 yards, Shane McCormick (WR) 1-20 yards, Mark Knox (WR) 1-4 yards.
Valparaiso: Jameson Bisacky (WR) 8-141 yards, 2 TDs; Griffin Jelenski 2-13 yards, Zach Jones (FB) 1-7 yards, Aaron Harris, 1-6 yards.
Crown Point: 272; Valparaiso: 344
Crown Point: 2 INTs (no fumbles)
Valparaiso: 1 INT (no fumbles)
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VALPARAISO (9-23-2016) From the early going, the 2016 winner of the County Seat Trophy seemed to be in good hands. The hands of Valparaiso Vikings’ junior QB Jake Leffew and senior WR Jameson Bisacky. The quarterback and wide receiver tandem connected on their opening two possessions last Friday night with scoring passes of 34 and 49 yards to open-up the advantage.
It became an advantage that they would hold onto through the night as the Vikings defeated the Crown Point Bulldogs 21-7 in the traditional week six match-up between the two Duneland Athletic Conference schools.
It’s the second straight season the Vikings secured the County Seat, having also defeated the Bulldogs in Crown Point last season.
The Vikings improve to 4-2 overall, 3-1 in the DAC and winners of three straight. Having now lost in two consecutive weeks, the Bulldogs drop to 2-4 overall, 1-3 in the DAC.
Leffew tossed for 175 yards on 12 of 21 passing while Bisacky had eight receptions for 143 yards.
The Bulldogs did cut into the deficit in the second quarter when senior tailback Griffin Govert took a direct snap for a two-yard touchdown run with 8:20 remaining in the first half.
But the Vikings picked-up added momentum when another senior stepped-up. Fullback Zach Jones rushed down the right sideline for a 58-yard touchdown run with 9:42 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Neither team would core the remaining 21:42 minutes of the game, as both teams' defenses managed to keep the other team's offense in check the remainder of the night.
Jones rushed for 105 yards on 11 carries, most of the yardage picked-up in the second half.
Bulldogs senior quarterback Grayson Lynk finished with 219 yards of total offense, on 13 of 34 passing and two interceptions. Six of those completions went to senior wide receiver Leo Radiceski for 100 yards, his top game for receiving of the year.
Dog Notes: Last Friday night’s match-up marked the second straight year that the Bulldogs scored seven points against the Valparaiso Vikings. On Sept. 25, 2015, the Bulldogs lost 24-7 in a home lost to the Vikings.
Last Friday also marked the second time that the Vikings have defeated the Bulldogs by a final of 21-7. On Sept. 1, 1978, the two teams played in the second week of the season with Valparaiso winning by that exact final.
Senior cornerback Zach Stewart stepped in front of a Vikings pass to snare his fifth interception on the season at the Crown Point 34-yard line with 4:52 left in the game. But the Bulldogs had difficulty completing passes in the final quarter when they were forced to throw on most downs in an effort to try getting back into the game.
In fact, Bulldogs quarterback Gayson Lynk attempted at least 16 passes in the fourth quarter and was sacked on what would have been another attempt on a play when all receivers were covered. Lynk completed just three of those fourth quarter passes, while being sacked three times for a loss of 11 yards, which wasn't bad, considering the pressure he faced. Another pass was batted down by a defensive lineman in the fourth quarter.
Until last Friday night’s loss, the previous time the Bulldogs suffered a defeat of the Vikings at Valparaiso was Nov. 5, 2010, in the sectional championship game. They lost 16-6, having also dropped the regular season meeting on Sept. 24 of that year 10-7.
The regular season match-up winner between Crown Point and Valparaiso is awarded
a traveling trophy known as the “County Seat Trophy,” so named because Crown
Point and Valparaiso are the country seats of their respective counties -
Lake and Porter. The Vikings retain the County Seat trophy with Friday's 21-7
win at home over Crown Point.
Up Next For The Bulldogs: The Bulldogs stay on the road another week with an even longer road trip to LaPorte to take on the 6-0 LaPorte Slicers on Friday, Sept. 30. LaPorte survived a high-scoring, back-and-forth game with Merrillville last Friday, finally coming out on top 46-35.
The Slicers will enter play 6-0 overall (4-0 in the DAC) this Friday for their week seven meeting with the Bulldogs. The two teams played last year on Oct. 2 to a 28-7 LaPorte win at Crown Point.
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