Vikings' big plays lead to big win, 38-7 over Bulldogs, stay atop DAC
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|Valparaiso fans can watch the Vikings' state-of-the-art video board at the north end of Viking field. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|Crown Point defensive end Silas Reeves (9) looks for ways to neutralize 310-pound sophomore left guard John Hofer (54) and 320-pound junior Ben Scott (79) at the line of scrimmage in Valparaiso last Friday.|
|CP's Ethan Potosky (28) tries to get his hands on Valpo quarterback CJ Opperman (12) in the Duneland Conference game in Valpo last Friday.|
|CP's Scott Mills (22) and Felix Meeks (15) protect quarterback Will Pettit (7) in Valparaiso last Friday night.|
|Valparaiso's Adam Hillard (48) and Alec Barancyk (29) get set to stop Valpo junior tight end Jake Evans (4) last Friday.|
|CP's Silas Reeves (9), Blake Klingberg (77) and Seamus McShane (57) try to hold the line at Valparaiso Friday night.|
|CP receivers David O'Toole (88) and Felix Meeks (15) look to bring down Valpo's Peyton Krutz (33) after a second quarter pass interception.|
|Crown Point receivers David O'Toole (88) and Tysen Cazy (84) look to the sidelines for the next play Friday at Valparaiso.|
|CP junior Matt Walters (24) runs back one of many kickoffs Friday night against the Vikings in Valparaiso.|
|There weren't many smiling faces from Crown Point Friday at the CP-Valpo game, but if you weren't playing it was a very pleasant night.|
|This hospital rescue helicopter was on display Friday night at the CP-Valpo game but it took off and left about the time Valpo took a 28-0 lead. The Vikings won 38-7. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 65 degrees (at kick-off), Duneland Athletic Conference at VALPARAISO, Ind.
Qtr: VALPARAISO (7-0)
Jackson Kurth, 50-yard run. 64 yard drive, 2 plays. Liam Shepherd kick. 11:30
VALPARAISO (14-0) Antonio Osorio, 92 yard punt return. Liam Shepherd kick. 7:22 left.
2nd Qtr: VALPARAISO (21-0) Jesse Harper, 3-yard run. 36 yard drive, 7 plays. Liam Shepherd kick. 6:02 left.
VALPARAISO (28-0) CJ Opperman, 1-yard run. 10 yard drive, 3 plays (after an interception by Valpo’s Peyton Krutz). Liam Shepherd kick. 11:30 left.
3rd Qtr: VALPARAISO (31-0) Liam Shepherd, 26-yard field goal. 70 yard drive, 4 plays. 7:12 left.
VALPARAISO (38-0) Jesse Harper, 49-yard run. 54 yard drive, 2 plays. Liam Shepherd kick. 4:44 left.
4th Qtr: CROWN POINT (7-38)
Dale Schoettle, 7-yard pass from Will Pettit. 33-yard drive, 9 plays. Jack
Mumaugh kick. 2:14 left.
CROWN POINT (32 carries, 84 yards, 0 TDs, 0
fumbles): Scott Mills (HB) 26 carries, 70 yards; Matt Walters (HB) 5-9
yards; Collin Flavin (P) 1-5 yards.
VALPARAISO (28 carries, 241 yards, 4 TDs, 0 fumbles): Jackson Kurth (HB) 12 carries, 150 yards, 2 TDs; Jesse Harper (HB) 9-92 yards, one TD; Chris Delgado (HB) 3-4 yards; Tomy Burbee (HB) 2 (minus-3) yards; CJ Opperman (QB) 1-1 yard, TD; Colin Kwiatkowksi (QB) 1 (minus-1) yard.
CROWN POINT: Will Pettit (QB) 10 of 23, 73 yards, one TD, 3 interceptions.
VALPARAISO: CJ Opperman (QB) 5 of 12, 52 yards.
CROWN POINT: Tysen Cazy (WR) 2-6 yards; David O’Toole (WR) 2-34 yards; Ben Uran (TE) 1-1 yard; Anthony Gonzalez (WR) 1-9 yards; Felix Meeks (TE) 1-9 yards; Scott Mills (HB) 2-8 yards; Dale Schoettle (WR) 1-7 yards.
VALPARAISO: Jackson Kurth (HB) 1-4 yards; Jake Evans (TE) 1-16 yards; Mason Maple (WR) 1-22 yards; Jesse Harper (HB) 1-4 yards; Luke Patterson (WR) 1-6 yards.
VALPARAISO (3) Peyton Krutz (LB)
CP (0) VALPARAISO (3) Treston Winkel (CB) 2; Peyton Krutz.
CROWN POINT: 157 yards, 7 first downs, 3 turnovers.
VALPARAISO: 293 yards, 6 first downs, 0 turnovers.
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Some football games have drama. Sometimes there’s a lot of suspense about who’s
going to win. Some nights there’s a turning point.
Last Friday’s Crown Point game in Valparaiso was not one of those games. Not one of those times. Not one of those nights. Valparaiso scored in the first 30 seconds. They led 14-0 after five minutes. The home team led 28-0 at the half. The score was 38-0 with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
There was no turning point. Valparaiso dominated Crown Point like a first place team should, handing CP their worst loss of the season.
Much of this game was that Valparaiso (4-2) could run the ball and the Bulldogs could not. CP (2-4) gained 84 yards in 32 carries and sophomore QB Will Pettit, forced to throw more frequently than I’m sure CP wanted him to, was intercepted three times and was 10 of 23 for just 73 yards.
The second play of the game was a 14-yard run by Jesse Harper and the third play was a 50-yard touchdown run by Jackson Kurth.
CP’s third offensive play was a pass that was intercepted by VHS senior Treston Winkel. After a CP punt minutes later, junior Antonio Osario grabbed the punt at his own 8-yard-line, broke at least three tackles and raced to the end zone to give the home team a 14-0 lead.
“Antonio came to us from Portage last year,” said new Valpo coach Bill Marshall of his new junior. “He’s got a lot of juice. He’s a smaller version of (Valpo senior halfback) Jesse Harper. He can do versatile things. Go line up in the slot. Run back a kick. Get into the backfield. He’s a great kid for us.”
CP gained only two first half first downs so Valparaiso got some chances to up the score. Harper’s three-yard run made it 21-0. Quarterback CJ Opperman’s 1-yard run made it 28-0. The Bulldogs were a little stunned. They upset Valpo last season and surely thought the rematch would at least be close. But CP was outgained 293-157.
Kurth broke loose on a 70-yard run to set up a Viking field goal early in the third quarter and Harper’s 49-yard run made it 38-0 late in the third period.
Most of both rosters got to play and CP scored late when senior end Dale Schoettle grabbed a 7-yard pass from Pettit for his first career score.
Marshall thought that opening the season with Mishawaka (5-1) and Penn (5-1), which the Vikings have done the last two years, helps his team even if it means they take an early loss or two.
“I do," he explained. “Honestly it can help or hurt depending on what kind of leadership you have. We have great leaders this year so it worked for us. We knew we’d play state-ranked teams. We knew we could be 0-2 and were. We could have collapsed. But I wouldn’t allow that and my staff wouldn’t.”
Valpo understands what CP is doing by starting a sophomore QB.
“Pettit’s a great young man,” said Marshall. “Everybody knows his dad (CP principal and former Bulldog football coach Chip Pettit). Will’s going to be a good player.”
“We knew we had some chances to get some pressure on him. What we were worried about was getting by their offensive line. We got a few hurries but not many (QB) knock downs.”
“We knew they’d been playing well. We were fortunate to get out ahead of them quickly.”
BULLDOG NOTES: There was a spectacular presentation before the game as Valparaiso put on a salute to veterans and law enforcement. The school had two helicopters land on school grounds for the kids to see. The was a presentation with at least 100 military veterans on the field before the game, including a fairly large fireworks show at the end.
There was a giant Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) trailer in the school parking lot for fans to visit and the Viking players ran on the field carrying American flags and dressed in military style fatigues. It was a very impressive display.
Valparaiso has opened the season against state power Penn for the last 22 years. Coach Bill Marshall was asked what he says to his players when they lose the opening game (Penn) that they’d been pointing to all summer.
“I tell them that we’ll see them again,” smiled Marshall. “Because I believe in eight of the last 10 years, we have seen them again.”
Penn and Valparaiso are both in Class 6A Sectional 2.
There was a rare play in the third quarter. When CP’s Colin Flavin lined up to punt near the Crown Point 40-yard line, Colin kicked the ball into the back of blocker Cale Begley and it popped up into the air. Flavin caught the blocked kick and ran five yards for a first down. No one on site recalled ever having seen that done before.
Crown Point's next opponent: