Bulldogs shutout outmanned Chesterton 28-0 in final regular season home game
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|Chesterton's junior lineman Alex Scott (59) might beholding CP senior Nick Winter (66) on this play, but the ref didn't call it so it didn't happen. CP held Chesterton to just 15 yards rushing. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|Donald Schuch (25) and Nate Darche (41) have Cory Boren (19) surrounded on this play early in Friday's DAC game in Crown Point.|
|Crown Point wide receiver Shane McCormick (5) heads for the end zone with a 18-yard pass in the second quarter. The Bulldogs scored on the next play for a 14-0 lead.|
|Tight end Ben Fridrich (85) blocks for QB Grayson Lynk (13) on this 13-yard run in the second quarter Lynk later had a 50-yard run called back.|
|Caden Watson (54) and Steve McDaniel (34) contain Andrew Zimmerman (9) in the second quarter. The Trojans were held to 34 total yards.|
|Crown Point's Ethan Wood (86) checks out the Chesterton backfield early in Friday night's game in Crown Point.|
|Ethan Wood (86) and Donald Schuch (25) chase Chesterton's Lou Razo (21) in second quarter action Friday night at CP.|
|CP junior receiver Mark Knox (83) turns up field with a 19-yard completion in the second quarter. Quarterback Grayson Lynk completed 14 passes to five different Bulldog receivers.|
|Chesterton lineman Wyatt Pendleton (77) tries to stop CP sophomore Zach Ramus (45) making it difficult for Trojan quarterback Andrew Zimmerman (9).|
|CP's student section was somewhat chilly, but largely happy at Friday night's game, especially when the Bulldogs won 28-0.|
|It was cheer team night at CPHS and the present cheer team welcomed future Bulldog cheer team members to the Bulldog Turf last Friday night. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 57 degrees, Duneland Athletic Conference at CROWN POINT, IN
CP (7-0) Tyler Gomez, 28-yard screen
pass from Grayson Lynk. 51-yard drive, 6 plays. 3:07 min. time of possession
(TOP). Ben Fridrich kick. 1:53 left.
2nd Qtr: CROWN POINT (0-14) Griff Govert, 1-yard run. 41-yard drive, 9-plays. 4:15 min. TOP. Fridrich kick 7:45 left.
3rd Qtr: CROWN POINT (0-21) Tyler Gomez, 1-yard run. 65-yard drive, 7 plays. 5:04 min. TOP. Ben Fridrich kick. 0:09 left.
4th Qtr: CROWN POINT (0-28) Sam Krutz intercepted a screen pass in the end zone. Ben Fridrich kick. 11:56 left.
CHESTERTON (25 carries, 15 yards) Lou Razo (HB) 5 carries (minus-9 yards), Jared Schudick (HB) 5-7 yards, Cory Boren (QB) 10-17 yards (2 sacks minus-16), Andrew Zimmerman (QB) 2-2 yards; Eric McLaughlin (RB) 1 (minus-5) , Carson Anderssn (HB) 1 (minus-5) yards,
CROWN POINT (28 carries, 64 yards, 3 TDs, 0 fumbles) Tyler Gomez (HB) 12 carries, 33 yards, 2 TDs; Griffin Govert (FB) 2 carries, 6 yards, TD; Grayson Lynk (QB) 12 carries, 27 yards (1 sack, minus 17); Jack Zaleski (QB) 2 (minus-2) yards.
CHESTERTON : Cory Boren (QB) 2-for-7, 14 yards, one interception; Andrew Zimmerman (QB) 0-for-2;
CROWN POINT: Grayson Lynk (QB) 14 of 19, 230 yards, one TD, no interceptions.
CHESTERTON: Mason Kaletha (WR) 1-6 yards, Drew Vesling (WR) 1-8 yards;
CROWN POINT: Tyler Jones (WR) 3 catches, 43 yards, Shane McCormack (WR) 5-78 yards, Tyler Gomez (HB) 1-28 yards, TD, Mark Knox (WR) 2-29 yards, Ben Fridrich (TE) 3-42 yards, fumble.
CHESTERTON: 34 yards, 2 first downs, 2 turnovers;
CROWN POINT: 294 yards, 15 first downs, 2 turnovers.
INTERCEPTIONS: Sam Krutz (CP)
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: Ethan Staubus (C) 2; Kyle Hatton (CP)
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Can you have a breakthrough night in the eighth game of the season?
It's not so much that Crown Point defeated Chesterton 28-0 in the final, home game of the Bulldogs' regular season. In the interest of full disclosure, Lake Central beat Chesterton 38-0 the week before. But Crown Point didn't run the ball. They didn't use the 'Wildcat' with running backs riding out three yards and a cloud of artificial turf dust.
Senior quarterback Grayson Lynk had his finest day as the CP QB completed 14 of 19 passes for 230 yards. He had a 50-yard run from scrimmage called back by a holding penalty.
For the season, Lynk was 57 of 152 (37.5%), for 642 yards on the year. But you could see that plays were there to be made. Many of the incompletions were not Grayson's fault. Some were. But last Friday, admittedly against a team that's reeling, Lynk was on a roll and in control.
"This was a big one tonight," Lynk said on his way to the locker room. "Especially after they beat us last year. This helps us going forward towards the state tournament."
On a cool fall night, the CP quarterback was in charge on the Bulldogs' second possession when he completed passes for 11 yards to tight end Ben Fridrich, 24 yards to senior receiver Shane McCormick and a well-executed 28-yard screen pass to halfback Tyler Gomez for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Lynk found Mark Knox for 19 yards to the Chesterton 28-yard-line and, four plays later, hit the 6-foot-6 McCormick on a crossing pattern down to the Trojan 1-yard-line. Senior Griff Govert scored his fourth touchdown of the season on the next play.
In the third quarter, Lynk hit Fridrich for 12 yards, McCormick for six and Tyler Jones for nine and a 24-yard completion to the 1-yard-line where Gomez scored to make it 21-0 with 6:53 left in the third quarter.
Lynk broke a 50-yard option run on CP's next possession down to the Trojan 17, but it was called back on a holding penalty. It was his best game as the Crown Point quarterback.
The threat of the 6-foot-4 Lynk running has to freeze the safety on defense and gives Bulldog receivers more room. Plus, he's very fast in the open field.
"Just last week, they (the coaches) have been giving me some options reads," Grayson said, "and it worked, I guess."
Crown Point's offensive problems have been no secret. They averaged 11 points a game until Friday's breakout showed they have more talent than that.
"We're always just one play away it seems," Lynk said. "They (the coaches) all
say that to us. Yeah. I see it, too."
What I saw Friday was an offense that could give the Bulldogs (3-5) a chance to beat an improving Lake Central (3-5) team in the Class 6A Sectional 1 semifinal on October 28. We've seen a winning Crown Point defense in most games. The highlight for the CP 'D" on this night was a 2nd-and-9 Chesterton play from the Trojan 2-yard-line in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
Chesterton sophomore QB Cory Boren, who was under pressure all night, tried a wide receiver screen pass from his own end zone. CP sophomore defensive back Sam Krutz, who started Friday, read the play, stepped up and grabbed the ball in the end zone for his first career TD, CP's third defensive touchdown in eight games.
The Bulldogs held Chesterton to an unofficial 34 total yards and just two first downs, none after halftime.
Again, Chesterton (2-6) is down. They only have 13 seniors. This was the outmanned Trojans' sixth consecutive loss and one of their better players, Lyric McFarrin, the starting quarterback in August, isn't even on the roster anymore.
But Crown Point, after back to back losses to Valparaiso (5-3) and LaPorte (8-0), needed this win and they needed to win it this way.
In the final minute of the game, CP junior lineman Kyle Hatton recovered a fumble and celebrated like there was no tomorrow. CP inserted sophomore tight end Jack Zaleski at quarterback to take a kneel down on the final two plays. Winning looked like fun.
DOG NOTES: Crown Point ended the regular season home schedule with a 3-1 record. CP's last shutout was 31-0 over LaPorte on Oct. 4, 2013.
Crown Point will play at Michigan City on October 14 and they will not have a game on Oct. 21, as all 32 Class 6A teams get a bye. Crown Point hosts Lake Central on October 28 in the Class 6A Sectional 1 semifinals.
Merrillville (3-5) and Portage (5-3) meet in the other semifinal. The Bulldogs can not host the sectional championship game on Nov. 4, no matter who they would face.
Senior running back Griff Govert has three touchdowns in just 39 carries. Tyler Gomez has scored five of CP's 14 total team touchdowns. Ben Fridrich is officially 12-of-12 on extra points.
Junior linebacker Caden Watson blocked a punt by Chesterton's Anthony Frencl in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs fumbled on the next play at the Chesterton 15-yard-line and did not score with that turnover.