Lowell's balanced attack leads to 30-7 at Hobart, finish regular season at 9-0
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|Jaeger Gill (2), Mike Langen (30) and Jordan Jusevitch (6) get set to lead the Red Devils onto the field at Hobart (10-13-2017). (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|Lowell halfback Tyler Wildman (32) gets the ball from quarterback Ethan Igras (16) and hits the hole against the Brickies.|
|Lowell linebacker Logan Charters (40) gives the evil eye to quarterback Ryan Leto (4) in the season finale at Hobart.|
|Lowell senior Jaeger Gill (2) gets loose against Hobart. The Red Devils won for the ninth time in nine games.|
|Senior center Joe Rebesco (58) gets set to start the play as QB Ethan Igras (16) eyes the defense at Hobart.|
|Hobart QB Ryan Leto (4) looks for a short toss to senior Sam Valle (25) in the battle with first place Lowell.|
|Lowell's Logan O'Hanlon (10) gets set to grab Hobart's Brandon Marciniak in the Northwest Crossroads Conference (NCC) finale in Hobart.|
|Lowell's Jake Steward (55) squeezes through a double team block against Hobart in the regular season finale.|
|Lowell's Tyler Wildman (32) gets out in front of fullback Jake Post on his touchdown run at Hobart.|
|Jared Sojka (22), Diamond Artman (65) and Jake Post (25) clear the way for Cedric Cashchetta (26) as the Devils pull away to win 30-7.|
|Lowell senior Ben Wesley (70) talks about the Devils' 9-0 regular season after the win at Hobart.|
|The fancy scoreboard at Hobart tells it all. Lowell is about to go 9-0 for the second time in three years with a 30-7 win at Hobart. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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Friday, October 13, 2017 - 68 degrees (at kick-off) at HOBART, IN
(7-0) Jordan Jusevicth, 1-yard run. 80-yard drive, 8 plays. Mike Hutton
kick. 1:03 left.
2nd Qtr: LOWELL (14-0) Ethan Igras, 25-yard screen pass to Jake Post. 60-yard drive, 4 plays. Mike Hutton kick. 9:22
HOBART (14-7) Ryan Leto, 9-yard pass to Brock Cooper. 14-yard drive, 3 plays after fumble recovery by Sal Valle. Matt Hylek kick. 4:29.
LOWELL (16-7) Sal Valle tackled in end zone. SAFETY. 1:49 left.
3rd Qtr: LOWELL (23-7) Tyler Wildman, 18-yard run. 80-yard drive, 7 plays. Mike Hutton kick. 3:03 left.
4th Qtr: LOWELL (30-7) Ethan Igras, 2-yard run. 23-yard drive, 4 plays after bad punt snap by Hobart turned the ball over on downs. Mike Hutton kick. 9:58 left.
HOBART (37 carries, 109 yards, 0 TDs, 0 fumbles): Sal Valle (HB) 20 carries, 89 yards; DJ Lipke (HB) 3-14 yards; Matt Barton (QB-WR) 9-3 yards; Sam Hicks (HB) 1-0 yards; Chris Tyler (HB) 3-5 yards; Tom Reynolds (HB) 1 (-2) yards.
LOWELL (31 carries, 219 yards, 3 TDs, 0 fumbles): Tyler Wildman (HB) 16-68 yards, TD; Jaeger Gill (HB) 3-42 yards; Jordan Jusevitch (HB) 2-2 yards, TD; Cedric Caschetta (HB) 5-12 yards; Ethan Igras (QB) 4-60 yards (1 sack, minus-7), TD; Logan O'Hanlon (WR) 1-35 yards.
HOBART: Ryan Leto (QB) (QB) 3 of 11, 27 yards, one TD, one interception; Matt Barton (QB) 1-for-1, 4 yards; LOWELL: Ethan Igras (QB) 4 of 8, 71 yards, one TD, one interception.
HOBART: Matt Barton (WR) 1-10 yards; Chris Tyler (WR) 1-8; Sal Valle (RB) 1-1 yard; Brock Cooper (HB) 1-9 yards, TD.
LOWELL: Jake Post (FB) 1-25 yards, TD; Jared Sojka (FB) 2-27; Jaeger Gill (WR) 1-33 yards.
HOBART (1) Omena Onomakpome (LB); LOWELL (1) Tucker Greenholt.
HOBART (1) Sal Valle (LB): LOWELL (1) none
Hobart: 140 yards, 12 first downs, 1 turnover;
LOWELL: 290 yards, 13 first downs, 2 turnovers.
(10-13-2017) Maybe it's just because I'm old, but this 'undefeated regular
season thing' means a lot to me.
The 2017 Lowell Red Devils (9-0) became the sixth team in school history to win all their regular season games last Friday when they won 30-9 at Hobart.
Conference championships and sectional titles are very nice, but somebody wins the conference and the sectional every every year. This is just the fifth season that Lowell has gone unbeaten and untied through the regular season.
"It's a mental and physical grind," said coach Keith Kilmer. "It's a long process and the kids should enjoy the fruits of their labor. We were third in the conference last year. This is only the second time we've won the conference in my career."
"Whether it happens on purpose or not, we are a program that strives to be good now (after nine games). We strive to get better each game and I think that's what we've done."
This game was close in score for a while, but you never had a feeling Hobart would win. Lowell led 14-0 after 15 minutes and while the Brickies ran the ball fairly well, once they missed a 43-yard field goal early in the third quarter with the score 16-7, Lowell pulled away.
"This is my senior season," said Jake Post, who scored on a 25-yard screen pass. I've waited for this all my life. To wear this jersey and for us to do this - it means everything to me."
Post said this record isn't a shock to him.
"We expected nothing less," he said. "We (the senior class) were undefeated in eighth grade and ninth grade. We'd have been disappointed in anything less. This has been the fastest year in my life. The summer. The training. I just want my last game to be a win."
It (9-0) is satisfying said junior QB Ethan Igras. "All the work in the offseason. This makes it perfect. It's a perfect feeling, but now we have to move on to sectionals."
Lowell was ranked No.1 in the state two years ago after going 9-0 during the regular season. It's no big deal to the boys anymore.
"The target gets bigger every week," said offensive lineman Ben Wesley. "Coach tells us not to look at the rankings. But we respect every opponent. Put in the work and come out here on Friday. The scoreboard will take care of itself."
Senior Jordan Jusevitch is one of the Devils who has started on both undefeated regular season teams (2015 and 2017) and it means a lot to him. Playing with guys like IKe (2016 grad Ike James), it showed me a lot.
"Both teams had great success obviously," Jordan said. "How to win and how to act when you're a leader. What's so special out there is that, as seniors now, we all know we did this."
For all of Lowell's seniors, the Hobart game was another landmark.
"It's the last regular season game of my life," said Jusevitch. "Yeah, I do feel old. But we're moving forward. Our offense is looking better. The defense is making big plays. On to the sectionals. We're not nearly done yet."
DEVIL NOTES: Lowell senior fullback Cedric Caschetta scored a career-high three touchdowns as Lowell rolled over outmanned Gary West Side in the Class 4A Sectional quarterfinals on October 20. Junior Tyler Wildman gained 102 yards on 10 carries. Quarterback Ethan Igras threw TD passes to Payton Schreiber and Jaeger Gill.
This is Lowell's sixth undefeated regular season, but it is only the fifth Red Devil team to win every regular season game. What?
Lowell's Hall-of-Fame, pre-World War II team coached by Jim Carter was 9-0 in 1934 and 8-0-1 in 1935. There was no state tournament then and there was no overtime. Lowell tied Frankfort 0-0 on October 3, 1935 or they'd have been 18-0 over two years. The 1936 Lowell Red Devils posted seven shutouts and gave up 12 points all season. But that statistic is probably not as good as it sounds because hardly anybody passed the ball back then. Score wise, Lowell's 1935 team which went 9-0, was probably the better of the two Lowell unbeaten teams back then, defeating Crown Point twice 25-0 and 36-0. The '35 Devils beat Rensselaer 7-6, Valparaiso 37-0 and Griffith 37-13.
Junior quarterback Ethan Igras has welcomed Lowell's new found willingness to throw the ball. He has tossed five interceptions (only three last season), but his confidence does not get shaken.
"The coaches have a lot of faith in me," he said. "They trust me and what I see. If it's open and I see it, they trust me to make the play. To do what I can do to move the chains (for a first down)."
Senior Jordan Jusevitch noted that when a team loses a starting player to injury (junior Blake Jansky was hurt in practice early in the week), they walk a fine line.
"We care about him," said Jusevitch. "But when the game starts we have to forget about him. It's next man up. Blake's a great player and we'll need him down the line. But right now, we just have to play without him. He'll be back when he's close to 100%."
|ALL TIMES CENTRAL|
|Lowell||5-0||128||29||10- 0||298||55||Won 10|
|Andrean||3-2||127||42||7- 3||306||141||Won 2|
|Hobart||3-2||68||75||6- 4||219||152||Lost 3|
|Munster||3-2||84||104||4- 5||170||207||Won 2|
|Highland||1-4||56||142||4- 6||206||228||Won 1|
|Kankakee Valley||0-5||82||153||3- 7||203||283||Lost 6|
|Friday, Oct. 20|
|Lowell 41, Gary West 0|
|Highland 27, Hammond Gavit 0|
|South Bend Riley 49, Kankakee Valley 10|
|South Bend St. Joseph 19, Hobart 7|
|Andrean 24, Hanover Central 9|
|Friday, Oct. 27|
|Michigan City at Munster, 7 pm|
|Lowell at Highland, 7 pm|
|Wheeler at Andrean, 7 pm|
Lowell's next Opponent:
Class 4A, Sectional 17 Semifinal Bracket:
|SECTIONAL 17 [BRACKET]|
|Hammond Morton [8-2] at Griffith [9-1]|
|Lowell [10-0] at Highland [4-6]|