Hobart captures undisputed NCC title with 38-7 win over Lowell
A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith
|Lowell gets ready in the sunset for the Northwest Crossroads Conference (NCC) championship game at Hobart. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
|The Brickies ran under the scoreboard and down the hill at the south end of the Brickyard stadium to take the field against Lowell last Friday night.|
|Lowell linebacker Kyler Newcomb (7) gives the evil eye to Hobart QB Riley Johnston (3) early in last Friday NCC showdown in Hobart.|
|Lowell's Trevor Matovina (72) gets his hands on Hobart QB Riley Johnson (3) in the showdown at Hobart last Friday.|
|Hobart's Trevor Underdahl (77) and Conner Bock (53) hold the line against Lowell's Sam Dumbsky (30) and Bryan Stoner (60) in Hobart last Friday.|
|Hobart's DJ Lipke (32) takes off in the first half of Hobart's 38-7 win over Lowell. Lipke scored four touchdowns.|
|Junior linebacker Bobby Babcock (11) looks to give Lowell QB Cameron Stojancevich (17) a hard time at Hobart Friday night. Babcock has 17 tackles for loss, including six QB sacks this season.|
|Lowell's Aaron DuBord (48) looks to mess up the Hobart backfield of Riley Johnson (3), DJ Lipke (32) and Tyler Schultz (4) last Friday in Hobart.|
|Lowell sophomore QB Johnny Johnson (5) played the entire second half at Hobart and ddi lead a late fourth quarter scoring drive against the Hobart reserves.|
|Lowell corner back Reece Ison (8) tries to slow the Hobart attack Friday in the NCC championship game at Hobart.|
|Lowell's coach and Hobart grad Craig Osika is a happy man after the Brickies won the NCC title with a 38-7 win over Lowell.|
|Hobart senior Matthew Benton (2) says his team is No. 1 after the Brickies won the NCC championship. (All photos by Mark Smith)|
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Friday, October 18, 2019 - 50 degrees (at kick-off) at HOBART, IN
Riley Johnston, 4-yard run. 4-yard drive, 2 plays. Matt Hylek kick. 11:03 left.
HOBART (14-0) DJ Lipke, 43-yard run. 53-yard drive, 4 plays. Matt Hylek kick. 4:52 left.
2nd Qtr: HOBART (21-0) DJ Lipke, 10-yard run. One play, 10 yards after Matthew Benton’s interception. Matt Hylek kick. 9:36 left.
HOBART (28-0) DJ Lipke, 5-yard run. 4 plays, 12 yards after Hayden Homoky’s interception. Matt Hylek kick. 3:26 left.
HOBART (31-0) Matt Hylek, 33-yard field goal. 4:52 left.
3rd Qtr: No scoring.
4th Qtr: HOBART (38-0) DJ Lipke, 17-yard run. 54-yard
drive, 9 plays. Matt Hylek kick. 11:20 left.
LOWELL (7-38) Bradley Goldsmith, fumble recovery in the end zone. Nate Gard kick. 1:20 left.
LOWELL (30 carries, 59 yards, one TD, one fumble): Adam Bank (HB) 8-41 yards; Ryan Marx (HB) 11-3 yards; Cameron Stojancevich (QB) 2 (minus-19) 2 sacks: minus 19 yards; Johnny Johnson (QB) 6-24 yards, fumble; Joe Heuer (HB) 1-6 yards; Jeffrey Wallis (RB) 2-4 yards.
HOBART (37 carries, 192 yards, 5 TDs, one fumble): DJ Lipke (HB) 21 carries, 122 yards, 4 TDs; Riley Johnston (QB) 10-55 yards, TD; Tyler Schultz (RB) 6-15 yards.
LOWELL: Cameron Stojancevich (QB) 1 of 5, 7 yards, 2 interceptions; Ryan Marx (QB) 0-1 one interception
HOBART: Riley Johnston (QB) 9 of 15, 138 yards, no TDs, no interceptions
LOWELL: Adam Bank (WR) 1-6 yards.
HOBART: Zach Vode (WR) 5 catches, 46 yards; Hayden Maggio (WR) 1-31 yards; Tyler Schultz (HB) 1-20 yards; Matthew Benton (WR) 1-15 yards; Luke Smith (WR) 1-5 yards.
LOWELL: 65 yards, 5 first downs, 3 turnovers (2 interceptions);
HOBART: 330 yards, 12 first downs, one turnover. (fumble).
(10-18-2019) More than one person asked me how I could possibly have
predicted that Lowell would beat Hobart in the showdown game for the Northwest
Crossroads Conference (NCC) championship last Friday night. Not all of them were
I guess I looked at Hobart's win (35-0 over Highland) and assumed that was the best they could play. Then I recalled some Lowell victories I had seen and assumed the Devils would play as well as they did in those wins.
I was wrong on both counts.
Hobart played the Devils like this was a one-game, winner-take-all championship of the world last Friday night. Lowell didn't.
The Brickies’ 38-7 win gave Hobart (7-2) its first undisputed NCC championship.
“This was our first goal for the season, the conference” said Hobart senior running back DJ Lipke, who scored four touchdowns and surpassed the 1000-yards gained mark for the the 2019 season.
“If we’d have lost, there would have been a three-way tie and we didn't want that. This is the first time we’ve won it (the league title) at the new school.”
Hobart played with an intensity that Lowell simply had not seen and when junior Bobby Babcock ran the opening kickoff back 93 yards to the Lowell 4-yard-line, it lit a fire in the Brickies that didn't cool until the Brickies’ were ahead 31-0 at halftime.
“This was a great night,” said Lipke. “Great crowd. Great atmosphere. Definitely a night to remember.”
“We have to start over,” said coach Keith Kilmer, of his team, which lost its last two games 13-0 and 38-7.
“That’s the only way you can look at it. It's a new season (the post-season) and
we have a second chance. How much do we want to keep this from happening again?”
Lowell did not earn a first down until they were behind 21-0 in the second quarter. The Devils may have lost both halfbacks Ryan Marx and Adam Bank to injury and the offensive line was no match for the Hobart defense, led by Babcok (6-0, 220), a dominant player and defensive end Sean Underdahl (6-5, 215).
Two way stars Zach Vode (6-3, 195) and Matthew Benton (5-10, 180) both grabbed interceptions as the Brickies won for the seventh week in a row.
Few schools have more football tradition and pride than Lowell does. Hobart is one of those schools. I asked DJ Lipke how much he really soaked up about Hobart history. The glory years of the 70s, 80s and 90s (11 state title games, four state crowns) were obviously before any present Brickie was born. All the legend occurred at the old Brickie Bowl on 4th street, not the new Hobart high school on 10th street.
“My dad played Hobart football,” DJ explained. We’ve heard all the stories growing up. We’ve watched video tapes. We’ve wanted to bring that tradition to the new school.”
DEVIL NOTES: Lowell had been shut out for seven quarters in a row when Brad Goldsmith fell on a Red Devil fumble in the end zone with 1:20 left in last Friday’s game.
That kept Lowell from being shut out for the second consecutive game. The last time that happened was in September of 1998 when Lowell lost 32-0 to Twin Lakes and 55-0 to Highland in back-to-back weeks.
Matthew Benton’s interception was his seventh of the season, tying him for the Northwest Indiana lead with Chesterton’s Ben Slatcoff.
Lowell’s Adam Bank started the second half with an 87-yard kickoff return, but the Devils did not score, losing 19 yards in four plays from scrimmage.
Lowell’s third string quarterback Johnny Johnson played most of the second half and gained 24 yards on six carries.
Lowell starting QB Cam Stojancevich, a transfer from Hobart, was just 1-of-5 for seven yards with two interceptions. Stojancevich was sacked twice and did not play in the second half.
This was Lowell’s worst game of the season by far. In the 35-9 loss at Portage on August 30, Lowell had 15 first downs.
|ALL TIMES CENTRAL|
|Hobart||5-0||220||27||7- 2||305||96||Won 7|
|Andrean||4-1||130||73||6- 3||246||177||Won 4|
|Lowell||3-2||100||85||5- 4||195||202||Lost 2|
|Kankakee Valley||2-3||112||130||4- 5||176||190||Won 2|
|Highland||1-4||88||123||3- 6||135||199||Lost 4|
|Munster||0-5||22||234||0- 9||36||396||Lost 10|
|Friday, Oct. 18|
|Andrean 28, Highland 21 ©|
|Hobart 38, Lowell 7 ©|
|Kankakee Valley 42, Munster 0 ©|
|Friday, Oct. 25|
|West Side at Lowell, 7 pm|
|Highland at EC Central, 7 pm|
|Hobart at Morton, 7 pm|
|Kankakee Valley at Plymouth, 6:30 pm|
|Andrean at Bowman, 7 pm|
Lowell's next Opponent:
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