Crown Point vs. Hobart football preview
August 21, 2012 2:42PM
Crown Point's Tristan Peterson follows blocks by teammates Tyler Downing and Quentin Klingberg during the season opener against Lowell on Friday, August 17, 2012, in Crown Point. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Coach: Ryan Turley, 4-8 (2nd year) NCC games in CAPS
Aug. 17 (W) 55-12 at
Gary West Side (0-1)
Aug. 24 Crown Point (1-0)
Aug. 31 GRIFFITH (1-0)
Sep. 7 at KANKAKEE VALLEY (1-0)
Sep. 14 ANDREAN (1-0)
Sep. 21 at LOWELL (0-1)
Sep. 28 at MUNSTER (0-1)
Oct. 5 Morton (0-1)
Oct. 12 HIGHLAND (1-0)
Class 4A Sectional 10
with Riley (0-1), Clay (1-0) and Washington (0-1), Kankake Valley (1-0), New Prairie (1-0), Lowell (0-1) and Mishawaka (1-0).
Updated: August 24, 2012 12:18PM
AT A GLANCE
CP (1-0) @ Hobart (1-0)
When: Friday Aug. 24 - 7 p.m.
Where: Hobart’s Brickyard stadium (capacity 5,000)
Hobart High School, 2211 10th St., Hobart
Tickets: $6 each
TV/Radio: none; Internet - USA-365.com. Highlights on Lakshore Public TV “Scoreboard Show” at 10:30 Friday night and 9 a.m. Saturday morning
Weather: Low-80s in the late afternoon. Typical August weather and far too warm for football. On the artificial turf, it could be a little warm in the first quarter before the sun sets.
Parking: The new Hobart High School has a lot of parking although, like at CP, late arrivals have a long walk the length of the parking lot.
Last season: Crown Point won 45-7 in Crown Point in a game in which CP rushed for over 20 yards and now-graduated QB Joe Hopman passed for 3 TDs. Then-unknown QB Jake Jatis was 2-for-3 for 33 yards in the foruth quarter.
Enrollment: CP: 2,532; Hobart1,310
What’s at stake: For the second week in a row, this game is more important to CP’s opposition than it is to CP. Hobart has struggled in recent years and they have lost three in a row to the Bulldogs. The Brickies have also had three losing seasons in a row since a 9-2 season in 2008. Crown Point’s season will not be affected no matter how much they win or lose this game by. This is the last time this season we can say that.
Get real. Stay real.
Crown Point plays arch-rival Merrillville in week three and next door powerhouse Lake Central in week four in crucial league matchups. But this is week two and you can lose any game on the road. Crown Point has to take this game seriously because it’s a virtual 100 percent certainty that Hobart will.
Play big boy ball
Hobart does not have all the speed and playmakers that CP does so they will probably try to smash them with an offensive line that averages about 275 pound per man and senior tailback Ian Drobac (6-2, 215). CP’s defensive front will have to be up to a muhc bigger physical challenge than they faced in week one.
Establish the run
If Hobart watches video of the CP-Lowell gamne they’ll see that Lowell gave up seven pass plays of 15 yards or more because they were geared up to stop halfback Tristan Peterson. The Brickies will want to protect deep this week meaning Peterson may get space and time to run.
Hobart was the dominant team of the 70s, 80s and 90s in Northwest Indiana, winning state titles in 1987, ‘89, ‘91 and ‘93.
The late Don Howell coached all 19 of Hobart’s sectional champs (every year 1979 to 1997) and all four of its state champs. Hobart initiated weight training in football in this area and won because of it.
Why did Hobart’s football success end? Conventional logic said that Howell’s retirement in 1998 and the other schools catching up in the strength and conditioning areas ended the era.
But another factor was that the league Hobart was in (the Duneland Conference) just grew. Hobart was defeating larger schools but those schools just got larger. Chesterton, which has 1,800 students now, had half that in the 1960s. Lake Central was Hobart’s size (in the 1,500-kid range) in the 1960s.
Now that Hobart plays in the Northwest Crossroads Conference with teams its own size, the game has changed somewhat.
It’s very hard to dominate on the ground. It’s a tough style to play in an era of the “basketball on grass” passing attacks.
Now that they’ve upgraded their facilities and moved in with Griffith and Lowell, very similar programs from a football standpoint, it’s likely Hobart will eventually rise to power again.
Maybe sooner than later.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
This is a big game for Hobart.
It’s their home opener in a year when they expect to do well. I would guess that at least 4,000 fans will show up on a warmer night than in week one.
The easiest prediction of the night is that Hobart star kicker Aaron Del Grosso will boot an early field goal for a 3-0 lead. He had two field goals last week and nine last year.
The Bulldogs will want to establish the run but the matchup advantage is the “three amigos,” senior wide receivers Braxton Rice, Zach Plesac and Tyler Smith, against the Brickie secondary, even with Hobart star defender and team MVP Anthony Brugos. CP will play inside-out here, throwing early to set up the run by halfback Tristan Peterson, who will run for 100 yards.
The Bulldogs will jump to a 17-10 lead and break a TD run by Peterson in the second half. Crown Point is better than Hobart but both could be playing for a sectional title in November.
CROWN POINT 31, Hobart 17