Updated: September 10, 2013 1:11PM
CROWN POINT — More than his team’s ability to come out with energy after inclement weather postponed Friday night’s game to Saturday night, Crown Point head coach Kevin Enright said he was pleased with the progress made from the Bulldogs’ first-week victory against Lowell to Saturday’s game against Mishawaka.
In the 30-7 victory over Mishawaka, Jake Jatis ran for one touchdown and threw for two. Overall, he was 13 for 26 with 235 yards passing. In addition, Jacob Kocher and Morgan Kral combined for more than 150 receiving yards, and five Crown Point players logged 10 or more total tackles in the game while limiting Mishawaka to just 143 total yards.
“The offensive line showed definite improvements from weeks one to two,” Enright said. “That’s what we were looking for. Despite their inexperience, they’re getting better from week to week — and that’s what you always hope for as a coach. You don’t want to flat line.”
The offensive line was doing its job, as Crown Point accumulated 316 total yards on the game. Jatis’ touchdown passes went to Kocher and Kral. In addition to Jatis’ rushing touchdown, Tristan Peterson also rushed for a score.
Meanwhile, on defense, the Bulldogs were able to neutralize a complex Mishawaka offense, as senior linebacker Ryan Kellehur led the way with three solo tackles and ten assists.
Connor Andras had six solo tackles and six assists. Billy Bernhart finished with three solos and eight assists. Cody Hipp logged two solos and nine assists. Artie Equihua had six solos and four assists.
“The defense was all over the place,” Enrigaht said. “They played very well against as sophisticated offensive-style attack football that Mishawaka uses. It presents challenges for football teams and defenses, and I thought our kids really stepped up on the defensive side of the ball.
“Linebacker Ryan Kellehur definitely stood out, and corner back Artie Euqihua made big plays and tackles for losses.”
Enright said he was also pleased with the team’s energy level in spite of the postponement of the game to Saturday.
“As a coach, you’re always concerned about how the kids are going to respond,” he said.
“The game was changed due to the rainout. Ultimately, the kids responded positively. They came out very emotionally and psychologically ready, and that was a plus.
“I thought our enthusiasm and concentration level was real good considering what they had been through.”
And the performance by Jatis is something that Enright and the team have come to expect out of their senior captain over the course of his career — and he’s not expecting anything less for the rest of the season.
“Jake is the captain and the leader of our football team,” he said. “He started many football game over the years for us, and we’re counting on him for the type of leadership he provided Saturday.”
Up next for CP is battle against neighbor and rival Merrillville to be played on the Bulldogs’ home field.
“The kids on both teams know each other pretty well,” he said. “It’s is always a fun game, and we’re going to be ready to play.”