Football: MC’s defense can’t slow down Crown Point RB Tristan Peterson
By John O’Malley Star correspondent October 22, 2013 1:14PM
Updated: October 22, 2013 1:42PM
CROWN POINT — Michigan City’s defense knew exactly what was coming, but the Wolves were powerless to stop it.
Crown Point senior running back Tristan Peterson was coming and coming and going and going all night long.
Peterson made the Energizer Bunny look like a couch potato as he carried 39 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns to help CP win its fourth straight game.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior, was the ultimate workhorse — and the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-3) rode him all night to a 37-29 Duneland Athletic Conference win over Michigan City (2-7, 0-7) Friday night.
“He saw the holes and made some great individual runs,” CP coach Kevin Enright said. “He made several outstanding plays and even when we missed blocks, he still managed to run the ball real well.”
Michigan City coach Mike Karpinski said his team knew what to expect, but they still couldn’t contain Peterson.
“He’s awfully good,” Karpinski said. “We might have helped him out a little bit by not tackling very well, but he had a really good game.”
Peterson credited CP’s offensive line for his big night. He said ever since the team lost three straight games (weeks three through five) the line has really been coming together as a unit.
“We opened up some really big holes and were making the blocks we needed to make,” Peterson said. “Our technique, footwork, everything, has improved. We’ve really been building and building and we just want to keep it going.”
Peterson scored three of his four TDs in the first half, including a twisting, spinning 26-yard run, where he changed directions and had the Wolves grabbing for him, but missing him and grasping for air.
Michigan City trailed 27-14 at halftime, despite taking a 7-0 lead when Marcus Horton, III, scored on a 41-yard run up the middle on a fourth down-and-1 play. The Bulldogs held a commanding 37-14 lead in the fourth period, but Michigan City scored 15 unanswered points to make a game of it with 2:29 left.
The Wolves tried an onsides kick after they cut the lead to eight points, but CP recovered, and Peterson, along with quarterback Jake Jatis, ran out the clock.
“There’s no quit in these kids,” Karpinski said. “I’m proud of our kids and the fight that they showed. Even though we lost, I think these kids have confidence, believe in themselves and are ready for the postseason.”
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, open the 6A playoffs on the road at Lake Central next week. The Indians beat CP, 23-0, during the regular season.
“We’re excited for the playoffs and looking forward to playing for a trophy,” Enright said.