Crown Point senior running back Tristan Peterson had his first big game of the season Friday night after rushing for 179 yards and three TDs against Valparaiso at home, helping his team get the 26-3 win and end its three-game losing streak.

Peterson, who rushed for 27 yards in the team’s 31-3 loss to Portage the previous week, went 40 yards on his fourth carry of the game on fourth-and-2 to give his team the early 7-3 lead. Four carries later, Peterson went 50 yards for a TD to give his team a 16-3 lead with 3:40 left in the second quarter. He added a 46-yard TD run, following a Troy Grady interception in the fourth quarter, to seal the victory.

Coach Kevin Enright said Peterson and his line stepped up Friday night against the Vikings.

“He ran the ball hard and he saw the openings and he did it,” Enright said. “But I’ll tell you the guys up front created a lot of nice openings for him.”

Peterson had 355 yards coming into the game with his previous long being 40 yards.

Deveraux has another big game: A tight 21-20 win over NCC rival Hobart had Lowell coach Keith Kilmer praising the efforts of several of his Red Devils. But he was also raving about the play of Hobart WR Drey Deveraux.

“That kid made three fantastic catches against us,” Kilmer said of Deveraux, who had seven catches for 137 yards. One catch especially stood out, coming in the fourth quarter. A high lob from QB Andrew Barras appeared destined for the hands of one of two Lowell defenders. But Deveraux wrestled the jump ball away for a 33-yard gain.

“Drey is a heck of a player. He brings it every week,” Hobart coach Ryan Turley said.

Satellites bouncing back: South Central coach Dan Klimczak found himself in unfamiliar territory when his team dropped the first four games of the season. In each of his first seven years as a head coach at Wheeler and South Central, his team was either 4-0 or 3-1 through four weeks.

However, the Satellites won their second straight game by downing Lake Station 42-14, leaving Klimczak encouraged, especially by the play of his freshmen and sophomores.

“Obviously, we didn’t start the season where we wanted, but the last three weeks, we’ve built some momentum and gotten better consistently,” Klimczak said. “Our hitting level once again was great. Our line did a great job opening some holes. We’re just focusing on improvement.”

All is not lost for Panthers: Griffith’s 38-19 loss to Munster guaranteed the Panthers a second straight losing regular season under coach Jim Pickett. By comparison, Griffith suffered through only one such campaign during former coach Russ Radtke’s 19 years at the helm.

But all is not necessarily lost. Radtke’s 2003 squad racked up a 2-7 mark before turning things around in the postseason. The Panthers ultimately made a run to the sectional final where they narrowly lost to Tommy Finn and Andrean 16-14.

Radtke’s predecessor, Les Thornton, went 1-9 in 1975, his first year at Griffith. Thornton then posted winning records in 15 of his next 17 seasons as head coach and ultimately landed in the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

Getting a kick out of her debut: Lake Central’s Jillian Doan was thrilled with her baptism by fire as the Indians’ new placekicker. In Friday night’s 24-10 win over Michigan City, the junior booted a pair of extra points in her first game.

“I couldn’t have done it without all the guys,” said Doane, who wears No. 19 for coach Brett St. Germain’s team and No. 18 for coach Julie Moore’s girls soccer team. “I was nervous before the game tonight. I really couldn’t have been out here without their support. I think it’s good to contribute and help the team tonight.”

St. Germain said Doan knew the team was having some kicking problems so she inquired about an audition.

“She thought she could help us and wanted to play, so she asked our kicking coach for a tryout and started working with us,” he said. “She’s been doing a good job in practices for us. She earned the chance to play in this game.”

Darter the starter: Lake Central sophomore quarterback Ethan Darter has been forced into action this season and acquitted himself quite well, especially after two injuries at the position sidelined starting quarterback Alec Olund and backup Colin Studer.

Olund was injured in a season-opening 27-9 loss to Munster, while Studer — who was coming along nicely as Olund’s replacement — broke a bone in his arm and was in for only two plays in LC’s win over LaPorte last week. Olund, who broke his arm on the game’s first play, has been lost for the season.

In the last two games, though, Darter has engineered wins over both the Slicers (27-7) and Michigan City (24-10 Friday night).

“My teammates just really helped me out a lot tonight,” said Darter, who threw for 163 yards, including a 19-yard scoring pass to Jake Turngren and a two-point conversion to Antwan Davis just before halftime, tying the game 10-10.

“Our offensive line did a really good job tonight. I had all the time I needed to throw the ball. I think they only touched me a couple of times. Our receivers played really well, and so did our backs. They made some great catches and had some big plays for us.”

Girls golf

From gloom to glee: When Lake Central returned to the clubhouse during Saturday’s Lafayette Regional, optimism wasn’t prevalent. Favorites Lafayette Jeff and Valparaiso were still on the course and Chesterton’s team score of 330 had the Trojans four strokes ahead of LC’s 334.

“I think if you asked anyone prior to this, Lafayette Jeff and Valparaiso were the two undeniable favorites,” said LC coach Chris Rossiano, “but we had a good chance at No. 3. When Chesterton snuck in, it was like, ‘Uh oh.’ We thought we may be on the outside looking in.”

Some of the players did too, with a few LC golfers having watery eyes as they waited for what appeared to be the inevitable end of their season. Despite a tough final three holes for Lake Central, though, the No. 13-ranked Indians scored one stroke better than No. 9 Lafayette Jeff to advance to state.

Correspondents John O’Malley, Ryan Haskell, Brandon Vickrey, Dave Melton and Dennis Churilla contributed