Football notebook: Lake Central’s third-string QB comes through at end
It wasn’t a pretty win for Lake Central on Friday night, coming back to edge Chesterton 14-13 and remain undefeated in Duneland Conference play headed into a huge matchup against Merrillville this week.
But LC coach Brett St. Germain will take it considering his offense is down to its third-string quarterback after an injury to Colin Studer the previous week.
Ethan Darter had 163 yards passing in a victory over Michigan City last week. He wasn’t quite as good against Chesterton at just 5 of 13 for 56 yards. But 53 of those yards came on his last two passes of the Indians’ final drive. Both completions were to John Gbur, including the go-ahead 17-yard TD with 3:09 left.
“He played well last week statistically,” St. Germain said. “but this week it was a little different. He’s going to have to learn as we go.”
Speaking of Gbur, St. Germain admitted the senior wide receiver had something to prove after a poor performance in the Michigan City game.
“He was playing for his position,” St. Germain said. “We put pressure on him. He was definitely in the doghouse and he stepped up.”
Play the whole game: Leading up to its game with Bishop Noll, River Forest coach Jeff Bean preached to his team to play four quarters.
“Usually we start off quickly against them in the first half and then they take over the momentum in the second half,” he said. “This year it was the opposite and they got off to the fast start and we took over in the second half.”
The Ingots lost 13-6 to Noll in overtime, but they ran 38 offensive plays to Noll’s 16 in the second half. One of the other parts of the game that Bean has been emphasizing is cutting down on penalties. The Ingots were penalized nine times for 65 yards, but two came at a bad time. After an Aaron Garza 37-yard punt pinned the Ingots at their one-yard-line, a Brandon Laas 40-yard run down to the Noll 20-yard line was called back for a hold and a Laas-to-Jordan Clopton touchdown pass was called back due to an illegal formation penalty.
“They said we had six men on the line of scrimmage,” Bean said. “I guess we’ll have to look at the tape.”
Classy Colts: The Indianapolis Colts honored the family of LaPorte linebacker Jake West at Sunday’s game against Seattle. West died Sept. 25 after he collapsed during practice at Kiwanis Field.
The Colts also named Slicers’ coach Bob Schellinger their high school coach of the week.
“I think what the Colts did is send a message that coaching is a little more than winning and losing,” Schellinger said. “In a time of tragedy, I think the Colts stepped up to the plate. With what (they did) for that family and in the memory of Jake is tremendous — and it’s not about me. The Colts stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.”
Bright spot for Slicers: LaPorte was without quarterback Eric Mazany for Friday night’s Duneland Conference game at Crown Point, but senior Mike Ash did a good job of running the show in his absence.
Ash, a wide receiver, who played quarterback before, stepped under center for Mazany after he suffered an ankle injury in last week’s loss to Merrillville. Ash had four runs of 10 yards or more (11, 17, 12, 17 yards) in his first start.
“Mike was put in a tough situation because he hasn’t played quarterback for us all season, and I thought he ran the ball pretty well,” Schellinger said. “He gives us a little bit different dimension than Eric. He came in and did a nice job. He played very, very hard. He’s a senior and I thought he showed great leadership.”
Coming off the bench: Highland’s Matt Holl started the victory over Griffith on the bench with a knee injury and wasn’t expected to play. But he eventually made an entrance, and rather dramatically at that.
The Trojans’ RB ran 72 yards for a touchdown on his first play. Then he rushed for 46 yards the next time he touched the ball. Holl finished his evening with 127 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries.
Trojans’ starting quarterback Hunter Rycerz also sat out the contest with an injury and Griffith running back Justin Green didn’t return after he came up limping on the opening kick return of the second half. The busy medical staff also attended to Highland coach Trent Grider in the third quarter and a cheerleader who was badly injured during a fourth-quarter routine.
Staff writer Steve T. Gorches and correspondents Kevin O’Keefe, Dennis Churilla and John O’Malley contributed