Football: Penn dominates Portage from start
By Tom Noie For the Post-Tribune August 30, 2013 11:36PM
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:50AM
MISHAWAKA — Penn senior quarterback Zach Oakley completed 10 of 20 passes for 152 yards. to lead the Kingsman to a 32-0 victory over Portage at Freed Field.
“We were just coming out and doing whatever was working for us,” said Oakley. “We saw a lot of open holes in the passing game that we worked on all week. We just took advantage of it.”
A Penn team built on power turned Friday to a little finesse. Make that a lot of it. Of Penn’s first 13 plays, nine were passes. There were many nights the last decade where the Kingsmen didn’t thrown nine passes in an entire game.
“It definitely takes some stress off the offensive line,” Oakley said. “They’re not having to pound it all the time. Second half, we ended up just pounding the ball.”
Penn, which ran for 294 yards in a 49-7 victory the previous week at Valparaiso, finished with one rushing yard in the first 12 minutes. The Kingsmen then tallied 114 in the third quarter thanks to a big helping of Tyler Carpenter. He scored twice in the period en route to 77 total rushing yards, 83 receiving yards.
What is always expected at Penn is a determined defense, and the Kingsmen delivered for the second consecutive week. After allowing only one score in the opener in Porter County, Penn never allowed Portage (1-1) near the end zone.
Penn limited Portage to four first downs, 63 rushing yards and nine passing yards. The Kingsmen also forced seven fumbles and recovered three.
It was the second of four-straight road games for Portage, which opened the season with a win at Mishawaka. This ride home from St. Joseph County through some rain and wind and lightning, likely wasn’t as happy.
“We completely and utterly laid an egg on offense,” said Portage coach Wally McCormack. “Their kids just whipped us on offense. We didn’t block anybody. We didn’t stay on anybody. We couldn’t get anything going.”