Lake Central's Colin Studer looks for an open receiver Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 at Lake Central. | Vincent D. Johnson/for the Post-Tribune
Updated: October 17, 2013 6:26AM
Lake Central sophomore Colin Studer continues to show growth and development as a quarterback.
A backup before starting quarterback Alec Olund was injured in the fourth quarter of the season-opener against Munster, Studer led LC to a 20-0 halftime lead by throwing touchdown passes to Antwan Davis and Jake Turngren. He finished the game with 112 yards passing and 58 rushing.
“Most of what happened was because of the way the offense worked as a unit,” Studer said. “All week, our goal was to get better, and we did. Our goal was to play like a DAC offense, and I think we definitely did that tonight.”
Baptism by fire: It was quite a debut for Lake Central soccer player Jorge Trujillo against Crown Point on Friday night.
Trujillo had two field goals blocked on LC’s first three possessions — from 31 and 37 yards — but the senior didn’t flinch or become frustrated.
“I think it was more of a trajectory thing than a blocking scheme thing,” LC coach Brett St. Germain said. “He shook (the blocks) off and didn’t let it bother him. It was nice for him to get in there. We knew he had a tough mentality.”
Trujillo came back and made his first two PATs, then put the only points of the second half on the scoreboard with a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter, giving LC a commanding 23-0 lead.
Revenge is sweet: Hobart coach Ryan Turley decided early in his first season as head coach that he needed to shake things up a little bit if he hoped for a brighter future.
That bold move was inserting then-sophomore quarterback Andrew Barras into the starting role to help him gain experience on the varsity level and help develop his skills and leadership abilities.
The Brickies finished 3-8 overall and 1-5 in the Northwest Crossroads Conference in 2011, but the cornerstone was set.
Hobart is 12-3 in its last 15 games and has won seven straight NCC games. In fact, the Brickies’ last conference loss came to Kankakee Valley on Sept. 7, 2012.
They paid that debt back.
Barras completed 12 of 16 passes for 188 yards and two TDs in the team’s 28-27 come-from-behind win over the Kougars on Friday.
The senior QB hit senior Drey Devereaux for an 11-yard TD on fourth-and-4 with 45 ticks left to help the Brickies go to 4-0 this season.
“It was a fun one for the fans but not the coaches,” Turley said of the win. “We were proud of our offense and our quarterback and our playmakers on that side of the ball that have been doing it the first four games of the year.
“Andrew has been the heart and soul of this group of kids since they were down in elementary school and we wouldn’t want anybody else or wouldn’t trade him for anybody.”
Exclamation points: Morton topped off its 45-0 win over Hammond with a 93-yard touchdown pass in the game’s final two minutes. Depending on who you asked, it was either getting some needed work for the bench or putting an exclamation point on the Governors’ revenge for having lost to the Wildcats last season.
“We had our JV in the game and there’s no JV game tomorrow and that’s not our fault,” Morton coach Roy Richards said. “We have to let the kids run some plays.”
Hammond coach Eric Schreiber offered a different take on the matter.
“It’s (Richards’) program, he can run it how he wants,” Schreiber said. “He’s got 80 kids and we have 25 and if he feels he needs to do that, that’s his choice. We should have picked the ball off.”
Injury issues at running back: As if LaPorte’s season couldn’t get any worse at 0-4 (0-2 in the DAC) after a 35-20 loss at Chesterton on Friday, the Slicers had to delve deep on the depth chart at running back after some injuries. Starting RB Charles Salary was already hurt coming into the game, but Drake Sanders was filling in nicely in the first half before suffering an apparent sprained Achilles, according to coach Bob Schellinger.
Salary did play some after Sanders went out, but he was limited.
“He couldn’t cut,” Schellinger said about Salary, who had 23 yards on nine carries. “We’re down to our third tailback, but our kids kept fighting.”
Sanders had 97 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown in the first half against Chesterton before the injury.
Bigger working at getting better: North Newton quarterback Jono Bigger has shown the inconsistencies that can be expected with a sophomore playing the position. In a season-opening win over South Newton, Bigger threw for 376 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Over the past two weeks in losses to Calumet and Wheeler, he’s thrown four touchdowns and nine interceptions.
“To run this offense it takes a certain amount of belief in yourself, an attitude,” said first-year North Newton coach Aaron Sauter. “He needs to get back to that confident level. When you run this kind of offense you have to believe in yourself that you can run the show and believe you can make every play.”
Bigger is the area’s leading passer this season, completing 74 of 151 passes for 1,236 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
“He’s the long-term answer for this program,” Sauter said. “When he’s playing well he’s the complete package. He throws the ball well, runs the ball well and runs the team well, keeping things on pace.”
Bigger rushed for a team-high 117 yards against Wheeler, including a 75-yard touchdown.
Staff writer Steve T. Gorches and correspondents John O’Malley, Dennis Churilla, Ryan Haskell and Brian Peloza contributed