On Campus: Lowell’s Joe Bell scores for unbeaten Indy
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent September 16, 2013 6:58PM
Updated: October 18, 2013 6:28AM
Indianapolis cleared a major hurdle toward an unbeaten season with an unexpected rout of perennial power St. Xavier of Chicago.
Senior tight end Joe Bell (Lowell) caught two passes and scored on a 10-yard play in the 50-21 blowout. He is a transfer from Holy Cross, where he toiled in the defensive line.
St. Xavier’s Joe Gill (Munster) completed 7-of-12 passes, but was picked off twice.
University of Chicago is off to a 2-0 start with contributions from Greg Thome (Valparaiso). The sophomore back raced 20 yards with a blocked punt to give the Maroons a 23-6 lead at the half against Concordia. Thome is credited with seven tackles in two games.
Ball State’s Kyle Schmidt (Chesterton) could be one of the best kickers in the Mid-American Conference. His average for eight punts is 43.1 yards. He also kicks off for the Cardinals.
Wabash running back Mason Zurek (St. John/Andrean) gained 36 yards in eight carries during a 69-0 romp over hapless Hanover. Veteran receiver James Kraus (North Judson) added three catches for 26 yards. The Little Giants picked off five passes, one by Peter Fouts (Chesterton), who returned the interception 22 yards.
Western Michigan tight end Clark Mussman (Ogden Dunes/Portage) caught a career-high five passes in a 38-13 loss at Northwestern. He now has 10 receptions in three games.
Valparaiso’s Kent Warren spent most of the game on crutches after injuring his left knee on a pass play in the first series against William Jewell. The tight end’s status is uncertain.
Tailback Jake Hutson sat out the entire second half with a shoulder injury, but it’s purely precautionary, according to coach Dale Carlson, giving the sophomore an extra (bye) week to recover.
The Crusaders, who remain winless despite 65 points in the last two games, open Pioneer League play against Campbell on Sept. 27.
Coming into last weekend, the Crusaders were already down one lineman. Offensive tackle Bill Bodzianowski has played his last college game. The fifth-year senior suffered a torn ACL at St. Joseph’s.
Manchester senior Jacob Meyer (Highland) has figured in three tackles in two games.
IUPUI’s Rachel Zajac (St. John/Lake Central) has been named the Summit Conference runner of the week for the second time. The senior tri-captain led the Jaguars to their first team title since 2000 with a winning 6K time of 22:26.3 at the IPFW Invitational. Zajac was the team MVP in her junior year.
Former Valparaiso star Ivan Vujic has returned to DePaul after five years as assistant coach at Northwestern. He will serve as director of basketball operations. Vujic averaged 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in his senior season at VU, which made two NCAA appearances during his playing career in 1999 and 2000.