Hammond wins wild one with big second half
By Josh Lichtenfeld Post-Tribune correspondent August 31, 2012 11:52PM
Updated: October 2, 2012 6:13AM
HAMMOND — There was a slight haze covering the full moon that lingered over Hammond High School on Friday night. A full moon that was indicative of a wild outing between the host Wildcats and Bowman.
It was a contest that remained close for a half, thanks to penalties and a variety of momentum shifts. At times the officials didn’t signal scores or other calls. But after Hammond took a small nine-point lead into the intermission, the Wildcats came out firing in the second half and routed the Eagles, 48-18.
For the most part Eagles and standout QB Antonio Pipkin dominated, finishing with 505 yards of total offense to Hammond’s total of 443. But things began to unravel for Bowman 7 minutes, 53 seconds into the second quarter, when Pipkin’s (247 yards passing and a passing TD) 32-yard strike to Jalen Knight was fumbled out of bounds in the end zone. The possible score on the opening possession of the quarter could’ve tied the score at 7-7.
And seemingly each time the Eagles slipped, including a fumble in the red zone in the fourth, Hammond (2-1) kept revving up. For example after that miscue in the second for Bowman, the Wildcats completed a seven-play, 79-yard drive with a 1-yard keeper by QB Eric Schreiber. And 15 seconds after Bowman reached the board on James Taylor’s (158 yards rushing) 15-yard run at 2:35, Jesse Woods-Curtis (114 yards rushing) surged away for a 63-yard TD rush to put the game away.
The Eagles scored once after the half, but 70 yards of penalties in the third stole a chunk of their momentum.
Schreiber finished with 199 passing yards, including a 73-yard TD. Pipkin had 57 yards rushing for Bowman (2-1).