Football: Portage holds off LaPorte
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent October 12, 2012 11:48PM
Updated: November 14, 2012 3:12PM
PORTAGE — It only seemed fitting that on Senior Night at Portage, the upperclassmen stepped up and had a big game, carrying the Indians to a 24-17 win over LaPorte.
Portage senior running back Rashaan Coleman led the charge, carrying the ball 26 times for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
“We sure don’t seem to make things simple when we play but we played a good team in LaPorte, and overall I am pleased with the performance, especially from our seniors that stepped it up and made some big plays offensively and defensively tonight,” said Portage coach Wally McCormack.
Portage (3-6, 2-5 Duneland) got on the scoreboard first on the solid running of Coleman. Coleman took ball into the end zone from 15 yards out for an early 7-0 lead.
LaPorte (1-8, 1-6) answered back with a solid offensive drive, but Portage defense stiffened and the Slicers settled for a 19-yard field goal from Josh Aaron to cut the Portage lead to 7-3.
After both teams exchanged interceptions, Portage took the ball with just less than two minutes on the clock. The Indians moved downfield with masterful clock management and, with three seconds left on the clock, Gage Pearman found Coleman for a 15-yard pass to extend the Portage lead to 14-3 at the half.
LaPorte fought hard throughout the game, also led by a solid running effort by its running back, Charles Salary. Salary rushed 29 times for 142 and a touchdown for the Slicers.
LaPorte scored on its first possession of the second half on a 7-minute drive and added a touchdown late in the game, but Portage answered with a second-half touchdown and field goal to secure the win.