Football: Friday night follow-up notebook
Post-Tribune staff report October 13, 2012 11:42PM
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:50AM
Lake Central coach Brett St. German said on Saturday that David Yancey didn’t suffer a major knee injury in the team’s 35-21 victory over Valparaiso on Friday.
Yancey was helped off the field in the second half against the Vikings after his left knee buckled when he tried to plant in the backfield.
St. Germain called the initial diagnosis a hyper extension. He was supposed to know more Saturday evening after he talked with Yancey, who visited a doctor in the morning.
St. Germain said he doesn’t know if Yancey will be available for the Indians’ game against Portage in the sectional opener on Friday.
He added that he heard on the radio after the game that Yancey was out for the season so that is “what I’m going with.”
Stats lie in Hobart’s win: The strange thing about Hobart’s convincing 50-7 win over Highland on Friday is that Highland actually outgained the Brickies on offense. The Trojans had 268 yards of offense to Hobart’s 215 yards.
The problem is, that doesn’t include Anthony Burgos’ kickoff return for a touchdown of 85 yards and his punt return for a touchdown of 67 yards. It also doesn’t include his 48-yard kick return after a Jarrett Colvin safety or Nicholas Bokun’s 23-yard interception return for a touchdown.
In addition, a blocked punt set up the Brickies deep in Highland territory midway through the first quarter, setting up an 8-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Barras to Elija Walker.
“We put a lot of time into special teams,” Hobart coach Ryan Turley said.
EC stout on defense: East Chicago’s defense posted its second straight shutout and third of the season when it defeated Griffith 35-0 on Friday night. That’s an amazing stat considering the Cardinals have recorded just three shutouts in the past six years.
The biggest reason for the team’s success is its depth. The Cardinals had more than 50 players dress in the the season finale. That’s translated into victories for EC, closing the regular season with an 8-1 mark.
On top of that, the players are willing to do whatever it takes to win games.
Junior Jason Stewart moved from safety to cornerback to contain 1,000-yard rusher/quarterback Austin Brown. It helped the Cardinals allow just 68 yards and no touchdowns to Brown, who played just two quarters.
“I’m normally the strong safety but coach (Stacy Adams) asked me to move to corner to help the team,” Stewart said. “He said it was going to be a big job so I did it.”
Adams said containing Brown was the key to victory.
“Early on, he was getting outside and we realized that our defensive ends weren’t protecting the edge for us,” Adams said. “Austin Brown is one of the best players in the area and for him to get less than 70 yards and not score a touchdown is pretty good. We wanted him to run sideways because we figured our speed would catch up to him.”
Statement drive: In the 20-19 loss to Andrean, Lowell’s offense ran its sixth offensive play of the second half near the 11:00 mark of the fourth quarter. The seventh play didn’t come until the 2:54 mark. That’s because Andrean’s offense drove 54 yards on 15 plays, picking up four first downs — one on fourth down — and consuming nearly two-thirds of the final quarter.
What was the key to that drive?
“Three words: my offensive line,” said Andrean fullback Zack Kogut, who had seven carries and 46 yards on the time-consuming drive. “That was all on them. I just followed.”
— Staff writer Mike Hutton and correspondents Tom Wyatt, Ryan Haskell and Dave Melton contributed