Football: Mishawaka rolls on past Lowell
By Mark Bradford Post-Tribune correspondent October 19, 2012 11:38PM
Updated: November 21, 2012 6:14AM
MISHAWAKA — Forget smash-mouth football. This was smash-mud football.
And, unfortunately for Keith Kilmer’s Red Devils, it was Lowell that ended up on the wrong end of a 27-0 loss in Class 4A sectional action Friday night.
“Forget the term slippery field,” Mishawaka coach Bart Curtis said after the game. “That field was a quagmire.”
But it was a quagmire that the Cavemen (7-3) negotiated much better than the Red Devils (5-5). Mishawaka controlled both lines of scrimmage and took away Lowell’s main weapon — its rushing attack. In fact, Kilmer’s squad made it past the 50-yard line only twice, once making it to the Caveman 49 in the second quarter and later in the game when the subs were in.
“They (Mishawaka) came out and punched us in the mouth,” Kilmer said. “They did it last year, too. We could not get a push up front. Their linebackers ran free. We are a one-horse team and we have been all year. We tried to loosen it up there in the end by throwing the ball and that is not our forte and it just got uglier and uglier.”
Mishawaka bottled up junior Lowell back George Fields, holding him to 54 yards on 18 carries. In fact the first two offensive efforts for Lowell were two-and outs, setting the tone for most of the game.
Mishawaka wasn’t able to move the ball easily either, but executed three surprise plays perfectly to provide two scores and set up another. The biggest surprise came on the Cavemen’s first drive, when a fourth- down halfback pass from Matt Carver went to QB Sam Schrader who was wide open for the 26-yard score.
“We have never seen that play on film,” Kilmer said. “But I can tell you this, we were yelling it. We knew Bart (Curtis) wasn’t going to just come out and run the ball down our throat. We knew the trick play was coming and we work on it in practice. They caught us off guard and that is what football is all about.”
Mishawaka scored on its next possession when a “pop” pass from Schrader found receiver Angelo Multari totally alone in the secondary from 29 yards out. That play established a 14-0 Mishawaka edge at the end of the first quarter.
Another trick play led to Mishawaka’s third TD. The Cavemen were lined up for a punt near midfield but Schrader took the snap in front of the punter and gained four yards for a first down. Two plays later, Matt Carver scampered 40 yards for the crusher score with 2:21 to go in the game. The Cavemen added another score in the final quarter.
Caveman quarterback Sam Schrader had a great night. He threw for one score, caught a pass for another, and then ran for a third. He was credited with 156 total yards while teammate Tyler McDaniel led all rushers with 88 yards on 14 carries.
Lowell forced two fumbles and Anthony Lopez and Edward Simmons recovered them.