Football: Hobart crumbles in loss to Mishawaka
By Tom Wyatt Post-Tribune correspondent October 26, 2012 11:32PM
Mishawaka's Sam Schrader breaks away from Hobart's Elijah Walker running 61 yards into the endzone in the 4th at Hobart High School on Friday October 26, 2012. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 28, 2012 6:12AM
HOBART — Hobart football might be on its way back. But that return ran into a roadblock named Sam Schrader on Friday night.
Schrader, the standout Mishawaka senior quarterback, ran for 271 yards and four touchdowns, as the Cavemen rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit for a 49-28 victory over the Brickies in a Class 4A Sectional 10 semifinal at the Brickyard.
“That’s a nice player,” Hobart coach Ryan Turley said of Schrader, a master engineer of the Cavemen option attack. “He’s just a difference-maker. A heck of an athlete.”
After Hobart built a 21-12 halftime lead, thanks to flawless play offensively and a key stop of the Cavemen late in the second quarter, Schrader took over in the second half. After Mishawaka successfully executed a fake punt early in the third quarter, Schrader took the next play 47 yards for a touchdown to pull the Cavemen to within 21-19.
It proved to be a huge momentum shift. Hobart (8-3) sputtered on its next drive, and Schrader made the Brickies pay, this time with a 38-yard TD run on the first play of Mishawaka’s ensuing drive. Suddenly, the Cavemen were in command 27-21.
Mishawka (8-3) appeared to add a dagger at the 8:36 mark of the fourth quarter, going up 35-21. But Hobart responded with a 63-yard drive in just over a minute, capped by Drey Devereaux’s 11-yard TD run.
The Brickies then got the ball back on an onside kick and were driving for the tie with under seven minutes to play when they came up short on a fourth-and-2 play, turning the ball — and the game — over on downs. Two plays later, Schrader rattled off a 61-yard TD run.
“It just wasn’t the ending we were looking for,” Turley said. “I’m proud of this group. They’ve done everything we asked all year.
“They changed the style of play here. Hobart’s back to hard-hitting Brickie football. And that’s what we’ve been looking for for years.”
Alex Metz rushed for 95 yards for Hobart, and teammate Ian Drobac carried for 71 and two touchdowns, including a 52-yarder on the third play of the game.