Football: Calumet can’t keep up with St. Joseph
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent October 26, 2012 11:32PM
Updated: November 28, 2012 6:12AM
GARY — Although many assumed Calumet would be easily beaten by South Bend St. Joseph, the Warriors battled but could not overcome the stronger team as St. Joe advanced to the sectional final with a 35-0 win over host Calumet.
“I am really proud of our team. They have improved over the last four weeks and pulled the shock of the state last week beating Gavit and we knew our kids would come out and play hard and that is what they did,” Calumet coach Ivan Zimmer said. “My hat goes off to St. Joe. They are a very good team, but our kids played very well and fought through fatigue and injury showing their heart and commitment for which I am very proud.”
St. Joseph came to Calumet the heavy favorite, as a team that has experienced success over the past two years as state runners-up.
Knowing that, Calumet came in looking to hit the ground running, led by quarterback James Adams. Adams had 96 yards on 31 carries before suffering an injury late in the game.
Calumet mounted solid offensive drives in the first quarter before stalling.
St. Joseph capitalized on the stalls by scoring once on a quarterback run and then on pass plays of 73 and 61 yards.
St. Joseph (7-4) scored in all four quarters.
Calumet (1-10) finishes the season optimistic about the future, having only one senior on the team.
“We are excited about the future of Calumet football because we only lose one senior and the rest of the team is underclassmen that are already talking about working hard to improve next year. And I look forward to next year,” Zimmer said.