Fowlers lead Calumet past North Newton
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent September 6, 2013 11:30PM
GARY — Noah and Kobe Fowler accounted for 297 rushing yards, five touchdowns and two two-point conversions as Calumet turned nine North Newton turnovers into a 42-35 victory Friday.
Noah had 217 yards on 22 carries and two touchdown runs and Kobe chipped in with 80 yards on 14 carries, three touchdowns and both two-point conversions.
A Brennen Stricklin-to-Bryce Carden touchdown with 10 seconds left for North Newton made things interesting.
“I am really proud of this team,” Calumet coach Ivan Zimmer said. “We have some things to clean up but teams in the past here would have folded when we got down in the first quarter. But these kids kept their heads up and I can’t say enough about Kobe, Nick and Noah Fowler. They are great kids and last week Noah won our silver hammer award and he is only going to get better.”
After two consecutive Spartans turnovers, Kobe Fowler cracked the end zone from 3 yards out, the try for two failed and the Warriors led 6-0. The Spartans then struck quickly to take the lead as Stricklin hooked up with Schuyler Gargano from 65 yards away and then Gargano returned a Warriors punt 70 yards for a score. Mike Schoon was good on both kicks to give the Spartans a 14-6 lead with 1:58 left in the first.
The Warriors then rattled off 21 straight points. Noah Fowler had a 72-yard run followed up by two Kobe Fowler runs of 4 and 5 yards.
Stricklin hooked up with Brady Decker with 1:03 left in the half to pull the Spartan within seven at 28-21.
The Spartans turned the ball over six times in the first half.
The Warriors came out in the third quarter and built on their lead as Noah Fowler scored his second of the night from 3 yards out and Kurt Davia turned Stricklin’s fourth interception of the night into a 68-yard touchdown return, followed up by Kyle Hubbard’s run for two to give Calumet a 42-21 lead.
The Spartans made it interesting as Casey Schultz picked up a lateral and ran it in from 76 yards away. Schoon’s fourth PAT of the night made in 42-28 with 2:01 left but the ensuing on side kick sailed out of bounds.