Munster runs past Michigan City
By DAVE MELTON Post-Tribune correspondent November 1, 2013 11:10PM
Munster's Jeffrey Proctor stares down Michigan City's Malik Brooks Friday, November 1, 2013 during sectional action at Michigan City. | Michael Gard/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 3, 2013 6:12AM
MICHIGAN CITY — A commitment to the ground game in the second quarter has Munster in its first sectional championship game since 1996 after the Mustangs defeated Michigan City 21-13 at Ames Field.
“We committed to the run and to keeping the clock running,” said Munster head coach Leroy Marsh, who watched his team run for 285 total yards. “If we have depth on our team, it’s at running back.”
Jeffery Proctor (128 yards) and Dom Lucito (97 yards) shouldered most of the load for Munster, with each back scoring in the second quarter. The Mustangs racked up 137 yards on those two scoring drives, with 130 coming on the ground.
“Our seniors just didn’t want this season to end. They got us all pumped up,” said Proctor. “Our line did a great job of opening up the holes, too.”
After the second Munster score, Michigan City got on the board when Anthony Lemon scored on a 43-yard catch-and-run to make the score 14-6 in favor of Munster at halftime. Lemon was the main catalyst for the Wolves’ offense, registering 117 total yards in the first half.
“He’s been doing stuff like that the whole season,” Michigan City head coach Michael Karpinski said of Lemon. “Tonight, he was a little bit extra.”
On Munster’s second drive of the second half, the success of the ground game was key on a fourth-and-4, play-action pass from Joe Jumonville to Zack Pickett that went for a 36-yard touchdown to give Munster a 21-6 lead.
“We’d been running the same play to the outside, so I faked like I was going to crack back and then I just ran straight up the field,” Pickett said of his only catch of the game. “Joe threw me a perfect ball.”
Just as it did last week against Crown Point, Michigan City rallied in the fourth quarter. Starting just 36 yards after a Munster penalty, the Wolves moved to the 1-yard line in five plays. Lemon then fumbled on a QB sneak, but Logan Kaletha was there to recover for a Wolves’ touchdown.
Later in the final quarter, Michigan City’s offense took over at its own 20-yard with 4:22 remaining, needing eight points to force overtime. But the Wolves were unable to gain a first down, and punted the ball back to Munster.