Football: Adam Ostoich, Zack Pickett pump Munster past Portage
By Dennis Churilla For Sun-Times Media August 15, 2014 11:24PM
Updated: September 17, 2014 6:15AM
MUNSTER — Last year, Munster coach Leroy Marsh had high hopes for his team, with Seth Gutwein and Adam Ostoich at the core of those expectations.
Although early season injuries to both Ostoich and Gutwein tempered those expectations, the Mustangs still finished with a respectable 7-4 record before losing to Mishawaka in the sectional final.
Now seniors, Ostoich and Gutwein are back in full health. Add fellow senior Dominic Lucito and junior Jeff Proctor into the mix, after both filled in capably last season, and Munster has an embarrassment of riches in the backfield.
“We accomplished what we wanted tonight,” Marsh said. “We played a lot of kids and found a few missing pieces of the puzzle. Our strength is that we have a lot of good skill position players, but we still have lots of work to do up front.”
In Friday night’s scrimmage with Portage, it was Lucito who saw the bulk of the carries with the first-stringers. The 5-7, 155-pound tailback logged six carries for 23 yards. Ostoich started at quarterback and went 6-of-8 passing for 69 yards. Three of those completions went for touchdowns to Zack Pickett.
“Ostoich and Pickett worked hard together this summer and they’re both pretty talented,” Marsh said. “We need them to click like that this year. We still need a lot of mental preparation. We have to clean up the mental errors before we’ll be ready to take on Lake Central next week.”
Portage has more than 100 players on this year’s roster. And coach Wally McCormack used just about every one of those players against Munster.
“When you play 21 different defensive linemen and 20 different defensive backs, you’re going to have guys line up in the wrong spots and make mistakes,” McCormack said. “But we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to state their case why they should be playing next week.”
Quarterback Ian Collier connected for two touchdown passes as he and fellow quarterback Ahmad Harris continued their battle for the starting nod next week. The Indians passed more than they ran, but that might not be the season standard.
“With our previous quarterback graduated, we had to come out and throw the ball to see what the guys could do under the lights,” McCormack said. “I’m not too happy that we couldn’t score on three tries from the one-yard line, though.”