In yet another pounding of a Greater South Shore Conference opponent, Griffith quarterback Fred Winston took down one record while closing in on a second Friday night.
Winston completed 5 of 7 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns in Griffith's 55-12 win over Boone Grove.
The single-game yardage total is believed to be a Panther record, topping the old mark of 249 set by Scott Sherry in 1992. Tack on six more yards next week — just about a lead pipe lock — and Winston will own the school's career passing record as well.
Griffith coach Ben Geffert said 1996 graduate Bo Radtke holds Griffith's all-time passing mark with 2,191 yards. Winston came into the game with 1,908. So after the big win over The Times No. 10 Wolves, Winston's career numbers for yards now sit at 2,186.
“I turned the ball over on a fumble so I could be better, there’s always room to improve,” Winston said. “Everything was clicking tonight. Our line did a good job and our receivers were communicating well, too. Everything was on point.”
Scores from Friday night's prep football action in the Region.
Winston hit Kadafi Coleman on an 88-yard scoring pass on the first drive.
“That was probably our best start to a game all year,” Geffert said. “We’ve had some slow starts recently and haven’t traveled very well but this was one of our better starts. Our guys did a very good job of coming out with more energy and enthusiasm.”
Winston hit Cole Cervantes on a 68-yard scoring pass in the second quarter, then later the QB ran a ball in from 20 yards out.
In a program known for running the ball under coaches like Les Thornton and Russ Radtke, Winston's ability to move the ball through the air is changing "The Bone Yard" into "The Thrown Yard" in the blue-collar town.
“I told (Winston) before the game that this was the game that he’s gotta light it up and he obviously came in here and did that,” Geffert said. “It was a great job by his receivers making plays too.”
Region, what was the biggest upset?
I love to Tweet. I would rather do that than talk to an old friend over coffee, watch a sunset while reading poetry or take a breath and pet my dog, Cody.
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But there is, for sure, a time to use Twitter.
Which game was the bigger upset Friday night?— nwipreps (@nwipreps) September 23, 2017
I would love for Region football fans to send me a Tweet (@SteveHanlon3) and tell me which upset on Friday night was bigger. I'd like to know if you think Crown Point's 21-6 win over Times No. 1 Valparaiso was bigger than Clark's 28-21 win over E.C. Central.
Certainly the Bulldogs' win was the biggest on the largest stage in the Region. But the job Nick Testa's Pioneers did might've been bigger on Indiana's football stage.
Clark was tied for the third longest losing streak in the state at 27 games before beating the Cardinals. E.C. had pounded them by a combined score of 114-8 over the last two seasons.
So don't spend time with family or friends, send me a Tweet and tell me which win was the biggest upset in your opinion.
Don't tell C.P. coach Kevin Enright what the biggest upset of the night was. He doesn't want to hear it.
After a tough 27-10 loss at Portage last week, his Bulldogs turned the lights on at The Square with an unbelievable win over Class 6A No. 3 Valpo.
In 16 seconds, C.P. stole away the Vikings' hope for an undefeated season and unblemished Duneland Athletic Conference championship.
Tyler Gomez scored on a 71-yard scoring run, then Sam Krutz had a 50-yard Pick 6 to cement the massive upset.
And Crown Point earned a trophy for the Battle of the County Seat, snapping a two-game losing streak to the Vikings.
“We came into this game playing with a chip on our shoulder,” Krutz said. “We made big plays on both sides of the ball tonight.”
Valpo's first- and second-string quarterbacks — Jake Leffew and Reece Crossin — were on the sidelines in street clothes.
“(Injuries are) part of the game,” Valpo coach Dave Coyle said. “A smart man once said that ‘only babies get their way.’ We’ll get back to work on Monday. It’s only one game and we’ll get back to it next week.”
Coyle gets Saturday Morning QB's Quote of the Night for that.
What else is he going to say?
Nice change coach Cain
Whiting coach Jeff Cain had Tom Davenport at quarterback in Week 2 when his Oilers lost to Griffith 48-9 in Week 2. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound manchild doesn't fit into the stereotype of a high school quarterback. Not at all.
He looks more like a left tackle, or fullback.
In Friday night's 40-26 win at Hanover Central, Davenport was back in the backfield with Nino Barbosa taking most of the snaps behind center.
Davenport finished with 140 yards and four touchdowns, while Barbosa had 180 yards and two scores in a win that avenged last year's 19-0 loss to the Wildcats.
"We thought about it in the weight room, all summer and all of this season," said Davenport. "We were angry all night about it."
Two of the Region's top traditional programs, Merrillville and Lake Central, are hurting in a big way after Friday night's action.
LaPorte's 42-20 win over Merrillville dropped the Pirates to 1-5, the first time since 1987 that the Bucs had such a record this late into the season. And Lake Central's 56-14 home loss to Michigan City was the Indians' fifth straight loss. L.C. has been outscored 197-35 over their last four games.
Who would've thunk it?
A slew of injuries have hurt a very young team in St. John.
"They can't handle it any better than they've handled it," Lake Central coach Tony Bartolomeo said.
Michigan City quarterback Michael McCullough threw for 326 yards and six touchdowns against an out-gunned Lake Central.
Merrillville quarterback Cameron Wright left the game against the Slicers with an injury. Merrillville linebacker Dontrell Pope also left the game in the second half.
Back on top
Lowell picked up its second shutout of the season and lowered its points against average to 6.5 a game in Friday night's 27-0 win over Highland.
“We scored 27 points, they put eight in the box and we found a way to move the ball,” Lowell coach Keith Kilmer said. “For us it’s mistakes. We can’t be first and 20. We can’t be holding, and we can’t have the 5-yard penalty.
“On offense we have to take what they’re giving us. It’s not Red Devil football, I get it, but we’re happy. … It’s a little strange not to see a 150-yard rusher, but I’ll take 6-0 and a 27-0 win.”
Lowell held Highland to just 92 yards of total offense.
Steve has won awards during two different stints at The Times. In addition to being the Prep Beat columnist, he covers football, boys basketball and boys track. He is a long-suffering Cubs fan.