MICHIGAN CITY | Give Leroy Marsh an extra week to prepare for a game and he’ll make it count.
The Munster coach spent plenty of time in the film room over the last two weeks and the Mustangs displayed the final result on Friday night in a methodical 21-13 win over Michigan City in the sectional opener for both teams.
Jeffrey Proctor ran for 121 yards and a touchdown while David Osborne corralled two interceptions, including a game-clinching pick late in the fourth quarter.
“We had 14 days to look at tape,” Marsh said. “We saw some things that we thought we could take advantage of.”
The Mustangs turned the tide of the game while showing the benefits of the extra film work midway through the third quarter. Facing a fourth-and-four at the Michigan City 36-yard line, Munster quarterback Joe Jumonville faked a handoff and hit Zack Pickett for a touchdown after the junior receiver got behind the City defense.
“I just knew that I was supposed to run deep and try to make something happen,” Pickett said. “The ball was slick and I just held on. You don’t want to be the one dropping a ball in a game that is as big as this one.”
It’s not as if the extra film study didn’t help Michigan City either. Coach Michael Karpinski knew what was coming on the play; Jumonville just outthrew the coverage. It was Pickett’s only catch of the game as the Wolves (2-8) did a good job shutting down the prolific receiver.
“We were looking at a play action pass,” Karpinski said. “(Giving up the completion) is going to happen sometimes. Obviously you don’t want it to happen in that situation. We were preaching it and preaching it.”
With a two-score lead intact, the Mustangs (7-3) went back to pounding the football through the middle of the field. Proctor and Dom Lucito combined for 218 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
The game took a turn for the surreal late in the fourth quarter as Michigan City quarterback Ryan Washington had his helmet ripped off his head while playing defense. Washington was called for a personal foul and he stormed off the field and went directly to the locker room. The Wolves then recovered a fumble when Munster could’ve elected to take a knee and run out the clock. With Washington in the locker room, Anthony Lemon attempted to drive the Wolves 94 yards in 27 seconds. The senior quarterback threw a deep ball down the field that was tipped in the air before it fell into Osborne’s arms.
“Ryan had a very frustrating day and he reacted to that,” Karpinski said. “I’ve heard one side of it, but he had his helmet pushed up and off his head and then he chose to retaliate to some things those guys were saying. We tell the guys that Michigan City has a reputation, but we’ve got a lot of good character kids on this team and Ryan is one of them. He was very frustrated today.”