LAPORTE | Down to his third-string quarterback, Lake Central coach Brett St. Germain threw out the game plan and ran the ball down LaPorte’s throat on Friday night.
Brandon Scott ran for 161 yards and four touchdowns as the Times No. 4 Indians knocked off the Slicers 27-7 at Kiwanis Field.
Scott became the focal point of the offense after Lake Central quarterback Colin Studer exited with a right arm injury after the first play of the game. Studer wasn’t hit on the play, but ran to the sideline in agony.
“A large part of our game plan went out the window, but that doesn’t mean we were going to stop playing,” St. Germain said.
The Indians (4-1, 3-0 DAC) struggled to establish the run in the early stages of the game, but by the time JScott went untouched on a 35-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter, the ground game was running full cylinder. Lake Central finished the night with 188 rushing yards.
“The offensive line did a great job opening up holes that we were able to run through,” Scott said. “Everyone knew what they needed to do on the blocks and the opportunities were there.”
With Scott and the rushing attack tearing up chunks of Kiwanis Field, the Lake Central defense stood tall on the other side of the ball with two sacks and three interceptions, including two from junior Logan Lambert.
“Our game plan is to get to the quarterback, pressure him into making a bad throw, and then be there for the pick,” Lambert said. “The only reason I can make those plays is because of the other guys doing their jobs.”
Studer had shined in Lake Central’s last three games, including last week’s 23-0 win over Crown Point. When the quarterback went to the sidelines, fresh-faced sophomore Ethan Darter took the field for his first varsity action. St. Germain showed confidence in Darter by calling for a pass on the first play and the 6-foot-3 quarterback connected with John Gbur on a 20-yard gain.
“I wanted his first pass to be just a simple throw that he could build off of,” St. Germain said. “I’ve been telling Ethan for the last couple weeks that he’s one play away from getting in the game and tonight he did.”
Once Darter settled into the flow of the game, he established a quick chemistry with Antwan Davis, hitting the junior for seven catches and 75 yards.
“All I was thinking was that I needed to do my part to help the team,” Darter said. “When Colin went out, I knew it was my chance, and my teammates really picked me up,”
Luc McCarty led the Slicers (0-5, 0-3) with five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.