Class 5a Sectional 1
MERRILLVILLE | As he has done so many times in his brilliant career, Merrillville quarterback Jake Raspopovich faked a handoff to his halfback and sprinted around the end.
ST. JOHN | Crown Point's adjustments at halftime weren't dramatic or defined.
MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville won the unofficial Duneland Athletic Conference tiebreaker Friday night, dominating Chesterton 45-21 in the Class 5A Sectional 1 semifinals at Demaree Stadium.
MUNSTER | The alarm clock kept ringing. Thank goodness Merrillville woke up just in time to smack the heck out of the snooze bar.
ST. JOHN | When you have enough injured starters out to field a Class A roster and your muddy playing surface is more suited for barnyard critters, every snap is going to be traumatic.
CHESTERTON | A week after an emotional win over Merrillville and a week before a potential post-season rematch with the Pirates, Chesterton had to avoid the potential trap of a playing a Michigan City team it hadn't beaten 55-0 earlier in the season.
CROWN POINT | Old-timers call it the single wing. Youngsters call it the wildcat.
MERRILLVILLE | When Crown Point's Tyler Smith returned an interception 50 yards to tie the sectional championship football game against Merrillville on Friday night, that's when the light switch turned on for the Bulldogs' defense.
CROWN POINT | After his final football game as the Valparaiso head coach ended at Crown Point, Mark Hoffman's emotion went to his seniors, whose careers were also concluding.
CHESTERTON | All Darryl Peppers wanted was another chance.
MERRILLVILLE | Coach Zac Wells has a roster that rivals some armies, sizewise, but the Merrillville coach has just one Paul Carey.
At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, D.J. Schwandt blends into the crowd on the football field.
VALPARAISO | A late third-quarter punt couldn't have landed in a better spot for Valparaiso if coach Mark Hoffman had been guiding the football with a string.
VALPARAISO | Inept offense or standout defense? That was the question Valparaiso and Portage fans pondered throughout most of Friday night's Class 5A Sectional 1 quarterfinal matchup at Viking Field.
MICHIGAN CITY | Chesterton had not won since quarterback Chris Katsafaros went down with an injury, so his return to the staring lineup Friday night meant good things for the Trojans.
MERRILLVILLE | If there was a tie-breaker in the Duneland Athletic Conference, it came Friday in the sectional opener at Demaree Stadium.
MUNSTER | Imagine the Bears losing Jay Cutler to injury and all the ledge jumping by fans.
Unable to change the past, Zac Vardaman is making the most of the present.
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