MERRILLVILLE — Andrean was undoubtedly disappointed and even mad about last week's 13-10 overtime loss to Hobart.
But Andrean righted the ship, as the defense was on display again, forcing three first half turnovers in the Times No. 7 Niners' 34-0 Northwest Crossroads Conference win over Munster.
With 9:40 left in the first quarter, Andrean senior linebacker Nick Schutkovske recovered a fumble on Munster senior quarterback Vince Bravo's snap.
After a 3-and-out on the next Munster possession, Andrean junior defensive back Zach Kammer intercepted Bravo and took it back 50 yards untouched for the score put the Niners up 6-0.
At the end of the first quarter, Munster (2-4, 1-1) drove all the way to the Niners' 10, but that's where Mustangs senior running back Reheem Butler fumbled, as senior defensive back Jacob Tuttle came up with the recovery for Andrean.
The host Niners (4-2, 1-1) got their first offensive TD with 9:09 left in the first half after junior wide receiver Tyler Thomas took a reverse 50 yards for the score.
"We practiced hard all week because last week didn't sit right with us," said Thomas, who also had 24 receiving yards. "This win means a lot. Trying for no more losses and to get a conference title."
After another Munster three-and-out, Andrean seemed to get back on track offensively with a 14-play drive capped by a Teely Rhyne 1-yard plunge to make it 20-0 at the half.
The only score of the third quarter came at the 7:19 mark on a Zack Merrill 20-yard TD pass to Nick Flesher.
"These guys have been working hard all season," Andrean coach Chris Skinner said. "We still need to correct some things offensively, but it was good for us to sustain a couple drives and that's what we need to do offensively — sustain drives."
Schutkovske added Andrean's final score of the night on a 55-yard pick-six of his own.
"We didn't have the opportunity to have a breakout game defensively, but we were working towards it," Schutkovske said. "We were able to read things better and this week we ramped it up it practice because last week didn't settle well with us."
Munster, who was held to 156 total yards, got 67 rushing yards from senior RB Dylan Bullock and 58 rushing yards from Butler.
"We have a great defense and I'd say last week's loss was just some extra motivation for us," Skinner said.