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C.P., Andras anxious for a little deja vu in football sectional

2013-10-24T20:45:00Z 2014-07-17T17:30:10Z C.P., Andras anxious for a little deja vu in football sectionalSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
October 24, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

The football fortunes at Crown Point appear to be deja vu all over again. If you put a mirror up to the 2012 season it would reflect closely to the 2013 campaign.

At least that's what the folks in The Hub are hoping for.

A sputtering stretch in the middle of the season is followed by a great month of football heading into the postseason. After losing three straight, C.P. has now won four in a row.

The Bulldogs (6-3) are certainly hoping last fall's scenario pans out again as they travel tonight to Lake Central (7-2) in the Class 6A Sectional 1 opener.

"I think so, but it's not our main focus," senior linebacker Connor Andras said. "Since we've been on this run we want to keep it going. Just like every other team in the postseason."

Last yea, Lake Central beat the Bulldogs 27-7 in the regular season. In the sectional, the 'Dogs beat the injury-depleted Indians 21-14. On Sept. 13, L.C. pounded C.P 23-0.

It was probably the Bulldogs' worst game of the year.

"There is no magic potion," C.P. coach Kevin Enright said. "We're coaching better. We're playing better. We're doing everything better. We just got better at what we do. That's been the difference."

Leading the way has been the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Andras. He tops a very good linebacker core with 78 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Ryan Kelleher has 77 tackles and Brendyn McKinnon 60.

"Connor has had an extremely strong season," Enright said. "He's done everything we've asked of him. He's what you ask from your senior leader."

Enright said that Andras is on everybody's radar. Butler is recruiting him the hardest, but Bowling Green and Carthage College are also showing interest.

Andras works very hard in the weight room. His strength and brain power help him get to the ball Friday nights.

He plans on playing college football and majoring in education and physical therapy. He hopes to coach football one day.

"I'm good with kids, and I connect with people pretty well," Andras said. "I've been playing football since I was 7, and I've loved every minute of it. I want to keep this all going."

Poor field position, turnovers and penalties plagued the Bulldogs the first game against Lake Central. All that must change in order to survive another week.

"We just have to play our game," Andras said. "We didn't do that the first time."

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