CROWN POINT | Football is won in the trenches, they say.
Crown Point's 31-0 victory over Duneland Athletic Conference rival LaPorte could be the first piece of evidence to support that theory.
"We were able to run the football and that's what we wanted to do, control the clock," coach Kevin Enright said. "The guys up front are starting to play a little bit better and get a little consistency."
Crown Point (3-3, 1-3 DAC) needed only six plays and 2:32 seconds to get on the board with the opening possession. Jake Jatis scored on a 5-yard keeper, but the big play was a 54-yard screen pass to Jacob Kocher.
Tristan Peterson took the first play of the next Bulldogs possession 57 yards for another touchdown and it was 14-0 less than four minutes into the game.
"They just overpowered us right off the bat, both offensively and defensively," Slicers coach Bob Schellinger said. "We didn't stop them very well and you can't do that against good teams and you can't do that and win in conference."
The rest of Crown Point's drives in the first half ended with an Evan Markowitz 35-yard field goal, a 9-yard Wes Honaker touchdown run and a 15-yard Peterson scoring run.
Peterson finished with exactly 100 yards on 13 carries despite not playing in the second half.
"When you can run the football, you've got an opportunity to throw it because they can't tee off and you can make sure they have to play both (the run and the pass)," Enright said. "Any time that you do that, I think you have a chance."
The Slicers (0-6, 0-4) were without quarterback Eric Mazany, who suffered a leg injury against Merrillville. Current wide receiver and former quarterback Mike Ash stepped under center and was one of the few bright spots for LaPorte. Ash had four runs of 10 yards or more.
"He was put in a tough situation because he hasn't played quarterback for us all season and I thought he ran the ball pretty well. I thought he played hard," Schellinger said. "He's a senior and I thought he showed great leadership."
The Colts named Schellinger their high school coach of the week and the family of LaPorte linebacker Jake West, who died in practice last week, will be honored at halftime Sunday in Indianapolis.
"I think what the Colts did is sent a message that coaching is a little more than winning and losing. In a time of a tragedy, I think the Colts stepped up to the plate," Schellinger said. "With what they're doing for that family — and it's not about me — the Colts stepped up to the plate and hit a home run."