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Damian Rico, The Times

CROWN POINT — Penn presented a great opportunity for Crown Point in Friday’s scrimmage.

“That’s a program, away from here in the South Bend area, and they’re in our regional. Ultimately, they’re the best in that part of the state,” Bulldogs coach Kevin Enright said. “If we ever want to compete at the state level, which we do, we have to go through Penn. So that’s a great experience for us.”

The returning sectional champion Bulldogs lost to Penn in the regional last season. The Kingsmen lost to Carmel at semistate.

The Bulldogs had varying levels of success in the scrimmage, but seemed to move the ball a little easier in the last of three offensive sessions.

Senior Quarterback Ryan Bolda connected with receivers on slants and other short to intermediate routes several times in the last 15 plays.

“We got to experience the feel of Friday night again,” Bolda said. “We got a good look against something that’s not our defense and we were able to execute our schemes and learn from when we messed up.”

The Kingsmen controlled the line of scrimmage early, both on offense and defense.

Bolda comes into this year as the starter, having worked into the position during his junior campaign. He said he expects having a set starter at quarterback to help with the offense’s chemistry.

“It’s exciting,” Bolda said. “It’s different for sure, getting all the reps and being with the (first) team, unlike last year. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun.”

At least five Crown Point running backs carried the ball Friday. Enright said the competition for that spot may not be quite settled as the Bulldogs prepare for Lowell next week.

“We’re not out here trying to out-scheme anybody. We don’t call plays for down and distance. We’re not interested in punching it in the end zone,” Enright said. “Philosophically, I think Penn and us are on the same page. We just want to get everybody in the game.”

Penn stays in the area for another week, opening its season at Valparaiso.

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