CROWN POINT | What a difference a day makes.
Each of the combatants in Saturday’s fifth meeting all-time between Mishawaka and Crown Point got to see each other for one series before lightning forced a postponement Friday night.
Crown Point had allowed Mishawaka to run the ball for positive yards for 13 consecutive plays and plow into the end zone behind Kylan McCullough, who had 12 of those carries and a 5-yard touchdown.
The Times No. 3 Bulldogs regrouped in a big way and stole the keys to the steamroller on Saturday to rout the visiting Cavemen 30-7 in the game’s conclusion.
Jake Jatis and the high-flying passing attack keyed the victory, and when Mishawaka’s ground game stalled, Crown Point had the game -- and a pair of interceptions -- in hand.
The last time the two teams played was 1991 in the regional round when current C.P. principal Chip Pettit was the Bulldogs’ quarterback. The last time the Bulldogs beat Mishawaka was 1988 in a regional.
From the moment Mishawaka sauntered onto the field and Crown Point anxiously burst onto the turf before kickoff Saturday, the Bulldogs clearly had the Cavemen outpointed on determination.
The sun was out and the air was crisp, as was the Bulldogs’ passing game as Crown Point (2-0) began the night down 7-0 and went into the half up 23-7.
Jatis capped off a 12-play, 51-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run inside the left pylon to start Saturday’s portion of the game.
On his next drive Jatis hit Jacob Kocher for a short swing pass that turned into a 55-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead with 8:43 to go in the first half. With 5:11 to go Jatis hit 6-foot-6 Morgan Kral for a 12-yard touchdown.
Jatis was 13-for-26 passing for 237 yards, including 96 to Kocher, with two touchdowns on top of the rushing score.
Crown Point’s defense was stifling against McCullough and company from the onset Saturday night.
Mishawaka’s nine drives on Saturday were nothing like the one on Friday. Those nine resulted in five turnovers on downs, two punts and two turnovers via interceptions.
The Cavemen (0-2) did not complete a pass to their own player and only had 142 yards rushing, including the 60 they gained on Friday.
Evan Markowitz connected on a 34-yard field goal for the Bulldogs as the first half expired, and the second half’s lone touchdown came on the ground via Tristan Peterson’s 14-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter.
Peterson had 52 yards on 19 carries. The Bulldogs ran for just 66 yards. Petyerson's touchdown came on the first play after another botched fourth down attempt by the Cavemen, putting the game away.
Crown Point's interceptions in the waning moments of the first half, falling into the hands of Billy Bernhardt and then Brendyn McKinnon. The latter came after C.P. failed on a fourth-down play and set up Markowitz's field goal.