PORTAGE | Seth Gutwein set the tone for Munster on its first offensive play Friday night.
Gutwein, who played quarterback last season, took his opening handoff at running back 65 yards for a score and finished with 121 yards and three touchdowns on five carries in a scrimmage against Portage.
The Mustangs scored eight times in the 37-play scrimmage. The Indians scored three times.
“I’m excited about the possibility of us eventually having a pretty good football team,” Munster coach Leroy Marsh said. “We’re not a very good football team yet, (we have) a long way to go.”
Munster split its quarterbacking duties between Joey Jumonville and Adam Ostoich.
Jumonville, who is playing football for the first time since he was a freshman, completed five passes for 92 yards and three scores.
“This is new to him,” Marsh said. “We’ve been slowly feeding him.”
Ostoich had a 1-yard touchdown run. He completed two passes for 24 yards, and as a wide receiver, he caught three passes for 24 yards and a pair of scores.
Portage quarterback Gage Pearman completed six passes for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Cody Maldonado.
Maldonado hauled in three passes for 53 yards. Both touchdown receptions came on the same fade route, with one covering 5 yards and the other one covering 13.
Pearman and Maldonado were both returning from injuries. Pearman tore his ACL during basketball season and returned to action last week. Maldonado missed all but three games last season due to a back injury.
“It was nice to have those guys be able to run around and move a little bit,” Portage coach Wally McCormack said.
Nathan Cherry totaled 74 yards on the ground for the Indians. He carried all six times on one drive, capping it off with a 2-yard score.
“He did a good job carrying the ball for his first time,” McCormack said.
The Mustangs scored three times in each of the first two segments and twice in the final segment.
Portage scored twice in the first segment and once in the third. The Indians were shut out in 10 plays from the Munster 10-yard line.
“We’ve been coming over here for about 15 years, and I don’t know if we have ever shut out a team from scoring inside the 10,” Marsh said.