After being moved to running back for most of the season, Lake Central’s David Yancey returned to his quarterback position that he played most of his junior year.
He was his usual self through three-and-a-half quarters Friday night in the Indians’ 35-21 victory over Valparaiso. The Purdue recruit had 171 yards rushing and three TDs – including his 20th of the season.
Then he was tackled awkwardly on a 25-yard run with 5:31 left in the third quarter.
He was assisted to the bench, and carted off afterwards with what was diagnosed as a left knee injury. His future – or even availability for Friday’s sectional opener against Portage – is still up in the air.
While Yancey sat on the bench with an ice wrap and plenty of family supporters surrounding him, Valpo players came over in a long line to shake his hand and give support.
“How classy a move that is,” L.C. coach Brett St. Germain said. “That’s a pretty awesome thing to do, going over to see David.”
Stepping up: Lost in Boone Grove’s 34-28 loss on Friday at South Newton was the play of senior Tom Burton. The Wolves' wide receiver/defensive back returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter that put the Wolves up 21-19.
Later, Burton intercepted an Austin Drinski pass in the fourth quarter that gave the ball to Boone at the South Newton 33-yard line.
“Tommy has stepped up and done a great job, and all of the kids have been put in positions where they weren’t playing, Evan Stewart, a freshman, stepped in at running back and did an excellent job,” Boone coach Tony Tinkel said. “They all just do what they have to do.”
Taylor reaches milestone for Bowman: James Taylor rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns in Bowman Academy's 42-12 loss to Broad Ripple on Saturday.
With the effort, Taylor became the program's second 1,000-yard rusher with 1,070 yards this season. DyLon Collins rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2010.
Gotta go to Joe: Chesterton coach John Snyder made good on a promise from the week before to get Joe Troop the ball more, though he concedes it's sometimes easier said than done when opposing defenses are calling out No. 47.
"Unless you're an I (formation) team like Lowell, it's really hard to get guys the ball a lot," Snyder said. "You've got to have complimentary players, people who can free up your big guy. We had kids step up and make big plays, Chris (Katsafaros) read the option well and perimeter blocking was very solid."
Katsafaros carried the ball 21 times with Troop getting 15 touches, 12 runs and three receptions, that accounted for 232 yards.
"We were able to get out to the corners and safeties," Katsafaros said. "Sometimes, they took Joe. Sometimes, they took me. One way or the other, we were going to break it."