More on controversial Lowell touchdown: Morton learned a valuable lesson on not leaving the field until the clock expires in its 26-14 loss at Lowell on Friday. The Red Devils scored a touchdown in the waning seconds of the third quarter when the Govs were already on the sidelines for the break.
Was it fair?
“Sometimes you have to ask yourself how important it is to win a football game,” Morton coach Roy Richards said. “I guess (Lowell coach Keith Kilmer) asked himself that, and he got his answer.”
Lowell’s George Fields scored his fourth TD of the game for a 26-7 lead.
“It’s hot and muggy. Our kids are cramping like theirs,” Richards said. “This is high school, so we ran our kids off to get water and they ran out there and ran a 50-yard touchdown.
“Kudos for them for fooling me, but I guess that’s how it goes.”
Kilmer was somewhat apologetic for the trickery.
“When they are as good as they are and can score at any time, the game takes over,” he said. “Nobody feels worse for scoring that way than I do right now, especially to Roy Richards. He’s a class guy, and I feel horrible. You’ve got to take the points.” — Chris Breach
Valpo better than record indicates: Don't be fooled by Valparaiso's 0-2 record. Lake Central and Chesterton may be the Duneland Athletic Conference favorites, but the Vikings will be a factor in the race.
Valpo is the highest-ranked Region team in the Sagarin Ratings at No. 8, primarily due to its strength of schedule. The Vikings had respectable losses against Penn (35-28) and Carmel (21-20), the two programs that faced off for the Class 5A state championship last year.
"I'm going to tell you something right now; I'm darn proud of these kids," first-year Valpo coach Dave Coyle said. "We worked their butts off all last week ... and our learning curve has had to be real quick."
The Vikings are powered by the running attack of seniors Andrew Kittridge (32-150 rushing, 1 TD) and Stephen Simms (24-152 rushing, 2 TD's). Both are threats out of the backfield as receivers, as junior David Hittinger has played well at quarterback, replacing three-year starter Paul Andrie.
But there are two other keys for the Vikings. They had no accepted penalties against Penn — a motion call was declined by the Kingsmen — and had only two penalties for 15 yards against Carmel.
And junior kicker Caleb Dawson is conjuring up memories of Sam Ficken, who is now kicking at Penn State. Dawson made field goals of 48 and 36 yards against Carmel, and has boomed a couple kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
"Caleb has worked his rear end off," Coyle said. "He worked this summer with Todd Van Keppel, who used to coach our kickers for several years. Caleb's confidence level is soaring right now." — Paul Jankowski, Times Correspondent
Keeping an edge: Chesterton's Chris Katsafaros went 11 of 13 for 127 yards and a touchdown against Munster, but Trojans coach John Snyder is looking for his senior quarterback to be sharper.
"We have to get him more mentally prepared game plan-wise," Snyder said. "We had some great drives, some great plays, then some drives when we'd go three and out. We were a little careless the first two drives the first half. We'll look at what we have to do to prepare him just so the motivation is there." — Jim Peters