MUNSTER | Since the 2006 season, the “Battle of the Bridge” has been a one-sided stampede in favor of Munster.
After Monday's 35-14 rout at the hands of Chesterton, Munster had something to prove in Friday's 30-0 Homecoming win over Highland. The Trojans haven't beaten Munster since 2005.
Despite the short week that left Munster unable to do any weightlifting, fatigue didn't seem to be a factor on either side of the ball for the Mustangs.
“It's been a crazy week, because we've had to change our normal routine, what we could get done and how hard we could push them,” Munster coach Leroy Marsh said. “It's a crazy week and I'm glad to get it over with.”
Whether it was Seth Gutwein gashing through the middle of the Trojans' defense or Jeff Proctor using his speed to the outside, Highland had trouble stopping the duo, especially with Munster having good field position on changes of possession all night.
“(Gutwein) was a good workhorse,” Marsh said. “We took him out because we didn't want him beaten and banged up too much.”
Proctor's 47-yard touchdown burst down the right sideline gave Munster a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
“In the huddle, (Joe) Jumonville told me he was going to pitch it quick,” said Proctor, who rushed for 54 yards. “As soon as he pitched it, my line did an amazing job of sealing everyone off. I made one cut in, went to the outside and I was wide open. My line did a great job.”
Gutwein, who ran for 66 yards, broke loose for a 26-yard score with about five minutes left before halftime.
Jumonville also got in on the fun with two first-half quarterback keepers for touchdowns, helping the Mustangs to a commanding 27-0 lead at the break.
Munster (2-1, 1-0 NCC) lost running back Steve Herndon to a left knee injury. He was helped off the field by two teammates in the first quarter.
"I'm sad about losing Steve Herndon," Marsh said. "He's a good little running back."
Matt Holl ran for 105 yards for Highland (2-1, 0-1), one of the Trojans' lone bright spots in a game dominated defensively by Munster.