PORTAGE | Twice after the Portage offense put points on the board against Crown Point, Lorenzo Wells made sure the Portage defense got on the scoreboard as well.
Wells returned two interceptions for touchdowns in Portage’s 31-3 Duneland win over the Times No. 9 Bulldogs on Friday.
Both of Wells’ interceptions, which were the first two of his varsity career, came on Crown Point’s first offensive play following a Portage score.
He took his first interception 39 yards for a score to give the Indians (2-3, 1-2 DAC) a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter.
“Anytime that you can push it to a two-score game, it’s huge,” Portage coach Wally McCormack said.
Wells’ second pick-six came in the fourth quarter and sealed the win for Portage. He stepped in front of the Crown Point receiver and went 68 yards for a touchdown.
“Our D-line kept getting pressure and they just opened up the plays for me,” Wells said.
The power went out at the 4:02 mark of the second quarter with the game in a scoreless tie. It took 15 minutes to get the lights back on.
“We’ve been on the road for a month, and we just looked at each other and laughed,” McCormack said. “What are you going to do?”
The Indians came out inspired once the power was restored. Three plays after the resumption, Gage Pearman found Cody Maldonado for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Maldonado came in motion and ran a wheel route to get open, and caught the pass in the end zone to put Portage in front.
“One of their guys jumped the route in the flat a couple of times, and we talked on the previous series about hitting them with the wheel,” McCormack said. “Gage made a good throw and Cody made a good catch and we were able to score.”
Maldonado finished with seven catches for 100 yards. Pearman completed 12 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including one to Cameron Vaughn in the fourth quarter.
Before the power went out, the teams had combined for nine punts, eight first downs and a missed field goal.
Tristian Peterson rushed for 86 yards to lead the Bulldogs (2-3, 0-3 DAC).