The Crown Point Bulldogs (1-1) came into Highland (0-2) with both teams needing a win. Winning in an opponent’s stadium is very hard but through the offensive struggles Crown Point won 14-10.
Both defenses played with fire and emotion; both offenses struggled with getting first downs, penalties and turnovers. The first quarter was tight, but Highland got on the board first with a 20 yard touchdown pass to senior Trent Slaven to lead 7-0. The Bulldogs answered with a rushing touchdown of their own but missed the PAT. Highland then went three and out and punted to Crown Point.
Sophomore Will Petit threw a long touchdown pass and a two point conversion to give the Dogs a touchdown lead. However, both the Trojans and Bulldogs struggled to do anything offensively the rest of the second and third quarters. Penalties killed both teams putting them in bad field position. At halftime, Crown Point led 14-7. The fourth quarter was the most intense.
Highland, and their fan-base weren’t going down without a fight. A huge sack by Crown Point got Highland out of the red zone and caused them to kick a field goal. Highland had one more shot down the stretch but didn’t convert on fourth down leading to a Dogs to a victory. Highland had 2 fumbles, 1 lost. Crown Point had 2 fumbles, 1 lost and an interception.
“It was an exciting game, and it was better than last week’s game,” junior Ava Dzurovick said.
Dzurovick said she thinks this game is a step in the right direction for CP. She also added, that she wanted more support for the Dogs in their away games to excite the players.
Junior Abby Jankowski thought the offensive struggles were because of poor play calling and said that’s something CP needs to work on. She also wished for more fan support of the Bulldogs in their away games.
Crown Point will go on to play division-foe Merrillville. And for the Trojans will look to get their first win versus Clark.