Summary: Michigan City couldn't overcome big plays on defense, yielding touchdown passes of 34, 53 and 55 yards and a running score of 85 yards, and fell short in its season finale, 28-21, at Crown Point on Friday. "Unbelievable," Michigan City coach Phil Mason said. "I thought we played well except for a few instances on both sides of the ball. You look at their plays, the way they made plays, we just came up on the short end on the big plays."
Turning point: Crown Point's Will Pettit hit Tysen Kazy in stride over the middle and Kazy broke a tackle on his way to a 53-yard scoring reception late in the fourth quarter. The ensuing Wolves drive was ended by a Treston Logan interception.
Key Stat: Pettit completed just four of 15 passes with pickoffs by Kejuan Rufus and Brian Walker, but accumulated 175 yards and three touchdowns on those connections. "I think them playing man-to-man, getting one-on-one was an advantage for us," C.P.'s David O'Toole said. "That's our bread and butter. It's what we do every day in practice."
Michigan City offensive player of the game: Gio Laurent completed 23 of 38 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns with Kaydarious Jones catching eight balls for 176 yards and Demetrius Garrett adding eight for 89.
"I really liked what we did offensively," Mason said. "We changed things up. We've got to unleash our kids. We have kids who can make some good plays when we get them in space. It was a good game plan, I thought was executed well for the most part. I've been protecting the quarterback for a long time. It was just time to say, go ahead and throw it around. (Laurent)'s played most of the season. Now he's technically a junior. Every ball he threw was good, except for the last one. It just got away."
Michigan City defensive player of the game: Michael Bradford had a sack and a tackle for loss, while Nate Ware had a tackle for loss and fumble recovery. The Wolves yielded just seven first downs, four of them coming on CP's touchdowns. The Bulldogs (5-4, 4-3 Duneland Conference) managed only 77 yards outside of the scoring plays.
Odds and ends: City's defensive night was epitomized by a fourth-and-20 jump ball that was tipped at the goal line into the waiting hands of O'Toole, who lunged in for the touchdown."Tysen and I were solo on each side. It was a deep ball in the middle of the field, just see who can go get it," O'Toole said. "I looked over, I saw about five dudes in the middle, I see the ball bounce off a bunch of hands and I just grabbed it. Right place, right time, good things happen."
Quotable: "I think we're going to feel good about the fact the offense was pretty explosive. We moved the ball up and down the field." -- Mason
What's next: Nov. 1 vs. La Porte. The Wolves (4-5, 3-4) are off Friday as Class 5A and 6A doesn't open the postseason until next week. "Who knows? I've been beaten, upset before," Mason said. "Hopefully I can upset somebody this time."