LAKEVILLE, IN. – Its a football night in Lakeville!
This time it’s Triton-LaVille round #2 for an IHSAA Class 1A, Sectional #41 football championship.
Kick-off is schedule for 7 pm. Gates open at 6 pm at Lancer Field in Lakeville, IN. The game can be heard on WRSW (107.3FM)
The Lancers last football title came in 2003, while the Trojans last trophy came in 2008.
“We are excited for the opportunity to play on our home field for the sectional championship,” said fifth-year LaVille coach Will Hostrawser. “Our kids have put in a lot to time and effort to get to this point. I am excited to watch them execute our game plan tonight.”
Being members of the Hoosier North Athletic Conference, Triton and LaVille met in week #2 of the regular season. The regular season game was originally schedule to be played at Lancer Field, but was changed due to field upgrades on the LaVille campus.
Triton won that regular season meeting, 22-14, as Delano Shumpert caught three touchdown passes from James Snyder. Shumpert finished with three catches for 78 yards and three scores. Drew Stichter caught a pair of passes for 23 yards. Snyder was Triton’s leading rusher with 61 yards on 13 carries. Max Slusser ran in a 2-point conversion to complete the Trojan scoring.
LaVille’s Kolby Watts, meanwhile, rushed the ball 18 times for 100 yards, including a 30-yard TD romp that tied the game at 14-14 in the second quarter. Watts also added a 90-yard kickoff return for a score in the first period.
That was then . . . this is now.
“I know we have had some disappointments the last two years but being able to get back to the championship game is the first step in achieving our goal to win a sectional,” said captain Jacob Good.
Just a week ago, in the sectional semifinal, LaVille had to overcome a 16-point deficit to beat Culver Community, 19-16.
Braxton Sauer scored on a 3-yard run and pushed forward for a 2-point conversion, then tosses a 64-yard TD pass to Jimmy Fischer to narrow the gap to 16-14 late in the fourth quarter. Sauer then found Jacob Good for another successful 2-point try to tie the game at 16-all.
The game, and ultimately the season, came down to a field attempt by senior captain Dakota Figg. It was a 31-yard try with a light wind in his face.
“Dakota wanted that opportunity to kick a field goal – he has been
waiting for that opportunity his entire high school career,” recalled Hostrawser. “He pulled through like a champ.”
That field goal proved to be the winner as the Lancers held off Culver for the final 11 second.
The LaVille player’s understand what’s at stake tonight at Lancer Field.
“Playing in a sectional championship game is great, but getting to play against Triton makes it even better because we feel like we let one slip away the first time we played them earlier in the year,” said captain Nathan Nichols Petersen. “They are a really good team and will challenge us with a lot of different things, but its up to us to do what we do and win a sectional championship on Friday.”
Since coach Hostrawser took over the program five years ago, the Lancers have made steady improvements and advanced to the sectional final each of the last three years, prior to 2017. LaVille played for the IHSAA sectional trophy on the road the last three years – 2014 at Winamac, 2015 at Northfield, and 2016 at Southwood.
The player’s recognize that and want that to change this season.
“We are all very excited to play Triton,” said Figg. “For the first time since before the seniors on our team have been in high school we have never lost to Triton until this year so this is most definitely a revenge game. We have something to prove to them and to every one else sense we have been to the Sectional championship the last three years and have failed to bring home a trophy.”
Coach Hostrawser expects a battle for the IHSAA Class 1A, Sectional #41 trophy.
“Playing for a sectional championship is an accomplishment because
you have to win two games just to get here,” explained Hostrawser. “The competition and stakes get higher each week. Triton is having a historical season. They have tons of talent and are playing extremely well. We must be on top of our game to compete.”
Game On . . .
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Site: Lancer Field, Lakeville, IN
Kick-off: 7pm (Gates Open 6 pm)
Coaches: Ron Brown (12-20 in third year at Triton); Will Hostrawser (39-18 in fifth year at LaVille)
Last Outing: Triton def. Winamac, 48-29, in semifinal; LaVille def. Culver, 19-16, in semifinal
Last Meeting: Triton def. LaVille, 22-14, Aug. 25, 2017 (Week #2 Regular Season)
Series Last 30 Years: LaVille leads, 22-11
Radio Coverage: WRSW, 107.3FM (Rita Price, Tim Keffaber)