LAKEVILLE, IN. – The task for the LaVille defense was to control North Judson’s running game and combat a 39-point per game average. The Blue jays came in to the week eight encounter at Lancer Field averaging over 270 rushing yards per game and having scored 35 touchdowns, including 27 TDs on the ground.
In the end, it was the LaVille defense that not only held the North Judson defense well under its average, but also kept the Blue jays out of the end zone in a 27-0 high school football victory.
“Playing solid defense against an option style team is a must if you are going to be successful,” said LaVille coach Will Hostrawser. “We needed to play physical and disciplined on the defensive side of the ball. I was very proud of our effort overall.
“Earning a defensive shutout is always a goal – regardless of the week,” continued Hostrawser. “I was very proud of our effort – both the starters and the younger guys that got in at the end of the game. They all worked together to earn the shutout. I really liked their edge in keeping them from scoring – those are things we can use in building momentum in the weeks to come.”
The Lancers hit the scoreboard on the second series of the game. Andrew Dill helped LaVille complete a seven-play, 60-yard drive by going the final 12 yards for a TD. Leyton Czarnecki came in to add the point after.
LaVille continued working the offense on the next series, using clock to close the first quarter and open the second. Once again, the Lancers went 60 yards, this time in nine plays. The hosts used the trio of Kolby Watts, Andrew Dill, and Robby Pope to get into the red zone. Pope powered his way into the end zone from four yards out to finish the drive.
“We have worked very hard on stringing together a number of positive plays on offense,” explained Hostrawser. “The third drive of the ball game was an example of doing just that. Coach Groves does a great job of spreading the ball around to our numerous offensive weapons… and our kids play unselfishly – they really play for one another. Some of the very guys that had big gains for us also had key blocks for each other on various plays – as a coach, unselfish play is a very fun thing to watch!”
Dill scored his second TD on a 14-yard run as the Lancers took a 21-0 lead into intermission.
In the third quarter, the LaVille defense forced a fumble near midfield and the offense went right to work.
Lancer QB Ayden Doyle found Dill on 53-yard scoring strike at the 3:56 mark, putting LaVille up, 27-0.
North Judson would then start a drive that would encompass 27 plays and over 14 minutes to close the third quarter and nearly all of the fourth period. There were several penalties by both teams that kept the drive going before Seth Barnett caught a pass that put the Blue jays at the LaVille one. A false start penalty by NJSP moved the ball back to the six. Following a gain of one yard, the visitors were hit with a chop block penalty that moved the ball back to the 20. North Judson would then complete a third-and-20 pass for four yards before LaVille’s Devon Schoff sacked back-up quarterback Trey Hampton and the Lancers took over on down.
Dill finished with three TDs to lead the Lancers, including six carries for 64 yards and two receptions for 73 yards.
“Andrew Dill is a special player,” said Hostrawser. “He is extremely talented in a number of different ways – he has breakaway speed, tremendous balance and great hands. He has worked very hard week in and week out to fine tune his game. As a very coachable player, Andrew is a prime example of a player who is very talented but is always looking to get even better each week. Friday nights are the perfect arena for him to showcase his hard work during the week. In addition to our other skilled players, our team rallies around his efforts.”
LaVille improved to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Hoosier North Athletic Conference.
Going into week eight, there was a three-way tied for third. LaVille, North Judson and Triton were tied at 3-2.
With LaVille beating North Judson, and Triton upsetting Knox, the Lancers, Trojans and Redskins are now tied for second at 4-2. LaVille will travel to Culver Community on Friday, October 12, to close the regular season.
North Judson, 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the HNAC, will play host to league-leader Pioneer Friday, October 12, to finish the regular season.
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LAVILLE 27, NORTH JUDSON 0
NJSP 0 0 0 0
LaVille 7 21 27 27
L – Andrew Dill 12 run; Leyton Czarnecki kick
L – Robby Pope 4 run; Czarnecki kick
L – Dill 14 run; Czarnecki kick
L – Dill 53 pass from Ayden Doyle; kick failed
Rushing Yards 185 135
Passing Yards 36 193
Comp-Att-Int 2-6-1 6-12-0
First Downs 11 12
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Yards Penalized 8-74 2-20
Punts-Avg 1-28 2-23
|ALL TIMES EASTERN|
|Pioneer||6-0||384||25||8- 0||506||25||Won 8|
|Knox||4-2||103||76||5- 3||124||96||Lost 2|
|LaVille||4-2||147||88||5- 3||208||130||Won 2|
|Triton||4-2||149||143||5- 3||186||209||Won 2|
|North Judson||3-3||198||96||4- 4||274||135||Lost 2|
|Winamac||2-4||114||221||4- 4||192||235||Won 3|
|Culver||1-5||102||246||2- 6||185||327||Lost 1|
|Caston||0-6||48||350||0- 8||62||463||Lost 8|
|Friday, Oct. 5|
|LaVille 27, North Judson 0 ©|
|Pioneer 72, Culver 0 ©|
|Triton 14, Knox 12 ©|
|Winamac 61, Caston 16 ©|
|Friday, Oct. 12|
|Caston at Knox ©, 7:30 pm|
|LaVille at Culver ©, 7 pm|
|Pioneer at North Judson ©, 7:30 pm|
|Winamac at Triton ©, 7 pm|