Hoosiers pitch shout out in 3rd Quarter
Steven Stremming, Excel High School Sports
In a game where it looked like Indiana and/or Western Kentucky could take a commanding lead or gain some momentum, greed seemed to send its whiff into the air at Memorial stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Both teams would have a lead and drive the field only to see a chance to get points, a field goal perhaps, and extend the lead, but it would result in a stop for the Hilltopper's and/or the Hoosiers and swing mo (mentum) back the other way.
Western Kentucky dominated the early part of the game with long drives and then quick passes over the top against a still very in-experienced secondary from quarterback Brandon Doughty (35-46-2 for 484 yards).
Western went into the half feeling pretty good about its effort as the had a 28-17 lead.
Entering the third (3rd) quarter the Hoosiers righted themselves, steadied the ship, whatever cliche you would like to use and absolutely dominated the quarter behind senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld's (20-27-0 for 355 yards) abilities to throw a crisp ball and hand-off effectively to Jordan Howard, the transfer from UAB (University of Alabama, Birmingham) and Devine Redding.
Howard racked up 203 yards in 31 carries and Redding 79 yards with 23.
Ricky Jones, a senior from Sarasota, Florida (Booker H.S.) came up big in the receiving corps with five catches fro 126 yards and Simmie Cobbs, Jr., sophomore Oak Park, Illinois, three receptions for 50 yards, Howard three (3) for 38, Mitchell Paige, senior Carmel, Indiana (Guerin Catholic), two grabs for another 41 yards. Other Hoosiers getting into act were Cooper, Friend, Corsaro, Fuchs and Griffith.
Speaking of Paige, he got the home crowd (44,823) on the always popular band day, on their feet with a 91 yard punt return for a score giving the Hoosiers a quick seven (7) to zero (0) start.
Some more big moments for the three and zero Hoosiers were a huge block by senior Nick Mangieri, Peoria, Illinios (Dunlap) and a pick by true freshman Jonathan Crawford, Largo, Florida.
One more very notable Hoosier was junior Griffin Oakes, Greenwood, Indiana who hit all five extra points, made a 27 yard field goal and more importantly reduced the Hilltoppers to ZERO yards in return yards.
Next up for these unbeaten Hoosiers a date with Wake Forest a 17-14 winner over Army.