Monday, October 2, 2017
Saint Joseph High School
Mishawaka High School
The St. Joe Indians and the Mishawaka Cavemen battled in a classic football game under the Monday night lights. The Indians featured a 47-yard field goal by Patrick Oliva and a 40-yard fumble recovery by Michael Conery, but in the end the Indians couldn’t hold off the Cavemen, falling by one point.
The Cavemen took the ball on the opening kick and used 8 minutes to get down the field for the first score. A defensive stop by the Indians prevented the 2-point conversion.
The defense continued to play tough in the second quarter. After a fumble inside their own 40, the stout 4-4 defense made a goal line stand when Trevor Gichachi stood up the Cavemen wing and kept him from crossing into the end zone. The offense advanced a little but was forced to punt with under a minute to go. Defense stepped up again when Evan Lindzy intercepted a Mishawaka trick pass to give the Indians the ball back with very little time. Forced into 4th and long at the 30, Patrick Oliva seized the opportunity to kick a 47-yard field goal, making it 6-3 at the half.
The third quarter was more of the same with defensive efforts on both sides of the ball. A fumble recovery by Michael Conery led to another Oliva field goal and the game was tied. Then Conery recovered another fumble forced by Daniel Evans and ran it back 40 yards for a touchdown. Oliva's PAT was true and the Indians took a 13-6 lead.
In the 4th quarter, more defense held off Mishawaka, but one big play on a QB run by the Cavemen and the ensuing conversion put Mishawaka back on top. The Indians tried to get downfield, but an incomplete pass on 4th down gave the Cavemen the ball at midfield. Another defensive stop forced Mishawaka to punt and give the Indians the ball back on the 30 yard line with two minutes and no timeouts. The Indians could not keep moving and the Cavemen took away the victory 14-13.