Time sim­ply runs out for Low­ell

Mishawaka wears down Red Devils in re­gional

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports - By Mike Hut­ton Post-Tri­bune mhut­ton@post-trib.com Twit­ter @MikeHut­tonPT

MISHAWAKA — Tyler Wild­man was go­ing to process the loss on the bus ride home.

The sea­son ended for Low­ell on Fri­day with a 28-14 loss to Mishawaka in a Class 4A re­gional.

Af­ter a shaky first half, the Red Devils (10-3) left it all on the snowy, mud-caked field.

It just wasn’t quite enough. It wasn’t the end­ing Wild­man, a se­nior run­ning back, wanted but some­times that’s how it goes.

“It’s all sink­ing in right now,” he said. “I’m go­ing to take th­ese shoul­der pads off and I’m never go­ing to put them on again.”

When the Low­ell play­ers and coaches re­play this game, they will see missed op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half.

The Red Devils looked like they were dead af­ter run­ning just nine of­fen­sive plays and rush­ing for mi­nus-1 yard in the first half. Mishawaka only led 7-0 at the half, but the Cave­men (12-1) dom­i­nated the time of pos­ses­sion

Low­ell coach Keith Kilmer de­cided the only chance his team had was to run the foot­ball.

His team faced sec­ond-and­long on each of its three pos­ses­sions in the first half.

“We just de­cided to es­tab­lish the run­ning game,” Kilmer said. “We made some ad­just­ments and they made some and it turned into a shootout.”

Low­ell opened the sec­ond half with a nine-play, 66-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard touch­down run by Wild­man.

Mishawaka took a 14-6 lead when Chris Har­ness, who fin- ished with 220 yards on 34 car­ries, scored from the 1 with 1:59 left in the third quar­ter.

Low­ell an­swered with a 21-yard TD run by Wild­man with 11:52 left. Blake Jan­sky caught a pass from Ethan Igras for the 2-point con­ver­sion to tie it.

The play that broke it open was a 34-yard TD pass from Mishawaka quar­ter­back Sam Shively to Bradley Taylor on fourth-and-5 with 8:05 left.

Low­ell drove deep into Mishawaka ter­ri­tory be­fore Igras was stopped on fourth-and-13 at the 21 with 2:45 left.

The Red Devils just didn’t quite have enough.

Wild­man said the team had to pro­duce in the sec­ond half.

“We had no choice,” he said. “We had to run it and try to make it hap­pen.”

Mishawaka fin­ished with 302 yards rush­ing.

Low­ell just couldn’t stop the Cave­men when it counted in the sec­ond half.

Kilmer said the de­fense played “bravely.”

Shawn Mooney, a de­fen­sive back for the Red Devils, said they just came up a bit short.

“Our coaches put us in a great po­si­tion to win,” he said. “We ex­e­cuted part of what they told us but we let some of it slide and it cost us at the end.”

MICHAEL GARD/POST-TRI­BUNE

Low­ell’s Tyler Wild­man finds run­ning room Fri­day against Mishawaka.

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