The Mishawaka Cavemen, responded this week nicely with a win, 38-14 over the Marian Knights, and giving Coach Bart Curtis a huge milestone with his 200th win.
Mishawaka scored on their first two drives to take an early 13-0 lead. The Cavemen defense really wanted to come out with a statement this week, “We just need to stick to our assignments, and do our job,” Senior Bryce McDonald told me, and they did just that. Only giving up one touchdown in the first half.
Going into halftime it was 13-7, Cavemen, and Coach Bart Curtis was one half away from getting his 200th win.
The second half started with Marian getting the ball, and you could tell, Mishawaka needed to get a stop to keep the momentum. The Cavemen did just that, forcing a three and out.
The Cavemen offense, couldn’t have asked for a better start, the first play from scrimmage in the second half, was a 42 yard run, from Junior Chris Harness to set the Cavemen up in Knight territory. Junior Sam Shively then finished the deal to take a 19-7 lead early in the second half.
After the early score in the second half the Cavemen never looked back, and dominated the second half, winning 38-14, giving Coach Bart Curtis his 200th win.
Harness lead the Cavemen offense with over 200 yards rushing, and having 2 big touchdown runs, a 77 yarder, and a 74 yarder. Junior Quarterback Sam Shively also had a couple big runs, and read the Knight defense right all night long scoring 2 touchdowns. Senior Halfbacks Cameron Kahlenback and Isaiah Evans, both had a couple big runs, and Evans had one touchdown.
The Cavemen defense really stepped up on Friday night, led by Senior Noah Staton and Sophomore Derrick Dawson. The defense only gave up two touchdowns. The Knights were going to cut into the Cavemen lead, late but some good coverage by Bryce McDonald and a sack a play later by Noah Staton sealed it for the Cavemen. Staton and Dawson both had 7 tackles, while Junior Tommy Fraling, had 5.
Coach Curtis got a Gatorade bath at the end of the game, celebrating his 200th win, and did all but take the credit for win 200. “It’s not about me, it’s about these kids, all the kids I’ve coached in my years,” Curtis said on his 200th, “I get messages from players from former players, and really that’s what keeps me coming back, it’s all worth it.”
The Cavemen look to go for a share of the NIC title with a win against Penn next week, as the Cavemen improved to 5-3 with a statement 38-14 win over Marian on Friday night.