By Brady Extin | The Times-Post
LAPEL — They might have been playing down a class, but on Friday night that didn’t make things any easier.
The Bulldogs welcomed Indianapolis Lutheran, who came into the night on a 33-game winning streak, are ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, and are winners of both the 2021 and 2022 1A State Championship.
The Bulldogs fell to the Saints 38-7.
A quick Indianapolis Lutheran field goal made things 3-0 before an interception by Jaylen Luanza allowed the Saints to go in for the first touchdown of the game. Jackson Willis hit LJ Ward on a 20-yard pass for the 10-0 lead.
A goal-line stand by the Bulldogs kept the Saints out of the endzone on their third possession, and after a Lapel punt, the Bulldogs recovered an Indianapolis Lutheran fumble to set up their first score of the game.
Quarterback Devin Craig hit wide receiver Nick Witte for the 14-yard passing touchdown to trim the deficit to 10-7 entering halftime.
Following the break, the Saints showed why they’ve won 33 straight games, and two consecutive state titles. They outscored Lapel 28-0 in the second half.
In the third quarter, Brayden Hall ran in scores from 28 and 37 yards out, and Willis hit DeVuan Jones on a 29-yard passing touchdown to push the lead to 31-7.
Hall’s third score of the game increased the Saints lead to 38-7 early in the fourth quarter.
Craig completed 24 of his 39 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown and threw two interceptions.
Witte hauled in nine passes for 60 yards and one touchdown.
On the ground, the Bulldogs were held to negative yards.
Matt Carpenter had five tackles and one sack, while Isaiah Priest led the Bulldogs with six tackles and recovered the one Saints fumble.
Lapel will take on another highly-ranked 1A team tomorrow when they travel to North Decatur. The Chargers (3-1) are ranked No. 9 in the class with their only loss on the season coming to 2A Eastern Hancock. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.