The Pennant

Ohlson sparks Penn victory against Valpo

All-state candidate John Ohlson – a 5-10, 170-pound senior flanker – helped No. 3 Penn breakaway from Valparaiso for a 27-7 victory in the high school football season opener on Friday, Aug. 19.

Ohlson stung Valpo when the rushed for 46 yards on a reverse. That set up a two-yard TD rush by Landon Martz that gave Penn a 13-6 lead in the third quarter.

Later in the third quarter, Ohlson sliced through the Vikings for a 48-yard punt return to the Valpo 6. Connor Schneider helped Ohlson break loose with a bone-jarring pancake block. Ohlson’s return led to a one-yard TD plunge by James Iapalucci and a 20-7 lead for Penn.

Here’s a post-game interview with Ohlson:

Rashid Maclin got the Kingsmen started with a 38-yard TD run.

Maclin finished off the Vikings with a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Here’s a post-game interview with Kingsmen coach Cory Yeoman:

PENN 27, Valparaiso 7

Valparaiso 7 0 0 0 — 7
Penn 7 0 6 14 — 27

P — Rashid Maclin 38 run (Jared Hancock kick)

V — Jameson Bisacky 81 pass from Jake Leffew (Lucas White kick)

P – Landon Martz 2 run (run failed)

P – James Iapalucci 1 run (Hancock kick)

P – Maclin 7 run (Hancock kick)

  Valpo Penn
First downs 14 7
Yards rushing 160 272
Yards passing 184 8
Passing 20-30-0 1-5-0
Punting-Avg. 5-31.4 5-35.8
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 7-31 0-0