SAC Week 1 Recap

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The most anticipated game of the week lived up to the hype. Bishop Luers proved it has significantly upgraded from last season, but Snider scored twice in the final six minutes to shock the Knights 31-27 on the opening Friday of the season. The Panthers used a two quarterback system with great success. Colton Painter threw for 202 yards and a touchdown in the first half, but Snider trailed 14-10 thanks to some timely defense by Luers. The second half belonged to back-up signal caller Isaac Stiebling who was sa good through the air as he was on the ground. Stiebling totaled 150 yards and threw for three touchdowns after the half, including the final two scores of the night to sophomore wide receiver David Turner. Turner finished the night with a game-high 9 catches for 109 yards.

Noah Wezensky started strong but struggled late for the Knights under center. The junior finished 10-of-15 for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including a 63-yard scoring connection to Tyrell Johnson in the second quarter. Highly touted receiver Austin Mack finished with just 38 total yards, but did score two touchdowns in the losing effort.

Across town defending 4A state runner-up Bishop Dwenger picked up right where it left off in 2013, crushing South Side 52-6. The Saints scored early and often, with a Peyton Filpot rushing touchdown giving them a 35-0 lead early in the second quarter. Zachary Norton would add another score on the ground as Dwenger lead 45-0 at the half on their way to a 1-0 start.

Concordia may have pulled the upset of the night in the conference, shocking defending SAC champ North Side 31-21. The Redskins took a 14-7 lead at the half following short touchdown run by Tyler Whitner and an Aron Nieves touchdown pass to JaShawn Ellington. The Cadets would turn things on in the final 24 minutes though. Daniel Sparks threw all three of his touchdown passes in the second half, finishing the night 18-of-29 for 187 yards. Peterson Kerlegard was even more effective, rushing for 167 yards on just 20 carries. Aron Nieves – in his quarterbacking debut for North – finished 12-of-25 for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

The Jason Doerffler era at Northrop began outside the SAC at East Noble and ended with a loss. The Knights scored 28 2nd quarter points on their way to a convincing 38-13 season-opening win. Harold Wolfe completed 12-of-20 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns. He added another 62 yards on the ground. Turnovers proved Northrop’s downfall with the Bruins fumbling five times (they lost three) and throwing six interceptions on the night.

The Scot Shaw era at Wayne got off to a much better start, with the Generals routing Anderson (ironically enough coached by former Wayne coach Robert Brown) by a 53-7 final. Quarterback Keion Powers tossed five touchdowns and added another on the ground to lead the Generals to a win in week one.

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