FORT WAYNE, IN. (WANE) – Bishop Dwenger’s week one win over South Side wasn’t unexpected – the point differential was. The Saints 53-6 thumping of the Archers was a warning shot to the rest of the SAC that the defending 4A state runner-ups are once again a force to be reckoned with in 2014.
Just by winning their season opener at North Side, however, Concordia turned some heads. With quarterback David Morrison now at Ball State and 10 of 11 defensive starters gone, the Cadets weren’t exactly getting rave preseason reviews from those outside of the program. Now the annual battle of Zollner Stadium is also a battle over a 2-0 start in conference.
The Saints will have the experience unquestionably. Quarterback Cody Miller was sharp in the little over a quarter he played last Friday and was the Saints starter two years ago when Mike Fiacable went down with a torn ACL. Cadets signal caller Daniel Sparks – while impressively efficient against the Redskins – has exactly one varsity start to his name. The same can be said of much of the Cadets offensive line and almost the entire defense. Despite that, senior defensive back Charles Nagy feels confident about his team following last Friday.
“That was a huge confidence builder for us,” Nagy says. “We have young guys coming out here and just being able to contribute like that was big. We have freshman on the offensive line, for them to come out and have a good game, along with the sophomores and juniors who have played a lot, that’s huge for us.”
Don’t expect the Saints to take this one lightly either. Both Miller and linebacker Marcus Stepp made it known the message in the Dwenger locker room after the game was that not all games will be as one-sided as the match-up with South Side. With an early cushion in the race for the bell up for grabs, both teams know what’s at stake.