FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Three teams entered Friday night with a shot at the SAC championship and for the first time since 1991, three teams ended up with the SAC championship. Wayne, Snider and Bishop Luers all earned a share of the SAC Bell thanks to the outcomes of two key games in the final week of the regular season.
The biggest piece of the puzzle played out at Wayne Stadium with the Generals upsetting the Panthers 41-32 to claim a share of their first conference crown since 1993. Keion Powers threw for a touchdown and ran for three more, wracking up 382 yards of total offense in helping to carry Wayne to a win, but it was the defense that surprised. Snider managed to total almost 400 yards of offense, but the Generals limited the Panthers to just one score over the final 19 minutes of regulation and forced a pair of turnovers. Wayne and Snider will both be off thanks to a bye-week for 5A sectionals.
The other part of the equation was the showdown between Bishop Luers and Bishop Dwenger. The Knights Tyrell Johnson caught a couple of touchdown passes in the second half, one from Noah Wezensky and one from Austin Mack, to help key a 41-22 Luers win. The Saints were in this one until the fourth quarter. Jackson Grahavoc intercepted a Wezensky pass and took it back for a score to cut the deficit to 28-22, but the Knights would go on a 13-0 run to close out the regular season and assure themselves a share of the SAC Bell. The Saints open 4A sectional play with a trip to Northridge, while the Knights will visit Concordia.
Concordia stepped out of the conference in it’s final game of the regular season. The Cadets fell at home to Brebeuf Jesuit 36-22. The Cadets won the yardage battle 454-369, but a pair of interceptions cost them in the long run. Daniel Sparks finished the night 16-of-41 for 204 yards and the two interceptions. Peterson Kerlegrand rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Peter Morrison added a pair of rushing touchdowns for Concordia.
North Side closed out the regular season on a high note, making quick work of Northrop in a 51-13 thumping. Keyshawn Watson keyed a Redskins offense that went over 500 yards of offense, the freshman carried 11 times for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Arion Nieves rushed for 104 yards and a score, adding three more touchdowns through the air. The Redskins are off next week thanks to the 5A sectional bye, Northrop will meet Homestead in 6A action.