FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The SAC got off to a roaring start in 2015 as Bishop Luers topped Bishop Dwenger in the Highlight Zone “Game of the Week” while Homestead and Carroll won their SAC debut.
Ohio State-bound Austin Mack scored two touchdowns – one on a kick return and one on a reverse – to lead Luers to a 28-15 win in the Battle of the Bishops. The Knights have now won four of their last five against the Saints.
Junior quarterback Drew Keszei threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns – two to Austin Krider – as Homestead bested Concordia 49-33 in the Spartans’ first SAC game. Carroll fared even better thanks to 225 passing yards and three touchdown tosses by Aidan Smith, as the Chargers top Northrop 48-14 at Spuller Stadium.
Snider’s Isaac Stiebeling threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns and adding a score on the ground as the Panthers topped Wayne 49-0 in a match-up that pitted two of the three teams that shared the SAC’s Victory Bell last season.
The Totem Pole Game went to North Side, as the Redskins bested South Side 49-13. Quarterback Arion Nieves and running back Montrail Moore combined for 233 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns to pace the Redskins.
New Haven’s Tyon Woods racked up four receptions for 175 yards and two scores as the Bulldogs topped Heritage 42-0 at John Young Stadium.
Leo’s Kray Klopfenstein threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Lions went on the road to top South Bend Riley 48-14.
Columbia City struggled offensively as Warsaw beat the Eagles 27-3 at George Fisher Field behind three rushing touchdowns from Will McGarvey.
Adams Central scored Adams country bragging rights for the year as the Jets took down Bellmont 21-20. Andrew Hammond hit Stephen Eicher for the game-winning touchdown with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter as the Jets beat the Braves.
Norwell – hit hard by graduation – struggled against solid Eastbrook program, as the Panthers downed the Knights 41-0 at The Courtyard.
DeKalb’s Harrison Price hit Will Chrisman for a 46-yard touchdown to tie the game in the fourth then plunged in for a go-ahead score with a minute and a half to go as the Barons scored a 26-20 comeback win over Angola.
Huntington North took down former NCC foe Marion, as the Vikings outlasted the Giants 36-28 at Kriegbaum Field.
Lakeland’s Eli Wallace had a big game out of the Lakers’ backfield – including a 70-yard touchdown run in the second quarter – to help beat Churubusco 36-22.
Woodlan’s Trevon McCarter hauled in a 59-yard touchdown catch with 11.1 seconds left in the first half as the Warriors took down reigning NECC small schools champ Eastside 29-12.
The Big Train rolled to a big win at Prairie Heights, as Garrett got two early rushing touchdowns from Jaden Baker and never looked back en route to a 52-12 win.
In Albion it was Central Noble edging last year’s NECC big school division title winner West Noble in 18-12 in overtime.
East Noble opened up their season Saturday with a 34-18 win over Hammond Morton. Dylan Hunley had two interceptions and a touchdown in the victory.