FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The quest for the Victory Bell began in the SAC on Friday night.
The “Battle of the Bishops” between Luers and Dwenger helped to kick off the first Friday of high school football. For the fourth time in five years, the Knights took home the Bishop’s Trophy with a 28-15 win over the Saints. The Knights were the first, and only ones to get on the board in the first half. On 4th and 14, Noah Wezensky connected with Korrie Griggs for the touchdown. The Knights went into halftime with a 7-0 lead. Luers started off the second half with a bang with a kickoff return for his first touchdown of the season. The Saints answered back at the end of the third, when Blake Podchlne ran the play action to Zach Norton. A successful two point conversion made it a six point game. Luers’ Justin Dippold made it a two possession game to end the third quarter, catching a 7-yard TD pass from Wezensky. Still the Saints fought on. Podchlne and John Federspiel connected for one last Dwenger touchdown, but the Saints could not make up the defecit. Mack ran in his second touchdown of the game from the Wildcat to seal the win. He also had an interception. Luers will face Snider Week and Dwenger will host Concordia Lutheran Week 2.
SAC powerhouse Snider took on Wayne to open up their season. The Panthers lived up to their high expectations shutting out Wayne 49-0. QB Issac Stiebling threw for 171 yards with 2 touchdowns and one interception. RB Dominik Scott had two rushing touchdowns. One bright spot for Wayne was Michigan State-bound Auston Robertson who had a sack and four tackles. Snider will host Bishop Luers next week and Wayne will host Northrop.
Conference newcomer Carroll made a dazzling debut with a 48-14 win over Northrop. Chargers QB and Northwestern commit Aidan Smith ran in a 9 yard touchdown for the first points of the game. He finished the night 12-20 with 225 yards and three touchdowns. Blake Schumacher scored for Carroll on defense with a pick 6 in the first quarter. Northrop’s only points of the night would come in the second quarter. Trailing Carroll 20-0, Jason Ashe ran in both of the Bruins’ touchdowns. He finished the night with 20 carries for 111 yards. Next up, Carroll will play at South Side and Northrop will visit Wayne.
Fellow SAC newbie Homestead also had a successful start to their time in the SAC with a 49-33 win over Concordia Lutheran. Already up 21-14, the Spartans made it a two possession game thanks to a Landon Durnell rushing touchdown. The Cadets kept it close, answering right back with a QB keep by Daniel Sparks. But with three seconds left before halftime Homestead’s Drew Keszei connected with Austin Krider to make it 35-21 at the half. Keszei had 199 yards and three touchdowns tonight as his Spartans hung on in the 4th to win. Next up Homestead will head to North Side and Concordia will face Bishop Dwenger.
Finally the Totem Pole game between North Side and South Side wrapped up tonight’s SAC action. Montral Moore ran in the first touchdown of the game for the Redskins. South Side’s Dennis Johnson tied the game with a TD pass to CJ Morris. North Side’s Arion Nieves put the Redskins back out in front with a play action pass to Logan Caps. The sophomore QB finished with 177 yards, two touchdowns in one interception. North Side will host Homestead in Week 2 and South Side will host Carroll.