8/26 Highlight Zone – Week Two

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – 5A no. 1 Snider topped Carroll 41-7 in the Highlight Zone “Game of the Week” while Homestead edged Concordia as a last-second field goal glanced off the crossbar in an action-packed week two.

At Dean Gorsuch Field Carroll’s lone score came from Connor Tapp’s pick-six in the fourth quarter. Snider’s defense held Carroll to just 142 yards of total offense. On the other side of the ball the Panthers were paced by Money Woods’ 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Christian Covington, Michael Haupert, and Mac Hippenhammer scored a touchdown a piece for Snider as did Damarious Ridley who returned a punt for 62 yards for his only touchdown of the game.

At Chambers Field 4A no.1 Bishop Dwenger got off to a slow start but ended up topped host North Side 30-6. The Saints rushed for 214 yards and four touchdowns while quarterback Blake Podschlne was 11-for-18 for 120 yards. North Side was led by Montrail Moore’s 53 yards rushing and Kalen Desrosiers who hauled in two passes for 31 yards including a 25-yard score. Dwenger’s defense limited the Legends to 124 yards of total offense.

Fans at Zollner Stadium saw one of the most exciting games of the evening as Homestead edged 3A no. 15 Concordia 27-26. Down 20-10 at the half Homestead’s Jordan Presley scored two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to give the Spartans a 24-20 lead. Presley finished with 23 carries for 183 yards. Homestead added a field goal early in the fourth to go up 27-20, but with 1:18 left in regulation Peterson Kerlegrand of Concordia broke free for a 44-yard score. The Cadets opted to go for two and their pass was incomplete, making it a 27-26 Homestead lead. The Cadets got the ball back with just over 30 seconds left and managed to move within field goal range. However, as time ran out Peter Morrison’s attempt glanced off the front of the crossbar, sealing a 27-26 win for the Spartans. Kerlegrand finished with 12 carries for 155 yards and three scores in the loss.

3A no. 7 Bishop Luers held on to defeat Wayne 21-13 thanks to a big game from J’Lyn Charlton. Charlton rushed 21 times for 158 yards and a touchdown. Dalyn Hart led the Generals with 18 carries for 134 yards while Zach Daniels hauled in a 65-yard touchdown reception from Diontre Collins-Jones.

At Spuller Stadium Casey Lawrence rushed 18 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns as Northrop bested South Side 35-20. Garrett Schoenle of Northrop was 10-for-18 passing for 168 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. South Side quarterback Dennis Johnson threw for 235 yards and a score.

Bob Worthman Stadium saw South Adams top 3A no. 25 Bellmont 10-7 in a county rivalry game on Friday night. Caleb Hankenson rushed 24 times for 79 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter that gave the Braves a 7-0 lead. South Adams responded in the second half with a Marcus Teeter touchdown while Andres Martinez hit the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter.

At “The Airstrip” it was 1A no. 5 Adams Central over 2A no. 21 Eastside 28-14. Drew Schultz, the Jets workhorse, carried 20 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while Logan Macklin rushed for 73 yards and two scores. Eastside was led by quarterback Connor Dove who completed 14-of-27 for 215 yards and a touchdown – that score a 53-yard strike to Aaron Dean.

2A no. 4 Woodlan went on the road to earn a 53-0 win at Prairie Heights. Justin Durkes was 18-for-21 for 249 yards and four scores – with three of those touchdowns going to Tre’Von McCarter, who tallied six receptions and 145 yards. Jack Rhoades carried 20 times for 205 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors. Dakota Quillman got Woodlan on the board early in the first quarter with a 35-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Garrett earned county bragging rights on Friday night by beating rival DeKalb 28-14 at Cecil E. Young Field. Garrett was led by Cameron Smith’s 21 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown. The Railroaders improve to 2-0 on the season and will travel to Busco next week for the Highlight Zone “Game of the Week.”

4A no. 5 Leo traveled to Angola and defeated the Hornetws 34-17 behind another big night from Trenton Bonner. The speedy junior racked up 196 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns while sophomore quarterback A.J. Restivo threw for 137 yards and two scores. Angola quarterback Chance Roddy was 15-for-22 for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

4A no. 20 New Haven scored early and often against Lakeland, topping the Lakers 62-26 at John Young Stadium. Nishawn Jones rushed 10 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a punt for a score. New Haven quarterback KeShawn Moore was 10-for-14 for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Eli Wallace led Lakeland’s offense with 22 carries for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

It was an offensive shootout at Fisher Field as 4A no. 17 East Noble bested Warsaw 47-42 behind a huge night in the passing game. East Noble quarterback Andrew McCormick was 31-for-42 for 452 yards and six touchdowns while adding 89 yards rushing and another TD. McCormick’s favorite target was Dylan Hunley, who hauled in 14 receptions for 326 yards and four touchdowns. Warsaw quarterback Michael Jensen was 20-for-35 with 229 yards and two touchdowns.

WANE-TV made the drive to Cass county on Friday and it was worth the trip as Churubusco bested Cass 18-12 in overtime. Trey Mayer scored two first-half touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) to give the Eagles a 12-6 lead at the break. Busco improves to 2-0 and will host the Highlight Zone “Game of the Week.”

Down at “The Courtyard” the Heritage Patriots spoiled Josh Gerber’s Ossian debut as the Pats topped the Knights 27-13. Jeshua Foster’s one-yard touchdown in the second quarter gave the Patriots a 6-0 lead as they improve to 1-1 on the season under new head coach Nico Tigulis. Norwell falls to 0-2 with the loss.

2A no. 5 Eastbrook put on an impressive show at Kriegbaum Field as the Panthers topped the Vikings of Huntington North 47-7. The Vikings are now 0-2 on the season but open Northeast 8 conference play next Friday by hosting East Noble.

Whitko won bragging rights at the “Eel River Rivalry” game beating Columbia City 20-14. Whitko’s Hunter Reed led the Wildcats with 97 rushing yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. Khale Rider had 14 carries for 63 yards and one score for Columbia City.

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