FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – There was a shake-up in the SAC in week five as Carroll topped 4A no. 1 Bishop Dwenger, defeating the reigning conference champs 36-21 in the Highlight Zone “Game of the Week.”
Carroll snapped Bishop Dwenger’s 18-game win streak as the Chargers defense forced seven turnovers including a pick-six and fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. With the win Carroll put themselves in tie with Dwenger for second place in the SAC with a 4-1 record.
5A no. 1 Snider survived a scare against Homestead 23-17 at Spuller Stadium. Paul Buisman kicked two of his three field goals in the first quarter as Snider led 6-3 in the first half. Early in the third quarter Money Woods of Snider broke free for the game’s first touchdown, scampering 47 yards for the score. Later in the third Buisman added a field goal then Mac Hippenhammer returned a punt 50 yards for a score to give the Panthers a 23-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter. On the first play of the final frame Jiya Wright hit Grant Raber for a 15-yard touchdown to make it 23-10. With 8:31 left Wright added a seven-yard touchdown run to the scoresheet, but Snider’s defense eventually held as the Panthers earned the win to improve to 5-0.
At Zollner Stadium 3A no. 15 Concordia scored early and often in a 56-22 win over Northrop. Peter Morrison was 17-for-29 for 287 yards and six touchdowns while Marcus Morrow rushed 20 times for 180 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cadets. Davieun Berry caught four passes for 76 yards – including a 60-yard touchdown – to lead Northrop. Keishon Edwards added 12 carries for 99 yards for the Bruins.
3A no. 17 Bishop Luers beat North Side 49-28 at Luersfield behind the rushing duo of J’Lyn Charlton and Ty Hambright. Charlton rushed 11 times for 112 yards and four touchdowns while Hambright carried eight times for 130 yards and a touchdown. The Legends were led by Montrail Moore’s 24 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
At Jack Weicker Stadium Wayne topped SAC rival South Side 40-18. Devonair Kelsaw led Wayne’s attack with 17 carries for 82 yards and three touchdowns. Dennis Johnson paced the Archers, completing 14-of-33 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns.
4A no. 14 East Noble topped 4A no. 10 Leo 41-21 at Lions Field in a match-up between two the three NE8 tri-champs from last season. East Noble’s Andrew McCormick was 16-of-25 passing for 244 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 80 yards and another score. Dylan Hunley caught seven passes for 92 yard and two touchdowns for the Knights. Kaiden Harshberger added three receptions for 101 yards a touchdown and rushed three times for 35 yards and a score for East Noble. Leo was led by Ja’Shawn Turner-Parker who rushed 23 times for 92 yards and a touchdown.
4A no. 8 New Haven put up big numbers again as the Bulldogs won 60-6 at Norwell. Keshawn Moore was 12-of-16 passing for 308 yards and five touchdowns while adding two rushing scores. James Gardner caught three passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Carson Ringger rushed 20 times for 86 and a touchdown to lead Norwell.
At Kriegbaum Field it was Huntington North winning its first game of the season by beating defending conference champion Bellmont 26-7. The Vikings led 20-0 at the half before Colin Miller pounced on a fumble for a score to get Bellmont on the board in the fourth quarter 20-7. The Vikings responded with Trevor West taking a hand-off 15 yards for a TD to set the final.
DeKalb returned to the football field for the first time since the death of teammates Derek Padilla and Lucas Oberkiser but Columbia City spoiled the Barons’ return with a 40-14 win at Cecil E. Young Field. Columbia City quarterback Brock Snouffer stole the show with his arm and legs, going 12-for-17 passing for 233 yards and three touchdowns while rushing 15 times for 78 yards and three scores. Kyle Dunham was 11-of-17 passing for 187 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Barons while Trevor Boyce caught five passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.
In ACAC play 2A no. 2 Woodlan rolled to 5-0 with a 57-7 win over Southern Wells, setting a new school record with 594 yards of total offense (the old record was 541 yards vs. Central Noble in 2013). Tre’Von McCarter racked up 134 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns on just six carries while catching six passes for 117 yard and a score. McCarter’s five touchdowns ties a school record for TDs in one game. Justin Durkes was 12-of-18 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns while Jack Rhoades ran 11 times for 120 yards and had both a rushing and receiving touchdown.
1A no. 5 Adams Central improved to 5-0 on the season with a 35-6 win at Heritage. Drew Schultz rushed 23 times for 127 yards and three touchdowns to lead Adams Central. Joel Deakins caught two passes for 32 yard – including a 20-yard score – to lead the Patriots.
2A no. 13 Eastside topped Garrett 38-16 at Memorial Field to win DeKalb county bragging rights. Keezan Jarrard rushed 22 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns to lead Eastside. Conner Dove was 16-of-18 passing for 212 yards and two touchdowns for the Blazers while Caleb Ballentine snagged seven balls for 103 yards and a score. Cam Smith rushed 13 times for 91 yards and a touchdowns for Garrett.
Fans in Turtle Town saw plenty of offense from the home team on Friday as Churubusco bested Prairie Heights 73-0. Joey Emenhiser was 10-for-10 on PATs – breaking a school record – and added a 34-yard field goal and scored a rushing touchdown to pace the Eagles. Prairie Heights had -6 yards of offense on the game.
4A no. 3 NorthWood improved to 5-0 on the season beating Wawasee 53-30 at Warrior Field.