9/30 Highlight Zone – Week Seven


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Homestead topped 6A no. 10 Carroll 35-18 in the Highlight Zone “Game of the Week” while Bishop Dwenger beat Bishop Luers in the battle of the Bishops, Snider bested Northrop for Spuller Stadium supremacy, and South Side edged North Side to win the Totem Pole for the first time since 2009.

Jordan Presley’s five touchdowns led Homestead past rival Carroll 35-18 on their home turf at Dave. S Walters Memorial Field. The sophomore rushed for 231 yards on 30 carries in the win. QB Jiya Wright had 101 yards of total offense with 63 passing yards and 37 rushing. Ian Miller took a bulk of the load at QB for Carroll going 22-34 with 251 passing yards.  Nic Novotny and Nick Parker each ran in a score for Carroll. With the win Homestead is now in a four-way tie with Carroll, Dwenger, and Concordia who all sit a 5-2 with two weeks left in the regular season.

At Luersfield 4A no. 7 Dwenger used two first quarter touchdown passes from Blake Podschlne to Tommy Steele to defeat Luers 14-7. Luers scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter on a seven-yard J’Lyn Charlton run. Charlton ended up with 170 yards rushing on the game. Dwenger’s defense limited the Luers passing attack, as the Knights completed just three of 17 passes for the game.

5A no. 1 Snider looked every bit the top team in the SAC as the Panthers moved to 7-0 by beating Northrop 54-3. Money Woods rushed 14 times for 101 yards and a touchdown while Christian Covington had two rushing touchdowns. Austin France and Drew Stroud each returned an interception for a touchdown.

For the first time since 2009 the Totem Pole belongs to South Side as the Archers defeated North Side 14-12 at Chambers Field. Marcalin Hairston’s 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to give South a 14-6 lead. Hayden Jones would connect with Terrell Davis for a 32-yard score, but the Legends could not connect on the two-point conversion. Toreese Bobo intercepted North Side in the end zone to seal the deal. Moore rushed 20 times for 100 yards and a touchdown to lead North Side. Dennis Johnson tallied 119 yards rushing and a score to pace the Archers.

3A no. 7 Concordia used a big game from quarterback Peter Morrison to defeat Wayne 55-32. Morrison, who was named Homecoming King at halftime, was 18-for-25 for 286 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing score. Marcus Morrow carried 11 times for 127 yards and a touchdowns for the Cadets while Peterson Kerlegrand had two rushing scores. Craig Young led Wayne by hauling in eight passes for 120 yards and a touchdown and also returned a kickoff for an 89-yard score.

In Northeast 8 play 4A no. 6 New Haven scored early and often, beating Bellmont 55-10 and earning coach Jim Rowland his 100th win with the Bulldogs. Nishawn Jones rushed 17 times for 120 yards and two touchdown to lead New Haven while Whitney Harris and Kentrel Thomas each had a receiving touchdown. Caleb Hankenson rushed nine times for 83 yards and Bellmont’s only touchdown. New Haven improves to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in NE8 play and will host East Noble next Friday in a game that will likely determine the conference title.

4A no. 12 East Noble improved to 4-0 in conference play with a 48-0 win over Columbia City in Kendallville. Andrew McCormick was 17-of-23 passing for 235 yards and five touchdowns while adding 83 yards rushing. Jon-Matthew Spaw and Dane Hile each had touchdown runs for the Knights. Columbia City was held to 136 yards of total offense.

At Lions Field it was Ja’Shawn Turner-Parks rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns leading the Lions over Huntington North 42-13. Trenton Bonner added 98 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Leo. Max Minich added a pick six for the Lions. Mason Landrum rushed 15 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Vikings.

Down in Ossian DeKalb outgained Norwell 415 yards to 44 as the Barons bested the Knights 38-0. Peyton Stout was 14-of-17 passing for 256 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Barons. Hunter Minich added 16 carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns while Collin Goebel caught five passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

Jack Rhoades rushed 23 times for 167 yards and a touchdown while Justin Durkes rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns while passing for another as 2A no. 1 Woodlan stepped out of conference to defeat Lima Central Catholic at Etzler Field. The Warriors move to 7-0 on the season and will travel to South Adams next Friday before hosting Adams Central in week nine.

As for the 1A no. 5 Jets it was Adams Central over Southern Wells 42-7. Drew Schultz led the Jets with eight carries for 77 yards and three touchdowns while Blake Bauman added four carries for 41 yards and a score. Adams Central improves to 7-0 and will host Bluffton next Friday.

Heritage earned a 48-6 win at Fred Park Field as the Patriots defeated Bluffton. Jeshua Foster rushed 20 times for 129 yards and a score while Blake Rhymer added a 47-yard rushing touchdown for the Patriots.

2A no. 9 Eastside rolled to a 47-6 win over Fremont in NECC play. Conner Dove was 12-for-13 for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the air while rushing for 55 yards and a score. Aaron Dean hauled in six passes for 126 yards and a touchdown while Keezan Jarrard rushed 17 times for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Rhett Evans rushed for a 51-yard touchdown for Fremont’s lone score.

Garrett bested Fairfield 26-16 behind a big night from running back Cam Smith. Smith carried 19 times for 287 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Railroaders. Tanner Burns had both a touchdown pass and a rushing score for Garrett.

Churubusco earned a 42-6 win over Central Noble Friday night in Turtle Town on the strength of their running game. Sam Richards rushed eight times for 125 yards and two touchdowns while Garrett Horn carried 16 times for 104 yards and three TDs.

The “W Trophy” heads to Warsaw as the Tigers beat Wawasee 38-14 on Friday. Michael Jense was 15-of-26 for 178 yards and three touchdowns while Will McGarvey rushed 15 times for 122 yards and two scores to lead Warsaw. D’Andre Street added two receiving touchdowns for Warsaw. Noah Wadkins led Fairfield with seven carries for 93 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown in the first quarter.