FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – 5A no. 1 Snider overcame a 25-6 deficit to reigning 4A state champion Bishop Dwenger to defeat the Saints 32-25 and earn the SAC’s Victory Bell.
Dwenger QB Eddie Morris led the Saints into halftime up 19-6 after scoring two touchdowns followed by a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Bart Tippmann. After the Saints scored again on a 25-yard touchdown run by Mitch Effinger the Panthers started to claw their way out of the double-digit hole. Snider QB Michael Haupert ended the third quarter with a touchdown pass to DeAndrew Stroud. In the fourth quarter it was the Money Woods show, who rushed for two touchdowns to tie the game. Woods led the Snider run game with 148 yards on 29 carries. Haupert’s TD pass to sophomore tight end Simon Dellinger proved to be the game winner as the Snider defense held Dwenger scoreless in the fourth quarter to close out the win. Snider improves to 8-0 on the season and will close out the season with Bishop Luers next week. Dwenger will play Northrop in their regular season finale.
At the Dean Gorsuch Athletic Complex 3A no. 7 Concordia held Carroll to just 129 yards of total offense, beating the Chargers 33-3. Concordia’s Peter Morrison was 19-for-26 passing for 300 yards and five touchdowns. Mark Mallers hauled in 10 passes for 171 yards and three scores while Colton Grahovac added six grabs for 99 yard and two TDs. Marcus Morrow chipped in with 20 carries for 133 yards on the ground for the Cadets. Ian Miller was 11-for-17 for 106 yards for Carroll.
6A no. 12 Homestead used another big game from Jordan Presley to top Wayne 48-7. Presley rushed 18 times for 191 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Spartans. Quarterback Jiya Wright rushed nine times for 143 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Wayne quarterback Diontre Collins-Jones rushed 10 times for 63 yards and the Generals’ only score.
3A no. 15 Bishop Luers took a while to get warmed up but the Knights eventually topped South Side in the “Clash on Calhoun” 37-0. Justin Gaston opened the scoring midway through the second quarter with a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown. Ty Hambright (one rushing, one receiving) and Dashon Bussell (reception, kick-off return) each had two touchdowns for the Knights.
Northrop’s Antwone Washington Jr. rumbled for two short touchdowns – including the game-winner with 6:26 left in the fourth quarter – as the Bruins came back to defeat North Side 28-21 at Spuller Stadium. Keishon Edwards added 12 carries for 82 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown for the Bruins. North Side was led by freshman Kendrick Parrish who rushed 17 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns, including a 39-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter.
A much anticipated game in the Northeast 8 turned into a one-sided affair as 4A no. 5 New Haven dominated 4A no. 10 East Noble 55-21 at John Young Stadium. At 5-0 in NE8 play the Bulldogs control their own destiny when it comes to the conference title, as they can clinch the crown with a win next Friday at Huntington North. NiShawn Jones stole the show for the Bulldogs, rushing 21 times for 215 yards and five scores. East Noble quarterback Andrew McCormick came into the game with 24 touchdown passes and one interception, but the Bulldogs picked him off three times – including pick sixes from Roy Ayers and Diamond Towns.
At Max Gandy Field Ja’Shawn Turner-Parks led the Leo offense with 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns as the Lions bested Columbia City 33-7. Trenton Bonner added 113 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Columbia City quarterback Max Bedwell scored on a two-yard keeper in the fourth quarter for the Eagles’ lone tally of the night.
Up in Waterloo DeKalb extended its winning streak to three games as the Barons defeated Bellmont 20-6. Hunter Minich carried 23 times for 89 yards and score while Jon Bell added an interception return for a touchdown to lead the Barons. Caleb Hankenson rushed 14 times for 67 yards while Tony Busse rushed 14 times for 64 yards and a touchdown for Bellmont.
At Kriegbaum Field Huntington North’s Patrick Miller returned an interception in the second quarter for the game’s first touchdown as the Vikings went on to defeat Norwell 27-0.
2A no. 1 Woodlan improved to 8-0 on the season as the Warriors defeated South Adams 36-3 in Berne. Tre’Von McCarter caught three passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns while Justin Durkes threw for 184 yards and two scores to lead Woodlan. Jack Rhoades rushed 22 times for 158 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors. Marcus Teeter of South Adams was 8-for-16 passing for 142 yards.
1A no. 5 Adams Central set up an undefeated showdown with Woodlan next Friday as the Jets handled Bluffton 55-6 to improve to 8-0. Drew Schultz rushed 10 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns for the Jets while Logan Macklin had two touchdowns on the game. Adams Central quarterback Andrew Hammond threw for two scores and ran for two more. Evan Kitt hit Reid Wenger for an 83-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for Bluffton’s only touchdown.
In Monroeville Heritage topped Southern Wells 21-0 behind a strong showing from senior Jeshua Foster. Foster rushed 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown. Heritage quarterback Jonathan McNeal rushed for a touchdown and threw at TD to Blake Rhymer.
The NECC big division title belongs to Garrett as the Railroaders edged Angola 28-27 Friday night at Memorial Field. Down 21-14 entering the fourth quarter a Tanner Burns 1-yard TD for Garrett knotted the game at 21 with 11:54 remaining. A Cam Smith rushing touchdown gave Garrett a 28-21 lead with 6:01 to play. Angola would answer when Jarrett Gibson hit a wide open Jarrett Schultz with 58 seconds left to cut the Garrett lead to 28-27. Instead of attempting a PAT for the tie the Hornets went for two, but Chance Roddy’s pass was dropped in the end zone, sealing a 28-27 win for Garrett over the 4A no. 15 Hornets.
The NECC small division title was clinched by 2A no. 7 Eastside as the Blazers defeated Central Noble 35-6. Eastside quarterback Conner Dove led the way by completing 14-of-22 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Dove also ran 14 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Central Noble’s Sam Bortner hauled in a 41-yard strike from Mason Smith for the Cougars’ only score.
Churubusco used their classic ground-and-pound attacked to top West Noble 40-6. Sam Richards rushed seven times for 124 yards and two touchdowns while Garrett Horn added 104 rushing yards and two touchdowns of his own.
1A no. 11 Northfield topped 2A no. 12 Whitko 34-12 on Friday to clinch the TRC’s North Division title. Jensen Frieden rushed 16 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns for the Norsemen while Jackson Beery added 10 carries for 126 yards. Garrett Elder paced Whitko with 18 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns.