WOODBURN, Ind. (WANE) – 2A no. 1 Woodlan bested 1A no. 4 Adams Central 28-16 in the Highlight Zone “Game of the Week” at Etlzer Field to clinch the ACAC title and remain undefeated on the final Friday night of the regular season.
Jordan Delagrange scored his two touchdowns in the first quarter to give Woodlan an early 14-0 lead. Adams Central scored on a Drew Schultz TD and had a first half field goal, but Tre’Von McCarter hauled in a 67 yard touchdown pass to put the Warriors up 21-10 at halftime. The Jets made it a game early in the third quarter with Schultz’s second touchdown of the night. Schults had 70 rushing yards on 16 carries. But Jack Rhoades, who led Woodlan with 105 rushing yards, scored in the final minute of the fourth quarter to close out the win for Woodlan.
Woodlan has finished the regular season 9-0 for back-to-back seasons. This is the first time that they have won back-to-back conference titles since they won five straight from 1982-1986. The Warriors host Blufffton to open sectional play next week. 1A No. 4 Adams Central travels to Wes-Del for their sectional opener.
In Monroeville Jay County topped host Heritage 28-14 as the Patriots finished 4-2 in conference to wind up in third place of the ACAC. Evan Knapke rushed 12 times for 92 yards a touchdown to lead the Patriots. Jeshua Foster added 16 carries for 86 yards while Jonathan McLean added eight carries for 64 yards a touchdown. Heritage finishes the regular season 3-6 overall while Jay County enters the playoffs 6-3.
In SAC play 5A no. 1 Snider, who clinched the Victory Bell last week, defeated 3A no. 15 Bishop Luers 52-27 as the Panthers finished the regular season undefeated. The Panthers out-rushed the Knights 342 yards to 108. Quarteback Michael Haupert tallied 106 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Money Woods added eight carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns while Damarious Ridley took a punt back 67 yards for a score. Ty Hambright led Luers with eight carries for 55 yards and a score while Jordan Brooks caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Arion Nieves. Luers finishes the regular season 4-5 and will travel to Northwestern for sectional play next Friday.
At Zoller Stadium 4A no. 8 Bishop Dwenger edged Northrop 31-28 in overtime. Jordan Hudson led the Saints with 10 carries for 118 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown. Amaun Clark tallied four receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Davieun Berry paced the Bruins with eight catches for 83 yards and three touchdowns. Dwenger ends the regular season 6-3 and travels to Marion next Friday.
3A no. 7 Concordia blanked North Side 42-0 behind four touchdown passes from Peter Morrison. Morrison was 10-for-15 for 163 yards including first quarter scoring strikes for 27 yards to Mark Mallers and 21 yards to Kamari Anderson-Drew. Nick Craddock rushed 21 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns for the Cadets. Concordia improves to 7-2 on the season at opens sectional play next Friday at home against Yorktown.
At Jack Weicker Stadium 6A no. 11 Homestead defeated host South Side 49-31 to improve to 7-2. Jiya Wright for 9-for-11 passing for 186 yards and a three touchdowns and also added a TD on the ground. Matt Anderson caught three passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns while Jordan Presley rushed 16 times for 101 yards and two TDs. Dennis Johnson led South Side by throwing for 349 yards and three touchdowns. Toreese Bobo hauled in 11 catches for 198 yards and a score while Eldridge Well racked up nine receptions for 99 yards and two scores. South opens sectional play next Friday by hosting Leo.
6A no. 14 Carroll bested Wayne 23-6 to finish 6-3 in the regular season. Jordan Schmeling caught eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers. Nic Novotny added 28 carries for 99 yards rushing while Jack Shannon kicked three field goals. Devonair Kelsaw paced the Generals with 11 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown. Wayne will travel to New Haven next Friday to play the Bulldogs in 4A sectional action.
4A no. 5 New Haven blanked Huntington North 42-0 to win the Northeast 8 title outright at Kriegbaum Field. Keshawn Moore threw for 210 yards to become New Haven’s all-time leading passer with 3,860 yards, passing Nate Schlund who tallied 3,652 yards from 2005 to 2007. Nishawn Jones added 10 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns. New Haven finishes 8-0 for their first undefeated regular season since 1987. The Bulldogs host Wayne next week in sectionals.
4A no. 11 East Noble got an early challenge from Bellmont only to score 46 unanswered and defeat the Braves 53-14. East Noble was led by quarterback Andrew McCormick who was 24-of-26 passing for 271 yards and four touchdowns. McCormick also rushed for 82 yards and a score. Dylan Hunley hauled in caught 13 balls for 122 yards and two touchdowns while Justin Galaviz added four receptions for 112 yards and two scores. Caleb Hankenson led the Braves with 27 carries for 174 yards and two scores. East Noble will host DeKalb next week while Bellmont will host Norwell.
Freshman Peyton Wall tallied three interceptions and returned two for a score as Leo bested DeKalb 48-14. A.J. Restivo threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns while Trenton Bonner added a rushing and receiving touchdown for the Lions. Peyton Stout hit Collin Goebel for two touchdowns to lead the Barons. Goebel finished with 10 receptions for 112 yards. DeKalb will play at East Noble next week while Leo is at South Side.
Down in Ossian Columbia City defeated Norwell 27-13. Columbia City quarterback Brock Snouffer threw two touchdown passes while rushing for 117 yards. Khale Rider rushed 17 times for 100 yards and a touchdown while Trefor Gatchell returned a punt for a score to guide the Eagles to the win. Quarterback Joe Taylor completed 8-of-14 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown to lead the Knights. Norwell opens sectional play next week at Bellmont while Columbia City travels to NorthWood.
3A no. 17 Garrett wrapped up the regular season with a 8-1 record as the Railroaders topped Central Noble 54-32. Cam Smith rushed 12 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns for Garrett while Joel Mix added 11 carries for 139 yards and a touchdown. Tanner Burns threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Garrett will travel to Fairfield next week in sectional action while Central Noble will host Whitko.
Angola finished the regular season 7-2 as the Hornets defeated 2A no. 7 Eastside 10-8. Joel McCurdy had the biggest play of the game with a 54-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that gave Angola a 10-0 lead. McCurdy finished with 93 yards on nine carries. Joe White led Eastside with 21 carries for 114 yards. Eastside opens the playoff next Friday at Churubusco while Angola will host Plymouth.
2A no. 12 Churubusco saw Garrett Horn rush 21 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles beat Fairfield 55-25. Busco will host Eastside next Friday in sectionals while Fairfield will host Garrett.
The Three Rivers Conference title goes to Northfield as the 1A no. 11 Norsemen beat 1A no. 9 North Miami 34-0 Friday night in Denver. Northfield finishes 8-1 in the regular season and will travel to Southwood next Friday. North Miami is 8-1 and will travel to Culver.
In NLC action Concord defeated Warsaw 45-38 in a shootout at George Fisher Field. Michael Jensen was 12-for-22 for 257 yards and four touchdowns while Will McGarvey rushed 18 times for 163 yards. Warsaw has a bye next week but will host Carroll October 28 in the first round of 6A sectional play.