10/21 Highlight Zone – Sectional Opener

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NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – 4A no. New Haven topped Wayne 49-7, reigning 4A state champ Bishop Dwenger survived a scare in Marion, while South Side upset Leo to cap an entertaining night in northeast Indiana as sectional play opened Friday night.

In the Highlight Zone’s featured game New Haven’s NiShawn Jones led the way for the Bulldogs with 168 rushing yards and four touchdowns. New Haven’s all-time leading passer Keshawn Moore was 11-for-21 with 134 passing yards and two touchdowns, both to James Gardner. Devonair Kelsaw and Diontre Collins-Jones each rushed for over 60 yards for Wayne. The Generals end the year 2-8. The Bulldogs advance to the sectional semi-final at South Side next Friday.

At Jack Weicker Stadium the Archers bested Leo 33-9 behind a big night from the Archer offense. South Side tallied 455 yards of total offense to Leo’s 211. Dennis Johnson was 16-of-33 for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Archers. A.J. King hauled in four receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown while Eldridge Wells caught five passes for 107 yards and two scores. Ja’Shawn Turner-Parks led Leo’s offense with 18 carries for 77 yards. Leo ends the season 7-3 while South Side will host New Haven next Friday.

Down in Marion 4A no. 8 Bishop Dwenger led 13-0 in the second quarter thanks to two rushing touchdowns from Blake Podschlne, but a Tyrell Phelps touchdown in the third quarter gave Marion a 14-13 lead. Podschlne would find Bradley Black for a 63-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Saints a 19-4 lead. C.J. Booth would boot a field goal to set the final at 22-14. The Saints will host undefeated Mississinewa next Friday at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium as Mississinewa defeated Logansport 49-6.

In 4A sectional 19 play East Noble blanked DeKalb 45-0 in Kendallville. Andrew McCormick was 21-for-31 for 336 yards and six touchdowns. Dylan Hunley hauled in eight receptions for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Peyton Stout led DeKalb by going 15-for-22 for 125 yards. East Noble advances to play at Plymouth next Friday.

In Angola it was Plymouth topping the Hornets 26-23 in one of the best games of the night. Angola finishes the season with a 7-3 record while Plymouth improves to 5-5 and will host East Noble next Friday.

3A no. 7 Concordia had little trouble dispatching Yorktown in sectional 27 play as the Cadets bested the Tigers 54-14. Peterson Kerlegrand led the way for the Cadets with 14 carries for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Peter Morrison was 20-for-30 for 311 yards and three scores, two of which went to Kamari Anderson-Drew. Yorktown was led by Dawson Allen with 15 carries for 105 yards and two scores. The Cadets will host Bellmont next Friday.

Down in Decatur it was Bellmont over Norwell 39-20. Caleb Hankenson returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown then added a rushing touchdown early in the second quarter to give the Braves a 13-0 lead. Matt Laughlin returned a fumble for a touchdown to make it 20-0 Braves. Bellmont travels to Concordia next Friday.

3A no. 15 Bishop Luers made the trip to Kokomo and defeated Northwestern 42-15. J’Lyn Charlton had six carries for 73 yards and three touchdown to pace Luers while Ty Hambright had three receptions for 90 yards and a score and two carries for 57 yards and a score. Luers will travel to Peru (8-2) next Friday.

3A no. 17 Garrett topped NECC rival Fairfield 42-16 at Falcon Field on Friday. Cam Smith carried the load for the Railroaders with 35 carries for 201 yards and five touchdowns. Garrett will play at Culver Academy (7-3) next week.

In a huge 2A match-up 2A no. 10 Eastside fell 21-16 at 2A no. 13 Churubusco. Garrett Horn led the Busco running attack with 36 carries for 241 yards and two touchdowns. Conner Dove was 14-for-26 passing for 201 yards and a touchdown for Eastside while Aaron Dean hauled in seven passes for 113 yards and a score. Busco will travel to Whitko next Friday.

Whitko and Central Noble played a back-and-forth game at Cougar Field with the Wildcats eventually coming out on top 28-24. Colin Craig’s rushing touchdown with less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter was the difference. Hunter Reed rushed 23 times for 124 yards to lead Whitko while Garrett Elder toted the ball 22 times for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Whitko will host Busco next Friday.

2A no. 1 Woodlan had no problem besting Bluffton 54-6. Tre’Von McCarter tallied eight carries for 136 yards and two scores while also tacking on a 14-yard receiving touchdown. Jack Rhoades rushed 10 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns as well. Woodlan will travel to South Adams next Friday.

South Adams scored early and often on Friday, beating Prairie Heights 54-7. J.D. Groh rushed nine times for 111 yards and three touchdowns while South Adams quarterback Marcus Teeter threw two touchdown passes and ran in another scores. South Adams will host Woodlan next week.

Down in Delaware County 1A no. 6 Adams Central handled Wes-Del 35-7 to improve to 9-1 on the season. Drew Schultz rushed 21 times for 141 yards and two touchdown while also hauling in an 18-yard touchdown reception. Blake Bauman carried 11 times for 102 yards while Logan Macklin added 70 rushing yards and a score. Adams Central travels to 1A no. 10 Shenandoah (9-1) next Friday.