10/28 Highlight Zone – Sectional Semifinals

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Defending state champs Snider (5A) and Bishop Dwenger (4A) rolled in sectional semifinal action while South Adams scored one of the biggest upsets in the state by knocking off 2A no. 1 Woodlan on a wild night of football on the Highlight Zone.

Top-ranked Snider dominated their first game of the postseason with a 56-3 win over Concord. The defense and special teams combined to score three touchdowns in the rout that included an Austin France pick-six, a Taj Starks pick-six,  and a field goal blocked by Dom Slaughter and returned by Damarius Morgan. On offense Michael Haupert had five touchdowns, four passing and one rushing. The junior quarterback had 237 yards of total offense. Mac Hippenhammer had 86 receiving yards with two touchdowns.

In the other 5A sectional 10 game 11th-ranked Goshen defeated North Side 49-7 at Chambers Field. The Legends finish the season 1-9 overall in Mike Cochran’s first year as head coach. Kalen Desrosiers had four receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown to lead North Side. Goshen quarterback C.J. Detwiler threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns and also ran in another score. Goshen will host Snider next Friday in the sectional title game.

In 5A sectional 12 play Huntington North was knocked out of the playoffs by 5A no. 9 Kokomo 24-0. The Vikings end the year with a 2-8 record in coach Rick Burnau’s second season.

6A fans saw at Fisher Field in Warsaw saw the host Tigers top 6A no. 15 Carroll 23-13. Jeremy David hauled in two touchdown receptions for the Tigers while Andrew Mevis nailed three field goals. Carroll’s Ian Miller and Jack Miguel combined to go 15-for-35 passing for 184 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

At Dave S. Walters Memorial Stadium fans were treated to an offensive explosion with 6A no. 11 Homestead pulling away to beat Northrop 66-31. Jordan Presley rushed 16 times for 243 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans. Jiya Wright was 4-for-6 passing for the Spartans for 170 yards and a touchdown. Keishon Edwards rushed 14 times for 132 yards and a score while Casey Lawrence carried 17 times for 128 yards to pace the Bruins. Homestead travels to Warsaw next Friday night to play the Tigers for the 6A rsectional 3 title.

At Bishop D’Arcy Stadium a much-anticipated 4A match-up between 4A no. 5 Mississinewa and 4A no. 8 Bishop Dwenger turned one-sided early as the Saints marched to a 56-2 victory. The Dwenger defense forced six turnovers – including four interceptions – to set the tone. Blake Podschlne was 8-for-10 passing for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

4A no. 4 New Haven stayed unbeaten with a 51-19 romp at Jack Weicker Stadium on Friday night. Against the Archers of South Side Nishawn Jones ran 25 times for 197 yards and four touchdowns while Kentrel Thomas caught eight passes for 135 yards. Dennis Johnson led the Archers by completing 18-of-34 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns. The Bulldogs will host Dwenger next Friday for the 4A sectional 20 title.

In 4A sectional 19 action 4A no. 13 East Noble went on the road to defeat Plymouth 40-22. Andrew McCormick was 24-for-29 for 286 yards and five touchdowns while Dylan Hunley hauled in eight receptions for 156 yards and four touchdowns. East Noble will now host 4A no. 2 NorthWood next Friday night in Kendallville for the sectional crown.

Out in Peru is was 3A no. 15 Bishop Luers scoring early and often in a 48-12 defeat of the host Tigers. Arion Nieves hit Dashon Bussell for a 51-yard touchdown on the Knights’ first play from scrimmage to set the tone. Nieves finished 6-for-8 passing for 171 yards and four touchdowns while also running in a score. J’Lyn Charlton finished with 58 rushing yards and two scores for the Knights.

At Zollner Stadium 3A no. 7 Concordia bested reigning sectional champ Bellmont 47-7 behind a big night in the passing game. Concordia quarterback Peter Morrison was 16-for-23 for 303 yards and five touchdowns while Peterson Kerlegrand rushed 14 times for 143 yards and a score. Caleb Hankenson led Bellmont with 14 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. Concordia will travel to Luersfield next week for the 3A sectional 27 title game.

In 3A sectional 26 action 3A no. 17 Garrett went on the road to defeat Culver Academy 28-0. The Railroaders were paced by Cam Smith’s 32 carries for 160 yards and three touchdowns. Garrett will now host the 3A sectional 26 title game against Jimtown, as the Jimmies knocked out West Noble 27-3 on Friday.

After losing to 2A no. 1 Woodlan by 33 points in week eight the South Adams Starfires turned the tables Friday night in Berne upsetting the favored Warriors 20-14. Marcus Teeter found Nick Wurster for two touchdowns – including the game-winner at 8:03 in the fourth quarter to break a 14-all tie. Teeter finished 10-for-14 for 151 yards while the South Adams defense forced three turnovers. Justin Durkes was 7-for-14 for 173 yards and a touchdown for Woodlan while Jack Rhoades rushed 21 times for 85 yards.

2A no. 13 Churubusco used a big night from Garrett Horn to beat Whitko 20-6. Horn rushed 34 times for 273 yards and a touchdown while Sam Richards added 11 caries for 93 yards and a score. Garrett Elder led Whitko with 21 carries for 142 yards and a touchdown. Busco will now travel to South Adams next Friday for the 2A sectional 35 championship.

In 1A it was 1A no. 6 Adams Centrall passing another big road tested, this time defeated 1A no. 8 Shenandoah 35-24. Jets quarterback Andrew Hammond rushed 15 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns while also throwing for a score. Drew Schultz rushed 24 times for 76 yards and a touchdown while Logan Macklin tallied a receiving and rushing score. Adams Central advances to host1A no. 5 Monroe Central in Monroe next Friday night.