NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – Eight local teams brought home a sectional championship on Friday night headlined by 4A no. 4 New Haven taking down defending state champion Bishop Dwenger at John Young Stadium.
There will be a new 4A state champion as (11-0) New Haven topped (8-4) Bishop Dwenger 28-23 for the sectional 20 crown. In a game that saw 10 turnovers Ivan Upshaw had two interceptions including one pick-six for New Haven. T.J Whitt also had one interception in the endzone to end Dwenger’s final drive with less than a minute to go. On the other side of the ball the Bulldogs were led by NiShawn Moore who had two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) with 142 yards of total offense. Bishop Dwenger’s receiving corps was led by Mitch Effinger who had 136 yards on eight catches. The Saints end the year 8-4.
New Haven will travel to 4A no. 2 NorthWood next week to face off against a Panthers team that beat 4A no. 13 East Noble 52-24 to win the 4A sectional 19 title. NorthWood jumped out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a pair of Bronson Yoder touchdowns followed by a pick-six by Drew Minnich. East Noble quarterback Andrew McCormick finished with three rushing touchdowns, toting the ball 24 times for 142 yards in the process. Dylan Hunley snagged six receptions for 106 yards for the Knights. East Noble finishes the season with an 8-3 record.
The defending 5A state champions went on the road to earn a big win as 5A no. 1 Snider topped 5A no. 11 Goshen 56-16. Snider outscored Goshen 28-0 in the second half to pull away. Christian Covington rushed seven times for 153 yards and two scores while Money Woods carried 13 times for 103 yards and two touchodowns. Mac Hippenhammer added a 97-yard kick-off return for a score. The Penn State recruit also had a 25-yard touchdown receptions and a 7-yard rushing TD. Snider will host 5A no. 6 Mishawaka next Friday.
Homestead jumped out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back as the 6A no. 11 Spartans bested Warsaw 52-27 at Fisher Field. Jiya Wright rushed 18 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans while Jordan Presley tallied 17 carries for 110 yards. Warsaw quarterback Michael Jensen threw for 172 yards and a two touchdowns – both going to Jeremy David (4 receptions, 90 yards, 2 TDs). Homestead will now host 6A no. 7 Carmel for the regional title next Friday.
In an all-SAC sectional title game in 3A it was 3A no. 7 Concordia besting 3A no. 15 Bishop Luers 45-22 at Luersfield. Peterson Kerlegrand paced the Concordia offense by rushing 24 times for 161 yards and four touchdowns. Concordia quarterback Peter Morrison threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns – all of those scores going to senior Mark Mallers. Bishop Luers quarterback Norman Knapke was 17-for-32 passing for 277 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. J’Lyn Charlton led Luers on the ground with 15 carries for 72 yards and a TD. Luers ends the season with a 6-6 record while Concordia will host 3A no. 4 West Lafayette next Friday for a regional crown.
The 3A sectional 26 title belongs to 3A no. 17 Garrett as the Railroaders outlasted Jimtown 29-26 at Memorial Field. Ben Purdy hauled in eight passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns to pace Garrett as quarterback Tanner Burns was 13-for-15 for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Cam Smith racked up 20 carries for 78 yards to lead the Garrett ground game. The Railroaders hit the road next Friday to play at 3A no. 2 Mishawaka Marian.
For the second straight week South Adams took down a ranked opponent as the Starfires bested 2A no. 13 Churubusco 29-27 in Berne. Marcus Teeter threw for 159 yards – including a 30-yard scoring strike to Nick Wurster in the first quarter – to lead the Starfire offense. Joe Stuber carried 14 times for 120 yards and a touchdown while Teeter also tallied a rushing score for South Adams. Garrett Horn racked up 28 carries for 144 yards and a score for Busco while Sam Richards carried 11 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns. South Adams will now hit the road to face 2A no. 3 Eastbrook next Friday for a regional title.
Andrew Hammond’s second rushing touchdown of the night with five minutes left in the fourth quarter ended up being the game-winning score in Monroe on Friday night as 1A no. 6 Adams Central took down 1A no. 5 Monroe Central 15-12. Drew Schultz carried 36 times for 160 yards to pace the Jets on the ground as Adams Central improves to 11-1 on the year. Michael Mosser’s team advances to play at Southwood next week.
Southwood knocked off 1A no. 11 LaVille, scoring with 0.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, as the Knights bested the Lancers 43-40 in an epic finish. Southwood improves to 9-3 on the season and will host Adams Central next Friday.