FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – 3A no. 7 Concordia earned the program’s third-ever regional championship with an impressive 62-27 win over 3A no. 4 West Lafayette at Zollner Stadium.
This game was an offensive coordinator’s dream early on, as Concordia led 21-14 after the first quarter thanks to a 31-yard touchdown pass from Peter Morrison to Tysen Chambers and two rushing touchdowns from Peterson Kerlegrand. After West Lafayette cut it to 21-20 early in the second quarter Morrison connected with Colton Grahovac and Mark Mallers on touchdowns in a span of 2:25 to give the Cadets a 34-20 lead. With 2:50 before half Grahovac found Mallers for a 25-yard touchdown on a wide receiver pass, building Concordia’s lead to 41-20 at the break. Kerlegrand added three rushing touchdowns in the second half to end with five touchdowns and 216 rushing yards for the game. Morrison was 18-for-24 for 343 yards and three touchdowns while Grahovac finished with seven catches for 175 yards and a score.
The 3A no. 17 Railroaders went on the road to upset 3A no. 2 Mishawaka Marian 31-28 thanks to a late field goal. Kianna McDonald lifted a 30-yard field goal through the uprights with 1.6 seconds left to break a 28-all tie and win the game for GHS. The Railroaders trailed early, as Bryce Tomasi hit Evan Sandefur for first quarter score to make it 7-0, but Tanner Burns would hit Ben Purdy for a 56-yard score to tie it up late it up with 2:19 left in the second quarter. However, a little over a minute later Mishawaka Marian found the end zone to take a 14-7 lead into half. At 9:36 in the third frame Burns would hit Purdy on a screen that went for a 20-yard score to knot the game at 14. The Railroaders then gambled and won, recovering an onside kick that led to another Burns-to-Purdy touchdown, giving Garrett a 21-14 lead. After a Mishawaka Marian TD late in the third tied the game at 21, Purdy would haul in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Burns with 10:38 left in the fourth quarter to take a 28-21 lead. Mishawaka would find the end zone on a 16-yard run with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game and set the table for McDonald’s heroic kick. Garrett now will host 3A semistate against Concordia next Friday.