GARRETT, Ind. (WANE) – Concordia will play for the 3A state title next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium as the Cadets bested Garrett 56-42 at semi-state at a rain-soaked Memorial Field.
Concordia (12-2) will face Lawrenceburg (13-1) at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday as the Cadets are making the program’s first trip to a state title game.
Friday’s contest in Garrett – originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. kick – was pushed back past 9 p.m. due to weather in the area.
The Railroaders landed the first blow as Cam Smith’s 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter gave Garrett at 7-0 lead. However, Concordia responded with a 15-yard TD strike from Peter Morrison to Kamari Anderson-Drew to knot the game at 7-all after one.
In the second quarter the Cadets broke the game open. Peterson Kerlegrand’s 3-yard rushing TD made it a 14-7 Concordia lead, then Morrison hit Tysen Chambers for a 47-yard score to make it 21-7. Concordia senior Drew Bordner added to the lead with a pick six as the Cadets took a 28-6 into half.
Less than two minutes into the third quarter Morrison found Colton Grahovac for a 2-yard TD as the Cadets built a 35-7 lead. Tanner Burns would counter with a 4-yard touchdowns, but a Burns interception by Kerlegrand was returned for a touchdow to give Concordia a 42-14 lead. Smith would added a 35-yard scoring run with 2:23 left in the third to cut the lead to 42-20, but Morrison would hook up with Kerlegrand for a 23-yard TD with two seconds left in the third quarter to make it a 49-20 ballgame heading into the fourth.
Less than two minutes into the final frame Cam Smith would run for a 19-yard TD to make it 49-26, but Morrison would hit Mark Mallers for a 10-yard TD to give Concordia 56 points. The Railroaders would add two more TD – including Smith’s fourth TD of the night – but Garrett could not take down Concordia, ending their season with a 12-2 record.
Morrison finished the night 15-for-22 for 279 yards and five touchdowns with all five TDs going to different receivers. Kerlegrand finished with 21 carries for 86 yards and three total TDs while Anderson-Drew led the receiving corp with four grabs for 91 yards and a TD.
Smith led Garrett with 191 yards rushing on 24 carries to go with four TDs. Burns was 7-for-15 passing for 111 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INTs. He also carried 17 times for 61 yards and a score.