FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For the first time in program history Concordia is heading to the state championship game as the Cadets defeated Garrett 56-42 at 3A semi-state while Snider (5A) and Adams Central (1A) both came up short in their semi-state bids on Friday night.
Concordia (12-2) will face Lawrenceburg (13-1) at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. WANE-TV will be there as the Cadets continue to march toward history.
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.
Snider’s quest for back-to-back state championship fell short at 5A semi-state on Friday night as the 5A no. 1 Panthers fell to 5A no. 5 Westfield 23-17 in a game delayed by weather.
After a 40-minute delay to start the game Snider struck first on Friday as Paul Buisman booted a 24-yard field goal to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead with 7:47 left on the clock in the first quarter. Christian Covington would add to that lead with a 3-yard touchdown as Snider led 10-0 after the first 12 minutes.
Westfield’s Will Harrison would nail a 39-yard field goal with 2:39 to go before half, cutting Snider’s lead to 10-3. With 42 seconds remaining in the second quarter Westfield quarterback Andrew Sweet hit Evan Manley for a 25-yard strike, knotting the game at 10 heading into the half.
Nate Froelich would give Westfield its first lead of the game with a 3-yard touchdown run at 8:36 in the third quarter. Snider would respond 30 seconds later as Mac Hippenhammer took a reverse 64 yards for a score, tying the game at 17.
A Snider fumble would lead to a Harrison 53-yard field goal at 3:22 in the third quarter, putting Westfield on top 20-17. Harrison would hit from 24 yards out with 13 seconds left in the third to make it 23-17 and set the final.
Snider quarterback Michael Haupert rushed 18 times for 120 yards to pace the Panthers while Covington added 13 carries for 77 yards and a score.
Adams Central saw a fantastic postseason run come to an end Friday night in Monroe as the 1A no. 6 Flying Jets fell to 1A no. 3 Pioneer 22-8 at semi-state.
Adams Central ends the season with a 12-2 overall record.
Pioneer scored late in the first quarter on a Jack Kiser keep to take an 8-0 lead after the 2-point conversion.
The Panthers went up 16-0 in the second quarter when Kiser hit Keith Nies for a 16-yard TD.
Adams Central’s Andrew Hammond would connect with Logan Macklin for a 37-yard strike down to the one-yard line that led to an Andrew Hammond QB keeper for a score. Macklin would add the 2-point conversion to make it a 16-8 Pioneer lead at the half.
In the third Kiser would scamper 50 yards for a score, setting the final at 22-8.
Kiser finished with 24 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns while Nies added 16 carries for 111 yards. Drew Schultz led AC with 15 carries for 83 yards, but Pioneer out-rushed the Jets 315 yards to 160 and out-gained Adams Central with 342 yards of total offense to AC’s 202.