FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Snider’s Jack James knocked a 23-yard field goal off the upright and through with seven seconds left as Snider completed an amazing comeback to best Bishop Dwenger 34-31 in your Highlight Zone “Game of the Week” to headline week eight of the prep football season and clinch the SAC’s Victory Bell for the Panthers!
Bishop Dwenger built a 21-0 lead on a TD run from T.J. Tippmann early in the second quarter, but a 1-yard TD from Christian Covington, a pick six by Dalston Duff, and a 75-yard punt return for a score by Ethan Hoover knotted the game 21-all at halftime.
A Drew McCrady TD reception from Michael Haupert gave Snider its first lead in the third quarter, but a field goal by Dwenger cut the Panther lead to 28-24 heading into the fourth quarter.
James would connect on a 41-yard field goal in the fourth quarter make it 31-24, but Patrick O’Keefe would hit Tommy Steele for a 26-yard TD to knot the game at 31. James’ second field goal of the night earned Snider the win as the 6A no. 2 Panthers improved to 8-0 and won their third SAC title in the last 4 seasons.
At Walters Stadium Homestead improved to 7-1 on the season as the Spartans shook off a slow start to beat Wayne 35-6. Jake Archbold carried 8 times for 31 yards and 2 TDs to lead Homestead while Wayne’s Bailey Salary booted two field goals, including one from 41 yards out in the second quarter.
At Zollner Stadium Carroll’s Jack Miguel was 19-for-39 for 307 yards and 3 TDs as the Chargers beat Concordia 42-21. Jonathan Becker hauled in 7 receptions for 114 yards and a TD while Justin Becker added 7 receptions for 157 yards and 2 TDs. Cam Shank rushed 19 times for 81 yards and 2 TDs for the Chargers. Preston Kerlegrand paced the Cadets with 22 carries for 137 yards and a TD while Kamari Anderson-Drew caught two passes for 183 yards and a TD.
Ty Hambright scored two rushing TDs in the third quarter to help Bishop Luers take a 21-6 lead at halftime and turn it into a 35-6 lead that South Side would not be able to recover from, as the Knights defeated the Archers 37-19 in the annual “Clash on Calhoun.”
Northrop’s offense hit the ground running – and passing – on Friday night as the Bruins beat North Side 53-14 at Chambers Field. Bailey Meerzo was 8-for-9 passing for 187 yards and 3 TDs while also rushing for 116 yards and another score. Keishon Edwards continued his fantastic season rushing 19 times for 226 yards and 2 TDs. Ben Arruza caught 3 passes for 104 yards and a TD to lead the Bruins’ receiving corp. Hayden Jones was 4-for-12 passing for 96 yards and 2 TDs to lead North Side. Northrop wound up with 42 carries for 414 yards while North Side had 20 carries for -30 yards.
East Noble shook up the NE8 conference race, handing 4A no. 2 New Haven its first loss of the season in a big way as the Knights took care of the Bulldogs 42-21. East Noble quarterback Andrew McCormick rushed 19 times for 116 yards and 2 TDs while Damian Bowker added 2 rushing TDs for the Knights. Hayden Jones returned an interception 39 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter to help seal the game. Tim Jordan was 16-for-24 passing for 215 yards and 2 TDs for the Bulldogs.
Leo’s A.J. Restivo – fresh off a school-record 300 yards passing last week – continued to stay hot, going 13-for-19 passing for 240 yard and 3 TDs with a rushing TD to boot in a 34-13 win over Bellmont. Leo, East Noble, and New Haven are all now tied for first place in the NE8 with one loss in conference. Colton Grahovac caught 4 passes for 100 yards and a TD while Jason Gause had 3 receptions for 90 yards and 2 scores. Peyton Wall also recovered a blocked punt for a TD and hauled in a receiving TD for Leo. Jacob Wigent led Columbia City with 17 carries for 48 yards and a TD.
DeKalb edged Bellmont 15-14 as the Barons won their third game in a row. Cole Althouse had DeKalb’s lone offensive touchdown, giving the Barons a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 2-yard TD run. Matt Laughlin led Bellmont with 18 carries for 100 yards and a TD while Caden Friedt added 13 caries for 80 yards and a TD.
Norwell earned its first NE8 win of the season, edging Huntington North 25-24 in Ossian thanks to a two-point conversion in overtime by Christian Bohata. Bohata caught at TD pass from Eli Riley to make it a 24-23 game before deciding to go for two. Huntington North had previously scored on their OT possession and kicked the extra point.
4A no. 6 Angola clinched the NECC big division title with a 24-6 win over Garrett as the Hornets improved to 8-0 on the season. Chance Roddy was 10-for-18 passing for 170 yards and two TDs – a 33-yarder to Sean Miller and a 75-yarder to Chase Schnepf. Cam Smith led Garrett with 15 carries for 94 yards.
Eastside topped Central Noble 21-7 to create a three-way tie for the NECC small division title between the Blazers, the Cougars, and Churubusco who all finished 3-1 in NECC small division play. Jordan Esposito led the Blazers with 19 carries for 81 yards and 2 TDs. Central Noble QB Nick Alwine was 14-for-33 for 150 yards and a TD.
Churubusco bounced back from last week’s loss to Central Noble with a 35-13 win over West Noble. Sam Wood scored in the first quarter to make it 7-0 but West Noble would fire back with a Brandon Pruitt score to knot the game at 7. Gage Kelly’s rushing TD in the second quarter gave the Eagles a 14-7 and they would never look back. Kelly finished with 6 carries for 68 yards and 3 TDs while Nathaniel Keener rushed 25 times for 142 yards and a score.
2A no. 6 Woodlan stayed unbeaten in ACAC play with a 25-3 win over South Adams at Etzler Field. Jack Rhoades stole the show, rushing 26 times for 188 yards and 2 TDs while snagging an interception on defense.
Adams Central blanked Bluffton 46-0 to stay undefeated in ACAC play and set up a winner-takes-all conference championship game next week in Monroe against Woodlan. Logan Macklin rushed 7 times for 122 yards and had 3 total TDs to lead the Jets. Drew Schultz rushed 19 times for 83 yards and a score while quarterback Parker Bates had 2 rushing TDs. Brandon Lockwood led Bluffton with 10 carries for 53 yards.
Heritage earned its first win of the season as the Patriots topped Southern Wells 27-18 down in Poneto. Hunter Bradtmueller rushed 21 times for 83 yards and a TD while quarterback Parker Tracey was 9-for-19 passing for 171 yards and 2 TDs – both to Travis Gardner.
Warsaw knocked off 4A no. 7 NorthWood 31-28 on Friday at George Fisher Field in what was a big night for the Tigers on the ground. Quarterback Tristan Larsh rushed 29 times for 131 yards and 2 TDs while also throwing for a score. Bryce Garner carried 24 times for 122 yards and another score for the Tigers.
Wawasee’s Jacob Hand hauled in a touchdown pass from Aaron Evans to break a scoreless tie in the fourth quarter and help the Warriors to a 7-6 win over Elkhart Memorial. Elkhart Memorial’s Mark Browlee scored the Chargers’ only TD on the ground.