Friday prep football roundup: Leo quarterback sets school record
Snider 49, Northrop 35: Christian Covington rushed for 123 yards on 14 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead the Panthers to their seventh win without a loss. Anyis Lockett added two touchdowns for Snider, which is ranked second in the Class 6A Associated Press poll. Lockett ran for 50 yards on six carries. Ethan Hoover scored the other touchdown for the Panthers on an 85-yard kickoff return. Michael Haupert completed 6-of-8 passes for 80 yards.
Northrop quarterback Bailey Meerzo scored three touchdowns on the ground and also threw a TD pass to Ben Arruza. Meerzo completed 13-of-21 for 159 yards. Keishon Edwards led the Bruins (1-6) with 148 yards rushing and scored a touchdown. Davieun Berry caught six passes for 38 yards.
Defensively, Snider was led by Brandon Kocks with 18 tackles while Marquavious Jenkins had five for Northrop.
Bishop Dwenger 15, Bishop Luers 14: Bishop Dwenger kicker Michael Garrett made a 27-yard field goal with 59 seconds left to give the Saints (5-2) the win in the battle of the Bishops.
Garrett hit field goals of 36 and 24 yards in the first half as Dwenger took a 6-0 hafltime lead. Luers answered in the second half, taking a 7-6 lead after a 29-yard touchdown run by Ty Hambright. Camdyn Childers increased the Luers lead to 14-6 on a 70-yard fumble recovery return.
Dwenger cut the margin to 14-12 on a 20-yard pass from Patrick O’Keefe to Chip Clark.
The final score was the first one-point margin in the Dwenger vs. Luers game since 1993.
Luers falls to 4-3.
Concordia 35, Wayne 14: The Cadets bounced back from a shutout loss to Bishop Dwenger by pouncing on the Generals. Concordia (4-3) built a 28-0 lead through three quarters before Wayne (3-4) finally got on the board with two scores in the fourth quarter.
Keaton Koehlinger recovered a fumble for a 36-yard touchdown to start the scoring for Concordia, which then added scores in the first half on a 20-yard pass from Jake Byrd to Kamari Anderson-Drew and a 10-yard run by Marcus Morrow. Byrd scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to make it 28-0.
Wayne’s John Allen ran 70 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Generals’ first points to cut the lead to 28-7.
Byrd ran four yards for a score to make it 35-7 and Wayne added its final touchdown on a three-yard run by quarterback Brandan Young.
Byrd completed 15-of-26 for 147 yards passing. Morrow rushed 15 times for 140 yards and Preston Kerlegrand rushed 10 times for 110 yards. Kerlegrand also led the Cadets with four catches for 41 yards.
Allen finished with eight carries for 93 yards for Wayne. Young was 7-of-18 for 102 yards. Aarick Adams had three catches for 49 yards.
Kayoni Griggs and Bryce Woods had interceptions for Concordia. Wayne’s Dreyvon Walton also had an interception.
South Side 35, North Side 22: The Archers picked up their first win of the season in the annual Totem Pole game at South side.
South (1-6) jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead on fumble recovery by Brandon Eldridge, a 46-yard run by Marcalin Hairston and an 83-yard pass completion from Mikale Stevenson to Amarion Green.
North Side came back, however, and cut the South lead to 27-22 on a 40-yard pass from Hayden Jones to Auntral Franklin with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter. A Gerald Little touchdown with 3:01 left gave South its final cushion.
Hairston rushed 13 times for 93 yards to pace South Side’s offense. Stevenson was 8-of-20 passing for 215 yards. Green had two catches for 99 yards.
North Side (0-7) used three quarterbacks, with Jones completing 7 of 11 passes for 97 yards and Alex Holiday-Robinson 5 of 12 passes for 78 yards.
Homestead 58, Carroll 24: Cam Shannon returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and quarterback Jiya Wright accounted for 325 total yards as Homestead rolled.
The Spartans (6-1) led 30-7 at halftime and were never seriously threatened.
Senior Grant Raber caught six passes for 116 yards and two scores for Homestead, which won its third straight in the series. It was the most points for the Spartans against Carroll since a 69-14 victory in 1997.
Jack Miguel threw for 163 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers (4-3). Cam Shank rushed for 112 yards and two scores in defeat.
New Haven 18, Bellmont 13: The Bulldogs improved to 7-0 (5-0 Northeast Eight Conference) with the close win over the Braves (2-5, 2-3 NE8). New Haven travels to second-place East Noble next Friday.
Bellmont took a 7-0 lead Friday on a 31-yard pass from Johnathan Wilder to Noah Macklin in the first quarter. New Haven scored on a seven-yard pass from Tim Jordan to Kentrel Thomas in the second quarter, but a two-point conversion failed and Bellmont took a 7-6 lead into the half.
New Haven scored twice in the third quarter, on runs of 67 and 5 yards by Stephen Owens to take an 18-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Bellmont cut the margin to 18-13 on a six yards pass from Wilder to Macklin.
Owens finished with 25 carries for 172 yards to pace the New Haven offense. Jordan was 9-of-15 passing for 99 yards. James Gardner had four catches for 41 yards.
Wilder was 8-of-12 passing for 90 yards and Caden Fried rushed 12 times for 86 yards.
DeKalb 35, Norwell 12: DeKalb quarterback Kyle Dunham rushed for three touchdowns and passes for three scores as the Barons won their second game.
Dunham was 14-of-35 passing for 282 yards and rushed for 38 yards. Both of his scoring passes were to Colin Goebell for 25 and 89 yards. DeKalb (2-5, 2-3 NE8) compiled 390 yards of offense.
Norwell (1-6, 0-5 NE8) was led by Carson Ringger with 25 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. Beldon Glasgow also rushed for a touchdown.
East Noble 42, Columbia City 0: The Knights compiled 444 yards of offense in preparation for next Friday’s home showdown with first-place New Haven. East Noble (5-2) improved to 4-1 in the NE8, one game behind New Haven.
East Noble quarterback Andrew McCormick completed 14 of 28 passes for 170 yards and two touchdown passes to Hayden Jones. McCormick also rushed 13 times for 99 yards.
Kaiden Harshberger, Dane Hile, Griffen Dafforn-Koebler and Donley Durbin also scored touchdowns. Jones had four catches for 85 yards. Hile rushed for 51 yards and Harshberger 47.
Kenny Cook led East Noble with 10 tackles, including one for loss. Bailey Parker had two interceptions.
Austin Bolt had 9.5 tackles for ColumbiaCity (4-3, 3-2 NE8).
Leo 42, Huntington North 12: Leo quarterback AJ Restivo set school records with 300 yards passing and five touchdown passes. Restivo completed 13 of 20 passes.
Jason Gause set a school record with 185 receiving yards. He caught five passes, three of them for touchdowns of 51, 65 and 17 yards.
Colton Grahovac caught three passes for 92 yards, with two of them for touchdowns. Grahovac’s scoring catches were 40 and 19 yards.
Leo improved to 5-2 (4-1 NE8).
Huntington North (0-7, 0-5 NE8) had some success in the ground game, with Austin Spahr rushing 23 times for 140 yards and a touchdown and Mason Landrum rushing 28 times for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Bluffton 34, Heritage 32: The Tigers stopped Heritage on a two-point conversion with a little more than four minutes to go in regulation to hold on and win its third straight game.
Parker Tracey’s second passing touchdown of the fourth quarter put the Patriots in position to try for the tie, but the conversion failed.
Nick Bosler and Blake Rhymer caught touchdown passes for Heritage, which is 0-7 for the first time in school history.
Bluffton (4-3) has won three straight games, a feat it had not accomplished since it began the 2012 season with four straight victories.
South Adams 45, Jay County 28: The Starfires scored the final 21 points of the game to overcome a scare from Jay County.
In his first career start at quarterback, freshman James Arnold threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns for South Adams (6-1). Joe Stuber amassed 151 yards and three scores on 23 carries in the win.
Cole Stigleman of Jay County (2-5) accumulated 186 yards of total offense, but it was not enough.
Adams Central 49, Southern Wells 0: The Flying Jets (5-2) amassed 347 yards rushing to breeze past the Raiders.
Drew Schultz rushed for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries, while Logan Macklin, Parker Bates and Jalen Hammond also found the end zone on the ground. Bates also threw for a pair of scores.
Southern Wells has lost six straight since opening the season with a victory over Fremont.
Central Noble 19, Churubusco 17: In the biggest showdown in the NECC, Central Noble prevailed over Churubusco for the first time since 2003. The win boosts Central Noble to 3-0 in the NECC Small Division while Churubusco falls to 3-1. Both teams are 6-1 overall.
Churubusco led 17-7 at the half and was up 17-13 entering the fourth quarter.
Angola 49, Prairie Heights 6: Hornets quarterback Chance Roddy threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more as Angola improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1999.
Sean Miller caught a pair of passes for scores for Angola in the victory.
Garrett 20, Fairfield 14: The Railroaders defense held Fairfield to just four first downs for the game as Garrett (5-2) stayed perfect in NECC Big Division play.
Senior Jacob Bevis carried 25 times for 146 yards and all three Garrett scores.
The Railroaders trailed 14-7 after the first quarter before scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter and holding Fairfield scoreless the rest of the game.
Eastside 48, Fremont 6: Jordan Esposito rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Blazers (5-2). Caleb Ballentine completed 8-of-15 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns to Aaron Dean.