Woodlan, Adams Central win to set up another ACAC showdown


Snider 34, Bishop Dwenger 31: The Panthers had to rally from a 21-0 first-half deficit to win on a 23-yard field goal by Jack James with seven seconds remaining. The Panthers can win the SAC title with a win over Bishop Luers on Friday.

The Panthers were led on offense by 121 yards rushing on 19 carries by Christian Covington. Michael Haupert ran 11 times for 69 yards, and completed 4-of-7 passes for 45 yards and a score. Ethan Hoover led the defense with 11 tackles, and Brandon Kocks and Kerry Perry had nine each.

The Saints got 10-of-16 passing from quarterback Patrick O’Keefe for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran 15 times for 60 yards, and Patrick Finley caught three passes for 57 yards. Isaac Blume led the Saints’ defense with 11 tackles and Alex Watercutter had nine.

Snider is 8-0 and Bishop Dwenger 5-3.

Homestead 35, Wayne 6: The Spartans kept their SAC title hopes alive by winning at home, thanks to a balanced attack. Jake Archbold came off the bench to complete 5-of-6 passes for 39 yards and a touchdown, and he carried for two more scores. The Spartans’ defense held Wayne to 83 yards rushing and 114 yards passing, while the Generals slowed Homestead down to 287 yards in total offense.

Grant Raber led Homestead’s defense with six tackles, while Dreyvon Walton had 12 tackles, John Allen and Darius Alexander nine each for the Generals.

Homestead is 7-1 and Wayne 3-5.

Northrop 53, North Side 14: Keishon Edwards ran 19 times for 226 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Bruins who won for the second time this season. Bailey Meerzo completed 8-of-9 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns, and ran nine times for 124 yards and a score. He hit Ben Arruza three times for 109 yards and a score. Davieun Bailey led the defense with eight tackles, and Marquavious Jenkins had two interceptions.

Auntral Franklin paced North Side with three catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. Jaylen Harris paced the Legends defense with six tackles.

Northrop is 2-6 and North Side 0-8.

Carroll 42, Concordia 21: Chargers quarterback Jack Miguel completed 19-of-39 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed 13 times for 48 yards to lead the win. Cam Shank rushed 19 times for 81 yards and two scores, and Justin Becker caught seven passes for 157 yards and two scores, and Jonathan Becker seven for 114 yards. Austin Lineback and Logan Belleville each had six tackles.

Cadets quarterback Jake Byrd completed 9-of-25 passes for 295 yards and two scores, and Preston Kerlegrand rushed 23 times for 134 yards and a score. Kamari Anderson-Drew caught three passes for 196 yards and a touchdown. Keaton Koehlinger caught four passes for 64 yards.

Carroll is 5-3 and Concordia 4-4.

Bishop Luers 37, South Side 19: Tyreeon Hambright rushed 20 times for 168 yards, and Jordan Presley carried nine times for 97 yards to pace the Knights who gained 348 yards rushing.


East Noble 42, New Haven 21: Knights quarterback Andrew McCormick threw for 134 yards and rushed for 103 to lead East Noble to the upset and set up a potential three-way tie for the conference championship. Griffen Dafforn-Koebler ran 12 times for 82 yards and caught four pases for 68 yards.

Tim Jordan led the Bulldogs by completing 16-of-24 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Stephen Owens ran 18 times for 66 yards. Kentrel Thomas caught four passes for 68 yards and Zel Banks five for 64 yards.

East Noble, Leo and New Haven are all 5-1 in conference play. On Friday, East Noble hosts Bellmont, New Haven hosts Huntington North and Leo plays at DeKalb. New Haven is 7-1 and East Noble 6-2 overall.

Leo 34, Columbia City 13: A.J. Restivo threw for three touchdowns and ran for one to lead the Lions. Restivo completed 13-of-19 passes for 240 yards. Alex Wertman ran 15 times for 70 yards. Colton Grahovac caught four passes for 100 yards, and Jason Gause three for 90 yards. Gause caught two touchdown passes, and Grahovac one.

Leo is 6-2 and Columbia City 4-4.

Norwell 15, Huntington North 14 OT: Christian Bohata caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Eli Riley in overtime and then caught another pass for the two-point conversion to give the Knights their second win of the season. Riley completed 12-of-29 passes for 189 yards and two scores, with Bohata catching six for 79 yards and two scores. Carson Ringger ran 17 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. Bryce Kelly made nine tackles.

Austin Spahr rushed 12 times for 51 yards, Mason Landrum 15 times for 62 yards and Logan Hippensteel six times for 53 yards to pace the Vikings’ offense. Deven Newcomb caught five passes for 55 yards. Charles Agnew made 11 tackles.

Norwell is 2-6 and Huntington North 0-8.

DeKalb 15, Bellmont 14: The Barons held the Braves to 5 yards passing to pull out their third win of the season. Jon Bell led the DeKalb offense with 53 yards rushing on six carries. Colin Goebel caught five passes for 34 yards and also grabbed an interception.

Matt Laughlin led Bellmont with 18 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown, and Caden Friedt ran 14 times for 80 yards and a score.

DeKalb is 3-5 and Bellmont 2-6.


Adams Central 46, Bluffton 0: The Jets shut down the Tigers’ running game while gaining 269 yards on the ground themselves. Logan Macklin rushed seven times for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and Drew Schultz ran 19 times for 83 yards and a score. Quarterback Parker Bates only rushed seven times for 26 yards, but he scored two touchdowns, and hit Macklin with a touchdown pass.

Bluffton star Brandon Lockwood was held to 53 yards rushing on 10 carries. Jalen Hammond had two interceptions and Bates one for Adams Central.

Macklin led the Jets with six tackles, and Jadyn Stepp paced the Tigers with seven. The Jets are 6-2 and the Tigers 4-4.

Woodlan 25, South Adams 3: The Warriors may be known for their offense, but their defense dominated to set up a final-week showdown with Adams Central for the conference title. This will be the third year in a row where the Jets and Warriors have battled in the last week of the regular season. Woodlan won the first two meetings in nail-biting conclusions. Friday’s game will be at Adams Central.

Jack Rhoades rushed 26 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns, but the real story was Woodlan’s defense that held South Adams to 123 yards in total offense, including negative-55 yards rushing. Starfires quarterback Nic Stuber completed 15-of-33 passes for 163 yards, but was picked off once. Nick Miller caught seven passes for 80 yards, and Terry Dawn caught five for 35 yards.

Amarion Hicks ran eight times for 56 yards for the Woodlan, and led the team in tackles with 7.5. Sebastian Spieth made 6.5 tackles. Austin Gorney led the Starfires with 9.5 tackles.

The Warriors are 7-1 and the Starfires are 6-2.

Heritage 27, Southern Wells 18: Patriots coach Nico Tigulis must have made an awesome halftime speech at Southern Wells led 18-7 after two quarters before Heritage rallied for its first win of the season. Parker Tracy completed 9-of-19 passes for 171 yards and two scores to lead the rally. Hunter Bradtmueller rushed 21 times for 83 yards and a score, and Blake Rhymer rushed 12 times for 85 yards. Travis Gardner caught two passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Both teams are 1-7.


Churubusco 35, West Noble 13: The Eagles won their game and then got some help to tie for the Northeast Corner Conference small-division title. Nathaniel Keener rushed 25 times for 142 yards and a touchdown, and Gage Kelly ran six times for 68 yards and three touchdowns. Sam Wood and Joey Emenhiser also picked off interceptions to lead the Churubusco defense.

Churubusco, Eastside and Central Noble are all 3-1 in the five-team division. Churubusco is 7-1 overall.

Angola 24, Garrett 6: The Hornets’ defense limited Garrett to six yards passing and 206 yards in total offense to clinch the NECC Large-School Division title and improve to 8-0.

Cam Smith provided most of the offense for the Railroaders with 15 carries for 94 yards, Jacob Bevis ran 15 times for 67 yards and Joel Mix 10 times for 54 yards.

Eastside 21, Central Noble 7: The Blazers forced a three-way tie for the Small School Division title as the defense grabbed three turnovers. Jordan Esposito rushed 19 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

Eastside and Central Noble are both 6-2.