FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The New Haven Bulldogs called themselves conference champions for the first time in the program's history Friday night, after a 45-20 win over Homestead. The Bulldogs earned the NHC title outright with the win.
The win, would moved New Haven to 8-1 on the year, snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Spartans.
New Haven senior Ariest Vazquez did the work on both sides of the ball. Not only did he finish the team's first two drives with a rushing touchdown, he also recovered a fumble and returned it 50 yards for a score, as well.
Vazquez rushed the ball 16 times for 197 yards and three touchdowns. His final score came late in the third quarter, which put New Haven up, 38-13.
Fellow senior, Jordan Hogue, also got in the endzone. He grabbed in two Vance Shearer passes in the second quarter for scores.
Hogue ended the game with five catches for 75 yards.
Homestead, which had no rusher with more than 19 yards, ran 35 passing plays on the night. Logan Ormsby completed 18 of those passes for 221 yards, to go along with two touchdowns and one interception.
New Haven will begin the sectionals in the 4A state tournament Friday night with South Side.
Homestead plays in the state's first 6A tournament, and will take on Carroll next week.
Carroll ended the regular season in a dominating performance. The Chargers beat DaKalb, 79-7, and scored 44 points in the first quarter alone.
Carroll, who is 7-2, rushed the ball 32 times, but only gave the a combined six carries to Drue and Justin Tranquil. Drue had 119 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns. Justin rushed for 157 yards and three scores.
DeKalb begins the 4A tournament with a game next week at Angola.
East Noble was also a winner in week nine, beating Bellmont, 34-7.
The Knights would score 14 first-quarter points, including a Brandon Mable kickoff return for a score to start the contest. He'd also rush in a two-yard score in the quarter.
Mable ended the game with 113-rushing yards and three touchdowns.
East Noble, which is a 4A school, will host NorthWood next week.
The final conference game of week nine featured Norwell and Columbia City, which the Knights won, 35-21.
Norwell quarterback Piercen Harnish rushed the ball for 129 yards. It brought his season total to 1,002 yards, which made the 15th player in the school's history to reach the 1,000 yard mark in a season.
Harnish also found the endzone three times in the win.
This week's game could be considered a warm-up for the two schools, because they face off next week in the 4A tournament. Next week's game will be played at Norwell High School.
Former Komets executive, owner, general manager and coach Ken Ullyot passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at the age of 92.
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