9/22 Highlight Zone – Week Six


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – 6A no. 2 Snider snapped Wayne’s 3-game winning streak as the Panthers improved to 6-0 on the season by winning the Highlight Zone “Game of the Week” to headline a huge slate of games on Friday.

Christian Covington continued his stellar senior season with 22 carries for 168 yards and 2 TDs to lead the Panthers. A’nyis Lockett added 10 carries for 56 yards and TDs. Quarterback Brandon Young led Wayne with 16 carries for 90 yards.

4A no. 10 Bishop Dwenger earned Zollner Stadium bragging rights with a 27-0 win over 3A no. 8 Concordia. The Dwenger defense was the star of the game, with the Saints coming up with six interceptions – two from Patrick Finley. Dwenger quarterback Patrick O’Keefe was 13-for-19 for 135 yards and a TD. Concordia was led by Marcus Morrow with 18 carries for 90 yards.

Homestead bounced back from a loss at Lucas Oil Stadium to Snider to defeat North Side 42-14 at Chambers Field. Trevin Taylor caught 8 passes for 135 yards and 2 TDs while Grant Raber tallied 2 receiving TDs and one on the ground. Homestead quarterback Jiya Wright was 20-for-26 for 283 yards and 4 TDs through the air. North Side was led by Kenneth Ware with 9 carries for 70 yards and a TD.

At Jack Weicker Stadium South Side scored first, but Carroll’s offense racked up big numbers in a 62-28 win over the Archers. Chargers quarterback Jack Miguel accounted for 5 total TDs – 3 rushing and 2 passing – while going 27-for-37 for 331 yards. Nathan Harrah racked up 8 receptions for 93 yards and 2 TDs for Carroll while Cam Shank rushed 10 times for 110 yards and a TD. South was paced by quarterback Mikale Stevenson who was 11-for-17 passing for 256 yards and 3 TDs. Damarque Perkins caught 2 passes for 106 yards while Everrett Merritt snagged 4 receptions for 84 yards and 2 TDs.

Bishop Luers topped Northrop 56-19 behind two 100+ yard rushing performances. Jordan Presley rushed 8 times for 102 yards and 2 scores for Luers while Ty Hambright rushed 10 times for 134 yards and 2 TDs of his own. Neither could match the night of Northrop’s Keishon Edwards who tallied 26 carries for 352 yards and 3 TDs in a losing effort.

4A no. 4 New Haven forced five turnovers in the first half to top Columbia City 48-7 at John Young Stadium. The Bulldogs are now 6-0 and sit alone atop the NE8 standings at 4-0 in conference. The Eagles fall to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in NE8 action. Stephen Owens rushed 12 times for 122 yards and a TD for the Bulldogs. Max Bedwell’s 46-yard TD pass to Michael Sievers was Columbia City’s only score.

Leo blanked Bellmont 42-0 at Lions Field thanks to a big night from senior Trenton Bonner. Bonner scored 4 total touchdowns while rushing 3 times for 119 yards. Alex Wertman carried 14 times for 86 yards and a TD as well. Matt Laughlin led Bellmont with 7 carries for 46 yards.

Kaiden Harshberger hauled in 9 catches for 167 yards and 2 TDs as East Noble bounced back from a loss last week to Leo with a 43-7 win at Norwell. Indiana State recruit Andrew McCormick was 18-for-26 for 245 yards passing and 3 TDs in the air to go with 2 rushing TDs. Norwell’s Belden Glasgow hit Eli Riley for Norwell’s only TD, with Riley racked up 6 catches for 61 yards on the night.

DeKalb earned its first win of the season with a 41-23 victory at Huntington North. Kyle Dunham was 17-for-26 passing for 233 yards and 5 TDs while Colin Goebel had 4 receptions for 100 yards and 3 TDs while also rushing for a score. Charlie Agnew had the play of the night for Huntington North, returning a DeKalb fumble 73 yards for a TD.

Adams Central got a big night from Logan Macklin as the Jets built a 28-0 lead at halftime on the way to knocking off 1A no. 7 South Adams 42-14 at Minnich Field on Friday night. Macklin rushed 13 times for 124 yards and 3 TDs while teammate Drew Schultz tallied 24 carries for 104 yards and 2 TDs. Brandon Newman and James Arnold both had rushing TDs for the Starfires, who suffered their first loss of the season.

2A no. 2 Woodlan out-gained Jay County 470 yards to 160 as the Warriors rolled 47-6. Justin Durkes was 17-for-21 passing for 273 yards and 3 passing TDs while also running in a score. Jack Rhoades rushed 17 times for 151 yards and a TD for Woodlan. Donald Guerrant hauled in 9 receptions for 173 yards and a TD while Ah’Lan Howard added 2 receiving TDs for Woodlan. Holton Hill was 5-of-8 passing for 89 yards and a TD to lead Jay County.

Bluffton’s upward trended continued on Friday as the Tigers bested Southern Wells 52-6. Brandon Lockwood rushed 21 times for 187 yards and 3 TDs while also returning a punt for a score. Bluffton quarterback Gavin King was 6-for-7 passing for 127 yards and a TD. Mason Huffman returned a kickoff 80 yards in the fourth quarter for Southern Wells’ only score of the night.

Heritage fell to 0-6 on the season as the Patriots fell to Culver Academy 61-0 on Friday. Hunter Brandtmueller rushed 12 times for 34 yards to lead Heritage.

4A no. 7 Angola improved to 6-0 on the season with a 64-7 road win against Fairfield. The Hornets are now 3-0 in NECC big school division play with a game against Garrett on October 6 looming.

Garrett improved to 2-0 in NECC big division play by mounting a comeback to defeat West Noble 21-20 at Memorial Field. The Railroaders trailed 20-7 in the third quarter following a kickoff return for a score by West Noble’s Gustavo Taylor. However, the Railroaders scored 14 points in the fourth quarter for the victory. Joel Mix rushed 20 times for 124 yards and a score to lead Garrett.

1A no. 4 Churubusco rolled to a 6-0 record thanks to a 61-0 win over Fremont. Tom Richards was 8-for-13 passing for 107 yards and 3 TDs. Nathaniel Keener rushed 4 times for 54 yards and 2 TDs while Jake Fulk carried the ball 9 times for 53 yards and a TD while also returning a fumble for a score. Joey Emenhiser added a receiving TD and returned a punt 90 yards for a score in what is believed to be a school record.

1A no. 15 Eastside trailed early but bounced back to defeat Prairie Heights 24-7. Louie Fraley put Prairie Heights in the lead after snagging an interception on defense in the first quarter then toting the ball 12 yards for a score on offense. Eastside quarterback Caleb Ballentine was 16-for-27 passing for 215 yards and 2 TDs while Aaron Dean hauled in 6 receptions for 111 yards and a score.

Wawasee fell to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in NLC play with a 34-6 loss to Plymouth.

Warsaw topped Goshen 21-0 to improve to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in NLC play. The Tigers got on the board first with a short rushing TD from Bryce Garner in the first quarter while Tristan Larsh’s 31-yard rushing TD in the second built a 14-0 lead.

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