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High school football: Snider, Concordia, Garrett and Adams Central win regional titles

News-Sentinel photo by Blake Sebring
Snider's Mac Hippenhapper avoids a Mishawaka tackler to gain yardage along the sideline in the second quarter Friday night. 
News-Sentinel photo by Blake Sebring Snider's Mac Hippenhapper avoids a Mishawaka tackler to gain yardage along the sideline in the second quarter Friday night.
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New Haven, South Adams and Homestead seasons end

Saturday, November 12, 2016 12:35 AM
Class 6A

Carmel 42, Homestead 7:
Building on a 14-0 halftime lead, the No. 7-ranked Greyhounds scored 28 points in the third quarter to put away the Spartans. Homestead's lone touchdown came on a 15-yard Grant Raber run halfway through the third quarter. Carmel took full advantage of three Homestead turnovers.

Jiya Wright ran for 73 yards and threw for 86 and Jordan Presley ran for 75 to lead the Spartans' offense. Raber caught four passes for 16 yards. Carmel ran for 157 yards and threw for 123.

The Spartans finish 9-3.

Class 5A

Snider 31, Mishawaka 7:
Snider advanced to its second-consecutive Class 5A semistate with a 31-7 victory over Mishawaka at Spuller Stadium.

A Money Woods rushing touchdown and a Michael Haupert to Mac Hippenhammer vertical score put the Panthers up early, but it was a key play right before half that put the game away.

After forcing a Mishawaka punt, the Cavemen elected to kick the ball to Hippenhammer, who broke several tackles and returned the punt 87 yards for a touchdown with just eight seconds left in the half. The score put the Panthers up 21-0 heading into the half. They were never seriously threatened thereafter.

The Snider defense limited Mishawaka (10-3) to a season-low seven points.

The Panthers (12-0) were led by Money Woods' 114 yards rushing and a score, with Michael Haupert throwing for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Snider heads to Westfield (10-2) next week.

Class 4A

NorthWood 52, New Haven 28:
The No. 2-ranked Panthers put up 475 yards in total offense, including 337 yards rushing on the No. 4 Bulldogs. Brayton Yoder rushed 23 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns, and ronson Yoder ran 15 times for 70 yards and a score. Trey Belinski completed 14-of-22 passes for 128 yards and a score, hitting DeAndre Smart five times for 48 yards.

The Bulldogs, who finish 110-1, were led by Keshawn Moore who completed 15-of-26 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Nishawn Jones ran 12 times for 87 yards, and Whitney Harris caught three passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Ivan Upshaw led the defense with 11 tackles.

New Haven led 20-16 in the second quarter before NorthWood scored four consecutive touchdowns, including two in the final 2:40 of the second quarter.

Class 3A

Concordia 62, West Lafayette 27:
After a back-and-forth first quarter, Concordia’s Cadets ran away with the regional title behind a thorough and balanced offensive attack. The Cadets compiled 578 yards in total offense.

Cadets quarterback Peter Morrison completed 18 of 24 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Peterson Kerlegrand rushed 25 times for 216 yards and five touchdowns. Receiver Colton Grahovac caught seven passes for 175 yards and one touchdown. Grahovac also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Mark Mallers. Mallers caught three passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Tysen Chambers caught three passes for 76 yards and one score.

Both teams scored on their first three possessions, with Concordia leading 21-20 early in the second quarter. But the Cadets defense finally forced two punts and Concordia defensive back Preston Kerlegrand intercepted a pass. Morrison hit Grahovac for a 15-yard score and Mallers for a 48-yard score to stretch the lead to 34-20. Then, late in the half, Morrison tossed a lateral to Grahovac, who hit Mallers for the score and a 41-20 halftime lead.

Concordia marched down on its first possession of the second half, with Peterson Kerlegrand scoring to make it 48-20.

Trey Freeman (three solo tackles, six assists), Keontre Hughes (five solo tackles, one assist), Gabe Vohs (five solo tackles, one assist) and Peterson Kerlegrand (four solo tackles) led the way on defense.

Concordia (11-2) plays at Garrett (12-1) next week for the Class 3A semistate title.

Garrett 31, Mishawaka Marian 28: Kiann McDonald kicked a game-winning 30-yard field goal in the final seconds as the Railroaders won their first regional title since 2003. Tanner Burns completed 20-of-26 passes for 302 yards and four scores, hitting Ben Purdy 12 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns. Cameron Smith ran 28 times for 90 yards.

Class 2A

Eastbrook 28, South Adams 21:
The Starfires gained 434 yards in total offense, but they couldn't slow down Blayne Altum who rushed 38 times for 226 yards and a touchdown. Justin Singer also ran 14 times for 72 yards as No. 3 Eastbrook improved to 12-1.

South Adams, which finishes 8-5, was led by Marcus Teeter who completed 12-of-22 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown. Nic Wurster caught four passes for 107 yards, J.D. Groh two for 93 yards and Cameron Cook two for 62 yards. Joe Stuber led the rushers with 110 yards and two scores on 18 carries. Groh also led the defense with 15 tackles, and Isaiah Baumgartner had 10 and Corbin Blomeke nine.

Class 1A

Adams Central 23, Southwood 7
: Drew Schultz rushed 30 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns as the No. 6 Jets won their first regional title since 2005. Andrew Hammond also rushed for 72 yards. The defense dominated, holding Southwood to 206 yards in total offense, including 10 yards rushing on 13 attempts. Jantz Blackburn and Gabe Schwaller led the Jets in tackles.

Adams Central, 12-1, hosts No. 3 Pioneer, 13-0, in the semistate.

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