Northeast Indiana sectional final games recap

Bishop Dwenger’s Rocco Ciocca is lifted into the air by teammate Stellan Ruston after a second quarter touchdown in November 5’s Sectional title win over Snider.

Champions were crowned and seasons ended. Many season enders were shockers and it led to some wild and emotional moments as we crowned 2021 Sectional champions on Friday night.

Here is a complete recap of the Sectional title games featuring area teams.


Carroll 36, Warsaw 0

The Bart Ball run game wasn’t happening on Carroll’s watch. The Co-SAC champs continued their defense heavy ways as they shutout the Tigers for the Sectional title.

Warsaw ran for 212 total yards, led by by 101 yards from Julius Jones but they could never punch it in. Carroll’s Dylan Bennett led the way with nine tackles while Alex Smith and Mark Murray each added five and Liam Ottenweller had the Charger’s lone sack of Warsaw.

Offensively, Jeff Becker went for 156 yards for Carroll, throwing for 48 and running for another 108 yards with three total touchdowns. Braden Steeley had a 95 yard kick return for Carroll.

The Chargers continued the second best winning streak in the area as they have not lost since Week 1.


Bishop Dwenger 42, Snider 20

The Saints avenged a regular season loss with the help of a 21 point fourth quarter that put the co-SAC champions away. That said, Bishop Dwenger led 21-12 at the halftime break after quarterback Bohde Dickerson escaped the pocket and found a high leaping Rocco Ciocca for a 12 yard touchdown pass.

The Dickerson to Ciocca pair connected five times for 61 yards and that score. Dickerson was 9-of-11 throwing the ball for 105 yards total. The Saints did their most damage on the ground, going for 288 rushing yards against Snider’s strong defense. KJ Tippmann led the way with 160 yards on 19 carries and three touchdowns while Dickerson bounced around for 44 more yards rushing.

Sam Campbell and Henry O’Keefe each had an interception from Dwenger and Colin Vance added a really nice hit to break up a reception late in the second quarter for the Saints defense and Cole Carey had five solo tackles.

Luke Haupert threw for 194 yards and three touchdowns for Snider and the Panthers run game, which was big in their first game with the Saints, was held to just 152 yards.


Northridge 27, Leo 26 (OT)

A Dylan Ritchie extra point in overtime was the difference maker as Northridge upset unbeaten Leo.

The Lions had the ball first in overtime, scoring on a Mason Sheron six yard run before Jake Patton missed the extra point. Northridge answered with a Tagg Gott two yard run before Ritchie won it with the PAT on his home field.

The two teams traded scores throughout the game with no team scoring twice in a row at any point. Leo took a 20-13 lead with 8:55 to play on a 35 yard strike from Jackson Barbour to Kaeden Miller, followed by a Sheron two-point conversion. Northridge answered back with 3:51 to go on a four yard run from Gott.

Barbour was 6-of-8 passing the ball for 91 yards while Sheron ran for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Alex Holcomb had 10.5 tackles for Leo and Ethan Crawford added nine tackles. Drew Baker and Kamden Zeisloft each had an interception for Leo.

Mississinewa 42, Wayne 6

In a game stopped with over seven minutes to play due to a fight in the game, Mississinewa outscored Wayne 35-0 from the midway point of the first quarter on. Wayne had trailed the Indians just 7-6 at that point.

Mississinewa had two quarterbacks each throw for over 100 yards with Carson Campbell going for 192 yards and Hayden Nelson throwing for 101.

Shawn Collins led Wayne with 99 yards and a touchdown and Lamarion Nelson ran for 84 yards. Jacob Sharin had an interception for Wayne.

Bishop Dwenger’s Bohde Dickerson escapes the pocket during November 5’s Sectional title game against Snider.


Norwell 24, Peru 13

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Lleyton Bailey started the Knights scoring with a touchdown pass to Cohen Bailey. He followed that up with a 22 yard pass to Cade Shelton and then ran in another score himself from two yards out.

Austin Deleon added a 33 yard field goal for Norwell.


Eastside 21, Bishop Luers 16

Eastside limited Bishop Luers’ offense by keeping them off the field in an upset win. The Knights didn’t see their fourth possession of the game until near the midway mark of the third quarter. 13 of the Knights points came in the closing minutes. They challenged late and almost recovered a closing minutes onside kick, but ultimately Eastside’s Carson Jacobs came up with the ball.

Jacobs had a team high 5.5 tackles while Briar Munsey and Johnny Eck each had interceptions.

Laban Davis continued his success, running for 177 yards on 35 carries with a pair of touchdowns. He also completed five passes for 54 yards in the win. Dax Holman added 90 yards of rushing and another touchdown for Eastside.

Carson Clark threw for 167 yards and Sir Hale ran for 61 for Bishop Luers in the loss.


South Adams 41, Union City 7

The “rebuild” season reaches 10-2 for the Starfires as they added another Sectional title to their trophy case. The Starfires defense held Union City scoreless into the fourth quarter.

The offense for South Adams was just as strong too, accounting for 396 yards. Aidan Wanner, in just his second week back from injury, threw for 196 yards on 9 of 18 passing with four touchdowns; seven of those passes, 162 of the yards and all four touchdowns went to Trey Schoch. AJ Dull ran for 107 yards while Maverick Summersett ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns.

Gavin Myers had 11 tackles and a sack for South Adams.

Adams Central 49, Triton 3

Triton scored seven minutes into the game and then never again. Meanwhile, the Flying Jets were basically scoring every play early on. Adams Central ended up scoring on 7 of their 29 total plays in the game.

Blake Heyerly ran seven times for 129 yards and three touchdowns while Alex Currie ran for 91 yards and two scores and Ryan Black had 88 yards rushing and a touchdown. Total, Adams Central ran for 387 yards and Nick Neuenschwander added a 54 yard touchdown run. A Heyerly four yard touchdown run was the only single digit yardage score for the Flying Jets.

Five different Adams Central players had five or more tackles each, led by Keegan Bluhm’s seven tackles. Heyerly had 6.5 tackles, Braysen Yergler added 5.5 while Ryan Tester and Alex Currie each added five.

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