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Allow Blitz to put a bow on Week 7.
• When Mason Auxier burned the Carroll defense after hauling in a catch from Peyton Slaven on Friday to give Homestead a 10-7 first-quarter lead, we thought perhaps this rivalry game would deliver throughout.
But that was the last time the Spartans were able to post points in a 52-10 rout, the most lopsided dub for Carroll in the series since the 42-point sectional win in 2013.
The Chargers scored on seven of their eight possessions – including touchdowns on each of their first five drives.
Homestead’s offense did its job early to make it close for a bit, but Carroll dominated its rival as well as it has over the last decade.
• It was a good night at Concordia Lutheran for Landon Kaschinske, who got his number called at running back after two early fumbles by the team and he responded.
With Wayne battling defensively early, the Cadets coughed the ball up on their first two possessions of the game, but Kaschinske didn’t just bring stability in the backfield, he brought big numbers too.
259 yards and three touchdowns isn’t half, is it? Though we have to say after seeing some of Friday night’s game, having the chance to run behind Bubba Craig‘s block could be one of the more comforting things in the area. Craig always outsizes his opponents but he sure did just push guys around at will on Friday, giving Kaschinske time to work and read.
Also, kudos to Grant Hayworth, who made some impactful plays Friday including a late game sack to help seal the Cadets win over Wayne.
• A sophomore to watch for Snider is Jamarion Kolagbodi, who led the Panthers in tackles in Friday’s 48-0 rout of Northrop.
A natural cornerback, Kolagbodi has been eased into playing time this season while showing significant promise. He battled an injury in the preseason but seems healthy now as Coach Kurt Tippmann, who is handling the defense this season as well, trusts him more and more in key situations.
Kolagbodi may not be on the forefront of people’s minds when thinking about Snider this year, but he could play a big part in the defense in the postseason and definitely in 2023 and beyond.
• We cannot overvalue just how much Bohde Dickerson has meant to North Side.
Following his six-touchdown performance on Friday against South Side, the senior quarterback now stands at 17 TDs on the year with just four picks. He has completed 68 percent of his passes and has also rushed for five scores.
As admirable of a job as Brashawn Bassett did last year at the QB1 spot, North Side struggled with consistency at the position.
Dickerson has held down the spot and performed, a big reason why the Legends are 5-2. His six touchdowns on Friday also tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game.
• Larrenz Tabron showed off some impressive ability to move and work outside of the pocket, despite the lopsided loss for South Side to North Side. Tabron kept his composure in situations that don’t lend themselves to composed teenagers. The moments were big, the guys coming after him were strong, but Tabron really showcased how he can handle things.
South Side still sits in the winless column, but Tabron is certainly a bright spot for this Archers team.
What happens next will be something to watch. Bishop Luers and Homestead games won’t be any easier for him, but he has the chance to make some lasting impressions. For a program that is trying to build themselves back up, having someone like Tabron could be very good for them the last three weeks of the season.
And while South Side did lose their seventh game of the season, we need to pay attention to stuff like this.
• It has been quite the few games for Columbia City‘s Justice Goree, who led the team in rushing for the second-straight week with 135 yards and a pair of scores in the win over East Noble.
Goree entered Week 6 with just 216 yards on the ground through the first five games, but has since went for 154 yards and two TDs against New Haven, then followed it up with Friday’s performance.
With so many dangerous runners out of the backfield, the Eagles have quite the advantage over foes. Goree may be the most lethal of them all.
• Despite allowing 14 points – doubling the total points against this year – Norwell‘s defense was still superb against DeKalb.
The Knights held the Barons to just 2.7 yards per play and limited prolific passer Tegan Irk to 17-of-40 passing for 190 yards and a score.
Norwell still leads the state in points allowed at 4.0 per contest.
While Adams Central become the 8th area team to ever reach 400 all time wins? That is on the line next Friday.
But if this week, and all season, is any indication, this team won’t have many issues with that at all. They put up 43 points in the first quarter alone against last place Southern Wells and then just churned out a couple more scores throughout the game to win 63-0.
It also gave time to relax some of the guys they lean on the most as we inch toward the postseason. Instead, we got to see a strong run game from Matt Heiser, who took on 14 of Adams Central’s 35 total rushing attempts for a game high 156 yards versus the 35 total yards of offense the Raiders were able to put up.
In fact, Adams Central used 11 different bodies to carry the ball on Friday night.
How many touchdowns does one player need? Well for South Adams quarterback Owen Wanner, the lucky number was seven against Jay County. Yes, seven.
First, Wanner found Nathan Muselman in the first quarter from 8 yards out and then threw three more scores, connecting with Brady Beall twice and Silas Loshe once. Smack in the middle of those four passing touchdowns, Wanner ran for three scores from 13, 31 and 5 yards out in the win over the Patriots.
The gaudiness of his numbers show in his 20-of-27 passing for 301 yards. But the total yardage is even bigger in the grand scheme of a recent historically high powered South Adams offensive attack.
Wanner now is the second best passer in South Adams history in career passing yards behind 2020 OTH Player of the Year James Arnold.
The two point conversion lives at Woodlan!
The Warriors used a pair of two point scores to edge by Culver Academy 16-14. First it was QB Jake Snyder being on the receiving end of an Ethan Vardaman pass. Then, on the next score, Snyder retuned the favor to Vardaman as Woodlan scored all 16 of their points in the second quarter.
So how did Woodlan hold off Culver? Jake Roemer and Blake Reed each register 9.5 tackles in the game and gave the Warriors a big non conference momentum win heading down the stretch of the season.
How does Eastside continue to churn out dual threat quarterbacks. After Laban Davis terrorized the area last season, it has become Carsen Jacobs‘ job to do so. He sure terrorized Fremont on Friday night to the tune of 209 yards passing/rushing and three scores.
Dax Holman too registered three scores on his only three runs of the game.
Needles to say, things clicked for Eastside in big ways, topping the Eagles 62-8. If it hadn’t been for a late third quarter touchdown by Gage Cope, Fremont would have been completely washed after going for just 88 yards of offense versus 397 of Eastside. The yardage disparity comes despite Fremont holding possession for around nine minute longer than the Blazers.
How about Garrett? After a year of struggles in game and with personnel, the Railroaders upended a Fairfield team we were pretty high on earlier in the season.
Fairfield scored to start the fourth but the immense difference between the two team’s rushing games was a big difference. While Fairfield has leaned on the ground game all season, they only ran for 118 yards compared to 257 for Garrett.
Robert Koskie has metered again after a mostly quiet season, running for 119 yards.
Bishop Luers had nine first downs on Friday – none of which came via the running game…Adams Central led Southern Wells 43-0 at end of first quarter. It outgained the Raiders 435-35 on the game…Another return touchdown for Kamari Juarez of Snider on Friday, this time on a punt return. Is he the most dangerous return man in Northeast Indiana?
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