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Greg Jones

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Schedule
Today
Bishop Luers at Concordia, 7 p.m.
Bishop Dwenger at Wayne, 7 p.m.
Fenton (Ill.) at Northrop, 7 p.m.
Snider at North Side, 7 p.m.
Carroll at Bellmont, 7:30 p.m.
Homestead at DeKalb, 7 p.m.
New Haven at Columbia City, 7 p.m.
Norwell at East Noble, 7 p.m.
Adams Central at South Adams, 7 p.m.
Heritage at Leo, 7 p.m.
Southern Wells at Bluffton, 7 p.m.
Woodlan at Garrett, 7 p.m.
Churubusco at West Noble, 7 p.m.
Fairfield at Angola, 7 p.m.
Indianapolis Marshall at Central Noble, 7 p.m.
Lakeland at Eastside, 7 p.m.
Prairie Heights at Fremont, 7 p.m.
Goshen at Warsaw, 7:30 p.m.
Huntington North at Marion, 7 p.m.
Tippecanoe Valley at Wabash, 7 p.m.
Wawasee at Plymouth, 7:30 p.m.
Whitko at Northfield, 7 p.m.
Saturday
South Side at Indianapolis Tech, 6 p.m.
North Side quarterback C.J. Jackson has been the MVP for the first half of the season.
High school football: Midseason awards

Snider proves itself

Signature wins set Panthers apart; North QB earns MVP

Rowland
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Snider, led by quarterback Brandon Phelps, has been the top team in the area for the first half.

– The football season has been interrupted with news of the firing of Bishop Luers coach Matt Lindsay.

It has been an unfortunate situation that has taken the focus off the top teams and individuals in northeast Indiana.

The games will go, but not before I present some midpoint awards.

MVP

C.J. Jackson, North Side quarterback: The senior has 908 passing yards with 12 touchdowns, and has run for 572 yards with five touchdowns.

His talent and leadership have helped the Redskins remain undefeated heading into today’s SAC showdown with Snider.

Top team

Snider: Of course, this could change tonight when the Panthers (5-0) go up against North Side (5-0). But since the first two weeks of the season, Snider seems to be the most balanced team.

Also, the Panthers have two big wins over perennially strong programs in three-time defending Class 2A state champion Bishop Luers and 5A state runner-up Penn, both coming at Spuller Stadium.

Coach of the year

Jim Rowland, New Haven: For those who thought the Bulldogs were a one-man team the last few years, they were wrong. Te’Vaughn Hurse has graduated, but New Haven is 4-1 and will be a factor in the NHC race with an end-of-the-season showdown with Homestead next month.

The Bulldogs are balanced and downright stingy on defense.

Surprise team

Bluffton: Despite a loss last Friday to Garrett, the Tigers are 4-1. Their 4-0 start was the first time in 30 years the program had accomplished that feat.

Biggest disappointment

Bishop Dwenger (2-3) and Bishop Luers (3-2): Even before the Lindsay firing, the Knights were 2-2. That’s definitely not what fans expected out of a team loaded with Division I talent. The offense has been the biggest problem, averaging only 17 points per game.

The Saints started 2-0 but have lost three straight for the first time since 2000 when they finished 5-6.

Top game, individual

Drew Schnitz, Huntington North quarterback: The senior threw a state-record nine touchdown passes last week in a 62-49 win over Anderson. Receiver Caleb Richison caught six touchdown passes from Schnitz, tying a state record.

Top game

Bishop Luers 21, Northrop 17: The Knights staved off the upset with a touchdown in the final seven seconds Aug. 24. Northrop had Luers on the ropes before a final drive with little time left on the clock and a 50-yard scoring pass to Tyrell Johnson.

Greg Jones is the high school sports editor for The Journal Gazette and has been covering sports in the Fort Wayne area since 1998. He can be reached by email gjones@jg.net; phone, 461-8224; or fax 461-8648.

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