FORT WAYNE – Leo coach Jared Sauder was pleased with the 13-10 victory over Heritage in overtime Friday night and, particularly, with his senior kicker, Zach Ferran.
Ferran made a 35-yarder as time expired to force overtime, then a 33-yarder that proved to be the game-winner, all in muddy conditions because it had rained almost the entire game.
That was big for our kicker. It’s his first year as a varsity kicker and he did a great job getting ready to go, Sauder said.
The Lions, ranked second in Class 3A, said it’s good that they had a tough game. There haven’t been too many nail-biters for them this season.
This is very good. I think so, I think it will make us more battle-tested, Ferran said.
Kyle Lindsay stays positive
Bishop Luers went through a lot last week, but it has been even tougher on Knights offensive coordinator Kyle Lindsay.
Lindsay was the interim coach last week but went back to just calling the plays in a 27-0 win over Concordia. His father, Matt, was fired on Sunday because of what was later revealed by the South Bend/Fort Wayne Diocese as inappropriate videos found on his school computer.
He actually hasn’t shown (unhappiness), Luers senior Jaylon Smith said of Kyle Lindsay. That plays a big part in the locker room and on the practice field. He always has that sense of urgency and is just trying to get better and getting this offense going. We are trying to put it together before sectionals start.
Punts propel Panthers
Now Snider coach Kurt Tippmann’s kids know why they spend all that time in practice on the kicking game.
On a wet Friday night against North Side, it was an invaluable element in a 17-6 victory that was all about field position.
Huge, Tippmann said. Huge. Josh Spitnale (Snider’s punter and placekicker) did a great job. It seemed like every time we exchanged possessions, we were getting closer to that end zone because of what happened in the kicking game.
We work on the kicking game every day. That was a huge part of the game especially in a wet-weather game like this.
Bulldogs RB carries load
It might have been junior Jordan Hogue who got New Haven into the end zone twice in the Bulldogs’ 28-27 overtime NHC victory over Columbia City on Friday, but it was senior Anthony Moore who carried New Haven most of the night.
Moore, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound tailback who came into the game with 11 touchdowns, left with three more Friday, boosting his season total to 14.
He finished the night with 171 rushing yards.
Moore scored a pair of first-period touchdowns on runs of 20 and 15 yards, then late in the third quarter added a 14-yard scoring run. It seems he finishes most of his touchdown runs on his feet..
He had a tooth knocked out on a run in the second quarter, New Haven coach Jim Rowland said. He’s a hard-nosed guy; a hard-nosed runner and a north-and-south guy.