MUNCIE – The two sides involved in last week’s overtime win by Leo over Heritage had different types of winning outcomes at ACAC Day at Ball State on Saturday.
The Lions, who beat the Patriots 13-10 last Friday, continued their winning ways but had to sweat out a 25-20 win over Woodlan. The Patriots bounced back with a 54-6 thrashing of Bluffton.
At the end of the game, we kept our poise, Leo coach Jared Sauder said. Not every game is going to be one where you take care of it in the first quarter. We have been fortunate to do that in the past, but we can’t do that this year. There are good teams in our conference.
The Warriors (1-6, 0-4) had five turnovers, including a crucial bad snap fumble in the end zone that the Lions’ Caleb Munson recovered for a touchdown in the second quarter.
The Lions (6-0, 4-0) ran their ACAC winning streak to 25 games.
It’s not fair to Leo to compare each new team to a previous team, Woodlan coach Sherwood Haydock said of the Lions’ close wins. I don’t think it is everybody else catching up, but the ACAC is just a tough conference top to bottom.
Leo quarterback Sam Waters, who missed part of the second quarter with an injury before returning in the third, had two touchdown passes.
In Heritage’s win over Bluffton (5-2, 2-2), senior running back Brenton Lockett ran for 269 yards and four touchdowns.
We had a lot of incentive, and we didn’t want to leave anything to doubt or be close at the end, Heritage coach Dean Lehrman said of last week’s controversial loss that was appealed to the IHSAA because of late-game officials’ decisions.
Our offense clicked today. If we would have had that kind of offense last Friday night, we wouldn’t have had all that conversation through the week.
Bluffton fell to 5-2 and 2-2.
Also on Saturday, it was announced that the Bluffton-Leo game was moved from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13 and will be at Lucas Oil Stadium, with a 4 p.m. kickoff.
GARRETT 42, SOUTH ADAMS 14: Noah Follett ran for three touchdowns and threw for another for the Railroaders.
Garrett improved to 5-1, 3-0 in the ACAC, while South Adams fell to 1-6 and 0-5.
ADAMS CENTRAL 41, SOUTHERN WELLS 24: Dalton Combs passed for three touchdowns for the Jets.
Combs completed 16 of 23 for 321 yards.
The Jets (4-3) led 34-6 at halftime.
Dalton Combs completed 8 of 9 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns – in the first quarter.
Cole Preston scored two touchdowns for Southern Wells (2-5).
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD 42, BISHOP DWENGER 7: Chatard scored the first 42 points in the game at Zollner Stadium.
It was the fourth loss in five games for the Saints, who next play host to unbeaten Snider.
Dwenger is 3-4 this season.
Chatard, meanwhile, snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 5-2 for the season.