Drue Tranquill scored both touchdowns, Bayden Lee kicked both extra points, and Carroll survived a missed Penn field goal with 5.9 seconds remaining to claim a 14-13 upset over the eighth-ranked Kingsmen (9-2) in the Class 5A sectional semifinal game Friday at Penn.
Tranquill had a 12-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, then caught a 54-yard pass from quarterback Chris Terry with 1:14 remaining in the third quarter to tie the game at 13. Lee then hit his second extra point that proved to be the game-winner.
The Chargers (9-2) had to survive a late 42-yard field goal attempt by Penn kicker Riley Vandevoor, who missed wide left.
Any time it comes down to one play, you have to have a little bit of luck, a little bit of fortune, Carroll coach Doug Dinan said.
Without question, Penn High School is the school in the north that has the most tradition, said Dinan, whose Chargers will play host to South Bend Adams for the sectional championship. They’ve played in the most state championships from anybody in the north. If you’re going to do anything in the northern part of the state, you have to go through them. They’re in our sectional, so everything we do revolves around preparation for Penn High School.
SNIDER 45, WAYNE 9: Brandon Phelps threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers and four others ran for touchdowns in the Panthers’ sectional semifinal victory at Wayne.
Phelps completed 9 of 14 passes and had scoring strikes of 7 yards to Josh Spitnale, 12 yards to Martez Parhm and 49 yards to Quinton Daniels.
The Panthers (11-0) will visit North Side for the Class 5A sectional title. Wayne finished 3-8.
WAWASEE 31, NORTHWOOD 28: Host Wawasee (7-4) held on to advance to the Class 4A sectional title game at Concord.
HERITAGE 49, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 8: Visiting Heritage jumped out to a 42-8 halftime lead and cruised past Tippecanoe Valley in the semifinals of the 3A sectional.
The Patriots (9-2) will play host to Jimtown in the sectional title game Friday.
Quarterback Conner Sheehan completed 16 of 23 passes for 376 yards and five touchdowns for Heritage and ran for another score.
Sheehan opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD run. He then threw scoring strikes to Zach Toles (15 yards), Wil Knapke (44 and 61), Ben Gibson (50) and Brenton Lockett (23).
JIMTOWN 55, WHITKO 7: In the Class 3A sectional semifinal at Jimtown, the host Jimmies eliminated Whitko easily. The Wildcats (4-7) managed just four first downs and 111 total yards.
BISHOP LUERS 42, EASTSIDE 7: The Knights (7-4) advanced to the Class 2A sectional title game against Churubusco with their home win over the Blazers (6-5).
CHURUBUSCO 35, ELWOOD 13: Jason Nicodemus ran for 260 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns to lead visiting Churubusco (10-1) into its Class 2A sectional championship game against Bishop Luers next week.
Nicodemus had touchdown runs of 33 and 18 yards for the Eagles, who rolled to a 24-7 halftime lead. The 260 yards sent Nicodemus over 2,000 yards rushing for the season with 2,108.
The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for Elwood (8-3).
ADAMS CENTRAL 41, SOUTHWOOD 7: Kurt Blake had four touchdown runs and Dalton Combs returned an interception for a touchdown as the host Flying Jets rolled in their sectional semifinal victory over Southwood.
While it was Combs’ interception return for a touchdown that put the Flying Jets (7-4) into an early lead, it was Blake’s who stole the show with scoring runs of 2, 2, 7 and 6 yards. He would finish with 94 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Adams Central will play North Miami for the Class A sectional title next Friday.