OSSIAN – Three weeks ago, Bishop Dwenger had a 3-6 record.
Now, the Saints are Class 4A sectional champions.
Bishop Dwenger used its defense to defeat Norwell 14-7 in a sectional title game Friday at The Courtyard.
This team can still accomplish some of the things our greatest regular-season teams never did, Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf said. They can still play in a regional. We’ve had some really great teams not get out of a sectional before.
When you have faith and you stick together, good things happen.
Ryan Watercutter sealed the victory with an interception in the end zone with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game.
We didn’t really have the regular season we thought we would, Watercutter said. We kept fighting and practicing hard every day.
The Saints (6-6) are home against Concord (10-2) in a regional next week.
Norwell’s remarkable postseason run came to an end. The Knights (2-10) lost their first nine games but turned it around during sectionals, defeating Logansport 22-0 and New Haven 22-20 to reach the sectional final.
It wasn’t over until right at the end, Norwell coach Jeff Miller said. They could have given up after Week 8, and they didn’t give up. We kept fighting all the way right up into the end.
Norwell’s only points came late in the first half. Piercen Harnish scored on a 2-yard run with 1:45 to go in the second quarter as the Knights grabbed a 7-0 lead.
Harnish finished with 135 rushing yards and 173 passing yards.
He’s only a sophomore, and he’s going to get better and better, Watercutter said.
Dwenger marched right back down the field, going 65 yards in 1:15 to tie the game. Cody Miller threw an 18-yard touchdown to Watercutter with 29 seconds left in the first half. Miller finished with 117 passing yards.
I thought a big point of the game was the two-minute drill at the end of the first half, Svarczkopf said. There’s 1:45 left and we go (65) yards in the two-minute drill with great plays by Miller and Watercutter and the offensive line and everybody doing their job.
Dwenger took the lead on a 7-yard touchdown run by D’Marcus Moon with 10:40 left in the game.
Norwell got one final crack with 1:15 remaining. Two long pass plays placed the Knights at the Saints’ 20 with 27.8 to go. Watercutter then intercepted a pass in the middle of the end zone.
(Defensive coordinator David) Watercutter came up with some adjustments at halftime to take away what they were doing. He did a great job. They bought into it, Svarczkopf said.
A defense of good senior leaders, I’m happy for them that they were able to come up and not allow any points in the second half.