Carroll continues to fly in rare air.
For only the third time in the school’s history and the first time since 2001, the Chargers captured a Class 5A sectional championship with a 44-35 victory Friday night over visiting South Bend Washington.
Carroll (10-2) will visit Merrillville in search of its first regional championship next week.
The Chargers broke a 35-all tie with a 35-yard field goal from Bayden Lee late in the game but got more points than they expected or needed.
We had about three seconds to go on the clock, squib kicked to them, and they’re trying the last-second desperation, Carroll coach Doug Dinan said. The ball ends up in our hands and we score a touchdown. That explains the 44-35 score.
Twice, Washington had 14-point leads – at 28-14 and 35-21. But Andy Noll’s 21-yard interception for a touchdown got the Chargers within 35-28, and Drue Tranquill scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to catch Washington at 35.
That was followed by Lee’s field goal and, in the end, Alex Crabill’s scoop and 14-yard run to finish off the night.
The last time Carroll won a sectional was 2001, and that was 12 years ago, Dinan said. And before that was ’98. To play for a sectional championship last year was a step. To win a sectional championship (Friday) was a step.
CONCORD 24, WAWASEE 10: At Concord, the Minutemen took a 14-point halftime lead and held on to the margin to claim the Class 4A sectional title.
The Minutemen (10-2) held Wawasee (7-5) scoreless for the first half and scored twice on two big plays to lead 14-0 at the break. DuWhan Alford scored on a 68-yard run, and Adams Glanders scored on a 25-yard pass from Trevor Wilmore.
Wawasee got on the scoreboard on Jordan Acton’s 30-yard field goal, but Concord countered with a 10-yard TD pass from Wilmore. It wasn’t until Concord had a 24-3 lead until Wawasee got its only touchdown with 3:49 remaining on Jordan Elliott’s 5-yard pass from Gage Reinhard.
NORTH MIAMI 33, ADAMS CENTRAL 15: Host North Miami (9-3) gained a measure of revenge from last season when the Jets (7-5) won the Class A sectional title at home.
Dalton Combs scored both Adams Central touchdowns on 1-yard runs. North Miami’s Austin Barker ran for four touchdowns and passed for a score.