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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Heritage wide receiver Ben Gibson caught three touchdown passes Friday in the Patriots’ 40-29 win over No. 1 Jimtown.
High school football

Snider win over North costly

– Snider didn’t come out of its 24-14 Class 5A sectional title victory over North Side unscathed Friday.

Panthers defensive tackle Weston Painter injured his knee in the first half and didn’t play in the second half against the Redskins.

“We will see next week what happens,” Snider coach Kurt Tippman said. “He’ll get evaluated.”

The No. 4 Panthers (12-0) play host to Fishers (9-3), a 38-13 winner over McCutcheon on Friday, in a regional game at Wayne.

Senior Quinton Daniels said he remembers Fishers from the 2010 regional.

“They ended up beating us (47-34) in the regional championship game,” said Daniels, who returned three punts for 98 yards with a 61-yard TD return against North Side. “I guess we are pretty familiar with the program. I know they are a good team, and they will be coming in ready to fight.”

Heritage hat trick

It takes Conner Sheehan a couple of seconds, when you ask him about Ben Gibson.

“Ben I thought had a, …” he began Friday night, in the wake of Heritage’s 40-29 punch-out of No. 1 Jimtown in the Class 3A sectional championship game at Heritage.

A pause.

“Hmmm,” he said. “How do I want to put this?”

He could have gone any number of ways, considering Gibson’s night Friday. The 5-foot-10, 145-pound senior wide receiver caught three touchdown passes and seven passes total in the Patriots’ win.

“We have so many weapons that he doesn’t get recognized as well as he should,” Sheehan finally went on. “He wasn’t matched up very well with their secondary, and we just really exploited that.”

Filling the voids

Tyler Tippmann was credited with nine tackles (seven unassisted, two assisted) for Bishop Dwenger in a 14-7 victory over Norwell. He was one of several players to excel in different roles for the Saints.

“Because of injuries and illnesses this week, he’s forced to play middle guard at different times and he did a great job,” Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf said. Tippmann is listed as a linebacker on the roster.

“We had four starters, maybe five out of this game. A lot of guys had to step up and play spots they are not used to. Hat’s off to the coaches for getting those guys ready and hat’s off to those guys who stepped up next-man-in. We’ll be healthier, and we’ll be better next week because we’ll have another whole week of practice.”

Busco’s frustration

Two years in a row, an outstanding season by Churubusco has ended at Bishop Luers.

On Friday, it was a 21-0 defeat, and in 2011 it was 34-7. But the Eagles took no solace in getting closer this year.

“It’s difficult when it is your last game not matter what,” Churubusco coach Lee Etzler said. “It is frustrating because this is a good group of kids that we all enjoyed coaching, and they enjoyed playing together.”

Churubusco finishes the season 10-2 after going 11-1 last season.

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