The next class of leaders made its debut for Snider on Friday in a 34-12 win over Bishop Luers.
After losing 37 seniors from last year’s SAC championship team, the Panthers just had another level of players step in and step up.
We had a lot of juniors who were hungry, Snider senior linebacker Rahju Blackmon said after his two-interception night.
The senior class this year for the Panthers may not be as big, with 29 members, but Snider doesn’t seem to have missed a beat – especially defensively after forcing seven turnovers against the Class 2A state champion Knights.
Some of our guys were in the fray for the first time and some of the time we didn’t react that like we need to, but we will get better at it, Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said.
The Panthers only led 6-0 after the first quarter but scored three touchdowns in the second to open up a 27-12 halftime lead.
It was the jitters, senior running back Jibri Bramley said of the slow start. After we got the butterflies out, we were able to play Snider football – ground and pound and throwing the football. We have a big, young class stepping up. They all work hard.
Not-so special teams
The defense he liked. The offense – 453 yards including 272 passing from Mike Fiacable – passed muster as well.
It was the special teams Bishop Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf didn’t find particularly special.
They beat us up in the kicking game, he said after the Saints’ 24-14 victory over South Side. Our kick coverage and our field goals, we got a lot of work to do there.
So it would seem. The Saints missed three field goals, had another attempt blocked and, on the coverage side, surrendered huge chunks of field position – including a touchdown set up by Donovan Clark’s kickoff return to the Saints’ 20.
The kicking game cost us a lot, Svarczkopf said. It cost us a touchdown, it cost us great field position. Got a lot of work to do there.
Hogue’s big day
Jordan Hogue can expect some more college attention after a big opening day Friday.
Hogue went for 158 yards and three touchdowns on seven catches as New Haven beat Heritage 61-21. Indiana and Michigan State have been in touch throughout the summer.
That should impress them, hopefully, Hogue said. To have two Big Ten schools start talking to me heavily, it just really boosts my confidence.