FORT WAYNE – On paper, senior receiver/defensive back Jordan Hogue’s contributions to New Haven’s 41-35 win at Carroll on Friday may not look all that impressive.
But dig deeper into his one-catch, 3-yard performance, and not only will you find two touchdowns – one rushing and one on a punt return – and two interceptions but also a pivotal role as a decoy on offense.
Because of the attention paid to Hogue, other Bulldogs were able to make valuable contributions to the big NHC win for New Haven (4-0, 2-0).
The headlines have been about Jordan in Weeks 1, 2 and 3, New Haven coach Jim Rowland said. The Carroll staff came out and said we are going to take him out of things defensively, and they did a nice job of that. He did all the little things he could to contribute. That’s who Jordan is, he is an unselfish kid. He realized them double- and sometimes triple-teaming him was going to put other kids in position to make plays. This year, we have kids who can make plays.
Travis Crowe, for one, had a big night catching the ball with four receptions, 115 yards and a 63-yard scoring strike from quarterback Vance Shearer.
Fields adds spark
Plays don’t come much bigger than the one Chandler Fields had for Leo in a 34-7 victory over Bishop Luers on Friday. After the Knights went up 7-0 on a 3-yard C.J. McCarter run, Fields took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown that energized the Lions (4-0) to the win.
The confidence, the boost that it gave us, it was just great, Leo’s Logan Glaze said. It really helped.
Meanwhile, Bishop Luers coach Kyle Lindsay, whose team is 0-4 for the first time in school history, hopes the loss is a wake-up call.
If anything, I hope it opens some eyes, he said. Maybe some leaders will emerge from this because things could get (ugly). They could go downhill from here or we could rectify this whole season if we play some good football.
Pats look ahead
Heritage coach Dean Lehrman didn’t want to look backward Friday, not after his Patriots had to hang on for dear life to beat South Adams, 40-34. So maybe it was only to be expected that, 15 minutes after this Friday was over, he was already looking forward to the next Friday.
We got a worthy opponent coming up, Adams Central, he said. Good fundamentally solid football team. I have all the respect in the world for them. We definitely respect what they do and it’s gonna be a dogfight. Every week, week in and week out.