FORT WAYNE – The Snider offense has had its ups and downs this season.
The Panthers (6-2, 5-1 SAC) scored 107 points as they started the season 3-0. But then came the lull with 27 points in three games in a 38-0 loss to Penn, a 14-13 win over Concordia and a 27-13 loss to North Side.
Junior quarterback Colton Painter, in his first varsity season, took the brunt of the criticism, but Painter and the Panthers have bounced back with two straight strong offensive performances in a 42-7 win over Elkhart Central last week and a 38-35 win Friday over Bishop Dwenger.
Colton Painter grew up today, Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said after the win against the Saints. A young guy taking a lot of heat for our slow stuff going on. We knew he was a young guy. We knew he was going to be a good player. He had never been out here (before this season), and he was a JV kid. That’s a learning curve. It just took time to develop.
Painter was 13 of 21 for 107 yards with an interception and no touchdowns against Dwenger.
But he led the Panthers on the game-winning drive that resulted in a 31-yard field goal by junior Shane Leonard with 16 seconds remaining.
Wolfe’s magic act
East Noble quarterback Bryce Wolfe could have stopped for lunch and still scored. And ordered dessert on top of it.
With 7:06 to play Friday and the Knights leading unbeaten New Haven 23-6, Wolfe pulled off the play of the night, faking a handoff to Brandon Mable on a read option and sailing 37 yards untouched for the clinching score, faking out everyone on the premises – including, East Noble coach Luke Amstutz briefly feared, the game officials.
I was praying the refs wouldn’t blow it dead and think the running back was down, Amstutz said. But that’s why he’s our quarterback, because he has that ability to do that stuff. And he made a great play.
Eagles ‘D’ exploited
Churubusco’s vice grip on the NECC came to an end Friday in a 35-14 loss to Fairfield.
The Eagles (7-1, 6-1), who gave up 29 points in their first seven games, surrendered 35 to the Falcons’ (7-1, 7-1) veer offense, which Fairfield running back Cameron Kitson said was a testament to the discipline of his team and the blocking of his offensive line.
Their defense is so aggressive, you can really use that to your advantage if you just be patient and you wait for your blocks, Kitson said after a 204-yard, two-touchdown game. Then, you explode when you see that hole.