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The Journal Gazette

Friday, November 03, 2017 11:50 pm

High Schools

Woodlan pulls away from Central Noble for sectional crown


Justin Durkes turned a bad start into a triumphant finish as he led Woodlan to the Class 2A sectional championship Friday, 44-19, over Central Noble.

Durkes broke open a close game in the fourth quarter with two touchdown passes to cap a four-touchdown passing night. The senior quarterback completed 10-of-14 passes for 209 yards.

Leading 29-19 after three quarters, Durkes hit Ah'Lan Howard for a 55-yard scoring strike. He followed that up with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Hahn to cap the scoring.

Durkes also hit Howard for a 45-yard score midway through the third quarter.

In the first quarter, Durkes was intercepted by Central Noble's Logan Pease, who returned the errant pass for an early 7-0 lead.

Jack Rhoades, who had 23 carries for 149 yards, answered for the Warriors (10-2) on a 2-yard run, and the 2-point conversion gave Woodlan an 8-7 lead after one quarter. Durkes passed to Donald Guerrant for the two-point conversion.

Durkes then threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Amarion Hicks as Woodlan took a 15-7 lead.

Braxton Dial led Central Noble (8-4) with 107 rushing yards, including a 1-yard score that made it 15-13 in the second quarter. The Cougars tried to tie the game with a two-point conversion, but the pass was incomplete.

Nick Alwine threw a 37-yard TD pass to Trey Phillips that cut Woodlan's lead to 22-19 in the third quarter, but the Cougars' two-point attempt, a run that time, was again unsuccessful.

ANGOLA 31, CULVER ACADEMIES 30: In a Class 4A sectional final in Culver, Chase Schnepf's 2-yard TD run in overtime sent the Hornets (12-0) to their first sectional title since 1992. A 40-yard Angola field goal late in regulation forced overtime with a 24-all tie.

SOUTHWOOD 50, ADAMS CENTRAL 27: Logan Macklin had 13 carries for 188 yards, including a 78-yard score that brought the host Flying Jets within 21-12 in the second quarter, but four turnovers helped end their season at 9-3. The Class A sectional final defeat was Adams Central's first loss since Sept. 1. Southwood had 15 passing first downs compared to five for the Jets (9-3).