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Saturday, November 04, 2017 1:00 am

Snider 52 Carroll 14

Panthers roll past Chargers for title

Haupert leads way; nemesis Carmel next

Josh Patterson | For The Journal Gazette

Snider's found another gear.

The Class 6A, No. 2 Panthers rolled to their second emphatic victory in as many weeks, claiming their 11th consecutive sectional championship by knocking off Carroll, 52-14, at Spuller Stadium on Friday. The win is the 26th sectional title in Snider's history, tying Bishop Chatard for second-most all time in Indiana.

“That's the goal of every class that comes through the program, to experience winning championships,” Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said. “Every class is unique, every team is different, and so this is our coaching staff's goal – the kids get to experience holding a championship trophy.

“We did that with the conference, and now with the sectional. Any championship team gets their picture in the hall, and that'll stay in the halls of Snider High School forever. That's something they're very proud of.”

By loading up the line of scrimmage defensively, Carroll (7-4) kept the vaunted rushing attack for Snider (11-0) somewhat in check. But if the Carroll defensive line was the closing door, Michael Haupert's passing arm proved the open window.

The sophomore quarterback went 15 of 19 for 236 yards and four touchdowns, two of those going to receiver David Nakasen. Despite just 23 catches through 10 games, Nakasen caught four passes for 148 yards and those two scores inside the first 12 minutes, finishing with a season-high nine receptions.

“It's just having a good connection with your quarterback,” Nakasen said. “It's always having a good ball thrown to you, you just have to make the catch.”

Jack James' 33-yard field goal was sandwiched by a 12-yard Haupert touchdown run and a Simon Dellinger 6-yard reception to put the hosts up 31-0 at halftime. Snider finally gave up its first points of the postseason when Carroll's Jack Miguel connected with Jonathan Becker from six yards out on the fourth quarter's first play, stopping Snider's shutout run at 84 minutes, 6 seconds.

The Chargers scored again midway through the fourth quarter, as Justin Becker's 81-yard catch and run off a halfback pass made the score 45-14. The catch, his sixth of the night, gave him an even 60 receptions for the year, breaking the previous Carroll single-season receptions mark of 58 held by current receiving coach Andy Papagiannis.

“Justin's a huge catalyst of our program and our offense, and we're very happy that he owns those records,” Carroll coach Doug Dinan said. “Those records signify his hard work.”

Snider will play host to Carmel on Friday in a Class 6A regional.

The No. 10 Greyhounds knocked off previously unbeaten No. 6 Lafayette Jefferson 41-20 in the Sectional 4 final, marking their state-best 29th sectional championship.

The Panthers hold a 16-9 record in regionals, but are just 4-7 all time against Carmel. The Greyhounds have won the last three games in the series, dating back to regionals in 2007-09.

It won't take much at all for Snider to gear up for the upcoming challenge.

“They're the defending 6A champs, and that's enough right there,” Tippmann said. “They play in the toughest conference in the state, they're the biggest school in the state. We've had a long history with them, we've played them many, many times.

“It's a great challenge, and it's something that we look forward to preparing for and giving ourselves a great opportunity to continue to advance in this tournament.”