The Snider Panthers redeemed themselves in Week 3 of the high-school football season. After a thrashing at the hands of Carroll the week before, it was obvious the Panthers had studied the Concordia offense. With receivers like Kamari Anderson-Drew and Tyler Grossman, not to mention the hard running of Amir Drew, the Panthers shut the Cadets down en route to a 37-7 victory.
“Credit to our coaching staff first and our players second on a week of hard work on very specific things we needed to work on,” head coach Kurt Tippmann said. “I think we saw improvement tonight.”
Snider forced Concordia to go 2 for 10 on third downs and 0 for 2 on fourth downs. Concordia quarterback Jake Byrd frequently was chased out of the pocket and forced into errant throws.
“That was a good quarterback and a very good receiver that they have as a hook up,” Tippmann said. “That was our goal going into it; to take (Anderson-Drew) away and get pressure on the quarterback.”
Concordia put up just 206 yards of offense, after totaling 624 the first two games.
'D' line earns meal
Warren Joseph's great play ensured there would be a great meal for his teammates on the Garrett defense Saturday.
While the Railroaders lost 31-15 at Class A, No. 6 Churubusco, Joseph, playing just his third varsity game on the defensive line after converting from fullback, recovered a fumble in the end zone by Eagle quarterback Tom Richards in the fourth quarter to notch his first varsity touchdown.
“Since the defense scored, we (got) breakfast on Saturday,” Joseph said.
A delicious perk not only for Joseph's effort, but also an eye-opener of sorts. Joseph's recovery put the visitors ahead 15-14 early in the fourth quarter, giving promise back to a Garrett defense one week after surrendering 49 points to DeKalb.
“I think we realized that we don't have the experience that we think we do,” Joseph said. “(Friday night), we did the best we could. The score didn't show up that way, but everything was going well for us.”
South Adams coach Grant Moser described his team's 21-3 win over Bluffton as “gritty” – and it certainly wasn't pretty.
The Starfires were the more heavily penalized team, garnering nine flags for 95 yards, while the Tigers had seven penalties for 60 yards. That metric might undersell the impact of penalties on South Adams, which had two apparent touchdowns called back.
“A lot of things didn't go our way,” Moser said. “We had some questionable calls. We had a pick for a touchdown that was called back. A couple late hits that were big for them, moving the ball forward. But again, a gritty win for a really young team.”
It was also a rough night on the turnover front, as Bluffton's Hayden Nern was picked off twice, and the two teams combined for five fumbles.
And when Bluffton's leading rusher, Everett Johnson, is removed from the mix, the rest of the Tigers run game combined for negative yardage.
Bishop Luers improved to 2-1 with its thrilling 38-36 win over Homestead, giving it two come-from-behind wins over Class 6A schools.
The Knights, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, opened the season with a 21-20 victory over Carroll, scoring the game-winner in the final three minutes. Friday's win came as time expired when junior kicker Carter Drake drilled a 29-yard field goal.
It also came after the Knights watched Homestead wipe away a 35-17 deficit in the fourth quarter, taking a 36-35 lead on Jake Archbold's touchdown with 2:34 remaining.
On the Knights' sideline, they knew they had 21/2 minutes left to take the lead back.
“Honestly, I heard mostly, 'This game's not over, this is our game,'” coach Kyle Lindsay said. “As a head coach I tried to lead by example there and reminded them that we've put 35 on the board, we've done it before. All we needed was three more.”
Luers started its drive at its 32-yard line and went into its two-minute offense to drive to the Homestead 12 in 10 plays.
Senior quarterback Norm Knapke, who threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns, completed 5 of 7 passes on the drive. A few seconds later, Drake's kick went straight down the middle of the posts, and the Knights piled on top of him.
“I thought Norm did a heck of a job keeping (the team's) composure,” Lindsay said. “The offensive line did a great job keeping their composure.
“This is a team that's showed a lot of maturity from a year ago. I think a year ago in this same scenario I'm not sure we win that ballgame. We've had some juniors turn into seniors and have really grown up. That's across the board. I don't think anybody believed that game was over. It says a lot about the character about this team.”