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Friday, November 08, 2019 10:30 pm

High Schools

Adams County rivals each win sectional championships

Warsaw, Eastside win first-ever football postseason trophies


Separated by just over eight miles, South Adams and Adams Central will battle this Friday for a berth in the Class A semistate. The No. 2-ranked Starfires claimed the Sectional 43 championship with a 47-20 victory in Berne over Madison-Grant, while the fourth-ranked Flying Jets held off Northfield to claim the title in Sectional 44, 38-28.

At Berne, South Adams (12-0) quarterback James Arnold threw seven first-half touchdowns to lead the hosts to a 47-6 halftime advantage. Trey Schoch and Aiden Wanner each caught a trio of scoring strikes, while Nick Miller added the other receiving tally.

At Wabash, Adams Central (11-1) took a 24-14 lead at the half, holding off the Norsemen’s late charge. Northfield intercepted a pair of third-quarter Flying Jet passes, only to see both negated by roughing the passer penalties.

Leading by a field goal late, Adams Central added a 14-yard touchdown in the final minute to secure the victory. The Adams County rivals will battle for a regional title Friday in Monroe.

CONCORDIA 56, PERU 6: At Peru, in the Class 3A, Sectional 27 championship game, Amir Drew ran for four first-half touchdowns to lead the Cadets (7-5) to regionals for the second time in four years.

Concordia will play host to Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (11-1) in regional action Friday.

BISHOP DWENGER 42, NORTHROP 0: At Shields Field, in the Class 5A, Sectional 11 title game, the Saints (10-1) led just 15-0 at intermission before pulling away. Brenden Lytle finished 14-of-16 passing, including three touchdowns, all to Griffin Eifert.

Dwenger will travel to Lafayette Harrison (9-2) for regionals Friday.

WARSAW 35, PENN 18: At Warsaw, in the Class 6A, Sectional 2 finale, the Tigers (9-2) saw three rushers amass over 100 yards to claim the first football sectional championship in school history. In all, Warsaw ran 56 plays, all rushes, for 417 yards.

EASTSIDE 34, FAIRFIELD 0: At Butler, in the championship of Class 2A Sectional 35, Laban Davis ran for a touchdown and threw two more to lead the Blazers (10-2) to their first-ever sectional title. Lane Burns also returned an interception for a score for Eastside, which travels to Eastbrook (10-2) in regional action Friday.

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