The Journal Gazette
Friday, November 15, 2019 10:40 pm

High School football

Dwenger claims 22nd regional title

East Noble advances to semistate; Concordia, Eastside, Warsaw fall


One year removed from winning a state championship in Class 4A, Bishop Dwenger stands just one game away from competing for a title in Class 5A. Staking themselves to a halftime lead of four touchdowns, the No. 4 Saints kept seventh-ranked West Lafayette Harrison at bay, defeating the host Raiders 35-21 to advance to the North semistate.

Bishop Dwenger (11-1) improved to 22-4 all-time in regional action, tying Carmel for the most regional titles in IHSAA history. The Saints will take to the road again in semistate, this time traveling to No. 2 and unbeaten Valparaiso, which shut out Mishawaka in the other northern regional matchup.

EAST NOBLE 30, MISSISSINEWA 14: In a Class 4A regional at Gas City, the Knights (13-0) shut out the host Indians after halftime to win their first regional title since 2003. Bailey Parker ran for a touchdown and threw for two more, one apiece to Hayden Jones and Gage Ernsberger.

Rowan Zolman gave East Noble its final points with 4:57 to go, returning an interception for a score. The Knights will host Hobart on Friday with a berth in the Class 4A state championship on the line.

BISHOP CHATARD 56, CONCORDIA 28: In a Class 3A regional at Zollner Stadium, the Trojans proved their mettle as the state’s top-ranked team, scoring 28 third-quarter points to advance to the Class 3A semistate for the third time in five seasons.

Daylen Taylor ran for 231 yards and five touchdowns on just 15 carries for Chatard (12-1), while Brandon Davis threw for 205 yards and two scores for Concordia (7-6).

EASTBROOK 42, EASTSIDE 9: In a Class 2A regional at Marion, the host Panthers scored the game’s final 35 points to spoil the Blazers’ regional debut. Eastbrook racked up 336 rushing yards, netting nearly six yards per attempt.

Eastside (10-3) scored its lone touchdown in the first quarter when Laban Davis connected with Payton Terry from 11 yards out.

MERRILLVILLE  42, WARSAW 28: In a Class 6A regional at Merrillville, the host Pirates turned two first-half Tiger fumbles into touchdowns and did not trail again. Blake Marsh scored two rushing touchdowns for Warsaw (9-3) and passed for another.

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