The Journal Gazette
Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:00 am


Win gives Warsaw conference crown

The Journal Gazette

Juan Jaramillo was just a few weeks old. That's how long it'd been since Warsaw last won the Northern Lakes Conference.

Until now.

With Jaramillo, 19, rushing for two touchdowns as the Tigers ran over Concord on Friday at home, 35-17, Warsaw secured at least a share of the conference title for the first time since concluding a three-year reign atop the league in 2001.

The Tigers (7-2, 6-1) now reportedly have a two-week wait to determine whether or not they will share the NLC title. Mishawaka, which won at Northridge 41-21 stands at 5-1 in league play as the regular season has concluded.

The Cavemen's NLC-opening game on Sept. 4 against Goshen was canceled due to COVID-19, but with Mishawaka drawn against the Redhawks in a Class 5A semifinal contest Oct. 30, that postseason game will also count toward the NLC standings. If Mishawaka advances, the conference crown will be split between the Tigers and Cavemen.

HOMESTEAD 41, SOUTH SIDE 0: At Weicker Stadium, the Spartans finished off their second straight SAC title by blanking the Archers. Evan Ormsby connected with Nathan Anderson for touchdown passes of 21, 41 and 28 yards for Homestead (8-1, 8-1 SAC). South Side finished 1-8 overall and in the SAC.

BISHOP DWENGER 41, NORTHROP 0: At Shields Field, the Saints forced six turnovers to shut out the Bruins. Brenden Lytle completed 9-of-15 passes for two touchdowns for SAC runner-up Dwenger (8-1, 8-1), while the area's leading rusher, Damarius Cowen, carried the ball 25 times for 108 yards for Northrop (4-5, 4-5).

CARROLL 56, WAYNE 12: At Wayne Stadium, the Chargers posted back-to-back three-touchdown quarters in taking a 42-12 halftime lead. Jeffrey Becker accounted for six combined scores (four passing, two rushing) for Carroll (7-2, 7-2 SAC), while Aidan Meek threw a pair of TD passes for Wayne (1-8, 1-8).

SNIDER 35, BISHOP LUERS 13: At Spuller Stadium, Tyrese Brown's 289-yard rushing night easily propelled the host Panthers to victory in the regular-season finale. Both quarterbacks – Luke Haupert for Snider (5-4, 5-4 SAC), Carson Clark for the Knights (3-6, 3-6) – threw for 159 yards.

LEO 38, DEKALB 0: In Leo-Cedarville, the Lions completed their first-ever unbeaten conference season since joining the Northeast 8, claiming the league title in the process. Jackson Barbour threw a pair of touchdown passes for Leo (8-1, 7-0) and DJ Allen added three tackles for loss, while cornerback Nathaniel Williams notched a team-high 8.5 total tackles for the Barons (1-5, 1-4).

EAST NOBLE 42, BELLMONT 0: In Decatur, Justin Marcellus rushed for scores of 44, 6 and 34 yards as the Knights finished 6-3 overall, 4-2 in NE8 play. Isaac Bodkins led Bellmont (0-7, 0-7) with 56 rushing yards.

BLUFFTON 35, LAKELAND 6: In Bluffton, the Tigers clinched just the second eight-win regular season in the history of a program dating back to 1920. Hayden Nern threw for 190 yards and three scores for Bluffton (8-1), with Cody Mittlestedt catching two of those touchdown passes.

EASTSIDE 42, ANGOLA 7: In Angola, the Blazers polished off a perfect season against Northeast Corner Conference foes in dominating the interdivisional matchup. Laban Davis rushed for three touchdowns and ran for two more as Eastside (8-1) outgained the Hornets (5-2) 428-53. Tucker Hasselman returned a second-quarter interception for a touchdown to account for Angola's lone score.

FAIRFIELD 24, CHURUBUSCO 6: In Churubusco, the Falcons flew to heights not seen in over a decade, completing an unbeaten regular season for the first time since accomplishing the feat from 2006-08. Cory Lantz led Fairfield (8-0) with 156 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Ethan Hille's 13-yard touchdown run with 10:57 remaining helped the Eagles (4-3) avoid the shutout.

GARRETT 28, CENTRAL NOBLE 21: In Garrett, the Railroaders scored with 8.1 seconds to go in the fourth quarter to upend the visiting Cougars. Garrett finishes the regular season 3-5, while Central Noble dropped to 4-5.

FREMONT 49, WES-DEL 22: In Fremont, Kameron Colclasure rushed for three touchdowns through the first three quarters for the Eagles (3-3), returning to action for the first time since Sept. 18.

WEST NOBLE 34, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0: In Brushy Prairie, the Chargers avoided a winless regular season while handing the host Panthers their ninth consecutive defeat in the 2020 season, marking the second time in six years the two squads met in Week 9 with zero combined victories. Randy Villanueva capped the scoring for West Noble (1-8) with a 40-yard interception return touchdown late in the third quarter. In 2015, West Noble won its first game in the final contest of the regular season, dispatching Prairie Heights 58-3.

WAWASEE 37, GOSHEN 21: In Syracuse, the Warriors halted a six-game slide, avoiding a winless NLC campaign and claiming the WarHawk Trophy for the fourth straight year. Kameron Salazar returned an interception for a touchdown for Wawasee (3-6, 1-6).

WABASH 41, WHITKO 00: In Wabash, the Apaches jumped ahead 28-10 at halftime in the Three Rivers Conference tilt. Cade Berg ran for two touchdowns for the Wildcats (4-5, 3-5 TRC).

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