Friday Evening Rewind: Marian beats Penn for first time since 1973 | Sports activities
One drive flipped Friday’s recreation between Marian and Penn the other way up and set the stage to snap 47 years of crosstown soccer futility.
One group — Penn — was rolling. The Kingsmen had capitalized on three first-half miscues by Marian, turning all three into factors with two Kyle Riffel landing runs and a Ryan Majerek area aim and a 16-0 lead. In the meantime, the Knights have been reeling, wanting nothing just like the second-ranked group in Class 3A and enjoying with none of the poise it had put collectively the primary 5 weeks of the common season.
The clocks at each ends of TCU Freed Area said there have been two minutes and 6 seconds left earlier than intermission. Within the north finish zone, the Penn Excessive Faculty marching band began to stir in preparation for its halftime present. Homecoming festivities have been about to start.
Marian then went to work. Particularly, quarterback Maddix Bogunia-Brilliant and his high-powered, numerous offense. They have been 60 yards away from that north finish zone, however for that group, it would as nicely have been six. That’s how simple the 11 made it look. They blocked, they ran, they performed with a objective.
Following a two-yard acquire by operating again Malcom Anderson to start out the drive, it was a heavy serving to of Bogunia-Brilliant. He ran for 3 yards, then discovered Michael Murphy, often the group’s center linebacker pressed into offensive obligation, for a four-yard acquire. Bogunia-Brilliant then related with huge receiver Jayson Johnson for 4 yards, then Greg Atkinson for 16. Johnson for 9 extra. Like that, the Knights had pushed to the Kingsmen 21. Lower than a minute remained, and it was Penn that was reeling, Marian rolling.
On second-and-one, Bogunia-Brilliant simply took off. He didn’t cease till he was in the long run zone. He added a two-point conversion flip go to Kaleb Lusanga to make it 16-8. The Knights weren’t solely on this one, they have been going to win this one.
“I don’t know if the sport seems (the way in which it did), with out that drive,” stated Marian coach Michael Davidson. “That gave us confidence and actually boosted us.”
Marian returned with two unanswered touchdowns within the second half for the 20-16 comeback win. It was the primary time that Marian beat Penn since 1973. The Knights are 6-0 for the second straight season and third time within the final 5 years.
“This feels superb,” stated Johnson, who caught six passes for 63 yards. “We simply bought to doing what Marian Knights soccer does. Popping out of Freed Area with a win, that feels fairly good.”
For Marian’s offense, it was deja vu. The earlier Friday, additionally on the highway in Northern Indiana Convention play, the Knights took any remaining life out of Adams with a six-play, 46-yard scoring drive within the half’s remaining 68 seconds.
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“We simply saved enjoying,” stated Bogunia-Brilliant, who went 4-for-4 for 33 yards passing and ran twice for twenty-four yards in that drive. “There’s only a completely different sense of urgency, however I want to return with that each collection.”
How does Marian (6-0; 3-0) construct on maybe this system’s largest regular-season win ever? By taking Week Seven off. Type of.
Marian’s subsequent recreation at Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic was canceled earlier this season for coronavirus pandemic/journey associated causes. Davidson had thought of discovering a substitute group to play Friday, however as a substitute, selected every week of apply with a weekend off from recreation competitors.
“Subsequent week’s about us,” Davidson stated. “We turned the ball over 5 occasions tonight. We are able to’t do issues (this season) and switch the ball over 5 occasions. Cleansing up issues and us getting higher.”
Subsequent up for Marian, a whopper towards one other Class 6A college when it visits Rice Area towards No. 6 Elkhart on Oct. 9. That one seemingly decides the NIC North regular-season champion.
Elkhart’s freshman sensation
Jaiven Sharp headed to the sideline following his first couple of carries.
Elkhart’s teaching employees recognized a mistake made by the freshman operating again. They confirmed Sharp movie on the sideline earlier than trotting him again into Friday’s recreation towards Saint Joseph.
Sharp turned his subsequent 5 carries into 118 yards and two touchdowns. The pair of scores have been on runs of 44 and 49 yards as chants of “he’s a freshman” echoed from the customer sideline. The Class 6A Lions (5-0, 2-0 NIC North) hardly wanted Sharp of their 49-6 dealing with of the Indians (2-4, 1-2 NIC North) at Father Bly Area.
However they preferred what they noticed throughout rubbish time.
“We knew in some unspecified time in the future this 12 months we have been going to have to offer him a shot,” head soccer coach Josh Shattuck stated. “He’s simply minimize from a special breed. Now we have a secure of backs we really feel actually good about. We wished to offer him a pair touches with our varsity O-line, so it wasn’t simply the backups.
“You possibly can inform by his foot pace and simply how aggressively he runs that he’s going to be a particular participant for us.”
The bottom recreation labored nicely for the Lions. Elkhart churned out 19.7 yards per carry, speeding for 276 yards on 14 makes an attempt. Working again Derrick Woods accounted for 70 speeding yards on 4 carries for 2 scores. He additionally caught two passes for 57 yards and a landing. Huge receiver Tyren Mason discovered the top zone on a 46-yard go from quarterback Cameron Wiltfong and a 70-yard run on an end-around play.
The Lions obtained a 35-0 at halftime earlier than that includes Sharp within the second half. Having expertise and depth has been a key to Elkhart’s unbeaten begin.
“Now we have so many gamers on our group due to our measurement,” Shattuck stated, “and lots of youngsters aren’t used to that. So lots of our children are actually, actually good, they usually don’t play quite a bit. We’ve bought to get used to that. That’s simply an inner challenge that we’re going to have.
“I feel now, the start of the season, that first adrenaline rush is over. And it’s like, ‘Oh, I’m not enjoying quite a bit.’ Or, “I’m a JV participant.’ That’s what we now have to get used to. To be able to play for us, it’s a must to be fairly good. It’s like that for any 6A college, not to mention an enormous 6A college.
“We’ve bought to ensure we’re nonetheless constructing our depth, conserving these guys optimistic and creating our group as a substitute of simply worrying concerning the rating and who we’re enjoying.”
Cavemen’s O-line praised
Mishawaka’s offensive line didn’t wait lengthy to place its stamp on the Cavemen’s 36-19 Northern Lakes Convention victory over Harmony at Steele Stadium within the Princess Metropolis.
“Our line knew what we needed to do to get the win,” stated Mishawaka operating again Drew Mason, who went 73 yards for a landing on the primary scrimmage play of the sport and completed with 23 carries for 188 yards and one other rating. “We needed to management the clock and maintain going. They work so exhausting day by day and it exhibits on the market on Friday nights once we’re doing issues like we did tonight.”
Middle Tyler Ackerley, guards Jason DeWilkins and Jayden Semak and tackles Ethan and Dawson Nowacki led the way in which as Mishawaka rushed 55 occasions for 330 yards and managed the clock for half-hour and 45 seconds. All are seniors besides proper deal with Dawson Nowacki, who’s a sophomore.
“They’re superb,” stated junior quarterback Justin Fisher, who had 98 yards on 21 carries and completed with three touchdowns – two on runs of 1 and two yards and the third a 40-yard scoring go to Davonn Parker.
“Our offensive line is de facto good,” coach Keith Kinder stated. “We’re lucky to have them so we are able to management the clock.”
Harmony coach Koehler has reward for junior QB Dutton
Craig Koehler had a sense the Harmony Minutemen could be simply nice with junior quarterback Hunter Dutton main the way in which this season.
Saturday in his group’s 36-19 loss at Mishawaka, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Dutton accomplished 19 of 23 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’ve stated this from day one – he’s bought nice arm expertise,” Koehler stated. “It’s taken reps and expertise and he’s settling in now.”
The Minutemen, who play host to Plymouth Friday night time, bought their solely landing within the first half on Dutton’s 11-yard scoring go to Brenden Stockman. Dutton then engineered a pair of scoring drives within the third quarter, ending the second with a two-yard scoring go to Amarion Moore that introduced Harmony to inside 23-19 late within the third quarter.
For the season, Dutton is now 76 for 124 (61.3 %) for 844 yards and 6 touchdowns towards 5 interceptions for Harmony (3-2, 2-2 Northern Lakes Convention).
Riley within the operating
A shot at a profitable season or an NIC South Division title didn’t appear to be a actuality for Riley by the primary three video games of the season.
However by responding with a three-game profitable streak, which was prolonged Friday night time with a 24-21 win over Washington, the Wildcats (3-3, 2-1 NIC South) are beginning to imagine in each.
Senior defensive lineman Tyson Lee needs to take issues one recreation at a time.
“Now we have a tricky opponent in New Prairie,” Lee stated. “They all the time have nice gamers. They’re all the time tremendously coached. We’re feeling good proper now coming off a excessive and we’re simply preparing for (Friday).”
Riley head coach Justin Kinzie couldn’t assist however search for the results of Bremen-Glenn after Riley’s victory Friday night time. The 28-8 Bremen win put Riley in a four-way tie within the NIC South with Bremen, Jimtown and Glenn. The Wildcats end the season with video games at Bremen and Jimtown.
“After dropping these first three, we talked about this (three-game stretch) was the second season,” Kinzie stated. “We wanted to be excellent within the second season. Now we are able to go into these final three weeks with a good shot.
“All we wanted was a good shot to have a profitable season and we now have that now.”
Riley operating again Chris Krause, who rushed for 96 yards and one landing towards Washington, stated the Wildcats made an announcement the final three weeks.
“We took the losses and we needed to regroup,” Krause stated. “We had lots of people doubting us. This win and each one transferring ahead is to point out that we’re the very best in South Bend. That we’re the canines of South Bend.
“It’s exhibiting us that we bought it. We aren’t going to allow you to beat us down any extra. We’re developing.”
Penalties punish Vikings
“We have been very sloppy,” Niles coach Joe Sassano stated. The stat sheet proved it.
Niles compiled 9 penalties for 61 yards on Friday together with two offsides, two false begins, delay of recreation, holding and an unlawful push within the again, throughout its 34-20 house loss to South Haven, a group that got here in with a 29-game dropping streak.
The costliest Niles penalty was a go interference name on fourth-and-ten late within the first half that gave the Rams a free 10 yards and fewer floor to cowl on their subsequent try which resulted in a 5-yard landing go from Kaleb Bodfish to Keyon Thomas within the again nook of the endzone.
That penalty and ensuing landing tied the sport and took lots of the air out of a Niles group that had managed the vast majority of the primary half and was wanting to enter halftime with some sort of a lead.
His three-touchdown efficiency didn’t do a lot to brighten Niles operating again Colin Hess’ temper after the sport.
“Ought to have beat them,” Hess stated, shaking his head. “This was our recreation to win.”
The play could have been sloppy, however Niles Excessive Faculty’s adherence to COVID-19 protocols was not. The followers, athletes, officers and staff have been diligent all night time in offering a protected and comfy expertise for these in attendance.
It was a disappointing night time for the Niles gamers and followers however on the brilliant facet, the Rams’ first win since 2016 undoubtedly made the hour-long bus journey again to South Haven significantly extra gratifying for them.
A fast look forward to a number of the high space highschool soccer video games subsequent Friday night time:
- Glenn at LaVille: The Lancers look to remain undefeated by internet hosting the Falcons. LaVille freshman quarterback Lucas Plummer has the group off to a 3-0 begin. Glenn seems to be to rebound after a house NIC loss to Bremen.
- Penn at Saint Joseph: Two groups in want of a win meet at Father Bly Area. The Kingsmen noticed a 16-point lead at house evaporate into a tricky 20-16 NIC loss to undefeated Marian. The Indians dropped to 2-3 with a 49-6 defeat to undefeated Elkhart Friday night time.
- Adams at Elkhart: The Eagles get the following shot at making an attempt to gradual the high-scoring, explosive Elkhart offense, led by Derrick Woods and Tyren Mason. Adams freshman Toryn Day had 4 TD passes in a 30-26 loss at New Prairie Friday night time. Woods and Mason totaled 5 TD’s, all within the first half, of a blowout win at Saint Joseph.
- Mishawaka at NorthWood: The Cavemen take their floor recreation to Nappanee to fulfill the Panthers in NLC play. Mishawaka gained its second straight Friday night time after an 0-3 begin. NorthWood seems to be to regroup after a 7-0 house loss to NLC foe Northridge.