September 15, 2013

Chaotic finish sinks Berries against Tribe

Pioneer's running game prevails against Caston; Winamac rolls at South Newton.

From Staff Reports

---- — Anderson needed a perfect sequence of events to come back for a 29-28 win at Logansport on Friday night in a North Central Conference football game.

Logan coach Brad Urban said that the events that led to the miracle win for the Indians were indeed too good to be true.

The controversy was after an unbelievable diving catch off a deflection by Indian star running back Jerian Beard. The 35-yard reception gave the Indians the ball at the Logan 4-yard line with 2 seconds left in the game.

The Indians were out of timeouts. It took them awhile after the big gain to get lined up and set to spike the ball, but the referees waited until they were completely set to restart the clock.

The rule is in place to allow the chain gang to get in the correct position and then the clock is to be started after a first down.

Urban cried foul about how the officiating crew handled the closing seconds Friday night.

“There’s no way they could have gotten a play off in 2 seconds. That never happens,” Urban said. “They shouldn’t have even got a chance for a field goal. .... They never should have got to the next play.”

The next play was a game-winning 21-yard field goal by Cody Gray to give the Indians the win.

Urban added there’s nothing the Berries can really do now about the final outcome of the game. The Indians (1-3, 1-1) already got to celebrate the win and the Berries (0-4, 0-2) have to deal with the loss.

The referees weren’t the only ones to botch the ending of the game as the Berries were certainly in a position to control their own destiny.

But a bad punt snap set up the Indians with a short field at the Logan 47-yard line on with 29 seconds remaining.

The Berries’ offense also could have ran out the rest of the clock with one more first down late but came up 4 yards short before the failed punt attempt.

The Berries rushed for 296 yards in the contest in almost pulling off what would have been a huge win for them. Fullback Jacob Shelton eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. He rushed for 103 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns to lead them Friday night before leaving the game late with a shoulder injury.

Austin Gaby added 68 yards on eight carries, and Record had 50 yards on four carries. Quarterback Ryan Schrock had a 1-yard TD run set up by his 36-yard burst in the first half that gave the Berries an early 14-0 lead. They led 21-7 at halftime.

Gaby added a fumble recovery and a sack on defense. Kevin Gonzalez also had a fumble recovery. Khalil Carter and Jacob Brown each had an interception. Carter added a team-high 11.5 tackles.

Beard rushed for 144 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Indians. He added eight catches for 78 yards. Gaven Owens was 19-of-33 passing for 199 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Tight end Robby Peal had 5 catches for 74 yards and a TD.

- Beau Wicker

H. Heights 28, Cass 20

With a strong effort against the defending Class 3A state runner-up, the Kings reestablished themselves as a top Class 2A contender after back-to-back disappointing efforts.

Payton Young rushed for 110 yards on 15 carries and had a 6-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to pull the Kings (1-3, 0-2 Mid-Indiana Conference) to within 8 points with 4:10 remaining.

On the next Huskies’ possession a fumble recovery by the Kings near midfield brought a burst of emotion from the Cass fans. The jubilation was short-lived though as on the first play the Kings fumbled the ball back to Heights after a nice gain. The Huskies were able to move the ball enough to run out the clock for the win.

Gabe Welch added 91 yards rushing on 15 carries for the Kings. Brenden McGehee had touchdown runs of 3 and 6 yards in the first quarter.

Heights (3-1, 2-0) scored 14 answered points in the second quarter to take a 28-14 lead at halftime before holding on in the second half.

Grant Weatherford showed why he’s a high Division-I prospect, as the junior wideout finished with six catches for 183 yards and two TDs to lead the Huskies. Conner Faulkner had 164 yards rushing and a TD on 27 carries. Monte Reed was 14-of-21 passing for 292 yards and three TDs.

Pioneer 66, Caston 28

The two rivals locked up in Fulton and provided plenty of fireworks for the fans, racking up over 900 combined yards from scrimmage. After an initial surge from the Comets’ new fast-paced, wide-open offense, the Panthers’ running game took over in the second half and led them to a 62-28 win.

Fullback Justin Mersch finished a big night with 254 yards on 28 carries and three touchdowns to lead the Panthers (2-2, 2-1 Midwest Conference).

J.P. Smith opened the game with a 73-yard run for a score for Pioneer. He and Tyler Hanna later scored TDs in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Sam Kiser had two rushing TDs and added an interception on defense.

Pioneer outgained Caston 501-398 in total yardage including 471-238 on the ground.

Quentin Douglass was 16-of-36 passing for 162 yards and three TDs for the Comets (1-3, 1-2). He added 89 yards rushing on 21 attempts.

Brandon Piotrowski, Daron Weaver and Dustin Offenberger each had TD catches. Offenberger finished with three catches for 76 yards, and Brayton Jellison had eight catches for 41 yards. Jake Kingery had a 67-yard TD run, and Piotrowski added 76 yards from scrimmage.

Winamac 59, S. Newton 6

The Warriors showed just why they’re ranked No. 1 in Class A in this week’s coaches’ poll, as they blasted South Newton 59-6 on the road. Ranked No. 3 in the AP poll, the Warriors moved to 4-0 and 2-0 in the Midwest Conference.

Tyler Katschke rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and had an 49-yard touchdown pass to Sean Lynch on a fullback pass.

Quarterback Parker Fox also had 104 yards rushing and two TDs on just six carries. He had an 18-yard TD pass to Keegan Kasten. Brandon DeGroot had a 25-yard interception return for a score. Third-string running back Michael O’Donnell added a 4-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

All-state kicker Zach Markley booted a 50-yard field goal to set a school record. He also connected on all of his extra points and has now hit 26 in a row, also a school record.

Fox added two interceptions on defense to go with DeGroot’s pick.