TIPPECANOE VALLEY 32, PERU 18
Valley entered the night ultra worried about Peru’s rushing attack, specifically Daunte Majors. Maybe Peru should have worried about Valley’s ability to run the ball.
The Vikings had both Jaydin Conley and Dakota Gaff eclipse the 150-yard mark rushing as Valley moved to 2-0 in the Three Rivers Conference with a 32-18 win at Peru.
Conley ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns, taking six of his 24 carries at least 10 yards. Conley had touchdown runs of five and 10 yards. Gaff, who had crucial runs in the win against Northfield in week two, ran the ball 14 times for 157 yards. His biggest tote was for a 54-yard touchdown and also had runs of 16 and 29 yards in a monster night for the Viking running game.
Overall, Valley piled up 349 yards on the ground.
“We came into the night and thought, ‘let’s keep the ball. Let’s just try to grind it out,’” stated Tippecanoe Valley head coach Steve Moriarty on his postgame with 107.3. “We think we can outgrind them pound-for-pound with our offensive line. And once we started rolling, Gaff and Conley, and you have to give credit to the boys up front a little bit. Both ways, the blocking fullbacks. We just kept rotating the fullbacks in to get them a break. The whole offense was a success running the ball.”
Tanner Trippiedi was just 2-3 passing, but had a 13-yard pitch and catch with Jalen Potter for a score.
Domingo Santiago added field goals of 37 and 31 yards in the win.
Valley’s defense did a number on Majors, who did score on his first touch on a 61-yard burst in the first quarter. But from there, Valley bottled Majors up on just 19 yards on six carries. On the night, Majors had seven carries for 80 yards and just one catch out of the backfield for seven yards.
Valley’s defense also accounted for three interceptions on a four-takeaway night.
Valley (2-1, 2-0 TRC) preps for a home contest against North Miami next week.
CONCORD 24, NORTHWOOD 14
A 24-7 second half by the Minutemen cued a NorthWood loss in the Panthers’ Northern Lakes Conference-opener in Elkhart Friday night.
Trailing 14-7, Concord tallied a trio of scores in the third and fourth quarters to hand the 10th-ranked Panthers their second straight loss. Roemello Moon capped off a 46-yard drive with a 3-yard carry into the end zone at the 2:34 mark of the third quarter, Ariel DeLaPaz nailed a 49-yard field goal with 7:53 remaining in the fourth, and Ethan Cain hit Jack D’Arcy with a 13-yard touchdown pass with just 2:23 to go.
Mistakes piled up for the Panthers as they coughed up three fumbles and threw a pair of picks to finish with five turnovers in Concord.
NorthWood rolled up 285 rushing yards but was out-gained 374 to 389 total offensive yards as Cain completed 14 of 28 passes for 235 yards. D’Arcy pulled down five of those catches for 96 yards and a score, and Carter Neveraski recorded another 73 receiving yards in five receptions. Neveraski also rushed for 63 yards in 10 carries, and Cain rushed for 48 yards in another nine rushes.
Nate Newcomer rushed for 109 yards in 21 carries, and Jaden Miller rushed for another 99 in 13 rushes, scoring on a 20-yard touchdown run at the 11:46 stop of the second period to stake NorthWood to a 7-0 lead. Concord evened the score with a 45-yard TD run by Neveraski at the 10:36 mark of the third period before a 30-yard Jaden Miller touchdown pass a little more than two minutes later put Wood back out front, 14-7.
Concord stayed unbeaten at 3-0 and moved to 2-0 in the NLC. NorthWood slid to 1-2 with an 0-1 NLC start. The Panthers host Goshen next Friday at 7 p.m.
TRITON 41, CASTON 0
Triton bounced back from a loss at LaVille with a dominant showing over Hoosier North Athletic Conference foe Caston at home in Bourbon Friday.
The Trojans finished with 347 offensive yards to Caston’s scant 104, including 222 passing yards by Connor Pitney. Pitney went 11 of 17 passing, connecting with D’Angelo Shumpert for a 28-yard score in the first quarter and again for a 77-yard touchdown completion in the second period. Hunter McIntyre ran the ball 13 times for 78 yards and two scores, and Koby Mast rushed for scores from 4 and 3 yards out in the first and third quarters. Shumpert caught seven passes totaling 152 yards, and Chance Baxter made three catches worth 65 yards.
Noah Howdeshell went 7-21-2 passing for 85 yards, Hunter Schanlaub made two receptions for 51 yards, and Samuel Smith rushed for 32 yards to lead the Comets, who dropped to 0-3 with an 0-2 HNAC start.
Triton improved to 2-1 and an even 1-1 in league play. The Trojans host Bremen in non-conference play next Friday at 7 p.m.