WAWASEE 28, GOSHEN 23
For the third straight season, Wawasee will enter the state tournament on a win streak.
The Warriors held off Goshen, 28-23, at Foreman Field to win the WarHawk Trophy for the third time in as many years. Goshen made a game of it late, outscoring Wawasee 13-7 in the second half, but the Warriors grabbed its first Northern Lakes Conference win of the season, sending the RedHawks to an 0-7 NLC slate.
Parker Young’s one-yard plunge in the third quarter put Wawasee up 28-10 at the time, and proved to be the game winner. LaShaun Morris opened the scoring with a 48-yard catch from Levi Brown, and Jesse Landeros returned to the lineup for the Warriors and ran one in from three yards out.
Ethan Garza thwarted a potential Goshen scoring drive late in the second quarter, picking off a pass and running it back 82 yards for a score, giving Wawasee a 21-10 lead at the half.
Wesley VanHooser would score from two and one yards for the RedHawks in the fourth quarter, but Goshen would get no closer.
Wawasee (2-7) will head into the Class 4-A Sectional next week in visiting NorthWood (6-3), which are coming in off a 40-20 win over Plymouth at Andrews Field. Goshen (1-8) will have two weeks to prepare as host for Fort Wayne Northrop in the Class 5-A sectional matchup.
NORTHWOOD 40, PLYMOUTH 20
NorthWood bounced back from a loss at Warsaw with a dominant showing over Plymouth in a Northern Lakes Conference spoiler Friday night in Nappanee.
The Black Crunch defense held the Rockies to just 117 yards, but the visitors out-gained NorthWood 408 yards to 363 in the loss.
Nate Newcomer ran for 132 yards and two touchdowns, Jaden Miller ran for 93 yards and two scores, and Newcomer went 4-of-9 for 75 yards and a touchdown pass to Miller. The Panther defense created a trio of turnovers by the Rockies — a lost fumble and two picks by Joe Barron, who completed half of his 44 pass attempts for 291 yards.
Ivan Winkle rushed for 66 yards, and Barron rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown. Seth Rundell caught nine passes for 80 yards, including a touchdown catch in the third period.
Wood finished the regular season at 6-3 and at 5-2 in the NLC. Plymouth closed its conference slate at 6-1, even with Concord — which topped Warsaw 34-28 in Dunlap Friday night.
NorthWood hosts Wawasee in Sectional 19 play next week.
WINAMAC 23, TRITON 20
Max Murray hit a 27-yard field goal, and Triton lost its regular season-closer at Winamac Friday night.
The Trojans jumped ahead with a pair of first-quarter touchdowns, Hunter McIntyre scoring on a 58-yard run, and Connor Pitney connecting with D’Angelo Shumpert from 30 yards out to put Triton up 12-0.
But Winamac cut its deficit to 12-7 when Gabe Townsend found the end zone on a 2-yard run, and Murray kicked the PAT later in the first period.
The score remained 12-7 until they fourth quarter, when Townsend scored on another run — this time from 10 yards out — and then found pay dirt from 43 yards out to put the Warriors ahead 20-12.
Pitney threw another TD pass, this time from 37 yards to McIntyre, and the Trojans scored a two-point conversion to knot the score at 20-20.
Triton was out-gained 279 yards to 373 and lost a pair of fumbles as it closed out the Hoosier North Athletic Conference at 1-6.
McIntyre rushed for 166 yards on 21 attempts in addition to his one reception for 37 yards. Shumpert made his TD reception worth 30 yards, and Bryce Coppes made a reception as well, as Pitney completed 3-of-11 passes for 67 yards and two scores.
Russell Compton completed 14-of-26 passes for 107 yards with one interception for the Warriors, who finished their HNAC slate at 2-5. Townsend rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns in 17 carries.
Triton closes the regular season at 2-7 and plays host to Northfield in its Class A Sectional 44 opener next week.