NorthWood delivers dominating win over Northridge

Elkhart Truth photo/Paige Mallory PassmanNorthWood’s Payton Bear (right) gets blocking help from Drew Minnich (left) as he takes on Northridge defender Nick Yoder on Oct. 28, 2016, at NorthWood.


NAPPANEE — Trey Bilinski fired four first-half touchdown passes, including two to Drew Minnich in the final minute of the second quarter, as Class 4A No. 2-ranked NorthWood built a 31-7 lead by intermission and improved to 11-0 in sectional football semifinal play Friday at Andrews Field.

The Panthers head to East Noble (8-2) for the sectional championship next Friday. The Knights were 40-22 winners at Plymouth.

Brayton Yoder and DeAndre Smart each picked off passes in NorthWood’s win, Yoder returning his 70 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter, and Smart’s setting up the Panthers for a Bilinski-to-Minnich TD on the final play of the first half.

Quarterback Julius Graber ran 3 yards for a Raider TD in the first quarter and connected with Brad Schwartz on a 58-yard TD pass in the third. Schwartz finished with seven catches for 157 yards as Northridge closed at 3-8.



FORT WAYNE — Top-ranked Snider (10-0) scored 28 points in the second quarter and went on to end Concord’s season, as turnovers and a blocked field goal spelled disaster for the Minutemen (6-4) at Spuller Stadium.

Concord trailed just 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, but Snider returned two interceptions for touchdowns and then blocked a Josh Gorball field goal on the final play of the first half and returned it for another score.

Dominick DeBroka carried 18 times for 111 yards for the Minutemen and also caught a pass for 23. Damien Jackson was Concord’s leading receiver with four catches for 39 yards.

Gorball’s 32-yard field goal in the first quarter accounted for the Minutemen’s lone points.



MICHIGAN CITY — Quarterback Ross Kirkton had a huge night, but Elkhart Central was unable to rally all the way back after falling behind 35-7 by halftime at Ames Field.

Kirkton completed 30-of-37 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for two scores while gaining 118 yards on the ground. Wide receiver JT Webb caught eight passes and all three of Kirkton’s TD throws, including scoring plays of 51 and 54 yards, as the Blue Blazers closed at 2-8.

With the win, Michigan City (7-3) advances to a 5A sectional title game at Mishawaka (9-2) next Friday.


Michigan City advances to next week’s sectional championship game at Mishawaka.



LIGONIER — Kenny Kerrn powered for 263 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries as Jimtown advanced to a Class 3A sectional championship with the victory at West Noble.

The Jimmies (7-4) hit the road again next Friday for the title game, taking on Garrett (11-1). The Railroaders were 28-0 semifinal winners at Culver Academy, and they beat Jimtown 24-7 a year ago in a surprise semifinal.

Nick Fann caught a 9-yard TD pass from Sam Pawlak, and Mason Castro ran 9 yards for a score in the Jims’ victory over the Chargers (4-7).

Jimtown finished with a 407-94 advantage in total yards and recorded a pair of takeaways.



FORT WAYNE — Quarterback CJ Detweiler tossed five touchdown passes – three to Brandon Holley – and ran for another to lead the RedHawks (8-2) to the easy victory and a home game with No. 1 Fort Wayne Snider next Friday in the Class 5A sectional final.

Deven Love caught a pair of TD passes, one from Detweiller and the other from Jack Immel, while Rummel Johnson also caught a scoring pass. Mason Short added a short field goal for the RedHawks, while the Goshen defense recorded a safety.

The RedHawks led 49-0 before a late score by the Legends (1-9).



MISHAWAKA — The No. 2-ranked Kingsmen scored on a punt return and an interception return, and played stellar defense in their 35-7 Class 6A sectional semifinal win over Valparaiso at Freed Field.

Matt Kominkiewicz’s 84-yard punt return gave Penn a 14-0 lead with 2:14 left in the first quarter. The Kingsmen’s final touchdown was a 102-yard interception return from Bailey Mott with 9:34 left in the game.

Penn’s defense held Valparaiso to 171 yards and nine first downs. The Vikings (5-5) were stopped four times on drives inside Penn’s 20-yard line.

The Kingsmen (10-0) play at LaPorte (9-1) for a sectional championship next Friday.

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