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High school football

Cadets found way to keep ball

4th-down calls led to 21 points

Concordia coach Tim Mannigel felt his team needed to score on nearly every possession in Friday night’s 42-21 Class 3A sectional championship game against Bishop Luers.

With that in mind, the Cadets didn’t back away from going for it on fourth down.

Concordia converted three fourth-down plays in the opening half with each of those drives ending in touchdown runs by Jon Poore, who scored five touchdowns in the victory.

“That was part of our strategy, try to keep the ball,” said Mannigel, whose 9-3 team will play at West Lafayette (11-1) in Friday’s regional. “Our punt game isn’t always the strongest anyways, so we figured what the heck, let’s try to keep putting seven on the board and we did.”

Diverse Panthers overcome turnovers

Snider threw some different looks at North Side in their 17-14 sectional championship game Friday night.

The Panthers ran Andreas Gomez-Espino out of the wildcat and used a two-pronged rushing attack that featured Jibri Bramley (96 yards) and Neandre Billingsley (85).

It added up to a lot of yards – 421 – but not a lot of points.

That’s because, along the way, the Panthers also turned it over five times.

“Turnovers kill us,” Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said. “It kills drives, and we had penalties that killed drives. … We just can’t do that and expect to be successful.”

Dwenger defense comes through

Bishop Dwenger gave up an offensive touchdown or less in its fourth straight game, a 33-13 win over East Noble in a 4A sectional title game at Saint Francis.

Brandon Mable’s 2-yard run in the fourth quarter was the lone offensive touchdown for the Knights, who also scored on an interception return.

Dwenger (9-3) allowed two, three and seven points in the previous three games.

“Our defense is coming on,” Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf said. “We have some guys who play hard there.”