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  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Jon Barnes of Snider hits an open receiver during the third quarter against Bishop Dwenger at the Fred Zollner Memorial Stadium on Friday.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Lenny Bennett of Snider finds a hole in Bishop Dwenger’s defense during the third quarter at the Fred Zollner Memorial Stadium on Friday.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette The Snider defense takes down Lucas Krohn of Bishop Dwenger during the third quarter at the Fred Zollner Memorial Stadium on Friday.

  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Gage Renbarger of Bishop Dwenger tackles Elijah Maxwell of Snider during the third quarter at the Fred Zollner Memorial Stadium on Friday.

Friday, October 05, 2018 11:30 pm

Snider beats Dwenger in Mud Bowl

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

Force Bishop Dwenger to pass the ball. That's a concept the prior seven opponents have failed to do.

Then there's Snider (6-2), the reining two-time SAC champions prior to the season, who entered Zollner Stadium Friday and handed Dwenger (7-1) its first loss of the season with a 21-13 win.

"All work we worked on stopping the run, their power game, so we didn't expect them to pass at all," Snider defensive back Jayshawn Underwood said.

Usually a run-heavy team, Saints quarterback Patrick O'Keefe was finally forced to throw the football. Completing 9 of 13 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, O'Keefe did his job. But Snider calmed the Saints' running game and put themselves in a position to win.

"This game, win or lose, feels good," Snider coach Kurt Tippmann said. "It's a fun game to play in, to coach in. It's just something our kids looked forward to playing in it Just two hard nose teams going at each other not taunting each other not trying to show each other just lining up and playing again."

Jon Barnes Jr. scored first for the Panthers as he exploded for a 29-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 with 6:28 left in the first quarter. Barnes completed 12 of 15 passes for 131 yards, a touchdown and a fumble.

The junior quarterback found tight end Simon Dellinger for a 38-yard touchdown on a beautiful throw down the left sideline as he rolled to his right, stretching the lead to eight with under six minutes left  in the game.

"He's just steady very calm, cool he's just very even-keeled," Tippmann said of his quarterback. "He's a great competitor and he cares deeply about getting better."

A controversial 4-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Vinnie Tippmann tied the score at 7 heading into the half. The Saints took a 13-7 lead on a 1-yard T.J. Tippmann run late in the third. The 2-point attempt failed.

Snider running back A'Nyis Lockett's 8-yard touchdown-run tied the game at 13 and Trent Rider's extra point was good giving the Panthers a 14-13 lead.

The Panthers out-rushed the Saints 249 to 154, led by Lockett, who racked up 117 yards and a touchdown and Lenny Bennett, who added 114 yards.

Snider's defense stifled Dwenger, as the Saints were just 5 of 12 third downs, many which were third and long.

"We talked all the time of how Bishop Dwenger, because of the quality of program they are, they're going to challenge your toughness ... and our guys embraced it," Kurt Tippmann said.

Ethan Hoover led the Panthers on defense with seven tackles, two tackles for loss. Gianini Belizaire added two sacks.

More mud covered the field than grass, the stadium lights flickered multiple times and Snider's once white jerseys were not anymore, but that's no excuse for Kurt Tippmann.

"As soon as we went into the locker room before the game, we said nobody is using this field as an excuse," Kurt Tippmann said. "They (Dwenger) have to play on it, we have to play on it, so get that out of your mind right now."

The Panthers came away with the win, their white jerseys, however, weren't as fortunate.

"For teams to be able to get to a level where they can win championships, you gotta overcome situations; you gotta face tough situations," Kurt Tippmann said. "Dwenger was certainly that."

ewyman@jg.net