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Sunday, September 10, 2017 1:00 am

High school football

SAC unbeatens to meet in Indy



1. Snider (4-0)

2. Homestead (4-0)

3. New Haven (4-0)

4. Woodlan (4-0)

5. East Noble (3-1)

6. South Adams (4-0)

7. Bishop Dwenger (3-1)

8. Angola (4-0)

9. Churubusco (4-0)

10. Garrett (3-1)

Next week's matchup pits the only two remaining undefeated teams in the SAC against one another, and in Indianapolis no less. Snider and Homestead, both 4-0, will face off at 5 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in an outcome that will go a long way in deciding the conference title.

Both teams have dominated opponents recently.

“Our kids, I think their mental maturity is gaining as we progress through the season,” Homestead coach Chad Zolman said after the Spartans' 42-0 win over Bishop Dwenger on Friday. “I don't see that as an issue. I think they expect a hard, tough-fought game and we'd be disappointed if it wasn't.”

Although Snider played at Lucas Oil Stadium in its record-setting Class 5A state championship game in 2015, a 64-61 win over New Palestine, the Spartans haven't had the same opportunity.

“It's going to be amazing,” defensive lineman Tico Brown said. “I'm really excited to be able to play at Lucas Oil and going to try and keep the ball rolling so far. We're really confident but we're staying humble and just trying to correct all our mistakes that we made and just keep it up.”

Cadets' defense steps up

As impressive as the Concordia offense looked at times, it was the defense that stole the show in a 28-7 victory at Bishop Luers.

“We're going to need our defense to be really good and they were (Friday),” said coach Tim Mannigel, whose Cadets (2-2) won the Class 3A state championship last season.

They got good games from quarterback Jake Byrd (227 passing yards, two touchdowns), receiver Kamari Anderson-Drew (eight catches, 140 yards, two touchdowns) and running back Marcus Morrow (105 yards, two touchdowns), but there were too many miscommunications, bumbled snaps and errors for Mannigel's liking.

The Cadets' defense held the Knights (2-2) to three first downs and 30 yards of offense.

“I'm very pleased with the defense's effort. Our offense was all over the board,” Mannigel said. “I once heard a coach say, 'Sometimes we play lights out and sometimes we play like the lights are out.' And I kind of feel that way about our offense. It's a work in progress, let's say that.”

Kelly key for Busco

Tasked with defending Eastside's fast receivers, Churubusco's Gage Kelly proved up for it in the Eagles' 28-9 victory Friday. While Blazers quarterback Caleb Ballentine did throw for 206 yards, Kelly did break up two long attempts headed near the goal line.

With Eastside driving inside the Churubusco 30, Kelly intercepted a pass intended for Aaron Dean, helping seal the win.

“We really planned on covering the deep route,” Kelly said. “I played it perfectly and timed it and luckily got that interception. When Dean's running the go route, he's their favorite target. I saw it coming the whole time and I just played it.”