Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Jon Barnes of Snider makes a pass during the third quarter of Friday's 21-13 SAC victory against Bishop Dwenger at Zollner Stadium. Barnes completed 12 of 15 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown.
Saturday, October 06, 2018 1:00 am
High School Football: Week 8 Snider 21 Bishop Dwenger 13
Panthers halt Saints' run
Two-time defending SAC champs hand Dwenger 1st loss of season
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 reigning two-time SAC champions who entered Zollner Stadium on Friday and handed Dwenger (7-1) its first loss of the season with a 21-13 win.
“All week 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 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 itself 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. 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.”
Earlier, 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 outrushed the Saints 249 to 154, led by Lockett, who racked up 117 yards and a touchdown. Lenny Bennett added 114 yards.
Snider's defense stifled Dwenger, as the Saints were just 5 of 12 on third down, many which were third and long.
“We talk 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 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.”