by Gary Andrews
There was a major explosion at Southwood Friday night in the first half and it was called the Knight offense. Southwood erupted for 35 first half points to lead 35-7 then held on for dear life to defeat North Miami 42-27.
The Knight defense set the tone right off the bat, holding North Miami on their first possession to set the offense up for their first strike. With 8:09 on the clock, Robbie Cole found Andrew Finicle from 19 yards out to give Southwood a 7-0 lead. Two and a half minutes later, Cole connected with Danny Goff for a 40-yard scoring strike as the Knights led 14-0 with North Miami driving when the quarter ended.
North Miami would score on the first play of the second quarter, but that would be the end of the Warrior scoring in the first half as the Knight defense shut them down while the offense went off. Cole would throw his third touchdown of the game when he found John Berlier open with Berlier racing 71 yards for a score and a 21-7 Southwood lead. The Knights would then surprise everyone with an onside kick that was recovered by Austin Schlemmer. Cole wasted no time, connecting with Goff for a second time for a score, this time from 30 yards out to lead 28-7. With the air attack clicking on all cylinders the Knights would get their next score on a Nathan Hollars run and open a 35-7 lead with 8:00 left in the half. North Miami would get the final score of the half with 4:06 left on a 35-yard run as the Knights took a 35-14 lead to the locker room.
by Gary Andrews
The Lady Knight Linksters finished 11th place at the IHSAA Regional at Cobblestone Golf Club Saturday with another new school record 18-hole score of 358. Leo won with a score of 336. Bishop Dwenger was second while Wawasee nabbed the final spot to the State Meet.
Sophomore Dayna Dale led the Knights with a new school record score of 77 that included another new school record score of 37 on the front nine. Abby Houlihan and Danielle Pegg each shot 92 while Danielle Sparling added a 97. Paige Dempsey shot 103.
Dayna’s score of 77 put her in a three way tie for the fifth and final spot for advancement to the state meet in Carmel next weekend. So, after a few tense moments, a three-way playoff ensued. Unfortunately, Dayna was eliminated on the first playoff hole when her par putt slid by the edge of the hole.
The Knights finished the season with an overall team record of 64-17 that included a perfect 19-0 record in dual/triangular meets.
by Gary Andrews
Fresh off their win over North Miami last week, the Wabash football team was looking for a second victory in a row Friday over Tippecanoe Valley with things looking good for a half before the Vikings took advantage of some costly Apache mistakes and penalties to out score Wabash 15-0 in the second half to defeat the Apaches 31-20.
The Apaches were forced to punt on their first offensive series and the Vikings responded with a 15-play scoring drive that consumed a majority of the quarter to lead Wabash 8-0 after a two point conversion. On the ensuing kick off, Ben Dillon would field the kick and race down the left sideline 65 yards to pay dirt, drawing the Apaches to within one at 8-7 after the Owen Yeadon kick.
Valley would strike first in the second quarter with 5:17 left to take a 16-7 lead after two, but again the Apaches wasted no time closing the gap. On their second play after the Valley score Chase Dirig found Trevor Vest cutting across the middle, connecting on a 43-yard scoring strike to make it 16-14 with 4:15 to play. The Wabash defense would hold Valley and give the Apache offense one more shot before the half after a Levi Robinson interception. Wabash had the ball on the Valley 40 and eventually had to try a 46-yard field goal with 7.3 on the clock that fell short with Valley leading 16-14 at the half.
Valley would own the third quarter, scoring with 7:00 left then doing it again with 2:58 remaining to lead 31-14 and Wabash driving at the end of the quarter.
by Bill Barrows
The Wabash County high school football teams are very competitive this season as evidenced by last week’s scores. Wabash lost a tough road contest at Whitko 30-24. Southwood lost by a single point to Rochester, 27-26. Manchester won by a single point at North Miami, 34-33 and Northfield beat Tipp Valley 40-22.
This week’s games are all home games for the Wabash County teams. Manchester hosts Rochester, Wabash entertains Tipp Valley, and North Miami travels to Southwood. All games are 7 p.m. kickoffs.
The Harness Brothers, Rick and Tim, will be live broadcasting from Northfield as the Norse host Whitko. They will broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. with the set up of this long-time TRC matchup. We hope you will join us!!!!!
Also, an added feature this week, on Tuesday don’t forget to join the webcast for volleyball action as Southwood hosts Northfield for a great matchup.
Join Wabash WebTV for exciting action of Indiana High School football and now volleyball. If you are at a game or cannot watch it live, an archive of the featured game is available on the website shortly after the completion of the games.
by Gary Andrews
The Manchester football team pulled out another big road conference win Friday at North Miami, holding the Warriors out of the end zone on a two point conversion attempt with 52.4 left in the game that sealed a 34-33 thriller.
The Squires started the game by going four and out, then giving up a North Miami touchdown in the first four minutes before they settled down to play their game. Manchester moved the ball very little on their next possession when they got a break they were looking for. North Miami would fumble the Squire punt with Keelan Norwood recovering on the Warrior 23. Using their running game mixed with a couple short passes the Squires would even the score with 2:53 remaining on a Lucas Schilling keeper from 2 yards out.
After the Squire defense held North Miami to start the second, the offense would keep rolling. Schilling would connect with Bailey Ness three times and Daniel Greise once before Jacob Casper scored from 2 yards out to give Manchester a 14-7 lead. North Miami would waste no time getting even when they struck from 57 yards out with 5:01 left to make it 14-14. The Squires would get two more possessions in the quarter and made the second one count when Schilling would find Evan Milam in the end zone as time expired for a 21-14 halftime lead.
The Northfield girls’ cross country team placed 2nd in the 28-team West Noble Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20. Jenna Halderman led the way with a 3rd place finish. Brittany Sloan and Karla Singer also received medals by placing in the top 20. Rounding out the scoring was Natasha Leland, Olivia Thompson, Jacklyn Peas, and Cait Eltzroth. Indi Shear ran a season’s best time.
The boys’ team placed 6th. Devin Tracy led the way by placing 12th. Austin Frye and Joe Burcroff each received medals by placing in the top 25. Rounding out the scoring was Austin Andrews, Heath Miller, Mason Zolman, Matt Carey, and Noah Augustus.
The junior high had many athletes run season’s best times on the year. The top 5 for the girls included Alyssa McKillip, Abbey Ross, Lz Moore, Bailey Burcroff, and Jenna Krom. The boys’ top 5 included Austin Burns, Peyton Frye, Grant Dale, Jett Snyder, and Evan Eckelberger.
The Southwood football team is Going Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness on Friday, Sept. 26 vs. North Miami! They will be wearing gold socks, shoelaces, and helmet decals in support of their friends and family as well as a member of the Southwood alumni family- Ari Halderman, son of Colby Halderman, a member of the 2002 state championship team battling cancer.
The booster club is donating its corn hole proceeds that evening. Southwood Elementary staff will have free gold balloons to give to students at halftime. Balloons will be released when the Knights come back out on the field to finish the game. The PEP (Peers Educating Peers) group also has some neat things planned.
The school has had generous sponsors and they would like to thank the following: Snyder Tire and Battery, ART by CC CRABTREE, Carol Knows Hair, Hobbs Lawn Care, Family Chiropractic, Gentry Well and Pump, Keller Accounting, SES staff and SHS staff. Come on out to the game next Friday. Show your support and donate to a great cause.
Fans are encouraged to add some GOLD in with your red, gray, and black!! If you would like to read Ari's story, you may visit the blog at http://thelionfights.blogspot.com/2014/09/and-so-it-begins.html?spref=fb.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood Lady Knight golf team made history Saturday, capturing the Huntington sectional to win the first ever girls sectional golf crown for the school. The Lady Knights fired a team score of 365, which was 18 strokes better than second place Huntington. Oak Hill finished third.
Claire Barnett of Manchester will also be going to the regional by placing in the top three individuals not on a qualifying team.
Dayna Dale led Southwood with an 87. Abby Houlihan added a 92, Danielle Pegg 93, Paige Dempsey 93, Christiana Borner 98.
Manchester placed 4th, led by Claire Barnett’s 88. Lydia Little added a 99, Erin Working 105, Madison Hire 114, Gabbi Wilcox 118.
Wabash finished 8th, led by Darian Reynolds with a 97. Chelsea George added a 112, Vali Reed 118, Payten Keaffaber 119.
Northfield finished 10th. Kandra Stout led the Norse with a 118. Alex Peterson added a 120, Sarah Johnston 122, Anna Driscoll 124.
The Lady Knights and Claire Barnett will now compete in the regional next Saturday at Cobblestone Golf Club in the East Noble regional.