Carroll at Snider
Final Score: 21-20 Snider
Carroll and Snider played in the first huge game of the 2019 season. Everyone wanted to know if Carroll was for real and if a young quarterback keeps his composure against a great Snider defense. And for Snider, could they get back to dominating the best of the SAC, specifically the Carroll Chargers? These questions would have to be answered on the gridiron.
The game was more evenly matched than what many might have expected. The Chargers showed poise and fight as they stayed in the game all the way through. Jeff Becker had a terrific game, going 17-29 and passing for 244 yds. and 3 TDs. He smoked Snider’s D for 132 yds. and was by far the leading rusher for Carroll. Layton Mitchell was their leading receiver, with 5 receptions for 95 yds. and all 3 of Carroll’s touchdowns. Snider’s defense was able to get 2 turnovers, however, Carroll was largely able to disallow that from affecting their rhythm on offense.
Whatever Carroll was able to do though, it seemed like Snider could do it better. QB Jon Barnes Jr. matched Becker’s 3 TD passes and threw for 171 yds., going 11-19.
However, after the game, Barnes said he didn’t like his performance.
“I didn’t even feel like I threw for 3 touchdowns honestly,” he said. “I’m not really happy with my performance, but I’m really happy with my team’s performance. They really helped me out in this game and just watching them on the field making big plays was really a big confidence booster for me when I got back out on the field.”
Snider did have a better running game than Carroll did. They had 235 yds. on the ground as a team, with Chance Collier being the leading rusher with 115 yds. The only turnover the Panthers had was a Lenny Bennett fumble.
Both teams appeared to be evenly matched and neither could get separation at any point in the game. It felt like it would come right down to the wire. It did. After Becker-to-Mitchell touchdown with 2:21 to go, the Chargers were down 21-20. The PAT that followed was blocked by Snider and the score would remain for the rest of the game. It was a great play by the Snider special teams, but a tough way to lose for Carroll. And after the way both teams played and fought, it was unfortunate that it had to end that way. However, Snider will gladly take the win.
“Super proud of just our resiliency and our ability to handle adversity. It says a lot about their bond as a team,” Snider head coach Tippmann said afterward. “It’s hard this early in the season because we’ve got worlds of things to get better at and we found a way to win, that’s a sign of a team that has a lot of potential.”
Next week Carroll will go on the road to play North Side, while Snider will play at Concordia, but Coach Tippmann still believes there’s a few kinks to work out before then.
“We just need to get better at all the things we didn’t do well today, a lot of things that didn’t get better, a lot of things that need to get better, and we’ll get back to work on those things this week.”
Concordia at Homestead
Final Score: 35-6 Homestead
Homestead came ready to play again on Friday. Luke Goode’s 14-24, 158 yds., 3 TD day was enough for the Spartans to come out on top. Braeden Hardwick’s 194 yds. And 2 TDs were important to Homestead’s success as well. The defense was filthy, holding Concordia QB Brandon Davis under 100 yds. passing and the running game was held to under 50 yds. They also had 4 sacks. Next week, Homestead will host Bishop Luers and Concordia will be at home against Snider.
North Side at Bishop Dwenger
Final Score: 36-0 Bishop Dwenger
As expected Dwenger came out with a ton of energy in their new stadium and just overwhelmed the Legends. Saints QB Brenden Lytle had 146 yds and 2 TDs, while going 9-for-17 on attempts. A new Tippmann RB, Louie Tippmann, was Dwenger’s leading rusher and 92 yds and 1 TD. Next for Bishop Dwenger is South Side, while North Side looks to turn things around at home vs Carroll.
Wayne at Bishop Luers
Final Score: 29-26 Bishop Luers
The Knights and Generals played in a fun game on Friday, with Luers finding its first win of the season. Wayne running back KeShaun Fields bounced back from a tough week 1 and was a workhorse for the Generals, rushing 31 times for 145 yds and 2 TDs. Nate Moore also had a good night receiving with 93 yds off of 7 catches. However, it wasn’t enough as Luers RB CJ Hale had 102 yds and 2 TDs which boosted Luers to an important win. The Knights have a big test against Homestead next week on the road. Wayne will look to get their first win of the season next week at Northrop.
Northrop at South Side
Final Score: 14-8 Northrop
The offenses struggled in this game and it’s reflected in the stats. Northrop QB Dylan Hoot went 6-23 and only had 58 yds passing. South Side’s 8 points were all it could muster, while Northop scratched across 14. Perhaps the bright spot on offense was Northrop’s Damarius Cowen, who rushed for 111 yds and a touchdown. South Side lost another game that they were in, into the second half. The Archers will try to get things going in a home game against Bishop Dwenger and Northrop will play Wayne at home.