Norse, Knights to meet in sectional semi-finals

By Eric Christiansen

The Southwood Knights traveled to Churubusco in the opening round of sectional play and came away with a 21-12 win over the tenth-ranked Eagles Friday, Oct. 25.

Northfield, meanwhile, won a 21-8 sectional road game over Triton to set up a match-up with the county rival Knights Friday, Nov. 1 in the second round of Class 1A Sectional 44.

Class 1A No. 3 Southwood (10-0) will travel to Northfield (6-4) Friday for a 7 p.m. kick-off.

Southwood 21, Churubusco 12

Southwood overcame a 12-0 first-half deficit for the come-from-behind win Friday night.

The Eagles got on the board after a blocked punt led to a score three plays later for a 6-0 lead with 2:25 left in the first quarter.

The Knights moved the ball into Churubusco territory on its next drive but an interception gave the ball to the Eagles, who then scored on an 83-yard touchdown with 10:50 left in the half for a 12-0 lead.

Minutes later on a key play, Churubusco's star running back Jake Fulk left the game with an injury.

Meanwhile Southwood cut the lead to 12-7 with 1:59 left in the first half on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Alex Farr to Jackson Simons.

The Knight's defense forced Churubusco to punt on the next drive but the punt was blocked with 28 seconds left in the half.
Farr and Simons hooked up again, this time for 20 yards with 15 seconds remaining in the half, to give Southwood a 14-12 lead.

The score remained 14-12 heading into the fourth quarter with the Knight's driving deep into Churubusco territory.
Gabe Lloyd then scored from one yard out with 8:16 remaining and the extra point made it a two-possession game with a 21-12 lead.

Farr passed for 273 yards going 21-27 with two touchdowns.

Simons caught six passes, two of them touchdowns, for 84 yards, while Dawson Filip also had six catches for 93 yards.

Carson Heath had three receptions, Carson Rich and Tyler Roser each had two, and Logan Barley and Tristin Hayslett each had one.

On the ground, Farr had 40 yards on 16 attempts, while Lloyd had 21 yards on six carries and one touchdown.

Northfield 21, Triton 8

The Norse dominated much of the game including taking a 14-0 halftime lead to hold on for a 21-8 win at Triton in the opening round of sectional play.

Northfield struck early when Levi Fulkerson hit Alex Haupert for a 25-yard touchdown pass play just 53 seconds into the game. Trent Osborn's extra point made it 7-0.

Haupert scored his second touchdown of half in the second quarter, this time on the ground, with a 10-yard run with Osborn's extra point upping the score to 14-0.

After an uneventful third quarter, Triton made it interesting when Tyler Amsden picked off a pass and ran it back 33 yards for a touchdown two cut Northfield's lead to 14-8 with 10:29 left in the game.

Northfield responded with a long drive that ended with a one-yard quarterback keeper from Fulkerson with 6:38 left in the game. Osborn remained perfect with the extra point for a 21-8 Norse lead and eventual win.

Fulkerson passed for 129 yards and one touchdown on 8-13 attempts.

Clayton Tomlinson caught three passes for 42 yards, while Haupert caught two, both for touchdowns and 52 yards total, while Graydon Holmes had two receptions and Jarret Shafer had one.

Shafer led the Norse with 130 yards rushing on 21 carries, while Holmes ran for 48 yards on six carries, Fulkerson ran for 35 yards on 13 carries, and Haupert had 33 yards on six carries.

Bremen 21, Manchester 14

The Squires saw their season come to an end Friday night with a 21-14 loss to Bremen on the road.

The first quarter was all Bremen.

The Lions scored on its first possession of the game on a 47-yard pass play for a 6-0 lead after the extra point failed with 9:56 left in the first quarter.

Bremen scored on a 35-yard rushing touchdown with 3:06 left in the first quarter and the two-point conversion made it 14-0.

Manchester showed fight in the second quarter when Braxton Ream scored on a seven-yard run with 5:00 left in the half, but the extra point was off-target, cutting the lead to 14-6.

The Squires tied things up late.

Johnny England picked off a pass that led to a 4-4 passing performance from Devin Marcum that ended with a 17-yard strike to Seth Gaerte to cut it to 14-12

Sam Martindale tied the game with a two-point conversion run with 14.1 seconds remaining for 14-14 halftime score.

Bremen took a 21-14 lead on a 30-yard fumble return with second second left in the third quarter.

The Squires weren't able to find the end zone in the fourth quarter, ending their season with a 3-7 record.

Marcum passed for 154 yards on 12-19 attempts with one touchdown to Gaerte.

Gaerte caught four passes for 30 yards, while Thane Creager had five catches for 69 yards, while Tyler Andritsch had four receptions for 30 yards, and Tyce Rooney had one for 19 yards.

Ream led the Squires on the ground with 48 yards on eight carries and one touchdown, and Martindale ran for 28 yards on seven attempts.

LaVille 44, Wabash 21

LaVille jumped all over Wabash in the opening round of sectional to run away with a 44-21 win over the Apaches.

After leading 16-0, LaVille increased the lead to 23-0 early in the third quarter before Wabash got on the board.

With 5:03 left in the third quarter, Kallen Kelsheimer scored on a one-yard run, followed by an extra point from Grant Carandante to cut the lead to 23-7.

Early in the fourth quarter LaVille scored again for a 30-7 lead and held off the Apaches.

Wabash had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one on an 11-yard catch by Bryant Boggs from Payton Sodervick and another on a rushing score from five yards out from Sodervick. Each score was answered with a touchdown from LaVille.

Sodervick passed for 279 yards on 20-41 passing with one touchdown.

Boggs caught nine passes for 135 yards and one touchdown, while Kelsheimer caught four for 63 yards, Trey Coon and Brayden Sickafus each had two catches, and Keegan O'Neill, Kaleb Gidley and Antonio Grant each had one catch.

Kelsheimer fan for 82 yards on 20 attempts with one touchdown, Sodervick ran for eight yards on five carries with one touchdown, and O'Neil had two rushes for one yard.

The Apaches end the season with a 4-6 record.

Posted on 2019 Oct 29