Going both ways is common at the high school level, even Class 5A.
Less common is making an impact on both offense and defense.
Concord junior Jarrell Pointdexter did just that on Friday night, catching five passes for 29 yards, scoring on a 64-yard punt return for a TD, and picking off a key pass to snuff out a Memorial drive inside the Concord red zone.
All in a night’s work, Pointdexter said.
“With Trevor (senior quarterback Trevor Willmore, out with an injury) out, the defense knew we had to step up and make some plays,” Pointdexter said.
As for the punt return?
Pointdexter said he doesn’t remember much about it.
“I caught the ball, made a few moves and was in the end zone,” Pointdexter said.
Twin Lakes at Fairfield
There’s just no other way to say it the Twins Lakes Indians were simply bigger than the Fairfield Falcons. Fairfield’s defensive line of 5-7 (161) senior end Tony Zook, 6-1 (173) senior Thomas Martin, 5-10 (187) senior nose guard Micah Geyer and 5-11 (226) senior Kolin Erb were squaring off with an offensive line of 6-4 (270) junior Matt Bonnell and 6-3 (238) classmate Ezra Kies at tackles, 5-11 (192) senior Tom Smoot and 6-0 (210) senior Oliver Wesley at guards and 5-11 (300) junior Anthony Fitz at center. The Fairfield offensive line of 5-11 (236) senior Tyler Hostetler at center, 6-0 (246) senior Reece Miller and 5-11 (234) sophomore Alec Brock at guards, 5-10 (222) senior JoDean Miller and 6-1 (257) senior Andrew Hagar at tackles has the tack of blocking the Indians’ line of 6-0 (203) Michael Griffin and Oliver at ends, 6-4 (248) senior Adam Gooding and 5-10 (203) senior Kevin Winkle at tackles.
“Twin Lakes’ size advantage started to show in the second half,” Falcon coach Bob Miller said. “We tried throwing different things at them to minimize their advantage, but on both sides of the ball we had our hands full with their size.”
Twin Lakes coach Justin Gardiner sad,” We wore Fairfield down in the second half.”
Kitson bottled up
Fairfield senior running back Cameron Kitson was held in check by the Twin Lakes defense with the exception of one play — a 92-yard touchdown run at 4:26 of the second quarter that gave the Falcons a 21-7 lead.
The Falcons did have some success in hitting Kitson with some swing passes. He snared seven passes for a total of 66 yards.
“We’ve hung our hat all year on getting Kitson the ball on the outside,” Miller said.
The TD was Kitson’s 26th of the season, leaving him one shy of the school record 27 by Jayme Mathews in 1997.
“We tried to control the ball to keep it away from Fairfield,” Gardiner said. “The Falcons are a good team and they have a lot of dangerous players on offense.”
Central at Goshen
While enduring a winless season, a group of Goshen High School seniors deserve credit for persevering through their tough football careers.
Making their final football appearance at Foreman Field on Friday night were Carlos Duarte, Jamie Graves, Chase Goodman, Adam Murillo, Devin Kauffman, Evan Smith, Austin Weirich, John Trenshaw, Ryan Doyle, Chase Gregory, Mitchell Watts, George Palos, Matt Unrue and Sam Byler.
Goodman had a pass interception late in the first quarter of Goshen’s 5A sectional loss to Elkhart Central at Foreman Field. Trenshaw and Doyle teamed up to stop the Blazers on a third down early in the game.
Trenshaw rushed for 43 yards while Graves and Byler each had a pass reception.
Central junior Joe Phillips’ 45 carries for 309 yards are among the more prolific numbers in the 90-year history of Foreman Field.
The Blazers will now have their first-ever football meeting with the Concord Minutemen in a sectional championship game next Friday at Rice Field.
Central junior Vinny Schnell, who quarterbacked the Blazers in a Week 2 victory at Goshen, was a defensive standout this time from his safety position.
Vinny is a grandson of the late Spencer Schnell, 1951 Goshen High School graduate who was a standout athlete.
NIC, NS top local leagues
Among the four area conferences, the Northern Indiana and the Northern State have the most teams left in the state tournament.
The NIC is represented by Class 6A Penn (11-0), Class 4A Mishawaka (8-3), Class 4A South Bend St. Joseph (8-3) and Class 5A Elkhart Central (4-6). The NS has 4A New Prairie (11-0), 3A Jimtown (9-2), 2A Bremen (8-3) and 3A John Glenn (6-5). Class 5A Concord (8-2) is the lone representative left from the NLC while the NECC doesn’t have any teams remaining.
Other undefeated are Southport in 6A, Columbus East and New Palestine in 4A, Andrean, Brownstown Central, Evansville Mater Dei and Gibson Southern in 3A; Eastern Hancock, Linton Stockton and Winamac in 1A.
Going both ways is common at the high school level, even Class 5A.
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