Football roundup: Valley, Caston, Pioneer, Culver all fall
Winamac blanks North White in Hendryx’s coaching debut
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Peru 21, Tippecanoe Valley 18 (Friday): Branson McBrier threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score, and Jamasyn Virgil also ran for 110 yards, but the host Vikings fell to Peru Friday.
Alex Craft added 76 yards on 16 carries before suffering an injury in the third quarter that forced him from the game.
Rex Kirchenstien had four receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown. Jaxon Seaney had a 5-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Valley had a 185-135 advantage in rushing yards and a 23-10 edge in first downs but also committed four turnovers and had a potential game-tying field goal blocked in the fourth quarter.
Valley fell to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Three Rivers Conference. Peru is 3-0, 2-0.
Peru 21, Valley 18
Peru 0 7 14 0 - 21
Valley 6 0 12 0 - 18
TV – Rex Kirchenstien 48 pass from Branson McBrier (kick failed)
PERU – Levi Strong 2 run (Zachary Johnson kick)
PERU – Brayden Masters 53 run (Johnson kick)
TV – McBrier 1 run (pass failed)
PERU – Matt Ross 79 pass from Matthew Roettger (Johnson kick)
TV – Jaxon Seaney 5 pass from McBrier (kick failed)
Triton 14, Caston 12 (Friday): Damian Sullivan had a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Sam Smith had 26 yards rushing and a touchdown for Caston in a home loss to conference and sectional rival Triton Friday.
Grant Hickle had a team-high 28 yards rushing and also completed five of six passes for 61 yards. Caston had 71 yards rushing on 29 carries as a team. Sullivan had 20 yards rushing.
Jessie Rock-Wolf had 19 yards receiving, Smith had 17, Greg Brault had 15, and Sullivan had 10.
Smith had 15 tackles on defense, and Cain Schanlaub and Evan Howard had 12 tackles each. Hickle and Rock-Wolf had eight tackles each.
Caston led 6-0 at halftime.
Caston has lost their last six meetings against Triton.
Triton 14, Caston 12
Triton 0 0 7 7 – 14
Caston 0 6 6 0 – 12
New Haven 32, Pioneer 28 (Friday): Ezra Lewellen ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns and also had an 85-yard kickoff return for a score, but the Class 2A, No. 1 Panthers fell to New Haven at The Pit Friday.
Addai Lewellen ran for 60 yards on 13 carries, and Brock Robinson had 49 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Quarterback Cayden Hill accounted for 32 yards of total offense.
Ezra Lewellen also had two receptions for 18 yards.
Pioneer led 22-6 at one point and still led 28-18 after three quarters.
Pioneer’s five-game home winning streak was snapped.
New Haven 32, Pioneer 28
New Haven 6 6 6 14 – 32
Pioneer 22 0 6 0 – 28
Winamac 42, North White 0 (Friday): Russell Compton ran for 109 yards and a touchdown, and the Winamac defense forced three turnovers and held North White to 127 yards of total offense in a shutout win at Roudebush Field Friday.
Trent Fox added 10 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown, and Hayden Clark had 10 carries for 49 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman Jadon Jones had 41 yards rushing.
Winamac had a 280-57 advantage in rushing yards.
Matt Swartzell had a 19-yard touchdown reception from freshman backup quarterback Max Gearhart. Patrick Kiefer had two catches for 22 yards. Brayden Lynch had a two-point conversion reception.
Jaxon Roudebush had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Winamac’s last two wins have been by shutout dating back to last season. Winamac has not lost to North White since 2004.
Winamac 42, North White 0
North White 0 0 0 0 – 0
Winamac 14 7 14 7 – 42
WIN – Trent Fox 5 run (Max Murray kick)
WIN – Russell Compton 12 run (Murray kick)
WIN – Hayden Clark 1 run (Murray kick)
WIN – Clark 4 run (kick failed)
WIN – Jaxon Roudebush 25 interception return (Brayden Lynch pass from Compton)
WIN – Matt Swartzell 19 pass from Max Gearhart (Murray kick)
Knox 58, Culver 28 (Friday): Culver (0-3 overall, 0-2 Hoosier North) lost to Knox for the eighth consecutive year Friday.
Shane Shuman ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns, and Jalen King han for 67 yards and a score.
Tucker Fisher threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Anderson.
Knox improved to 1-2, 1-0.