High school football roundup: Alber runs for TD, but Valley falls to TRC champ Southwood
Pioneer beats Blue Jays, wraps up 6th straight Hoosier North title; Caston, Culver fall; Winamac foils Triton two-point try, improves to 5-2
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Southwood 32, Tippecanoe Valley 8 (Friday): Freshman Dalton Alber ran 49 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and he also ran for the ensuing two-point conversion, but the Tippecanoe Valley football team lost to host Southwood Friday.
Southwood, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, won their 32nd consecutive regular season game and completed their third straight undefeated regular season. They have not lost to Valley since 2012.
Joel Cisneros ran for a team-high 63 yards for Valley. Jamasyn Virgil ran for 43 yards on 14 carries.
Southwood had a 227-37 advantage in passing yards. Southwood senior quarterback Alex Farr threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns.
Neither team committed a turnover.
Valley finishes the regular season 6-3 overall and 6-2 in the TRC.
Southwood is 9-0, 7-0.
Southwood 32, Valley 8
Valley 0 0 0 8 – 8
Southwood 6 19 7 0 – 32
SW – Carson Rich 57 pass from Alex Farr (kick failed)
SW – Isaiah Sutton 8 run (pass failed)
SW – Rich 24 pass from Farr (kick failed)
SW – Dawson Filip 22 run (Rich kick)
SW – Cole Winer 56 pass from Farr (Rich kick)
TV – Dalton Alber 49 run (Alber run)
Knox 46, Caston 8 (Friday): Sam Smith ran for 53 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for a two-point conversion, but the visiting Comets fell to Knox in their regular season finale Friday.
Greg Brault had a team-high 77 yards rushing for Caston on seven carries.
Landon Shafer had 23 yards rushing and also completed a 15-yard pass to Jessie Rock-Wolf.
Smith and Rock-Wolf each had four tackles and a fumble recovery. Shafer also had four tackles. Evan Howard had a sack.
Knox led 46-0 at halftime.
Knox 46, Caston 8
Caston 0 0 0 8 – 8
Knox 20 26 0 0 – 46
Pioneer 38, North Judson 13 (Friday): Class 2A, No. 3 Pioneer jumped out to a 26-0 halftime lead and cruised to a road win over Class 1A, No. 9 North Judson to clinch their sixth straight conference title Friday.
Pioneer is 42-0 all-time in Hoosier North games.
Pioneer 38, North Judson 13
Pioneer 8 18 6 6 – 38
North Judson 0 0 7 6 – 13
Winamac 10, Triton 9 (Friday): Russell Compton ran 25 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as the visiting Warriors edged Triton Friday.
Triton’s Trace Schuh ran 6 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but Winamac stopped Cole Shively’s two-point conversion attempt to preserve the win.
Max Murray also kicked a 33-yard field goal for Winamac.
Compton led Winamac with 49 yards rushing and 43 yards passing. He also had an interception on defense.
Trent Fox had four carries for 25 yards and three receptions for 29 yards, and he also had an interception on defense. Hayden Clark had a 14-yard reception.
Triton had a 191-91 advantage in rushing yards but committed four turnovers as compared to Winamac’s one.
Patrick Kiefer and Jaden Terry also had fumble recoveries for Winamac (5-2, 3-2).
Triton led 3-0 at halftime.
Winamac 10, Triton 9
Winamac 0 0 3 7 – 10
Triton 0 3 0 6 – 9
TRI – Cole Shively 31 FG
WIN – Max Murray 33 FG
WIN – Russell Compton 25 run (Murray kick)
TRI – Trace Schuh 6 run (run failed)
LaVille 42, Culver 6 (Friday): Tucker Fisher ran for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the visiting Lancers beat Culver Friday.
Shane Shuman had 32 carries for 100 yards, and Blake Thompson had 19 yards rushing. A.J. Cooper had 29 yards receiving, and Marquez Anderson had two catches for 12 yards.
Thompson and Fisher had four tackles each.
Evan Bettcher had two touchdown runs and caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from Leyton Czarnecki for LaVille. Czarnecki also caught a 74-yard touchdown pass and made six of six extra point tries.
Culver went two for 16 in third-down conversions.
LaVille 42, Culver 6
LaVille 7 21 0 14 – 42
Culver 0 0 0 6 – 6
LV – Evan Bettcher 6 run (Leyton Czarnecki kick)
LV – Bettcher 27 run (Czarnecki kick)
LV – Bettcher 69 pass from Czarnecki (Czarnecki kick)
LV – Czarnecki 74 pass from Lucas Plummer (Czarnecki kick)
CUL – Tucker Fisher 1 run (two-point conversion failed)
LV – Andrew Dill 55 kickoff return (Czarnecki kick)
LV – Paul DeWitt 5 run (Czarnecki kick)