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Week 11 roundup: Parker runs for 169 yards, throws TD pass, but Valley falls to Guerin Catholic

Second-quarter eruption seals Culver’s win over South Central; next up: North Judson


BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC

Football

Guerin Catholic 34, Tippecanoe Valley 14 (Friday): Nate Parker ran for 169 yards and also threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Landon Durkes in the second quarter, but the

Nate Parker

visiting Golden Eagles earned the win in a Class 3A, Sectional 28 semifinal at Smith Bibler Memorial Field Home of Death Valley Football Friday.

Cody Eastgate also had a one-yard scoring run on a quarterback sneak in the third quarter for Valley, who finished 9-2. A 32-yard pass from Eastgate to Parker on the preceding play set up that score.

Justin Zdobylak ran for 258 yards and two touchdowns for Guerin Catholic, who improved to 7-4. Zdobylak had a 40-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to open the scoring and an 84-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 in the third quarter that extended the lead to 27-7.

Guerin Catholic quarterback Malcolm Houze threw two touchdown passes – one to Harrison Miller and one to Alex Gibbs – and added a six-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

No. 12 Guerin Catholic (7-4) will host No. 6 Indianapolis Chatard in the sectional final.

Guerin Catholic had 288 yards rushing and 485 yards of offense, the most of any Valley opponent this season.

Valley has not reached a sectional final since 1993 and not won a sectional since 1992. They have lost 13 consecutive sectional semifinals, 12 of which were played at home. They lost in the sectional semifinal round for the fifth straight year.

Guerin Catholic 34, Valley 14

Guerin Catholic 0 13 14 7 – 34

Valley 0 7 7 0 – 14

First quarter

(no scoring)

Second quarter

GC – Justin Zdobylak 40 run (Evan Guenthner kick)

TV – Landon Durkes 10 pass from Nate Parker (Gage Overbey kick)

GC – Harrison Miller 66 pass from Malcolm Houze (pass failed)

Third quarter

GC – Alex Gibbs 41 pass from Houze (Guenthner kick)

GC – Zdobylak 84 run (Guenthner kick)

TV – Cody Eastgate 1 run (Overbey kick)

Fourth quarter

GC – Houze 6 run (Guenthner kick)

Culver 61, South Central (Union Mills) 0 (Friday): Shane Shuman ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and the Culver defense held the visiting Satellites to 81 yards of offense in a rout in a Class 1A, Sectional 41 semifinal Friday.

Jason Cadle ran for two touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass to Ryan Beem as part of a 32-point Culver eruption over a 7:29 span of the second quarter as Culver stretched the halftime lead to 48-0 and initiated a running clock as part of the IHSAA Mercy Rule for the second half.

Ryan Beem caught a 25-yard touchdown pass the first play after an Emilano Ortiz interception, and Ethan Binion and Ian Brown also had touchdown runs. Jonas McCuen threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Oliver Morgan in the fourth quarter on a pop pass.

Culver improved to 7-4 and knocked South Central out of the sectional for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last 10 years.

The Cavaliers will travel to North Judson next in the sectional final. The No. 4 Blue Jays eliminated Triton 25-6 in their semifinal.

Culver lost to North Judson 45-12 on Aug. 19 in the season opener. North Judson has knocked Culver out of the sectional each of the last three years.

Culver 61, South Central (Union Mills) 0

South Central 0 0 0 0 – 0

Culver 16 32 7 6 – 61

First quarter

CUL – Shane Shuman 41 run (Ethan Binion run)

CUL – Shuman 9 run (Shuman run)

Second quarter

CUL – Jason Cadle 23 run (Shuman run)

CUL – Cadle 1 run (Cadle run)

CUL – Ryan Beem 25 pass from Cadle (Shuman run)

CUL – Binion 13 run (Cadle run)

Third quarter

CUL – Ian Brown 33 run (Shuman kick)

Fourth quarter

CUL – Oliver Morgan 4 pass from Jonas McCuen (kick failed)


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