Week 6 football roundup: McBrier throws 5 TD passes in Valley win over Whitko
Caston blanks North White for first shutout wince 2016; Winamac, Pioneer record Hoosier North wins
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Tippecanoe Valley 57, Whitko 24 (Friday): Branson McBrier threw for 273 yards and five touchdowns, and Alex Craft ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and also had 99 yards receiving and a touchdown for the visiting Vikings in a win over Whitko Friday.
Jamasyn Virgil ran for 75 yards and a touchdown and added 43 yards receiving and a touchdown. Rex Kirchenstien had four receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Jacob Davis also caught a touchdown pass.
Valley outscored Whitko 23-0 in the fourth quarter to pull away. Whitko led 15-6 at one point in the second quarter. Gavin Ness returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a Whitko touchdown.
Valley beat Whitko for the fourth straight year.
Valley has scored 50 or more points in three straight games for the first time since 1979. Prior to the Sept. 11 game against North Miami, they hadn’t scored 50 points or more in a game since 2013.
Valley 57, Whitko 24
Valley 6 20 8 23 – 57
Whitko 15 3 6 0 – 24
WHI – Gavin Ness 91 kickoff return (Bryant kick)
TV – Rex Kirchenstien 26 pass from Branson McBrier (kick failed)
WHI – Isaiah Kyles 53 pass from Ethan Schuh (Cade Berg pass from Schuh)
TV – Alex Craft 15 run (pass failed)
TV – Craft 5 run (run failed)
WHI – Austin Kreps 33 FG
TV – Jacob Davis 9 pass from McBrier (Craft run)
TV – Craft 23 pass from McBrier (Jamasyn Virgil run)
WHI – Ness 9 run (pass failed)
TV – Virgil 26 pass from McBrier (Joel Cisneros kick)
TV – Kirchenstien 46 pass from McBrier (Craft run)
TV – Virgil 17 run (Derek Carter pass from McBrier)
Caston 36, North White 0 (Friday): Sam Smith ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns, and Grant Hickle and Damian Sullivan also had touchdown runs for the Comets in a homecoming rout of North White Friday.
Caston had a 258-102 advantage in rushing yards.
Smith led the defense with nine tackles, and Caydin Webb had eight.
The win was Caston’s first over North White since 2012. The shutout was Caston’s first since a 20-0 win over West Central on Sept. 2, 2016.
Caston 36, North White 0
North White 0 0 0 0 – 0
Caston 15 14 7 0 – 36
Pioneer 48, Triton 6 (Friday): Ezra Lewellen ran for 167 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries, and Addai Lewellen, Tyler Zellers and Cayden Hill also had touchdown runs for Pioneer in a Hoosier North road win over Triton Friday.
Logan Smith also scored three touchdowns – one on offense, two on defense. He caught a touchdown pass from Hill and also returned two fumbles for scores.
Pioneer held Triton leading rusher Hunter McIntyre to 18 yards on the ground.
Pioneer outrushed Triton 328-57.
They led 42-0 at halftime.
Winamac 28, Culver 12 (Friday): Russell Compton threw for 96 yards and three touchdowns, and Trent Fox ran for 126 yards as Winamac claimed a Hoosier North road win over Culver Friday.
Fox also had two receptions for 25 yards and a score. Brayden Lynch had four catches for 71 yards and two scores.
Compton, Lynch and Fox all had interceptions as Winamac improved to 2-2, 1-2.
Emiliano Ortiz caught a touchdown pass from Tucker Fisher for the second straight week for Culver (1-5, 0-4 Hoosier North). Shane Shuman had a 2-yard touchdown run.
Winamac 28, Culver 12
Winamac 14 7 7 0 – 28
Culver 6 0 0 6 – 12
WIN – Jayden Terry 21 run (Max Murray kick)
CUL – Emiliano Ortiz 20 pass from Tucker Fisher (kick failed)
WIN – Brayden Lynch 16 pass from Russell Compton (Murray kick)
WIN – Lynch 7 pass from Compton (Murray kick)
WIN – Trent Fox 6 pass from Compton (Murray kick)
CUL – Shan Shuman 2 run (kick failed)