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Week 7 roundup: Valley blasts Mac, takes sole lead in TRC

Shuman’s big ground game highlights Culver’s win over Caston; Knox hands Pioneer 3rd straight loss


BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS

Sports Editor, RTC

Football

Tippecanoe Valley 57, Maconaquah 14 (Friday): Wade Jones ran for 138 yards and a touchdown, and Nate Parker added 136 yards and four rushing scores for the host Vikings in a rout of Maconaquah Friday.

Alex Bailey returned a blocked punt for a touchdown 23 seconds into the game, and Cody Eastgate threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Landon Durkes on Valley’s first offensive possession.

Dalton Alber scored on a 20-yard fullback trap in the second quarter, and Jones scored on a 15-yard rocket sweep in the third quarter.

Valley opened the game with 22 unanswered points, built a 29-7 lead after one quarter and extended the lead to 43-7 at halftime, which led to a running clock in the second half.

Valley ran for 328 yards on 12.1 yards per carry. Eastgate completed two of three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Valley beat Maconaquah for the third straight meeting and won their 16th straight regular season game. Valley (7-0 overall, 6-0 Three Rivers Conference) is the only remaining unbeaten team in the conference.

Valley 57, Maconaquah 14

Maconaquah 7 0 0 7 – 14

Valley 29 14 14 0 – 57

First quarter

TV – Alex Bailey 9 blocked punt return (Nate Parker run)

TV – Landon Durkes 54 pass from Cody Eastgate (run failed)

TV – Parker 14 run (Parker run)

MAC – Fuddy Kile 16 pass from Braxton Birner (Kyler Hanson kick)

TV – Parker 3 run (Gage Overbey kick)

Second quarter

TV – Dalton Alber 20 run (Overbey kick)

TV – Parker 6 run (Overbey kick)

Third quarter

TV – Parker 4 run (Overbey kick)

TV – Wade Jones 15 run (Overbey kick)

Fourth quarter

MAC – Kaleb Shelton 10 pass from Birner (Hanson kick)

Culver 38, Caston 12 (Friday): Shane Shuman ran for 256 yards and two touchdowns, and Ethan Binion had a touchdown run, a touchdown reception and an interception return for a touchdown as Culver earned a homecoming win over conference rival Caston Friday.

Jason Cadle threw the touchdown pass to Binion and also ran for a two-point conversion. Shuman also had two two-point conversion runs. Braiden Molebash ran for a two-point conversion.

Kyle Roudebush had a 4-yard touchdown run, and Landon Shafer threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Grant Yadon as Caston cut what had been a 14-0 deficit to 14-12 in the third quarter.

But Culver finished the game with 24 unanswered points.

Yadon had three receptions for 73 yards for Caston. Roudebush had three catches for 34 yards. Evan Howard had a 23-yard reception.

Shafer finished with 138 passing yards. Sullivan had a team-high 28 rushing yards.

Culver had a 350-65 advantage in rushing yards and converted seven of 10 third downs. Culver had one turnover while Caston had two.

Culver is 8-0 against Caston since the teams became conference rivals in 2015.

Culver 38, Caston 12

Caston 0 6 6 0 – 12

Culver 8 6 8 16 – 38

First quarter

CUL – Shane Shuman 2 run (Jason Cadle run)

Second quarter

CUL – Ethan Binion 25 pass from Jason Cadle (run failed)

CAS – Kyle Roudebush 4 run (run failed)

Third quarter

CAS – Grant Yadon 23 pass from Landon Shafer (pass failed)

CUL – Shuman 1 run (Shuman run)

Fourth quarter

CUL – Binion 10 run (Braiden Molebash run)

CUL – Binion 44 interception return (Shuman run)

Knox 53, Pioneer 18 (Friday): Rylahn Toloza ran for 115 yards and a touchdown and also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, but the visiting Panthers lost their third straight game Friday.

Junior Cayden Hill had a team-high 71 yards passing and also ran for 22 yards and had a 13-yard reception.

Freshman Micah Rans threw for 42 yards and ran for 44 yards and his first career touchdown. Caleb Sweet had two receptions for 65 yards. Brian Gluth, Owen Miller and Tyler Zellers had one reception each.

Toloza also led the defense with eight tackles. Tyler Zellers, Eli Guffey and Cody LeGrand had two tackles each. Sweet recovered a fumble.

Pioneer committed five turnovers – three fumbles and two interceptions.

Knox led 40-6 at halftime.

This was Pioneer’s first loss to Knox since they became conference rivals in 2015.

Knox 53, Pioneer 18

Pioneer 0 6 6 6 – 18

Knox 14 26 7 6 – 53

West Central 20, Winamac 14 (Friday): Cash Roth threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jayse Bentle, and Michael Loehmer returned a punt 51 yards for a touchdown for Winamac in a home loss to West Central Friday.

Jadon Jones had 22 carries for 99 yards and two receptions for 52 yards for Winamac (1-6).

Ayden White had a 37-yard touchdown run on offense and a 97-yard fumble return for a touchdown on defense for West Central.

The Trojans, who scored two defensive touchdowns, beat Winamac for the first time since Sept. 21, 2012.

West Central 20, Winamac 14

West Central 6 8 6 0 – 20

Winamac 7 0 0 7 – 14

First quarter

WC – Ayden White 37 run (two-point conversion failed)

WIN – Jayse Bentle 16 pass from Cash Roth (Conner Burton kick)

Second quarter

WC – White 97 fumble return (Pilarski two-point conversion)

Third quarter

WC – Rodriguez 39 interception return (two-point conversion failed)

Fourth quarter

WIN – Michael Loehmer 51 punt return (Burton kick)


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