Week 7 roundup: Valley, Winamac both win on road, stay undefeated
Culver wins at Caston; Pioneer beats Knox for 5th straight win
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Tippecanoe Valley 57, Maconaquah 6 (Friday): Branson McBrier threw touchdown passes and also ran for two touchdowns as the visiting Vikings improved to 7-0 with a Three Rivers Conference road win over Maconaquah Friday.
Braden Shepherd ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a 74-yard touchdown pass. Jamasyn Vilgil had eight carries for 63 yards and a touchdown. Rex Kirchenstien caught three passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Hunter Eherenman had seven tackles on defense. Nate Parker had an interception.
Maconaquah’s Braxton Birner completed 23 of 41 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown and an interception.
Maconaquah scored a touchdown on the final play from scrimmage. That was the first points the Valley defense has allowed in four games.
Valley improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1987.
Valley 57, Maconaquah 6
Valley 22 14 15 6 – 57
Maconaquah 0 0 0 6 – 6
TV – Branson McBrier 1 run (Jamasyn Virgil run)
TV – Braden Shepherd 26 run (Virgil run)
TV – Virgil 5 run (pass failed)
TV – McBrier 1 run (pass failed)
TV – Shepherd 74 pass from McBrier (Hunter Eherenman run)
TV – Rex Kirchenstien 60 pass from McBrier (Shepherd run)
TV – Shepherd 8 run (Shepherd kick)
TV – Marcus Jansma 6 run (kick failed)
MAC – Kendall Ellis 25 pass from Braxton Birner (no attempt)
Culver 22, Caston 14 (Friday): Shane Shuman ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and Jason Cadle ran for 75 yards and a score as Culver earned a Hoosier North road win over Caston.
Tucker Fisher completed four of five passes for 51 yards. Blake Thompson and Marquez Anderson had two catches each.
Shuman also led the defense with six solo tackles and four assists. Hunter Evans took part in nine tackles, and Fisher had seven tackles.
Fisher had a fumble recovery, and Emiliano Ortiz had an interception.
Sam Smith ran for 99 yards on 20 carries, caught three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown and also had a team-high 17 tackles on defense for Caston, who fell to 2-5 overall and 0-5 in the Hoosier North.
Landon Shafer had 42 yards passing and 43 yards rushing. In addition to the touchdown pass to Smith, he also threw two interceptions.
Kyle Roudebush ran seven times for 38 yards and a touchdown and also had seven tackles on defense.
Grant Hickle had 11 tackles, Garrison Hickle had eight tackles, Josh Sullivan had five tackles, Evan Howard had four tackles, and Grant Yadon, Caydin Webb, Cain Schanlaub and Dylan Gearhart had three tackles each.
Culver had no turnovers while Caston had three.
Culver led 8-6 at halftime.
Culver 22, Caston 14
Culver 0 8 0 14 – 22
Caston 6 0 0 8 – 14
CAS – Sam Smith 3 pass from Landon Shafer (two-point conversion failed)
CUL – Shane Shuman 4 run (Shuman run)
CUL – Jason Cadle 7 run (two-point conversion)
CUL – Shuman 4 run (two-point conversion failed)
CAS – Kyle Roudebush (two-point conversion)
Winamac 35, West Central 0 (Friday): Jadon Jones ran for a team-high 99 yards on five carries, and Hayden Clark had 62 yards on 10 carries for the visiting Warriors as they beat West Central for the 12th consecutive time.
Clark had two touchdown runs, and Jones and Russell Compton had one touchdown run each.
Compton also threw for 72 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Beau Brandt.
Compton and Caleb Bucinski had 30 yards each. Bucisnki also had a 16-yard reception. Winamac outrushed West Central 228-166 and outpassed West Central 72-14.
Max Murray converted all five of his extra point attempts.
Winamac improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2014. They also posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2014. Winamac beat Culver 28-0 on Sept. 24.
Winamac 35, West Central 0
Winamac 14 7 14 0 – 35
West Central 0 0 0 0 – 0
WIN – Hayden Clark 1 run (Max Murray kick)
WIN – Clark 10 run (Murray kick)
WIN – Jadon Jones 9 run (Murray kick)
WIN – Russell Compton 21 run (Murray kick)
WIN – Beau Brandt 35 pass from Compton (Murray kick)
Pioneer 34, Knox 14 (Friday): The host Panthers won their fifth straight game by beating Knox Friday.
Pioneer is 7-0 against Knox since they became conference rivals in 2015.
Caleb Sweet started at quarterback.
RTC area ranked teams (week of Oct. 4)
Tippecanoe Valley – Class 3A, No. 7
Winamac – Class 1A, No. 4
TRC football scoreboard – Oct. 1
Northfield 28, Rochester 21
Tippecanoe Valley 57, Maconaquah 6
Wabash 48, North Miami 7
Peru 33, Southwood 14
Manchester 42, Whitko 7
TRC football schedule – Oct. 8
Rochester at North Miami, 7 p.m.
Tippecanoe Valley at Wabash, 7 p.m.
Maconaquah at Manchester, 7 p.m.
Peru at Northfield, 7 p.m.
Whitko at Southwood, 7 p.m.
TRC football standings
Tippecanoe Valley 5-0, Northfield 5-1, Peru 4-1, Manchester 3-2, Rochester 2-2, Southwood 3-3, Maconaquah 2-3, Wabash 1-3, Whitko 1-5, North Miami 0-6
Hoosier North football scoreboard – Oct. 1
Culver 22, Caston 14
Pioneer 34, Knox 14
North Judson 35, Triton 16
Winamac 35, West Central 0 (nonconference)
LaVille 14, John Glenn 7 (nonconference)
Hoosier North football schedule – Oct. 8
Caston at Winamac, 7 p.m.
Culver at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
LaVille at North Judson, 7:30 p.m.
Triton at Knox, 7:30 p.m.
Hoosier North football standings
North Judson 4-0, Winamac 3-0, Pioneer 4-1, LaVille 3-1, Triton 2-3, Culver 1-3, Knox 0-4, Caston 0-5