Frontier earned its first sectional victory since 2009, getting a pair of touchdown runs from Tyler Wireman in a 38-12 victory over South Newton on Friday night in a Class A, Sectional 42 football opener.
The Falcons (2-9) avenged a 33-31 loss to the Rebels during the regular season and never trailed after Austin Byrd’s 91-yard kickoff return following Jon Dafcik’s 87-yard touchdown pass to Skylar Sanders for South Newton.
Wireman’s touchdown runs of 2 and 1 yards gave Frontier a 21-6 halftime lead.
Dafcik brought the Rebels within 21-12 thanks to his 50-yard touchdown run to open the second half, but Frontier quickly countered with Garrett Bick’s 43-yard scoring run. Dakota Burghardt added a 27-yard field goal, and Austin Becker scored on a 9-yard run to wrap up the victory.
Dafcik rushed for 116 yards and passed for 115 to lead South Newton, which finishes 1-9. Bick led a balanced Frontier running game with 73 yards on 14 carries.
Frontier earns a semifinal matchup against Caston next week.
Fountain Central 68
Riverton Parke 12
Koby Pierce threw just five passes in this Sectional 47 opener, but four of them went for touchdowns to lead the fifth-ranked Mustangs (9-1).
Pierce was 5 of 5 for 177 yards, including three touchdown passes in the first quarter to Jared Oakley (47 yards), Trevor Loeveall (28) and Ethan Woodrow (22). Pierce also hooked up with Daniel Harrison for a 70-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Jared Fishero (43 yards), Harrison (53) and Collin Strange (53) ran for touchdowns during a 42-point first quarter. Fishero led a balanced rushing attack with 64 yards and two touchdowns on five carries. Harrison finished with 63 yards on two carries, and Laine Frazee gained 62.
Fountain Central travels to Farmersburg for a semifinal matchup with North Central.
It was all Brady Sheridan for the Red Ramblers in their Sectional 47 opener.
The senior quarterback threw five touchdown passes and ran for two scores to send Attica (7-3) into a second-round matchup against the team that denied it a sectional championship last season, third-ranked North Vermillion.
Sheridan was 9 of 16 for 279 yards passing and rushed for 106 yards on 10 carries. The lone touchdown he didn’t have a hand in belonged to Lance Whorrall, who had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Whorrall caught two touchdown passes, while Carson Davis lit up the Trojans with four receptions for 164 yards and three scores. Davis also had two intercepions and Whorrall added another.
Tyler Jordan had 10 tackles for Attica, which held Covington (2-8) to 152 total yards.
West Central 66
Dylan Ingram and Felciano Villarreal each scored three touchdowns for a West Central (7-3) running game that produced 529 yards on 63 carries.
Parker Fritz added two touchdowns and a team-high 169 yards rushing. Ingram added 148, and Hunter Holiday gained 93.
Fritz opened the scoring with an 80-yard run and also caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Holiday early in the second quarter.
Triton (1-9) got its only points on a 5-yard fumble return by Josie Farmwald. The Trojans were held to minus-17 net rushing thanks to four sacks and eight tackles for loss. Cody Danton made two interceptions, while Gage Murray and Rodney Oliver combined for 4½ tackles for loss.
West Central advances to a Sectional 41 semifinal at Culver Community.
North White 22
The Cougars earned their second consecutive victory over the Vikings thanks to a pair of touchdowns from Jaden Reneau and Brandon Dillon in this Sectional 42 opener.
Touchdown runs of 10 yards by Reneau and 4 by Chandler Eurit gave Carroll (6-4) a 14-0 lead. Kreed Switzer added a 10-yard touchdown catch to make it 21-0 at halftime.
North White (5-5) cut into the lead on Connor Cain’s 53-yard run, but Dillon rushed 14 yards for a score and caught a 70-yard TD pass to put the game away. The Vikings added a pair of scores in the fourth quarter on Jake Quasebarth’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Clint Hendress and Jake Russell’s 65-yard run.
Reneau led all rushers with 167 yards on 25 carries, while Cain paced North White with 150 yards rushing and 11 tackles.
Quentin Douglass rushed for 183 yards and five touchdowns to send Caston (3-7) into a Sectional 42 semifinal matchup against Frontier.
Douglass also was 4 of 7 passing for 89 yards and a touchdown as the Comets rolled up 432 total yards.
Blake Justice threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Brenden Kidd to draw Tri-County (4-6) within 7-6 in the second quarter. That would be all for the Cavaliers, though, until early in the fourth quarter.
Justice threw another long touchdown pass, a 60-yarder to Shae Lear, and finished 7 of 14 for 169 yards. Trenton Kyburz rushed for 82 yards on nine carries.
James Brandenburg rushed for 103 yards and returned a fumble 37 yards for a score to lead the Hot Dogs (5-5) into the Sectional 20 semifinals.
Brandenburg’s 18-yard touchdown ensured Frankfort would never trail. Evan Giebel added a 23-yard field goal to make it 10-7 early in the second quarter.
Isaac Rudd, who was 6 of 12 for 103 yards, padded the lead to 17-7 before halftime when he found Eian Stidham for a 22-yard touchdown. Stidham added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Hammond Noll 19
The fifth-ranked Bombers forced five turnovers and held Hammond Noll (5-5) to 18 net rushing yards.
Hunter Wright added to the defense’s dominance with a 68-yard fumble return for a touchdown that gave Rensselaer a 22-0 lead in the second quarter. Beau Boswell led the defense with nine tackles.
Dylan Wright threw a pair of touchdown passes, a 26-yarder to Austin Fleming in the first quarter and a 28-yarder to Trevor Hill in the second quarter. Hill also ran for a touchdown, as did Dalton Murphy, Avery Walker and Sam Ahler.
Ryan Arihood rushed for 107 yards on 13 carries for the Bombers (8-2), who play North Judson in the semifinals of Sectional 33.
North Judson 50
North Newton 6
North Judson (3-7) dominated defensively, holding North Newton to minus-58 yards rushing and just 17 passing while allowing five first downs.
Harry Klisiak’s 5-yard touchdown run averted a shutout for the host Spartans (1-9) in this Sectional 33 opener.
Maverick Pitts rushed for five touchdowns to lead the Bluejays.
Nathaniel Farabee rushed for a pair of touchdowns and caught a TD pass from Jarrett Todd in the first quarter to launch the Mounties (4-6) in this Sectional 35 opener.
Brown added a touchdown catch and a 40-yard scoring run for Southmont, which travels to Delphi for a semifinal game next week. Brown rushed for 106 yards on five carries, while Zach Worm gained 103 and scored a pair of touchdowns. Farabee almost made it three 100-yard rushers, gaining 94 on nine attempts.
Southmont intercepted four passes and recovered a fumble.
North Montgomery 14
The Chargers (7-3) seemed prime for upsetting the seventh-ranked Braves (7-3) in Sectional 29, scoring the first two touchdowns.
Jalen West ran for a 4-yard touchdown and threw a 16-yard TD to Chase Mahoy for a 14-0. LeVante’ Bellamy led Brebeuf’s charge with a pair of touchdown runs and a TD catch that made it 28-14 at halftime. Bellamy rushed for 232 yards and three TDs.
West was 13 of 26 for 227 yards passing, but North Montgomery was held to 84 net yards rushing.
Travis Harris threw for 299 yards and a touchdown pass to Chandler Snow for the Athenians, but penalties and turnovers proved to be their undoing.
Nate Ganz threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a 92-yard to Damien Chambers on the final play of the first quarter, for Edgewood (5-5). Gabe Koontz rushed for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Former BC coach honored
Gary DeHaven, who coached 26 years at Benton Central, is one of five persons elected to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
DeHaven went 601-429 in a 37-year head coaching career that included stops at Hamilton and Kankakee Valley. His teams won 15 sectional championships, a regional title and 12 conference crowns.
Also elected was former major league infielder Rodney Scott, former Heritage Hills coach Henry Ayres, former Columbus East coach Lou Giovanni and current New Haven coach Dave Bischoff.
The induction ceremony will be held on January 24, 2014, at the Sheraton at Keystone of the Crossing in Indianapolis.