Ernie Bojrab was on the sideline leading Fort Wayne Dwenger to a 27-3 win against East Central in the Class 4A championship game Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. But Bojrab said it wasn’t his team.
Bojrab filled in this season for longtime Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf, who is battling cancer. The Saints finished 14-1 under Bojrab, but he was quick to pass credit back to Svarczkopf.
“This is Coach Svarczkopf’s program, this is his coaching staff, these are his guys,” Bojrab said. “It all came together this year with the work ethic and perseverance of those kids, and I’m very proud of them.”
Running back Amaun Clark ran for 94 of his 138 yards in the second half, scoring three touchdowns as the Saints rallied from 3-0 halftime deficit. His 24-yard score 4:31 into the third quarter gave Dwenger its first lead of the game.
Clark added a 4-yarder with 9:17 left in the game to cap a 91-yard drive triggered by a 49-yard completion from Blake Podschlne to Zach Norton. After the big play, which put the ball at the Trojans’ 8-yard line, it took Clark just two carries to push the ball across the goal line.
Clark’s third TD, an 11-yard run, came after Austin Barnes picked off an East Central pass and returned it to the Trojans’ 23. Podschlne would tack on a 1-yard score with 3:41 left, following another East Central turnover.
East Central (12-3) led at the break because of an 85-yard scoring drive helped by a penalty. East Central quarterback Luke Patton was sacked on third down, but Dwenger was called for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The 15-yard penalty gave the Trojans new life, and on the next play Doug Rosemeyer broke off a 43-yard run to the Dwenger 21. Another first down set up Nick Stidham’s 20-yard field goal – East Central’s only points of the game.
“Not getting in the end zone there, man,” East Central coach Justin Roden said. “We were just a play away from the game being different. In big games like this, you need a break to fall your way, and it didn’t. And they wore us out a little bit in the second half.”
Dwenger picked up 175 yards of offense over the final two quarters while limiting East Central to 64 during the same span.
The state title is Dwenger’s fourth in football, but first since 1991.
FW DWENGER 27, EAST CENTRAL 3
East Central 0 3 0 0 — 3
FW Dwenger 0 0 7 20 — 27
EC – Nick Stidham 20 FG
FWD – Amaun Clark 24 run (Keenan Buenconsejo kick)
FWD – Clark 4 run (Buenconsejo kick)
FWD – Clark 11 run (Buenconsejo kick)
FWD – Blake Podschlne 1 run (kick blocked)
Rushing – East Central: Doug Rosemeyer 11-76, Lucas Patton 23-48, Nathan Corn 1-3. FW Dwenger: Amaun Clark 23-138, Blake Podschlne 4-10, Joe Steigmeyer 1-5, Riley Miller 1-1.
Passing — East Central: Patton 5-14-4 45. FW Dwenger: Podschlne 10-16-2 115.
Receiving — East Central: Nolan Moser 3-35, Justin Drees 1-5, Nicholas Tillman 1-5. FW Dwenger: Nick Fiacable 3-25, Zachary Norton 2-53, Ryan Berghoff 2-19, John Federspiel 2-15, Peter Winkeljohn 1-3.