Twin Lakes’ defense ruled the second half Friday night, and the Indians on offense rode the big plays of Blake and Bryce Bennington to a 33-12 victory over Tipton in a Class 3A Sectional 28 football opener in Monticello.
The Indians (6-4) held Tipton (5-5) to no first downs and minus-1 yard of total offense in the final 24 minutes. The Blue Devils gained just 195 yards overall and were 1 of 14 on third-down conversions.
A screen pass from Blake to brother Bryce Bennington turned into an 86-yard touchdown and a momentum-changing play that gave Twin Lakes a 13-12 lead in the second quarter. Ryan Hibbets tacked on a 37-yard field goal to end the half.
The Bennington brothers hooked up for a 16-yard touchdown pass and catch in the third quarter. Connor Cain’s 16-yard touchdown run and a Hibbets 39-yard field goal in the fourth wrapped up a semifinal berth against North Montgomery next week.
Blake Bennington was 11 of 20 passing for 206 yards, 132 of which were accounted for by Bryce Bennington on three receptions.
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Hamilton Heights 63
Hamilton Heights rushed for seven touchdowns, passed for another, and even returned a punt 70 yards for a score to earn a rematch with West Lafayette in a Sectional 28 semifinal.
Clinton Prairie 40
Sam Schoonveld carried the Gophers offense into the second round in Sectional 42, rushing for 295 yards and five touchdowns.
Schoonveld stepped up after Frontier (0-9) drew within 20-12 in the third quarter on Blake Hylton’s 1-yard touchdown run. Schoonveld scored touchdowns on runs of 18 and 4 yards in the third quarter and added a 61-yard scoring dash to wrap up the victory.
The Gophers, who take on Carroll next week, jumped out to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter thanks to Chase Joseph’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Drew Scott and Schoonveld touchdown runs of 11 and 3 yards.
Frontier began its comeback with Colt McCracken’s 1-yard touchdown run. McCracken rushed for 155 yards on 26 carries.
A nearly perfect passing night by Trey Filbrun and 22 tackles from Dylan Spesard helped the Cougars (6-4) move on in Sectional 42.
Filbrun, a sophomore, was 9 of 12 passing for 177 yards and touchdowns to Johnny Ovalle and Devon Anderson. Ovalle also rushed for 82 yards and a score.
Spesard had 19 solo tackles for a Carroll defense that forced four turnovers.
North White 12
The Panthers (10-0) controlled this Sectional 41 opener from the first play when Jack Kiser went 42 yards for a touchdown.
A Luke Diener to Caleb Hendress touchdown pass drew North White (8-2) within 7-6 in the first quarter. But Kiser added an 18-yard touchdown run with 11:11 to play in the first half and a 79-yard punt return for a score that gave Pioneer a 21-6 lead.
Sam Kiser added a 1-yard touchdown run later in the quarter to make it 28-6.
Diener accounted for the Vikings’ other touchdown with a third-quarter run.
Lake Station 13
West Central 7
Two Richie Santos touchdown passes to Michael Aguilar in the first half held up for Lake Station (2-8) in a Sectional 41 game.
Nate Neeley drew West Central (1-9) within six points thanks to his 23-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Mendez with 1:14 to play in the third quarter.
South Vermillion 20
Nathaniel Farabee got the Mounties off to a fast start, rushing for seven touchdowns and 195 yards.
Southmont recovered an onside kick to start game and it took Farabee just four plays to score. By the time Farabee picked up his seventh touchdown, an 8-yard run, Southmont (3-7) led 46-2. Earlier in the third quarter. Farabee ripped off a 59-yard TD run.
Oak Hill 51
Joel Durkes rushed for 352 yards to help Oak Hill (8-2) overcome an early 14-13 deficit.
Weston Windell threw for 126 and rushed for 58 yards to lead Delphi, which finishes 2-8.
Roncalli quarterback Robbie Strader was a perfect 10-for-10 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown through the air in addition to one on the ground.