In a key sectional semifinal game up in Benton near Goshen, the (5-6) Bishop Luers Knights from Fort Wayne came into Fairfield (9-1) and dominated them 49-12 in front of a limited capacity crowd due to COVID-19 concerns. The start of the game was initially a slow paced one that favored the Falcons.
Luers drove the ball to the 4-yard line where they were unable to get it in the end zone. They attempted a 15-yard field goal that was blocked giving the ball back to Fairfield. Fairfield’s first drive took it into the 2nd quarter, but it was halted after Lantz was taken down by a herd of Luers linebackers, thus forcing Fairfield to turn the ball over on downs. On that very next drive, Luers only had to draw 3 plays to score the first points of the game as Ramon Anderson scored on a 15-yard run to make it 7-0 Luers. Fairfield responded on their next drive thanks to a 35-yard pass from Cory Lantz to Dalton Cripe, but their failed 2-point conversion still kept Luers on top 7-6. That was the smallest of Fairfield’s miscues in this one.
On Luers’ next scoring drive, they quickly moved the chains into the Eastside 3 where Anderson ran it in for his 2nd score of the night and a 14-6 Luers lead. After Luers recovered a Fairfield fumble, junior QB Carson Clark found his favorite receiver Brody Glenn on a 17-yard pass to give Luers a 21-6 lead at the half.
Fairfield had the ball first to begin that half, but the start of that quarter was the beginning of a snowball of turnovers that proved to be the back breaker in this game. The first turnover was Lantz’s lone pick of the night from the Fairfield 44. Luers later converted on a 38-yard pass to Brody Glenn for the 2nd score of the night. Da’Von Doughty recovered Fairfield’s 3rd turnover of the game and took it to the house for a 40-yard return. After Fairfield fumbled the ball in the end zone, Luers would later convert on a 81-yard dart from Carson Clark that connected to a wide open Brody Glenn, and Glenn easily ran into the end zone.
3 Fairfield turnovers. 3 Luers scoring drives. 21 straight points for the Knights in 2:08 gave Luers a comfortable 42-6 lead going into the 4th quarter and a running clock. RJ Hogue scored Luers’ final TD on a nice 6-yard run, and Cory Lantz’s 6-yard run was the final score of his high school football career.
Carson Clark went an astounding 14-15 for 273 yards and 3 TD passes. Brody Glenn caught 6 passes for 152 yards and 3 scores, and 3 Luers running backs ran for at least 40 yards. For Fairfield, a team that was 0-9 in 2018 with one senior (outscored 493-27), will see their 12 seniors end their high school football careers after taking them to a NECC Big School Divisional title.
For the 2nd straight season, Eastside and Luers will clash this time @ Bishop Luers. Luers is now 36-2 against NECC opponents going into this upcoming game, but will have to face a Eastside team that’s been able to beat them twice including their matchup from last season.