FORT WAYNE-In the final week of the regular season, the atmosphere had a playoff feel to it, and the conditions were (shall I say) not favorable. For some, it was just a wet night for football, but for other schools like Bishop Luers and Snider (since they did not play in turf), they had to endure through muddy trenches. No matter how you slice it, Snider ended Bishop Luers unbeaten streak with a 27-15 road win, and the SAC season ends in a 3-way tie between Carroll, Luers, and Snider.
Snider was the aggressors early and often jumping out to a 14-0 lead on a 7-yard run up the middle and a 28-yard run by Tyrese Brown. Brown would go on to record 3 touchdowns on the night.
Defensively, they were able to get after quarterback Carson Clark by sacking him and picking up a couple picks. Snider went into the half up 2 scores. In the second half, Luers would find life when Carson Clark threw a 65-yard dart to Antwian Lake on the first play from scrimmage to make it 14-8 (after making the 2-point conversion). However, Snider would respond on their next drive as Langston Leavell was able to barrel through several Luers defenders and into the end zone to regain their 2-possession lead with 5:58 left in the third quarter.
A Santiago Ortiz pick would give Snider another drive and more precious time taking off of Luers’ hands. However, with the score still remaining 21-8 in the 4th, Nick Thompson recorded a pick for the Knights. Luers would eventually answer when Clark found his go-to target Brody Glenn on a 21-yard throw where Glenn jumped over two Snider safeties and making a great catch for the score. That made it 21-15 Snider with 4:06 remaining.
Now, remember that Tyrese Brown kid from earlier? Well, here comes the hat trick. Brown’s 35-yard run found a hole and exploded his way to the end zone to make it a 27-15 Snider lead with 1:34 remaining in the game. That was all she wrote from here!
Snider (7-1) enters sectionals on a 6-game winning streak as they’ll host rival Northrop October 29. Since Snider is in 5A sectional 11, all four teams (who are from the SAC) will have a bye next week.
Bishop Luers (8-1) will get their first taste of postseason football in less than a week from now when they host Fairfield. Considering how the draw went for 2A sectional 35, there’s a good chance that we could see (another) Eastside-Luers matchup that would most surely decide the sectional championship.