By Ron Busch
FORT WAYNE — On Oct. 9, St. Vincent improved its record to 4-1 with a 34- 6 victory over the improving Knights.
Due to an injury, the Knights started first-time quarterback Brody Glenn. The Knights held fast in the first quarter and kept St. Vincent out of the end zone, in spite of some stellar play that included a 25-yard pass by St. Vincent quarterback Carson Podschlne to Andrew Leeper to end first quarter action. The first quarter was scoreless.
St. Vincent continued to build on Leeper’s catch. The Panthers attempted a 29-yard pass to the end zone, but it was incomplete. Eager to follow up with good offense, the Panthers turned to their ground game. Luke Woenker scored on a 9-yard touchdown run. The points-after kick was off line, giving St. Vincent a 6-0 lead.
Third quarter action was dominated by another Luke Woenker rushing score on a 1st and goal run from just 5 yards out. An errant points-after kick left St. Vincent with a 12-0 lead after three quarters of action.
Down just 12-0, the Knights were unable to stem the tide. Ben Simcox punched in a 1st and goal run from the 2-yard line. The extra-points kick failed, and St. Vincent appeared to be pulling away at 18-0. The Knights responded at 1st and 10. An unsuccessful running play was followed by two incomplete passes, and on a 4th and 15 Panther Carson Podschlne intercepted and ran the ball in for a touchdown, only to be called back by a St. Vincent penalty. The Panthers found themselves on the Knights’ 39-yard line.
The Knights put up a good defensive stand, getting the ball back with little time left. On a 3rd and 16, St. Vincent’s Carson Podschlne again came through with an interception, and this time, a St. Vincent score. The points-after kick was good, and with 2:23 left to play the Panthers held a hefty 26-0 lead. Immediately following on the kickoff return the Knights executed a reverse to Anthony Ventruella, who raced for the end zone and a score. The points-after kick missed the mark, and the Knights were down 26-6.
The St. Vincent Panthers were not done, however: Adam Dumford executed a touchdown run and the final was 34-6 St. Vincent.
During 2 p.m. game action, St. Charles continued its winning ways and added to its consecutive win streak. Central Catholic fell victim to the St. Charles attack in a 46-0 impressive Cardinals win. Less than one minute into the contest Sam Pesa had a pick-6 interception that started the onslaught. Cardinal touchdowns were made by Devon Tippmann; Kaden Espy; Sam Pesa and Elliott Cornewell, who had an18-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Brenden Lytle had 6 passes for 137 yards with a touchdown.
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