Friday Night Football: Penn Survives another scare


That was the last time the Penn Kingsmen lost a Northern Indiana Conference game.

The 142nd straight win didn't come easily last week against Mishawaka. Brian Lares made a big hit in the end zone with seconds left to pop the ball out of the hands of Caveman Ryan Warmoth.

Penn survived.

Win 143 was even harder.

Elkhart Central opened up a 20-0 lead on the Kingsmen. Penn cut the lead to 23-13 at the half.

After a field goal in the 3rd quarter, the Kingsmen pulled within 7.

Tony Bodle then scored a pair of touchdowns to give Penn the lead 30-23.

Central didn't roll over. Chris Roberson engineered a drive to the Penn 4-yard line but saw his pass picked off by guess who---Lares, who was the hero once again.

Penn survives 30-23.

The win gives the Kingsmen their 22nd straight NIC championship.
The team that almost beat Penn last week---Mishawaka---was in a shootout with Clay Friday night.

Ryan Warmoth jump-started the scoring with a long touchdown run just minutes into the game.

After a defensive stop, Tyler Sult returned a punt 75 yards to put Mishawaka up 13-0 in the 1st quarter.

Clay responded minutes later. Quarterback Mark Miller hit Matt Timm with a perfect 30 yard pass to cut the lead to 13-7.

On the final play of the 1st quarter, the Colonials elected to go for it on a 4th and two from the Mishawaka 24.

The call was a QB sneak for Miller, but the quarterback did a lot more than get the first down. Miller broke a tackle, then another, stayed on his feet and took it 24 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

In the 2nd quarter, Mishawaka quarterback Kyle Heatherly connected on back-to-back touchdown passes to give the Cavemen the lead for good.

Mishawaka wins 49-23.
At Marian high school, Adams defeated the Knights 31-28.

Adams opened up a 10-0 lead when quarterback Nolan Dieter hit Eric Woods for a 35-yard touchdown.

Adams is now 4-4.

Marian has its 2-game winning streak snapped.
In the Pizza Hut Spotlight Game of the Week, it was a battle of Michigan rivals.

But the battle didn't last long.

St. Joe improved to 7-0 with a 41-6 win over Benton Harbor.

Ryan Bock ran it from 1-yard out to give St. Joe the early 7-0 lead.

In the 2nd quarter, Ethan Schweir connected with Palmer Averill 33 yards to make it 14-0.

Later in the 2nd, Schweir would find Brad Guinane, who broke a tackle and ran it in to make it 27-0 Bears at the half.
Constantine bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 50-20 win over Centreville.

Down 7-3, Falcon QB Anthony Miller found Jared McBride for a 50-yard touchdown to put Constantine up for good.

The Falcons qualify for the playoffs with the win. They are now 6-1.

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