Friday Night Football: Playoff Time!

For a Sectional Semifinal, it gets no bigger than two undefeated teams, one ranked 1st in the state and the other ranked 3rd in the state, facing off.

That's what we received in the Pizza Hut Spotlight Game of the Week between Jimtown and Fairfield. And, boy, did the game deliver.

The Jimmies held off a late Falcons rally to hold on to a 35-27 win. Jimtown will host Fort Wayne Luers in the 2A Sectional Championship.

With the score tied at 7 in the 1st quarter, Isaac Burtsfield -- on a halfback option -- tossed a touchdown pass to Adam Miller to put Fairfield up 14-7.

Jimtown responded right away as Tony Byers connected with Dustin Morgan, who broke a couple of tackles and took off 70 yards for the touchdown.

The game was tied at 14 after the 1st.

In the 2nd quarter, Ryan Konrath would rush for two touchdowns to put the Jimmies up 28-14 at the half.

Fairfield would pull back within 7 in the 4th when Burtsfield runs it in for the touchdown.

But with 1:35 left in the game, Nick Magyar seals things on a 4th and 7 with a 35-yard touchdown run for the Jimmies.
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In the 5A sectional semis, Penn and Mishawaka met in a rematch of one of the best games of the regular season.

This one wasn't nearly as close as the Kingsmen won 28-0.

The Cavemen had to go without quarter Kyle Heatherly in this one due to an injured shoulder.

Kyle's younger brother Steve moved from WR to QB.

But the younger Heatherly walked into quite a battle in his first start of the season.

On his first pass attempt, Heatherly was intercepted by Zack Gard. Gard had 2 INTs on the night.

The 1st half was a field position battle that didn't see its first points until the 2nd quarter. That's when Steve Depositar rushed it in for a touchdown to put Penn up 7-0.

Late in the 1st half, Heatherly would fumble a snap and Seth Hill would pick up the loose ball and run it in for a touchdown to make it 14-0.

Lightning held off the start of the 3rd quarter for more than an hour.

When play resumed, Penn dominated, scoring two more touchdowns and forcing a number of turnovers.
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Penn will meet Goshen in the 5A Sectional finals.

The Redskins defeated Adams 35-21 at School Field.

The Eagles took an early lead in the 1st quarter when Eric Woods rushed it in from 15 yards out to make it 7-0 Adams.

Goshen responded with some trickery. Nick Lewallen on a halfback option found a wide open Josh Ortiz for a touchdown. The game was tied at 7.

Later in the 1st half, the Redskins showed they can get it done the old fashion way as well---as Najee Slade would pound it in from 6 yards to make it 14-7 Goshen.

With 4 seconds left in the 1st half, Adams nearly tied it up. QB Nolan Dieter found Woods who pounded his way through defenders to the 2-yard line before having the ball come loose as he was wrestled to the ground.

The 1st half clock expiried and Goshen took at 14-7 lead into halftime.
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In Nappanee, the Panthers played their first game at Northwood High School since last Thursday's Tornado.

Northwood would provide an emotional win for its fans 22-19 over John Glenn.

The Panthers will meet South Bend St. Joe for the 3A Sectional Championship. The Indians beat Culver 41-7.
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In Michigan, it was the opening round of the post-season with pre-districts.

The St. Joe Bears entered the Division 3 playoffs undefeated and will head to the District Finals undefeated after beating Grand Rapids Christian 31-21 Friday Night in St. Joseph.

Tied at 7 in the 3rd, Bears junior Ryan Bock put St. Joe up 14-7 when he ran one in for a touchdown.

Later, the Bears would convert on a fantastic play. Quarterback Ethan Schweir would scramble and throw up a perfect pass off his back foot. Wideout Brad Guinane would make a great catch and then make an amazing run. Guinane cut through three defenders before diving into the end zone for a touchdown.

That made it 21-7 St. Joe.

A lengthy lightning delay stopped play for a while.

When play resumed, the Bears would go on to a 31-21 win.
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In Division 4, Coloma saw its undefeated record and its season come to an end at the hands of Comstock.

With the Comets up 8-6, Nate White would make an excellent punt return, dragging Coloma players with him to the Comet 10-yard line.

Colts QB Tyler Burke finished off the drive with a sneak to make it 12-8 Comstock.

Later, Burke hit White with a touchdown pass to make it 18-8 Colts.

Comstock would go on to the 41-24 win.


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