The Penn Kingsmen football team is headed to Semi-State after a 20-3 win over Crown Point Friday night at Freed Field in the 5A Regional Final.
But that score was no where indicative of how close this game was.
Penn coach Cory Yeoman knew it would be a defensive showdown against the Bulldogs. That's exactly what it was as Penn trailed 3-0 at halftime..
The Wild Bunch defense set up the Kingsmen for success in the 2nd half. Nick Moldonado booted two field goals to give Penn a 6-3 lead. The 2nd came after a Penn interception.
Another Kingsmen interception put the Penn offense at the 1-yard line but Zach Oakley fumbled the ball away and Crown Point recovered. The Kingsmen defense stuffed Crown Point, which punted away. Matthew Wirick then took that punt and zig-zagged his way for a huge touchdown. Officially it was 35 yards, but Wirick may have ran more like 70.
Penn will host Fort Wayne Snider in the 5A Semi-State next Friday at Freed Field. Penn beat Snider 31-13 earlier this season.
Penn 20, Crown Point 3
Fort Wayne Snider 38, Hamilton Southeastern 21
Carmel 11, Ben Davis 9
Center Grove 48, Bedford North Lawrence 19
Fort Wayne Snider at Penn
Center Grove at Carmel
In 4A, South Bend Washington is headed to Semi-State for the first time since winning the state championship in 1973.
A 60 yard touchdown run from David Perkins in the 4th quarter sealed the game as the Panthers won at Hammond Morton 33-20.
Washington led 21-7 at halftime, but a pair of Perkins fumbles allowed Morton to pull within a single score. That's when the Panthers stepped up their game and held on for the win.
Washington will go on the road next week to face undefeated Leo for a spot in the 4A State Championship game. Leo defeated NorthWood 24-12 at Andrews Field for the regional title.
South Bend Washington 33, Hammond Morton 20
Leo 24, NorthWood 12
Indianapolis Cathedral 35, Pendleton Heights 0
Columbus East 49, Evansville Central 0
South Bend Washington at Leo
Columbus East at Indianapolis Cathedral
Last year, South Bend St. Joe defeated Jimtown in a thriller to capture the 3A Sectional Title.
This year, it wasn't nearly as close as the Indians shutout the Jimmies 21-0 at Knepp Field to advance to the 3A Semi-State.
St. Joe is now one win away from returning to the state finals. The Indians will host West Lafayette next Friday at a site to be determined in South Bend.
A victory and St. Joe could face Chatard again in the state finals.
South Bend St. Joseph's 21, Jimtown 0
West Lafayette 14, Bellmont 7
Indianapolis Chatard 62, Indian Creek 22
Corydon Central 47, Evansville Memorial 41 overtime
West Lafayette at South Bend St. Joseph's
Indianapolis Chatard at Corydon Central
In a battle of unbeatens, Bremen went on the road and took out Wheeler 35-21 in Valpo.
The Lions advance to the 2A Semi-State where they will go on the road to face Fort Wayne Luers next Friday.
Bremen 35, Wheeler 21
Fort Wayne Luers 44, Tipton 23
Guerin Catholic 41, South Putnam 27
Triton Central at Evansville Mater Dei Saturday
Bremen at Fort Wayne Luers
Guerin Catholic at Evansville Mater Dei or Guerin Catholic at Triton Central