ELKHART— Penn outscored the Lions 14-6 in the second half to end its two-game losing streak
Standout performer: Penn quarterback Nolan McCullough led his team back from the dead with two second-half touchdowns, one being a 69-yard strike to DJ and another, an 18-yard scamper of his own, which gave Penn a 21-20 lead.
Play of the game: On its final possession, Elkhart drove inside the 20-yard line before Penn’s Jackson Griffith seeled the game with an interception with just over one minute to go.
Turning point: Griffith’s interception. It looked as if Elkhart was going to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat, and Griffith took it right back.
Next games: After Friday’s loss Elkhart, 4-1, travels to South Bend Saint Joseph, 2-3, for a Week 6 Northern Indiana Conference game.
After Friday’s win Penn 3-2 hosts Mishawaka Marian, 2-3, next Friday night.
Marian 7, Adams 6
SOUTH BEND — Marian football coach Mike Davidson is a defensive coach first.
The play of his Marian defense Friday night gave the top man plenty of reason to flash a sweaty smile at game’s end.
The Knights rode the play of their defense to a much-needed 7-6 win over Adams in Northern Indiana Conference play at TCU School Field.
Marian forced four turnovers, including a pair of key first-half interceptions by Brian Bultinck, to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
The Eagles, who dominated the final stat sheet, fall to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
Marian held on for the win as a potential game-winning 40-yard field goal by Josh Nziza of Adams sailed wide left with 1:45 to play Nziza kept his team close with a pair of clutch field goals earlier in the game.
Adams quarterbacks Phoenyx Clark and Toryn Day passed for a combined 340 yards in the tough loss.
The Knights lone score was a one-yard quarterback run by Bryce LeSane in the opening half. It came after a Bultinck pick that he returned to the Eagles six-yard line.
Player of the game: Brian Bultinck of Marian. The senior defensive back sparked the Marian defense with a pair of interceptions in the opening half. Bultinck returned the first pick to the Eagles six-yard line to set up a Marian touchdown.
Turning point: Adams committed turnovers on three straight possessions in the second quarter. A pair of picks and a lost fumble enabled Marian to lead 7-3 at halftime despite the Eagles throwing for 194 yards.
Key stat: Adams hurt itself with four turnovers. The Eagles dominated play in the opening half, but trailed 7-3 due to four turnovers.
Up next Marian plays at Penn and Adams travels to New Prairie in NIC action next Friday night.
Jimtown 35, Bremen 17
BREMEN — Behind an unrelenting ground attack, Jimtown downed Bremen 35-17 on the Lions’ homecoming night Friday, leaving the Jimmies as the last unbeaten in the Northern Indiana Conference North-South Division.
Jimtown (3-2) churned for 351 rushing yards while winning its third straight game and moving to 2-0 in the NIC North-South.
Bremen senior lineman Zach Schmucker was removed by gurney from the field early in the fourth quarter, part of a 17-minute delay.
Following the game, Bremen announced over the public address that it was “a positive outcome” for Schmucker after he was taken to a nearby hospital.
Players of the game: Jimtown senior running backs Sam Garner (18 carries, 166 yards) and Conner Watts (20, 133) combined for 299 rushing yards, with Watts scoring three touchdowns.
Play of the game: Facing third-and-17 at their own 45 with 35 seconds to go in the second quarter and no timeouts, Lion quarterback Silas Laidig found fellow sophomore Tyrus Graverson with a bomb over the middle. Graverson made a leaping catch between two defenders at the Jimmie 7 and advanced to the 2, helping to set up an Angel Estrada field goal as the half expired with the Jimmies leading 21-10.
Up next: Bremen heads to Glenn next Friday, while Jimtown hosts Clay. Both games will be NIC North-South matchups.