Sixth-ranked (Class 4A) Mt. Vernon took advantage of three turnovers and a big game by quarterback Gehrig Slumaker to hand Noblesville a 40-17 high school football loss Friday night in the season opener.
Noblesville couldn’t contain Slumaker, who was 15 of 22 passing for 188 yards and a touchdown. Slumaker also rushed for two touchdowns, including a 39-yard effort on the first play after Mt.Vernon stopped Noblesville on fourth down and 3.
Things went from bad to worse for the Millers on its next play from scrimmage, a fumble that gave the ball back to Mt. Vernon at the Millers 9. Slumaker and Mt. Vernon immediately took advantage with a 9-yard scoring pass to Tanner Koziel to make it 14-0.
Bouncing back from that deflating start, Noblesville mounted a 16-play scoring drive that ended with Chance Yeager’s 3-yard run that cut the deficit to 14-7.
That would be the highlight of the night for the Millers, who surrendered a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown by Rylan Cole in the second quarter. Cole’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Koziel made it 26-7 at halftime.
Grayden Addison’s 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter ended Mt. Vernon’s string of 26 unanswered points. Andrew Petrulis scored on a 1-yard run with four seconds remaining.
Holden Montarsi led Noblesville with 58 yards on 13 carries. Blaine McNabb had a sack among his team-high eight tackles for the Millers, who are set to travel to Terre Haute South at 7:30 Friday night.
Sheridan 21, Western Boone 20
Silas Devaney’s only pass attempt of the night proved to be the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, a 34-yard toss to Cale Cummings, that allowed the 12-ranked Class A Blackhawks to upset top-ranked and two-time defending Class 2A state champion Stars.
Cameron Hovey’s two-point conversion run proved decisive when Western Boone’s Robby Taylor scored on a 1-yard run to pull within a point. The Stars went for the win with a two-point try but Sheridan stuffed the run to hold on to victory.
Hovey had touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards to help Sheridan lead 13-7 after three quarters. Hovey picked up 107 yards on 17 carries. Peyton Cross picked up 47 yards on 10 rushes for the Blackhawks.
Sheridan’s scheduled Friday game at Clinton Central was postponed Sunday.
Cathedral 56, Westfield 20
Third-ranked (Class 5A) Cathedral never trailed thanks to Nathan McCahill’s five touchdown passes.
Westfield fell behind 15-0 after one quarter but got on the scoreboard first in the second quarter after Maximus Webster’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Reid Schepers. Sean Sullivan’s kick drew the Shamrocks within 15-7 but that’s as close as they would get.
Webster, who was 6 of 13 passing for 94 yards, added a 27-yard TD pass to Mason Piening in the third quarter. Nick Talley also threw a touchdown pass for Westfield, finding Ian Bruch for a 15-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Micah Houser led Westfield’s rushing attack with 44 yards on nine carries. Piening caught five passes for 75 yards.
Westfield plays host to Harrison at 7 p.m. Friday.
Lapel 42, Hamilton Heights 19
Brennan Stow threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth score to help Lapel pull away from Hamilton Heights in the first half.
The Huskies trailed 24-0 before breaking through in the second quarter on Guy Griffey’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Gavin Brammel. Michael Lecher’s kick would the last point for Hamilton Heights until the fourth quarter.
Griffey threw touchdown passes of 55 and 29 yards to Cooper Vondersaar to wrap up the scoring. Griffey was 10 of 24 passing for 180 yards.
Troy Ehman rushed for a team-best 41 yards on 13 carries for Hamilton Heights, which is scheduled to play at North Montgomery at 7 p.m. Friday.
Guerin Catholic 14, McCutcheon 7
This defensive struggle saw all of the points scored in the first half.
Max McGreal caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Sam Miller, and Lushin Addison’s kick made it 7-0 in the first quarter.
Albert Jagger’s 51-yard touchdown run in the second quarter proved to be the game-winner for Guerin.
McCutcheon relied on a big play to score its only touchdown, an 83-yard pass from Bryant Moah to Leyton McGovern.
Guerin travels to Decatur Central for a 7 p.m. game Friday.
North Central 40, Fishers 20
Fishers could not contain North Central quarterback Zayd Vestal, who threw for 384 yards and five touchdowns.
The Tigers trailed 14-0 before Lucas Prewitt tossed a 3-yard TD pass to Landon Morris in the second quarter. Prewitt added a 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Dominic Oliverio gave Fishers momentum to start the second half when he took North Central’s kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Christian Wayne’s extra point kick drew the Tigers within 20-13.
Prewitt was 11 of 24 passing for 141 yards. Carson Dunn’s 35 yards on seven carries paced Fishers’ rushing game.
Fishers hosts Pike for a 7 p.m. Friday game.
Hamilton Southeastern 24, Lawrence Central 0
John McCall was 16 of 22 passing for 131 yards and a touchdown to Will Gerig to lead the Royals.
Blaine Wertz rushed for a team-high 65 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Jace Alexander also rushed for a touchdown while picking up 52 yards on 17 carries.
Alex Geroulis kicked a 23-yard field goal to complete Hamilton Southeastern’s scoring.
J.T. Mutchner recorded six tackles, while Jackson Constantine and Seth Wilson made five stops each for the Royals, who host Class 6A No. 10 North Central at 7 p.m. Friday.
Carmel 31, Plainfield 6
Zach Osborne rushed for three touchdowns and threw for a fourth score to lead Class 6A No. 2 Carmel in the season opener.
Osborne’s runs of 8, 3 and 6 yards paved the way for the Greyhounds to lead 28-0 with 8:29 to play in the third quarter. Colton Parker hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Osborne in the second quarter. Parker caught a team-best seven passes for 63 yards.
Kicker Spencer Hanna added a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter in addition to his four extra point kicks.
Osborne rushed for a game-high 58 yards on six carries. Zac White added 53 yards on nine carries and Ethan Hall picked up 47 yards on six rushes to help Carmel outgain Plainfield 208-40 on the ground.
Chase Becker, Jacob Smith, Clark Stanton and Andrew Turvy recorded sacks for the Greyhounds.