Boys Varsity Football · Maconaquah drops sectional opener to Concordia, 42-21


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Fort Wayne Concordia scored in every quarter at Maconaquah Friday night and dealt the Braves a 42-21 setback in both teams Sectional 27 opening game. The loss snapped Maconaquah’s seven-game win streak and left the Braves with a 7-3 season mark. All three losses were to state-ranked teams.
Coupled with last years 9-3 record, it was the best back-to-back MHS campaigns since the 1973 and 1974 Braves posted 9-1 and 7-3 records respectively. The visiting Cadets (ranked 11th in the final coaches poll) evened their record at 5-5 and will face the Belmont-Norwell winner in the second round.
Both teams traded punches in the opening half before Concordia put together a quick drive in the final 65 seconds to take a slim 21-14 at intermission.
A hard-fought first quarter ended in a 7-7 stalemate as both squads scored on their first offensive possession. The Cadets marched 67 yards in four plays to open the game and Maconaquah followed with its own 67-yard scoring drive. Carter Little rambled 48 yards on Mac’s first play and capped the drive with an eight-yard TD run at the 8:53 mark. Richie Leary’s PAT kick knotted things at 7-7.
It remained deadlocked until late in the second period when Kameron Vanderbosch’s 35 yard interception return put the Cadets on top, 14-7, with 4:12 remaining. Maconaquah fought back, using a bruising ground attack, and tied it a 14-all when Jared Blake scored from four yards out with 1:05 left. The Braves covered 65 yards in nine plays during the drive, using four different ballcarriers before Blake reached paydirt and Leary booted the PAT. The Braves rushed for 215 yards in the opening half of action.
Maconaquah turned the ball over on downs on its first two possessions of the third quarter and the Cadets capitalized on both opportunities to take a 35-14 lead into the fourth stanza.
A Brave interception deep in Concordia territory halted Mac’s next scoring threat and the visitors once again took advantage. Starting on their own eight, the Cadets reeled off three straight first down plays and then got a 22-yard TD pass to take a 42-14 lead.
Little and Blake muscled the Braves downfield on their final possession that covered 65 yards in eight plays. Sharing the pigskin, both juniors kept pounding away until Little raced in from 14 yards out with 3:36 left in the game. Leary’s perfect boot provided the final count, 42-21.
Little finished the game with 210 yards on 31 carries and became the first player in Maconaquah history to rush for over 100 yards nine times in a season. He finished the year as the Braves all-time single-season scoring leader with 144 points.
Blake rushed 25 times for 123 yards as the Braves finished with 375 yards on the ground.
Defensively, senior Aaron McKinley topped the tackle chart with seven stops and a forced fumble on a 58-yard pass completion. Little and Cole Wininger were credited with six tackles each and Matt Ingram chipped in with four. Nate Harding recovered the Cadets fumble on the long pass play.