For one half Friday night, Noblesville managed to keep Avon’s passing game in check.
Over the final 30 minutes of this Hoosier Crossroads Conference football game, however, Henry Hesson put on a passing clinic while sparking the Orioles to a 35-14 victory.
Hesson was 17 of 18 passing for 371 yards and four touchdowns, three coming during a 28-point second half that allowed Avon to pull away.
Noblesville (2-7, 1-6 HCC) pulled within 21-7 in the third quarter thanks to Connor Meinerding’s 15-yard touchdown run and Grayden Addison’s kick. The Millers’ other touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Holden Montarsi.
Owen Jones led all rushers with 93 yards on nine carries for Noblesville.
The Millers will open Class 6A, Sectional 4 play on Oct. 31 when they host second-ranked Westfield.
Westfield 35, Franklin Central 0
From the moment Mason Piening opened the game with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, it seemed inevitable that the second-ranked Shamrocks would claim the outright Hoosier Crossroads Conference championship.
Piening wasn’t through making big plays, hauling in a 67-yard touchdown pass from Maximus Webster to cap a 21-point first quarter for Westfield (8-1, 7-0 HCC). Micah Hauser’s 11-yard run sandwiched the Piening touchdowns.
Brody Boehm (2 yards) and Webster (1 yard) added touchdown runs in the second quarter, and Sean Sullivan was 5 of 5 on extra-point kicks.
Hauser rushed for a team-high 63 yards on nine carries, and Webster gained 47 on just four rushes. Webster also was 7 of 9 passing for 126 yards. Piening caught four passes for 89 yards.
Westfield will open Class 6A, Sectional 4 action Oct. 31 when it travels to Noblesville.
Guerin Catholic 24, Culver Academy 14
Sam Miller rushed for one touchdown and passed for another score to send Guerin into the Class 3A state tournament with some momentum.
The Golden Eagles (3-4) will host third-ranked West Lafayette in an opening round Sectional 28 game Friday at 7 p.m.
Miller’s 2-yard touchdown run followed a Lushin Addison 27-yard field goal to give Guerin a 10-0 lead after one quarter. Miller hooked up with Ryan Glenn for an 18-yard touchdown pass for a 17-0 halftime lead.
Albert Jagger, who gained 127 yards on 37 carries, increased Guerin’s lead to 24-0 in the third quarter with a 9-yard TD run.
Miller was 8 of 10 passing for 78 yards.
West Lafayette 40, Hamilton Heights 0
The Hoosier Conference championship game was all Red Devils, as Cannon Melchi and Collin Martin each scored two touchdowns for third-ranked WL.
Hamilton Heights (4-5), which had won four of five coming into this matchup of division champions, were led on offense by Trey Ehman’s 58 yards on 27 carries.
The Huskies open Class 3A, Sectional 28 play Friday night at 7 by hosting top-ranked Chatard.
Carroll 38, Sheridan 22
Keenan Warren rushed for two touchdowns, but the Blackhawks’ second half comeback attempt fell short.
Sophomore Peyton Cross rushed for 170 of Sheridan’s 270 yards on the ground. Cameron Hovey rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Sheridan (4-4) hosts Indianapolis Tindley (3-5) at 7 p.m. Friday in an opening round game of Class A, Sectional 48.
Carmel 48, Lawrence Central 0
Zachary Osborne rushed for three touchdowns, and the sixth-ranked (Class 6A) Greyhounds outgained Lawrence Central 220-22 on the ground.
Zachary White scored on a 10-yard run, part of his team-high 66 yards on 10 carries for Carmel (7-2). Ethan Hall also nearly averaged six yards a carry, picking up 59 yards and scoring on runs of 3 and 11 yards.
Osborne also threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Colton Parker, one of only three passes he threw. Osborne rushed for 40 yards on 11 carries.
Spencer Hanna was 6 of 6 on extra point tries for Carmel, which opens Sectional 5 play Oct. 31 when it hosts Pike.
Zionsville 38, Fishers 7
Lucas Prewitt threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Landon Morris for the Tigers, who saw Zionsville pull away with 24 points in the second half.
Prewitt was 16 of 32 passing for 161 yards. Carson Dunn paced Fishers’ rushing attack with 52 yards on 11 carries. Morris caught three passes for 74 yards, and Jeffrey Simmons hauled in seven balls for 54 yards.
Fishers (2-7) will begin Class 6A, Sectional 4 action Oct. 31 when it hosts county rival Hamilton Southeastern. The Royals (6-2) did not play their scheduled game with Brownsburg on Friday night.