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E.C. Central to face great tradition of Fort Wayne Dwenger

2013-11-19T17:00:00Z 2014-06-24T20:06:22Z E.C. Central to face great tradition of Fort Wayne DwengerSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
November 19, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

Fort Wayne Dwenger won its 18th regional championship last Friday night with a 42-7 whipping of New Haven in the Class 4A regional.

Friday's foe, E.C. Central, won its first regional.

Dwenger has won 22 sectionals. E.C. just one.

The Saints have won seven semistates. The Cardinals will be looking for their first at Zollner Stadium.

Kickoff between the Cards (11-2) and the Saints (10-3) is slated for 6:30 p.m.

"Dwenger reminds me of Andrean," E.C. coach Stacy Adams said. "It's one of those schools, they have some very good athletes on both sides of the ball. They are very well-coached. It's going to be a good game."

Adams pointed out Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf's record, which is 126-34 in 12 seasons, as another example of how good Dwenger's tradition is.

In last Friday's regional, senior tight end Ryan Wattercutter caught six passes for 133 yards and had an interception in the end zone. He also returned a punt 44 yards that set up a Dwenger score.

Quarterback Mike Fiacable scored three touchdowns on the ground from 2, 8 and 17 yards. He also threw a touchdown pass. He had 211 yards through the air and 85 on the ground.

"He's one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks we've seen all year," Adams said. "He can run it. He can pass it. He manages the game very well."

Adams said the Saints' defense is similar to Lake Central, without a blue-chipper like Gelen Robinson. But that doesn't mean they are not good. Dwenger has given up 30 points in four playoff games, with East Noble (13) the only opponent to get into double-digit scoring.

"They get 11 to the ball," Adams said. "And they get there very quick."

Adams said there could be another issue.

Zollner Stadium's turf looked like Lake Central's against Merrillville in the sectional. Mud, mud and more mud.

"But we've played in that before," Adams said. "It's a well-defined program against one that's made a name for itself this year. It should be fun."

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