FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Snider will seek revenge Friday when it travels to Carmel for the 6A regional championship.
The Panthers lost last year's regional to the Greyhounds, 22-21. Fast forward a year, and improvement is still the name of the game.
“Through the beginning of the season, we certainly had our ups and downs," head coach Kurt Tippmann tells ParkviewSportsMedicine.com. "To these kids’ credit, they learned from the things we weren’t doing well and equated that to improvement throughout the rest of the year.
Since a Week 6 loss to Wayne, No. 11 Snider (9-2) has won 5 straight games, and scored 40.0 points per victory.
"Playing our best football down the stretch has allowed us to get to this point," Tippmann adds.
Junior quarterback Jon Barnes, Jr., accounted for 226 all purpose yards in the sectional title game against Homestead and 244 passing yards in the semi-final round against Carroll.
"Preparation’s a big thing. We can’t go into a game thinking we’re going to win just because we’re Snider football. We have to prepare harder than everyone else, train harder and play better.”
No. 3 Carmel's (9-2) roster features 14 starters who were part of a a team that lost at semi-state a year ago. This season, the Greyhounds score 25.5 points per game and give up 17.9 points per game.
The Snider vs. Carmel playoff history is as rich as the tradition of both schools. Friday marks the 13th time time the Panthers and the Greyhounds face off in the state playoffs with Carmel holding a 4-8 all-time edge. Snider is looking for its first regional title since 2016 and 17th all-time. The Greyhounds hope for their 5th straight regional and 21st all-time.
Kickoff of the 6A regional championship is 7 p.m. Friday.