Lions win regional battle of unbeatens, 35-21

VALPARAISO — Ethan Pike may never have played high school football before this year, but the junior wide receiver played like a seasoned vet Friday night.
Pike finished with two touchdown receptions totaling 28 yards in Bremen’s regional battle of unbeatens versus Wheeler, his first a 10-yarder that put the Lions on the board at the 3:31 mark of the first quarter and his second a heady 18-yarder off a tip from Bearcats defensive back Derek Hartwig with just 3.4 seconds remaining in the first half to give Bremen its final lead of the night.
Braxston Miller capped off a quick scoring drive with a 34-yard breakaway just a minute and a half into the second half, and the Long Green Line kept marching on to its first regional championship since 1997 in a 35-21 defeat of the Bearcats on the road.
Bremen now faces No. 1-rated and two-time state champion Fort Wayne Bishop Luers — which beat Tipton 44-23 Friday — on the road for the semistate crown next Friday.
“Ethan Pike, how big was he tonight, catching the ball all over the field,” said Bremen Head Football Coach Bob Holmes. “Our offensive line making adjustments throughout the course of the game, just staying the course and getting it done against a very, very good Wheeler team. I’m very proud of our kids.”
“Every wide receiver can step up,” said Pike. “Coach said he’s going to call a number, and if it’s your number, step up.”