(11-28-20) Everybody knew that today’s IHSAA Class A State title game could be a shoot-out…it didn’t disappoint in the scoring or the comebacks by both teams. It will be a game that will be long remembered.
Covenant Christian headed into halftime in control with at 27-6 lead, but South Adams would put on a show to start the 2nd half scoring four straight TDs and take the lead at 34-27.
Covenant Christian, seemed not to be phased about losing the lead and would score the next two TDs to regain the lead 41-34.
South Adams would score with 1:24 to go in the game, that is when Grant Moser rolled the dice and decided to go for two and the lead. On a pitch out from James Arnold to Christian Summersett he was met by several of the Warriors and was stopped short of the end-zone and would trail by one point.
Covenant Christian would get the ball back and run the clock out. For Covenant Christian it was their first ever Class A State title and State Final appearance and it ended with a 41-40 win over South Adams and they would end the season 15-0.
The Starfires were ranked #1 all season and playing their first ever state final would end the season at 13-1.
Lots of impressive stats in this game…
Warriors QB Austin Frazier ended the game 12 of 28 passing for 197 yards and 3 TDs. RB Michah Wilson had a big game on the ground rushing for 236 yards on 33 carries and 1 TD.
For South Adams All-State QB James Arnold had another monster game…he was 27 of 45 for 480 yards and 3 TDs, including the first play of game when he connected with Aiden Wanner on a 79 yard TD pass. Three Starfire receivers had big numbers, Trey Schoch had 5 catches for 148 yards and a TD, Drew Stutzman had 5 catches for 137 yards and a TD and Wanner added109 yards on 3 catches.
Christian Summersett had some key runs in the 2nd half to score 2 TDs on 16 carries and 89 yards.
Highlights and Scores
11:44 – SA – Aiden Wanner 79 yards pass from James Arnold, XP kick No Good by Aiden Wanner
7:12 – CC – BJ Lomax 18 yard TD pass from Austin Frazier, Jackson Brough XP kick good
0:54 – CC – Michah Wilson 27 yard TD run, Jackson Brough XP kick good
8:09 – CC – 30 yard FG good by Jackson Brough
6:10 – CC – Trey Flatt 52 yard TD pass from Austin Frazier, Jackson Brough XP kick good
0:27 – CC – 30 yard FG good by Jackson Brough
HALF TIME SCORE – Covenant Christian 27 South Adams 6
6:26 – SA – Drew Stutzman 44 yard TD pass from James Arnold, Aiden Wanner XP kick good
10:33 – SA -Trey Schoch 34 yard TD pass from James Arnold, Aiden Wanner XP kick good
SA – Alex Gorney INT of Frazier. Returns it to the 1 yard line
9:59 – SA – Nick Miller 1 yard run, Aiden Wanner XP kick good
SA – Austin Frazier wrapped up by Austin Gorney, his throwis picked off by Brayden Gilbert at the 15 yard line
8:58 – SA – Christian Summersett 3 yard TD run, Aiden Wanner XP kick good
6:52 –CC – Trey Flatt forces fumble of QB James Arnold, CC recovers
4:46 – CC – Adrian Terry 31 yard TD pass from Austin Frazier, Jackson Brough XP kick good
3:02 – CC – Gage Soffey 34 yard run, Jackson Brough XP kick good
1:24 – SA – Christian Summersett 2 yard TD run, Summersett two-point XP run failed
Class A State Championship Records
Most Passing Yards – 480 by James Arnold, South Adams
Longest Pass Completion – 79 yards by James Arnold to Aidan Wanner, South Adams
Longest Touchdown Pass – 79 yards by James Arnold to Aidan Wanner, South Adams
Most Points in a Quarter (tied) – 27 by South Adams (4th quarter)
Most Yards Passing – 480 by South Adams
Total Offensive Yards – 547 by South Adams
Total Offensive Yards by Both Teams – 1,019 yards (547 by South Adams, 472 by Covenant Christian)
South Adams’ James Arnold earns the Blake Ress Mental Attitude Award
During the awards ceremony, James Arnold of South Adams High School was announced by the IHSAA Executive Committee as the recipient of the Blake Ress Mental Attitude Award in Class A Football.
The award is annually presented to a senior who is nominated by his principal and coach, and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability during his four years of high school.
He is the son of Jason and Emily Arnold of Berne. He is undecided on where he will attend but plans to study mathematics and play college football.
The award is named in honor of Commissioner Emeritus Blake Ress, who served as the IHSAA’s seventh commissioner from 2000-11.
The Indianapolis Colts, a corporate partner of the IHSAA, presented a $1,000 scholarship to South Adams’ general scholarship fund in the name of James Arnold.