On a cold Saturday night in Fort Wayne, Ind., No. 2 Bishop Dwenger defeated No. 3 Lowell, 38-22, in the 4-A semi-state contest between two previously unbeaten teams.
Tyler Eifert had five receptions including a 19-yard diving catch in the back of the end zone, that put his team up 30-22 in the fourth quarter.
"I really don't know how to describe it," Eifert said. "Everyone was really excited and couldn't believe it was really happening."
The day after Thanksgiving, Eifert and his teammates will play Indianapolis Cathedral in the state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts.
Going into this season, Dwenger (14-0) had to replace quarterback John Goodman, a dual-threat standout, who is now a freshman receiver at Notre Dame.
"We knew we were going to have a different team than last year, and have to do different things to win games, and we adjusted to that and played as a different team, and I think that's what got it done," Eifert explained.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Eifert has gotten it done all over the field for the Saints this fall. He has played tight end, receiver, safety, linebacker and added a 70-yard kickoff return in the win over Lowell. The Notre Dame coaching staff has yet to indicate what position Eifert will play for the Irish as a freshman next fall.
"I enjoy playing linebacker quite a bit," Eifert said. "It's pretty fun, but I don't know yet either."Here is a look at how the rest of Notre Dame's verbal commits played over the weekend.
***E.J. Banks: Season is complete.
***Alex Bullard: Bullard and his Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy (8-4) teammates will play undefeated Memphis University School on Tuesday in a state championship contest.
***Carlo Calabrese: A 36-7 rout of Brearley, has Verona (N.J) High headed to the NJSIAA/Gatorade North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 title game against Hoboken.
Calabrese had roughly 10 tackles, caught a 69-yard pass and a two-point conversion in the win.
***Shaquelle Evans: Inglewood (5-5) won its last game of the season last weekend, defeating Morningside 30-14.
***Dan Fox: Returning from a head injury that kept him out of last weekend's win, Fox and St. Ignatius hammered North Canton Hoover, 34-7, at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, advancing to the program's 10th Ohio Division I state football championship game.
"I played a little, but I'm full go this week," Fox told Irish Eyes.
St. Ignatius (13-1) will play Elder in the title game on Saturday night.
***Jake Golic: Northwest Catholic (7-2) had a bye week, and Golic was in South Bend for the Syracuse game.
***Zach Martin: There will be no three-peat for Martin and his top-ranked Bishop Chatard teammates.
The future Notre Dame offensive tackle saw his prep career come to an end in a 27-14 upset loss to No. 5 Evansville Memorial, on Friday in a Class 3-A semi-state contest.
Martin helped pave the way for 158 yards rushing.
***Zeke Motta: It was another double-digit tackle performance for Motta, in Vero Beach (Fla.) High's 48-7 first round victory over Park Vista, in the Region 2-6A state tournament.
Motta had nine tackles in the first half.
***Nyshier Oliver: Oliver's prep career came to an end in a 38-13 loss to Don Bosco Prep, in the NJSIAA/Gatorade Non-Public Group 4 semifinals.
***Marlon Pollard: Pollard blocked a field goal in Cajon's 28-27 victory over Etiwanda. The Cowboys (10-1) advance to the second round of the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs.
***Theo Riddick ran 29 times for 145 yards and the decisive touchdown, in Immaculata's 14-7 semifinal win over Gloucester Catholic.
Riddick had two-yard score in the third quarter, as Immaculata (10-1) advances to the championship game.
***Tyler Stockton: Season is complete.
***Nicholas Tausch: Season is complete.
***Ben Turk: Undefeated Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (11-0) opened up the state playoffs with a 35-7 victory over Coconut Creek.
Turk punted twice for 92 yards, including a long of 49, with both being downed inside the 20-yard line.
***Chris Watt: Watt played on both the offensive and defensive line, in Glenbard West's tough 27-20 loss to East St. Louis in the Illinois Class 7-A state semifinals.
"We made some mental mistakes today that just killed us," Watt told the Chicago Tribune. "We missed (leading rusher) Robert Cook (shoulder injury in the second quarter), but we battled adversity all year."
"I gave everything I had because this was the last time I'll play on Duchon Field."
Glenbard West finished the season 12-1.
***Cierre Wood: The five-star running back tried to give his injured ankle a go, but all Santa Clara could get out of Wood was four second quarter carries for zero yards in a 42-0 loss to El Segundo, in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division Playoffs.
Wood injured his ankle two weeks ago against Oaks Christian. Santa Clara finishes the season 9-2.