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Bishop Dwenger
vs. East Chicago Central
What: Class 4A semistate
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Zollner Stadium
Records: East Chicago Central (11-2), Dwenger (10-3)
Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Mike Fiacable has helped Bishop Dwenger reach semistate a year after missing last season with a torn ACL.

Comeback kid carries Saints into semistate

This is what Mike Fiacable had in mind.

After a torn ACL forced him to miss all of last season, and after about 10 months of rehabilitation – mentally and physically – a run at a state championship was exactly what the Bishop Dwenger senior quarterback dreamed was possible in his comeback season.

“Since I didn’t have the opportunity to play last year, it means that much more to me,” Fiacable said Monday before practice. “Ever since I got hurt, I just envisioned something like this … and hopefully we can keep going on forward and take it on to a state championship. It means so much.”

A lost season is followed up with a deep postseason run.

“I don’t even really think about my knee anymore,” Fiacable said. “It is pretty much my normal life with my daily routines going through practices the same way with my team. We are just looking forward to getting better this week and having a great night Friday.”

One more win against unranked East Chicago Central (11-2) for No. 11 Dwenger (10-3) to make it back to the state finals. It would be the Saints’fourth appearance in the 4A state championship game in the last 12 years.

“My first goal was to win a state title, but it doesn’t happen all at once,” Fiacable said. “It goes week by week, and you have to prepare every week and don’t take anybody lightly. That’s what we are doing right now, so we have to take care of semistate. (State) is not even in the picture right now. We have to worry about semistate.”

This season, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Fiacable jumped right back into his starting spot for the Saints after throwing for 1,271 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. But more importantly, he has jumped right back into being the leader for the Saints.

Fiacable has completed 149 of 267 passes for 2,301 yards and 18 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He was named to the All-SAC first team.

Preparation and studying the game film have been keys to Fiacable’s success.

“The coaches put us in the right situations with the right play calls, but if I don’t like a play then they give me the responsibility to check out of it,” he said.

Fiacable scored the game-winning touchdown in a regular-season 32-28 win against North Side, and in a road win, 31-24, at Cincinnati LaSalle, Fiacable ran for two touchdowns and threw for 162 yards.

And in last week’s 42-7 regional win over No. 8 New Haven, Fiacable ran for three touchdowns and passed for a score. Fiacable got a little dinged up in the regional, but nothing was going to force him out of the game or out of the lineup for Friday’s semistate.

“Just preparing and doing all the things I’ve got to do upcoming for a semistate game,” Fiacable said. “Nothing is going to keep me out for this one.”

Greg Jones is the High School Sports Editor for The Journal Gazette and has been covering sports in the Fort Wayne area since 1998. He can be reached by email; phone, 461-8224; or fax 461-8648.