THE INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST’S TOP GAMES – WEEK FIVE
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
BREBEUF JESUIT (3-1) AT CULVER MILITARY ACADEMY (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Oliver Field.
COACHES: Mic Roessler, 3-1 in 1st year at Brebeuf Jesuit. Andy Dorrel, 89-77 in 16th year at Culver military Academy.
LAST OUTING: Brebeuf Jesuit lost to Indianapolis Tech, 38-31. Culver Military Academy beat Lafayette Central Catholic, 14-7.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Brebeuf Jesuit 7-9, Culver military Academy 7-5.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Brebeuf Jesuit, 8-6.
LAST MEETING: Brebeuf Jesuit, 25-15, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “We’ve played some great football at times this season, but we haven’t played a complete game. We’re stressing ball security, making great decisions, and avoiding foolish penalties.” – Brebeuf Jesuit coach Mic Roessler.
“In order for CMA to earn a victory on Friday, we must execute our game plan at an extremely high level by minimizing mistakes and eliminating turnovers. Defensively, we cannot allow Brebeuf to have big plays but must make them drive the entire field. Field position will be crucial in this game, and it is vital that we capitalize on every scoring opportunity. Our coaching staff is pleased with the development of our younger players. This game will provide the challenge we need to keep improving as a team and a group of young men committed to playing with great determination for one and other.” – CMA coach Andy Dorrel.
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (3-1) AT EAST NOBLE (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, East Noble Field.
COACHES: Doug Dinan, 26-14 in 4th year at Carroll (Fort Wayne). Luke Amstutz, 10-4 in 2nd year at East Noble, 36-19 in 6th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Carroll (Fort Wayne) lost to New Haven, 41-35. East Noble beat DeKalb, 50-7.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Carroll (Fort Wayne) 5-11, East Noble 8-8.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: East Noble, 12-5.
LAST MEETING: Carroll (Fort Wayne), 24-20, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “We will beat Carroll if we can win the battle up front. Our offensive line has played very well, but needs to step up to a big challenge this week.” – East Noble coach Luke Amstutz.
CASTLE (2-2) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Central Stadium.
COACHES: Doug Hurt, 60-28 in 8th year at Castle. Andy Owen, 44-27 in 7th year at Evansville Central.
LAST OUTING: Castle lost to Evansville Bosse, 40-33. Evansville Central lost to Evansville Reitz, 48-28.
VS. COMMON FOES: Castle 1-1, Evansville Central 1-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Castle 9-7, Evansville Central 6-6.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Castle, 13-3.
LAST MEETING: Castle, 62-21, Sep. 14, 2012.
CENTER GROVE (4-0) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Smysor Field.
COACHES: Eric Moore, 132-49 in 15th year at Center Grove, 180-54 in 19th year overall. Jed Richman, 3-1 in 1st year at Lawrence Central, 28-10 in 4th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Center Grove beat Pike, 14-13. Lawrence Central lost to Carmel, 17-7.
VS. COMMON FOES: Center Grove 1-0, Lawrence Central 0-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Center Grove 10-6, Lawrence Central 3-9.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Lawrence Central, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Lawrence Central, 28-15, semistate, Nov. 16, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “If the Trojans want to have success this week, we must figure how to play such a great team with so many injuries. Our injuries have become one of our biggest concerns. We somehow have won the battles, but it might be causing us to lose the war. We have to figure out how to run the ball against, what I think might be the best defense I've seen. Our defense must get off the field. We can't let the Lawrence Central offense control the line of scrimmage. The Trojan defense must also not give up the big plays and make LC score on long, 12-play drives. Center Grove must continue to rarely have a turnover. First downs will be as important as touchdowns in this one.” - Center Grove coach Eric Moore.
“We must improve on last week’s mistakes and continue to grow as a team. Center Grove is an outstanding ball club with a great coaching staff. They are number one in the state are playing great football.” – Lawrence Central coach Jed Richman.
FLOYD CENTRAL (3-1) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Blairt Field
COACHES: Brian Glesing, 40-31 in 7th year at Floyd Central, 80-61 in 13th year overall. Lonnie Oldham, 17-9 in 3rd year at Jeffersonville, 55-60 in 11th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Floyd Central beat Seymour, 84-43. Jeffersonville beat Madison, 34-11.
VS. COMMON FOES: Floyd Central 2-0, Jeffersonville 2-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Floyd Central 4-9, Jeffersonville 4-12.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Jeffersonville, 11-7.
LAST MEETING: Jeffersonville, 63-15, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “Jeffersonville has an explosive offense. They feature one ofthe best backs in Southern Indiana in Austin Hines. We must do a great job of tackling in the open field. We also must improve on pass defense as they have a superb passing game. It will be a good test for us as we continue to improve." – Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing.
“We first have to stop the run first. That’s easier said than done against a strong running team like Floyd (Central). They are more balanced this year than in years past though, and their quarterback (Colton Kimm) is one of the best I have seen in awhile. He is definitely accurate with his throws and we must put pressure on him off of play action. Defensively, they have changed their fronts and play a 4-3 and 5-2 looks. We must recognize what front they are in and coverage in order to execute our plays correctly. I expect a high- scoring game, and we look forward to continue to work on all areas of our game. Special team’s area has been a focus this week, especially punt return and kickoff return. Hopefully, we will score or be able to set a score up with these units this week. Our intensity will not be lacking this week.” – Jeffersonville coach Lonnie Oldham.
HOBART (4-0) AT ANDREAN (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Father Eckert Field.
COACHES: Ryan Turley, 15-11 in 3rd year at Hobart. Phil Mason, 48-19 in 6th year at Andrean, 81-56 in 13th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Hobart beat Kankakee Valley, 28-27. Andrean beat Munster, 41-27.
VS. COMMON FOES: Hobart 1-0, Andrean 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Hobart 3-13, Andrean 8-8.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Hobart, 8-7.
LAST MEETING: Hobart, 37-28, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: In order for the Brickies to be successful on Friday night against the 59ers, the Bricks will need to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and contain their quarterback, Matt Desomer.” – Hobart coach Ryan Turley.
INDPLS CARDINAL RITTER (3-1) AT INDPLS BISHOP CHATARD (2-2)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Lawrence North.
COACHES: Ty Hunt, 83-15 in 8th year at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter. Vince Lorenzano, 125-25 in 11th year at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 185-94 in 23rd year overall.
LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Ritter beat Speedway, 41-20. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard lost to Indianapolis Cathedral, 37-35.
VS. COMMON FOES: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 0-1, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 0-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 9-7, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 9-7.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Tied, 1-1.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 56-33, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “We will have to make sound fundamental plays. Chatard brings a physical mentality to the game. We have to match that physical play in all three areas of the game. All of our guys know that they will be looking to enact some hits from the loss to us last year. We have to play physical between the whistles.” Cardinal Ritter coach Ty Hunt.
“In order to succeed in this week’s Cardinal Ritter game, we must run the football. On defense, we must hit the quarterback on every play, we must hit their receivers on every play, we must play with purpose, we must tackle, we must be prepared, and we must coach at a higher level. On Special teams, we must not give up big plays.” – Bishop Chatard coach Vince Lorenzano.
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (2-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, U. of Indianapolis.
COACHES: Bruce Scifres, 211-75 in 24th year at Indianapolis Roncalli. Ott Hurrle, 145-108 in 22nd year at Indianapolis Scecina, 146-117 in 24th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Roncalli beat Plainfield, 42-17. Indianapolis Scecina beat Beech Grove, 49-13.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Roncalli 11-5, Indianapolis Scecina 5-11.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Indianapolis Roncalli, 14-0.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Roncalli, 28-7, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “We will need to contain their running game and effectively cover receivers to slow their passing game. On offense, we will need to control the clock, play fundamentally sound to put points on the board, and keep their offense off the field.” – Roncalli coach Bruce Scifres.
“Roncalli is so big and strong, it is scary. We will have to be ready for a very physical game, and we will have to play our very best.” Scecina coach Ott Hurrle.
NEW PRAIRIE (4-0) AT JIMTOWN (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Knepp Field (WTRC, 1340 AM).
COACHES: Russ Radtke, 13-2 in 2nd year at New Prairie, 303-122 in 37th year overall. Mike_Campbell, 56-13 in 6th year at Jimtown.
LAST OUTING: New Prairie beat Culver, 62-0. Jimtown beat Knox, 42-8.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: New Prairie 7-9, Jimtown 8-8.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Jimtown, 13-2.
LAST MEETING: Jimtown, 42-12, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “(New Prairie) Coach (Russ) Radke has the Cougars playing at a high level. They are fast, physical, and tenacious. In order for the Jimmies to win, we'll have to stop their fullback-led offense and try to find a way to slow down their very fast and aggressive defense. We will have to adjust to the speed of the game. They are the fastest team we've seen this year.” – Jimtown coach Mike Campbell.
WEST LAFAYETTE (4-0) AT TIPTON (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Tipton field.
COACHES: Shane Fry, 4-0 in 1st year at West Lafayette. Aaron Tolle, 65-32 in 9th year at Tipton.
LAST OUTING: West Lafayette beat Benton Central, 51-14. Tipton lost to Rensselaer Central, 9-7.
VS. COMMON FOES: West Lafayette 1-0, Tipton 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: West Lafayette 5-11, Tipton 10-6.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Tipton, 7-6.
LAST MEETING: Tipton, 20-14, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “We need to match their intensity, slow down their rushing attack, and take care of the ball on offense.” – West Lafayette coach Shane Fry.
WHITELAND (3-1) AT NEW PALESTINE (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Kelso Stadium.
COACHES: Darrin Fisher, 60-36 in 9th year at Whiteland, 121-108 in 23rd year overall. Kyle Ralph, 4-0 in 1st year at New Palestine.
LAST OUTING: Whiteland beat Franklin, 41-31. New Palestine beat Delta, 41-14.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Whiteland 9-7, New Palestine 9-7.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Whiteland, 6-3.
LAST MEETING: Whiteland, 26-20, Aug. 17, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “We need to finish plays on defense versus their no-huddle offense. Sometimes teams get too worried about lining up for the next one. We have to communicate well in all three phases on the road. We must win the big play battle since both teams have excelled at them.” – Whiteland coach Darrin Fisher.
YORKTOWN (4-0) AT DELTA (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Delta Stadium.
COACHES: Mike Wilhelm, 47-43 in 9th year at Yorktown. Grant Zgunda, 148-37 in 16th year at Delta, 185-49 in 21st year overall.
LAST OUTING: Yorktown beat Greenfield-Central, 62-13. Delta lost to New Palestine, 41-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: Yorktown 1-0, Delta 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Yorktown 4-12, Delta 10-6.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Delta, 13-3.
LAST MEETING: Delta, 28-9, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “It is a big Delaware County rivalry game, and it should be an exciting atmosphere on Friday. Delta is a solid team that has played some pretty good opponents thus far in the season. They are battle-tested and come into the game with an experienced, veteran team. In order to win on Friday, Yorktown has to do the following. Offensively, we have to be able to control the line of scrimmage. Delta plays an aggressive 3-5 defense. If we can’t account for the blitz, it will be difficult for our offense to get into a rhythm. We must take advantage of what Delta gives us and execute plays based on blocking to the whistle. Defensively, we have to stop Delta’s playmakers. Out of the run-and-shoot, Delta has a very good and strong fullback in Joe Spegal that we must tackle. Delta also has one of the best receivers in the area in Jalen Robinson that we must always be aware of. Delta’s quarterback Cade Jones is a playmaker. We must contain him and put pressure on him to make some difficult throws. In the special teams area, we must prevent the big play. Delta has a solid return team. We must do a better job of breaking down and making tackles. Delta comes after every punt and has scored at least two touchdowns this year on blocks. We must block solid upfront to give our kicker time to get the punt off.” – Yorktown coach Mike Wilhelm.
“We will have to slow down their (Yorktown) offense that is averaging 55 points a game. We need to have ball control on offense and get scores.” – Delta coach Grant Zgunda.
ZIONSVILLE (2-2) AT WESTFIELD (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Stanley Stadium.
COACHES: Larry McWhorter, 149-56 in 18th year at Zionsville. Jake Gilbert, 11-14 in 3rd year at Westfield, 41-50 in 9th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Zionsville lost to Hamilton Southeastern, 21-3. Westfield beat Brownsburg, 37-13.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Zionsville 10-6, Westfield 5-11.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Zionsville, 15-2.
LAST MEETING: Zionsville, 35-18, Sep. 14, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “We must get their outstanding offense off of the field before they score or significantly change field position. We have had difficulty driving the ball for great lengths and therefore need to shorten the field with great defense or special team plays.” – Zionsville coach Larry McWhorter.
“We have to play with a chip on our shoulder. They have had our number and we must make it personal. Our big guns have to make big plays for us on Friday, and we have to continue to do a great job practicing and creating turnovers.” – Westfield coach Jake Gilbert.
PIKE (2-2) VS. BEN DAVIS (2-2)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Saturday, Lucas Oil Stadium.
COACHES: Derek Moyers, 55-21 in 7th year at Pike, 89-51 in 13th year overall. Mike Kirschner, 48-24 in 7th year at Ben Davis, 62-50 in 11th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Pike lost to Center Grove, 14-13. Ben Davis lost to Warren Central, 24-7.
VS. COMMON FOES: Pike 1-0, Ben Davis 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Pike 7-5, Ben Davis 6-6.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Ben Davis, 9-3.
LAST MEETING: Pike, 35-25, sectional, Oct. 19, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: “We must take care of the football offensively and play a physical style of defense in order to beat the Giants.” – Pike coach Derek Moyers.
“We have got to force more turnovers and create momentum type plays. We have got to learn to start fast and not play from behind. To be successful Saturday and down the road, senior leadership is going to have to emerge.” – Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner.