Indiana Football Digest's Top Games - 2018 Week Four

AVON (3-0) AT BROWNSBURG (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Roard Stadium.

COACHES: Mark Bless, 69-29 in ninth season at Avon, 218-96 in 29th season overall. John Hart,

19-5 in third season at Brownsburg, 287-87 in 34th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Avon beat Hamilton Southeastern, 29-6. Brownsburg beat Franklin Central, 37-7.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Avon, 47-25, on November 3, 2017 in Class 6A sectional fnal.

TOP PERFORMERS: Henry Hesson was 18-of-32 for 241 yards with two touchdowns for the Orioles

against Hamilton Southeastern. Donny Marcus ran 25 times for 200 yards and two scores for the

Bulldogs against Franklin Central.

CHALK TALK: "They are the most physical team we have played since I have been back in

Indiana. They have nine aggressive tough guys back on defense and four (NCAA) D-1 ofensive

linemen. (Sampson) James may be the best back I've seen in 10 years which makes them so

touch on ofense. We need to match their physicality, have no mistakes, and not allow any big

play touchdowns. Hamilton Southeastern was in the game until they made mistakes that led to

scores for us." – Brownsburg's John Hart.

CENTER GROVE (1-2) AT BEN DAVIS (2-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Giants Stadium.

COACHES: Eric Moore, 180-64 in 20th season at Center Grove, 228-69 in 24th season overall.

Jason Simmons, 2-1 in frst season at Ben Davis, 28-20 in ffth season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Center Grove beat Carmel, 17-7. Ben Davis beat Pike, 40-19.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Ben Davis, 40-7, on September 8, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Luke Eckert converted a 31-yard feld goal and a pair of extra-points for the

Trojans against Carmel. Dominic Day caught seven passes for 70 yards for the Giants against

Pike.

CHALK TALK: "The Center Grove-Ben Davis game is always a physical contest. The Giants

provide great obstacles for the Trojans with their great size and speed. You are always one play

away from getting beat with the Ben Davis skill players' speed and agility. The Trojans must stay

in long physical drives on ofense and attempt to make one-on-one tackles on defense. When the

Giants get on the perimeter. it's trouble for all. Limiting penalties and zero turnovers will have to

be the main objective to stay in the game. This along with limiting Ben Davis' big play players

will be next to impossible. Like always. the Trojans will have to control the clock by getting frst

downs, and scoring whenever they are given the opportunity. This has been a great high school

football series the last 20 years for myself as a coach and our program. I can't wait for Friday

night lights." – Center Grove's Eric Moore.

DECATUR CENTRAL (3-0) AT MARTINSVILLE (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Siderewicz Field.

COACHES: Kyle Enright, 20-5 in third season at Decatur Central. Carter Whitson, 9-5 in second

season at Martinsville.

LAST CONTEST: Decatur Central beat Whiteland, 28-14. Martinsville beat Greenwood, 29-8.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Decatur Central, 54-15, on September 8, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Parker Harrington had 27 carries for 127 yards for the Hawks against

Whiteland. Isaac Osborne ran 17 times for 164 yards and two scores for the Artesians against

Greenwood.

CHALK TALK: "Our keys to success against Martinsville are very simple. Do not turn the ball over

ofensively, force Martinsville to drive the football by not allowing any big plays defensively, and

win the feld position battle in the kicking game. Martinsville is a very good team coming into the

contest with a 3-0 record after dominating Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington South, and

Greenwood. They average 40 points per game on ofense and only give up 15 points per game

defensively. They can move the ball on the ground or through the air and are led by senior

quarterback Travis Grifey who is fourth in the conference with 336 yards rushing on the season.

Just behind him and ffth in the conference is running back Isaac Osborne, who has 318 yards on

the ground, making them a good one-two punch in the backfeld. They have a stout defense with

many starters returning from a year ago and are well-coached. We look forward to the challenge

of playing at Martinsville and will be geared up for a great battle between two undefeated Mid-

State Conference football teams." – Decatur Central's Kyle Enright.

"We have to play our brand of football. Defensively, we need to stop the run and that includes

their quarterback (Parker Harrington) from scrambling. We need to create turnovers and have to

be disciplined in our assignments. Ofensively, we have to control the tempo, take care of the

football, be patient, and eliminate stupid mistakes like the ones that should have got us beat in

week three." – Martinsville's Carter Whitson.

EASTBROOK (3-0) AT MISSISSINEWA (2-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Fisher Field.

COACHES: Jef Adamson, 258-84 in 30th season at Eastbrook. Curt Funk, 58-33 in ninth season at

Mississinewa.

LAST CONTEST: Eastbrook beat Madison-Grant, 61-0. Mississinewa beat Elwood, 62-7.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Eastbrook, 42-21, on September 15, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Clay Dalton recorded nine tackles for the Panthers against Madison-Grant.

Cade Campbell tallied three touchdowns for the Indians against Elwood.

CHALK TALK: "It should be a great game. We have to try to fnd a way to contain (Heisman)

Skeens and (Cade) Campbell, who are two of the most explosive backs in our conference and

possibly the state. We hope our ofense can possess the ball for long periods of time and keep it

away from those two as much as possible. Both teams have really good special teams as well

and it seems like a key special team play has been a deciding factor the past couple of years.

Regardless of the outcome, we will be a better team after playing Mississinewa." – Eastbrook's

Jef Adamson.

"For us to beat Eastbrook, we have to win the turnover battle and be sound in special teams. Our

defense must play assignment football and limit Eastbrook's explosive play ability. Eastbrook is

an extremely talented and well-coached football team, and it will take a tremendous efort from

our Indians to come away with a victory." – Mississinewa's Curt Funk.

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (2-1) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. CDT, Enlow Field.

COACHES: Mike Goebel, 213-63 in 22nd season at Evansville Mater Dei. John Hurley, 76-53 in

11th season at Evansville Memorial.

LAST CONTEST: Evansville Mater Dei beat Evansville Harrison, 50-6. Evansville Memorial beat

Evansville North, 56-10.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Evansville Memorial, 37-14, on September 8, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brady Boring scampered fve times for 55 yards and a score for the Wildcats

against Evansville Harrison. Darrius Johnson had 13 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown for the

Tigers against Evansville North.

FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (3-0) AT HOMESTEAD (2-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Walters Stadium.

COACHES: Jason Garrett, 3-0 in frst season at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger. Chad Zolman, 120-

38 in 15th season at Homestead.

LAST CONTEST: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger beat Fort Wayne South, 47-20. Homestead lost to

Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 38-36.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Homestead, 42-0, on September 8, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Tavehon McGarry tallied 13 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns for the

Saints against Fort Wayne South. Luke Goode was 11-of-16 for 155 yards for the Spartans

against Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

CHALK TALK: "We have great respect for Coach Zolman, his staf. and the entire Homestead

football program. A tremendous challenge lies ahead of us on Friday night, so all three facets will

need to execute at a very high level while minimizing mistakes if we are to have any chance of a

victory." Bishop Dwenger's Jason Garrett.

"We will need to consistently fnish drives on ofense. Defensively, we will need to take away big

plays. Dwenger is a big physical team with a lot of talent." – Homestead's Chad Zolman.

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (1-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Bishop Chatard Field.

COACHES: Bill Peebles, 1-2 in frst season at Indianapolis Cathedral, 75-67 in 14th season overall.

Rob Doyle, 10-6 in second season at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard.

LAST CONTEST: Indianapolis Cathedral lost to Cincinnati Elder (Ohio), 39-34. Indianapolis Bishop

Chatard beat Indianapolis Roncalli, 21-13.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Indianapolis Cathedral, 34-13, on September 8, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Bo Sanders hauled in six receptions for 92 yards and two scores for the Irish

against Cincinnati Elder. Daylen Taylor scampered 32 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns for

the Trojans against Roncalli.

CHALK TALK: "Cathedral is a fne football with great size and speed. We will need all of our guys

executing their assignments in order to slow down a very talented ofense. We'll need to be able

to fnd some running lanes to keep their ofense of the feld." – Bishop Chatard's Rob Doyle.

INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (3-0) AT BEECH GROVE (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Beech Grove Field.

COACHES: Ott Hurrle, 184-129 in 27th season at Indianapolis Scecina, 185-138 in 29th season

overall. Mark Weller, 34-42 in eighth season at Beech Grove, 47-63 in 11th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Indianapolis Scecina beat Park Tudor, 37-6. Beech Grove beat Speedway, 48-0.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Indianapolis Scecina, 41-21, on September 8, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Eric Hollis caught two passes for 88 yards with a touchdown for the Crusaders

against Park Tudor. Terrice Pope raced for 98 yards and a score on nine carries for the Hornets

against Speedway.

CHALK TALK: "Beech Grove is big and strong, so our ofensive and defensive linemen will really

need to step up and play their best." – Scecina's Ott Hurrle.

NEW PRAIRIE (2-1) AT SOUTH BEND SAINT JOSEPH (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. EDT, Father Bly Field.

COACHES: Russ Radtke, 62-15 in seventh season at New Prairie, 352-135 in 42nd season overall.

Bryon Whitten, 10-15 in third season at Saint Joseph.

LAST CONTEST: New Prairie lost to Andrean, 44-28. Saint. Joseph beat Mishawaka Marian, 7-6.

PREVIOUS MEETING: New Prairie, 42-7, on November 3, 2017 in Class 4A sectional fnal.

TOP PERFORMERS: Ian Skornog ran for 71 yards, threw for 69 yards and a touchdown, and

racked up eight tackles for the Cougars against Andrean. Dan Stone recorded nine tackles for the

Indians against Marian.

CHALK TALK: "We are excited to begin (Northern Indians) conference play, and starting of with

Saint Joseph will challenge us on many facets of the game. They are very well-coached.

Defensively, we must be able to focus on our assignments which we struggled to do last week.

Saint Joe will make us be disciplined against the run and the pass. Ofensively, we must win the

battle in the trenches and match the Indians' physicality." – New Prairie associate head coach Bill

Gumm.

"To get a win against New Prairie, we must increase our ofensive efciency and play with the

same tenacity as we have the past three weeks on defense." – Saint Joseph's Bryon Whitten.

PERRY CENTRAL (3-0) AT PAOLI (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. EDT, Cook Field.

COACHES: Greg Gibson, 43-25 in seventh season at Perry Central. Jeremy Lowery, 12-3 in second

season at Paoli.

LAST CONTEST: Perry Central beat Crawford County, 27-6. Paoli beat Springs Valley, 34-16.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Paoli, 48-6, on September 8, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Gavin Poole ran eight times for 76 yards and three scores for the

Commodores against Crawford County. Ian Strange had fve carries for 87 yards and a score for

the Rams in a 44-7 win against Corydon Central.

CHALK TALK: "We will have to play great team defense to stop their running game. On ofense,

frst down will be key to stay in manageable down and distances." – Perry Central's Greg Gibson.

"Perry Central is a very good football team. It is obvious that they are very well-coached and

their kids are very committed. We have had some real battles with Perry over the years. They

are very prideful program with a history of success. We have a great deal of respect for their

program and understand we will have to bring our 'A' game to have success. Ofensively, Perry

Central is a power running football team. They have numerous ofensive formations, but there is

no question what they want to do. They want to run the ball of tackle and they are good at it.

Defensively, they pursue well and tackle well. They have only given up six points all year and

are playing with a lot of confdence. We will need to have great focus in our preparation for Perry

this week. We recognize that we are playing well right now, but we also realize that we have a

number of things we must improve on. We are very proud of the energy and efort our kids are

playing with, but we must stay coachable and address the mistakes we have made in our frst

three games. We have done a great job taking care of the football on ofense and creating

turnovers on defense. We must continue to stay focused in these areas against a disciplined

Perry team. We had way too many penalties a week ago. We must stay focused on details and

technique to address these issues. Our kids like to play football and we are confdent that they

will improve as the season progresses. This will be an exciting week and a great challenge." -

Paoli's Jeremy Lowery.

TRITON CENTRAL (3-0) AT MONROVIA (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. ET, Hadley Field.

COACHES: Tim Able, 45-19 in sixth season at Triton Central, 170-117 in 26th season overall.

Kevin Hutchins, 78-38 in 10th season at Monrovia, 95-71 in 15th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Triton Central beat Indianapolis Lutheran, 31-0. Monrovia beat Linton-Stockton,

23-0.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Triton Central, 20-7, on September 8, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Richard Knowles III carried the ball 17 times for 126 yards and two scores for

the Tigers against Indianapolis Lutheran. Clay Whitney rambled 25 times for 219 yards and two

touchdowns for the Bulldogs against Linton-Stockton.

CHALK TALK: "Monrovia has one of the elite football programs in the state of Indiana. The results

Coach Hutchins has produced has been amazing. Again, they are a physical football team on

both sides of the ball. They play the game as hard as any team we play every year. We will need

to match and exceed their physicality to compete with them on Friday night. We must improve

daily and weekly to get the positive results we have been getting on Friday night. Our recent

success has been based on successful defense and special teams play. That must be our staple

this Friday night to hold our team together." – Triton Central's Tim Able.

WEST NOBLE (3-0) AT ANGOLA (3-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Angola Stadium.

COACHES: Monte Mawhorter, 78-113 in 20th season at West Noble. Andy Thomas, 29-17 in ffth

season at Angola, 119-84 in 19th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: West Noble beat Eastside, 32-13. Angola beat Jimtown, 31-14.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Angola, 72-21, on September 8, 2017.

TOP PERFORMERS: Josh Gross had 11 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers

against Eastside. Dyer Ball tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass for the Hornets against Jimtown.

CHALK TALK: "West Noble is a tremendous team. hey have two or three guys who can score

from anywhere on the feld, and they run to the ball well on defense. We cannot give up big

plays, so we have to make them earn everything they get." – Angola's Andy Thomas.

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