Indiana Football Digest Top Games - 2019 Week 4

The Indiana Football Digest Top Games is a weekly preview of the top contests around Indiana high school football.

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KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Parke Heritage Field.

COACHES: Ryan Good, 85-42 in 12th season at Attica. Brian Moore, 11-3 in second season at Parke Heritage, 198-46 in 22nd season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Attica beat Seeger, 36-20. Parke Heritage beat North Central (Farmersburg), 50-6.

TOP PERFORMERS: Eli Kirkpatrick was 4-of-7 for 38 yards with two touchdowns and ran 27 times for 132 yards and three scores for the No. 10 (Class 1A) Red Ramblers against Seeger. Noble Johnson came up with five catches for 102 yards and a score for the No. 6 (Class 1A) Wolves against North Central (Farmersburg).

PREVIOUS MEETING: Attica, 20-16, on October 26, 2018 in Class 1A sectional semifinal.

CHALK TALK: "To be successful, our defense will have to slow down the scoring of their passing attack, and our offense and special teams will have execute and capitalize on our possessions." – Attica's Ryan Good.

"To be successful, we need to slow down their quarterback (Eli Kirkpatrick) running the football. He has destroyed opponents thus far. Attica's defense has been really strong as well, so we need to stay the course on offense by mixing the run and pass effectively. Ultimately, we have to match and surpass their physical play. It's time for our increased strength from a year of work to show itself in a big game." – Parke Heritage's Brian Moore.


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

COACHES: John Hart, 28-7 in fourth season at Brownsburg, 296-89 in 35th season overall. Mark Bless, 78-32 in 10th season at Avon, 227-99 in 30th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Brownsburg beat Franklin Central, 41-14. Avon beat Hamilton Southeastern, 35-27.

TOP PERFORMERS: Donny Marcus ran 21 times for 87 yards and two scores for the No. 6 (Class 6A) Bulldogs against Franklin Central. Chrishon McCray rambled 11 times for 61 yards and a score for the No. 1 (Class 6A) Orioles against Hamilton Southeastern.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Avon, 38-0, on November 2, 2018 in Class 6A sectional final.

CHALK TALK: "We are still really banged up, plus several players playing will be hampered. Avon seems to be the best team in the state and the best team I've seen since I've been here. They have the best quarterback (Henry Hesson) as well as tall and athletic wide receivers we have seen yet. We need to prevent big plays because they live on them. On offense, they are really physical, so we are going to have to match that and make some big plays ourselves. Lastly, they beat Hamilton Southeastern with big plays on special teams and we lost to Saint Xavier because of big plays on special teams, so we really need to win the special teams battle." Brownsburg's John Hart.

"We will need to control Brownsburg's big play capabilities and win the take-away-turnover battle. We also have to play a field position game as well in order to achieve success." – Avon's Mark Bless.


KICKOFF: 7 p.m. CDT, Reitz Bowl.

COACHES: John Hurley, 90-54 in 12th season at Memorial. Mike Goebel, 220-68 in 23rd season at Mater Dei.

LAST CONTEST: Memorial beat Evansville North, 40-28. Mater Dei beat Evansville Harrison, 38-7.

TOP PERFORMERS: Fin McCool has three receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns for the No. 4 (Class 4A) Tigers against Evansville North. Dakx Lannert hauled in a 48-yardd touchdown reception for the top-ranked (Class 2A) Wildcats against Evansville Harrison.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Evansville Memorial, 51-14, on September 7, 2018.

CHALK TALK: "Mater Dei is a well-coached football team who is playing at a very high level. Coach Goebel and his staff do a great job preparing for big games. It will be a great environment Friday night at Reitz Bowl fit for a sectional championship. We will need to stop the run, protect the football, eliminate penalties, and make big plays on both sides of the ball." – Evansville Memorial's John Hurley.

"We have a huge challenge on both sides of the football, Memorial's defense is stellar and it has yet to give up a sustained drive to an opponent this season. Our offense must find a way to successfully move the ball, a very tall order. The defense must try to slow Memorial's wide open offense. They can consume time with drives if they choose, but they also have quick strike weapons. Memorial has exploited defenses and they are carrying on from their two consecutive state finals seasons. We must try to match Memorial's disciplined and aggressive approach. Obviously, we cannot afford to make mental mistakes, so we must control penalties and our special teams play must improve." – Evansville Mater Dei's Mike Goebel.


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

COACHES: Tom Dilley, 39-19 in sixth season at Guerin, 119-96 in 20th season overall. Mic Roessler, 49-28 in seventh season at Brebeuf Jesuit.

LAST CONTEST: Guerin beat Heritage Christian, 23-5. Brebeuf Jesuit beat Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 40-0.

TOP PERFORMERS: Gus Baumgartner raced 10 yards for a score for the No. 5 (Class 3A) Golden Eagles against heritage Christian. Caleb Ellison went 7-of-11 for 100 yards and three touchdowns for the No. 8 (Class 3A) Braves against Cardinal Ritter.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Brebeuf Jesuit, 20-10, on October 26, 2018, in Class 3A sectional semifinal.

CHALK TALK: "We are excited to start Circle City Conference competition against Brebeuf on Friday.  They are a well-coached team with explosive athletes and they are battle tested. To take advantage of our opportunity on Friday, we must play with great effort, intensity, and physicality. We must limit their big plays on offense and special teams. Blocking their front is also a great challenge for our offensive line." – Guerin Catholic's Tom Dilley.

"Turnovers and penalties will be our main focus as we face a solid opponent. If we can limit distractions and execute the game plan, we will be successful." – Brebeuf's Mic Roessler.


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

COACHES: Chad Zolman, 128-41 in 16th season at Homestead. Jason Garrett, 17-1 in second season at Bishop Dwenger.

LAST CONTEST: Homestead beat Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, 51-0. Bishop Dwenger beat Fort Wayne South, 54-6.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jake Archbold caught four passes for 95 yards and two scores for the No. 9 (Class 6A) Spartans against Bishop Luers. Devon Tippmann had seven rushes for the 87 yards and two touchdowns for the No. 2 (Class 5A) Saints against Fort Wayne South.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Bishop Dwenger, 23-10, on September 7, 2018.

CHALK TALK: "Bishop Dwenger has a tremendous offensive line with talented skill players, so we will have to play assignment-sound football to stop them. On offense, we need to play with efficiency and patience against a well-coached athletic defense." – Homestead's Chad Zolman.

"It will take a total team effort in all three facets of the game for us. We must play physical and fast while executing at a very high level. Homestead is explosive on offense and special teams while being extremely sound on defense." – Bishop Dwenger's Jason Garrett.


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

COACHES: Rob Doyle, 21-9 in third season at Bishop Chatard. Bill Peebles, 8-7 in second season at Cathedral, 82-72 in 15th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Bishop Chatard beat Indianapolis Roncalli, 53-7. Cathedral lost to Cincinnati Elder (Ohio), 38-31, OT.

TOP PERFORMERS: Andrew Sowinski tallied five catches for 93 yards and three touchdowns for the top-ranked (Class 3A) Trojans against Roncalli. Daylen Hall ran 11 times for 82 yards for the No. 4 (Class 5A) Irish against Cincinnati Elder.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Bishop Chatard, 17-14, on September 7, 2018.

CHALK TALK: "Cathedral is by far the fastest team we have seen this year and their offensive line is huge. They are led on offense by quarterback (Orin) Edwards and (cornerback Shiloh) Means on defense, who are both NCAA D-1 multi-year starters. We will have to play mistake-free football." – Bishop Chatard's Rob Doyle.

"It should be a very good game and a great environment. For us to be successful, we will have to establish a good ground game on offense and then we need to try to make them one dimensional by taking away the run." – Cathedral's Bill Peebles.


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

COACHES: Pat Shanley, 28-7 in fourth season at Lafayette Jeff. Terry Peebles, 31-25 in sixth season at Harrison.

LAST CONTEST: Lafayette Jeff beat McCutcheon, 47-12. Harrison beat Logansport, 42-0.

TOP PERFORMERS: Thomas Hogan scampered four times for 81 yards and a touchdown for the No. 4 (Class 6A) Bronchos against McCutcheon. Tyler Knoy completed 4-of-7 for 61 yards and a score for the Raiders against Logansport.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Lafayette Jeff, 31-14, on September 7, 2018.

CHALK TALK: "Harrison is an outstanding team. They have an incredible amount of speed on each side of the ball and I believe Coach Peebles has a team that can really be a threat in the Class 5A North this post-season. They are extremely balanced on offense and have five different guys that can all take it to the house if we are not sound (No. 47 Omarion Dixon, No. 25, Marcel Atisso, No. 5 Jake Smith, No. 81 Zion King, and No. 16 Steven Coffing). They have an offensive line that will really get after you and a quarterback (Tyler Knoy) that is a winner, knows how to get it to the right guys., and takes care of the football. We must play assignment, disciplined football and be opportunistic on defense. Offensively, we must be relentless in our blocking and take care of the football because their defense plays extremely hard. Coach (Jon) Wheat seems to mix it up against us defensively every year, so we will have to identify quickly what they are doing and react accordingly. Hopefully, our guys play extremely hard. It's going to be a great atmosphere and should be a great game." – Lafayette Jeff's Pat Shanley.

"To be successful, Harrison cannot turn the ball over and try to control the clock. Marcel Atisso is the only athlete who can match their speed, so we will need a big game from him. Their front four is very strong so running between the tackles is a challenge. Jeff will move the ball and put up points, so our defense will have to bend, but not break and find some way to get stops, which is something that has not been a strong suit this season, especially against the other Class 6A opponent in Westfield. We might have a slight advantage in the kicking game as first-year player soccer player Jerrick Mennen has shown a good leg. Despite being 1-of-3 on field goal attempts, his misses were close and were due in part to inexperience. It sounds good off his foot and his range now is somewhere around 40 yards. He also has eight touchbacks and can 'sky kick' well helping contain opponents return games. Flawless execution and some luck will need to be present to have a chance at this upset." – Harrison's Terry Peebles.


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

COACHES: Phil Mason, 28-12 in fourth season at Michigan City, 141-73 in 19th season overall. Bill Marshall, 13-4 in second season at Valparaiso.

LAST CONTEST: Michigan City beat Chesterton, 21-7. Valparaiso beat LaPorte, 35-0.

TOP PERFORMERS: T'Lijah Robinson had a 23-yard scoring run for the No. 8 (Class 5A) Wolves against Chesterton. Tommy Burbee raced 15 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns for the No. 3 (Class 5A) Vikings against LaPorte.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Valparaiso, 14-7, on September 7, 2018.

CHALK TALK: "Valpo is playing very well. They are very strong up front on both sides of the ball. We have to continue to play great defense. We must control the pace by getting first downs and find the right opportunity to make a big play. If we have penalties and turnovers, we have no chance." – Michigan City's Phil Mason.

"In order for us to have success defensively, we will have to minimize big plays by getting off of blocks and making sure tackles. We will also have to pressure their young quarterback (sophomore Giovani Laurent) into making poor throws. Offensively, we will need to establish a running game, but also have the ability to throw the ball which will help open the run game for us." – Valparaiso's Bill Marshall.


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

COACHES: Mike Davidson, 11-5 in second season at Marian. Jarvis Edison, 18-17 in fourth season at Riley.

LAST CONTEST: Marian beat South Bend St. Joseph, 41-0. Riley beat South Bend Adams, 20-19.

TOP PERFORMERS: Maddix Bogunia went 6-of-14 for 94 yards with two touchdowns and ran 10 times for 24 yards and two scores for the No. 6 (Class 3A) Knights against Saint Joseph. Chris White caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Wildcats against Adams.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Marian, 21-13, on September 7, 2018.

CHALK TALK: "Riley's a well-coached team that plays hard for the entire game. We're going to need to play a complete game offensively, defensively, and on special teams. Offensively, this will be the best challenge we've faced and will need to execute at a high level and be able to control the line of scrimmage. Defensively, we'll need to contain their quarterback (Senator Brown) and play with tremendous effort. Special teams could be key in terms of getting a score, a blocked kick, and not having any missed kicks. The team who can win the kick game will put themselves in great position. Finally, we need take care of ourselves with no self-inflicted penalties and no turnovers." – Marian's Mike Davidson.

"To have success at this Friday's game, our team will focus on having fun, be physical in our matchups, and be purposeful in our responsibilities throughout the game." – Riley's Jarvis Edison.


KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. EDT, Kelso Stadium.

COACHES: Mike Kirschner, 10-4 in second season at Mount Vernon, 119-66 in 17th season overall. Kyle Ralph, 77-4 in seventh season at New Palestine.

LAST CONTEST: Mount Vernon beat Greenfield-Central, 32-8. New Palestine beat Yorktown, 55-19.

TOP PERFORMERS: Keegan Labelle recorded 12 tackles for the Marauders against Greenfield-Central. Blake Austin had four catches for 70 yards and two scores for the No. 1 (Class 5A) Dragons against Yorktown.

PREVIOUS MEETING: New Palestine, 64-0, on September 7, 2018.

CHALK TALK: "It will as the saying goes, 'take a miracle of Biblical proportions.' All kidding aside, we are playing one of the top teams in the state in New Palestine. They have an awesome running attack and have developed a good passing game. They complement their offense with a swarming and aggressive defense, so we are going to have to find a way to get first downs and finish drives to limit their scoring opportunities to be successful." – Mount Vernon's Mike Kirschner.

"We need to continue on with great practice and preparation habits. Coach Kirschner has done a tremendous job up there and his kids are playing fast, aggressive, winning football. It's a rivalry game and it means a lot to both of these communities and programs. If we are going to be successful, we need to commit to the process of preparing and practicing like a championship program so we can put together a good performance on Friday night." – New Palestine's Kyle Ralph.


KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, The Rock Pile.

COACHES: Tom Wogomon, 45-25 in seventh season at Northridge, 70-62 in 13th season overall. John Barron, 117-52 in 16th season at Plymouth.

LAST CONTEST: Northridge beat Wawasee, 27-0. Plymouth beat Warsaw, 24-19.

TOP PERFORMERS: Breckin Judd came up with three receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns for the Raiders against Wawasee. Seth Rundell caught eight passes for 147 yards and two scores for the No. 10 (Class 4A) Rockies against Warsaw.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Northridge, 37-34, on September 7, 2018.

CHALK TALK: "Plymouth is a really, really good football team, but we say that every year about Plymouth. That is a testimony and a compliment to John Barron and his staff. They put a product on the field that is full of hard-nosed, physical, well-coached football players. Watching this year's edition of Plymouth on tape, they are playing at an extremely high level on both sides of the ball. Their defense is fast and athletic and offensively, quarterback Joe Barron has total control of the offense. They have the players that score every time they touch the ball. We are going to need to play disciplined, smart, physical football this Friday if we want to be successful." – Northridge's Tom Wogomon.

"For us to have success, we need to continue to play at a high level. We have to do what we do on offense, score points, and find a way to make them punt the football on defense. Tom Wogoman is an excellent football coach who has had a lot of success against us. His kids play awfully hard and are very physical on both sides of the ball." – Plymouth's John Barron.


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

COACHES: Aaron Tolle, 107-56 in 15th season at Tipton. Jeff Phillips, 18-19 in fourth season at Cass, 64-53 in 12th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Tipton beat Twin Lakes, 19-14. Cass beat Benton Central, 68-0.

TOP PERFORMERS: Anthony Reel ran 12 times for 55 yards and two touchdowns for the No. 8 (Class 2A) Blue Devils against Twin Lakes. Joey Humphrey registered a pair of interceptions for the No. 3 (Class 2A) Kings against Benton Central.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Tipton, 27-15, on September 7, 2018.

CHALK TALK: "For Tipton to be successful on Friday, we will have to play a very clean game. Cass is a very senior laden and experienced team. They have excellent team speed and can score very quickly. We will need to win the line of scrimmage, possess the ball, and not turn the ball over. Defensively, we will need play very disciplined position defense and not give up the big play." – Tipton's Aaron Tolle.

"To be successful Friday night, we will have to have solid play from all three phases: offense, defense, and special teams. Field position will be a key factor. Our special teams have done an outstanding job of providing great field position for both our defense and offense during our first three games. We will need to continue that this Friday. Tipton has done an excellent job as well. In last week's game, Twin Lakes had to start two of their offensive possessions inside the five-yard line against the Blue Devils. Tipton also recovered a mishandled punt that led to its first score. In addition to field position, we will need to see continued improvement from our offensive and defensive line. We will have to win the battle in the trenches." – Lewis Cass's Jeff Phillips.

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