THE INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST'S 2014 TOP GAMES WEEK SIX
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
ATTICA (5-0) AT NORTH VERMILLION (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Gibson Field.
COACHES: Ryan Good, 47-25 in 7th year at Attica. Brian Crabtree, 27-2 in 3rd year at North Vermillion, 62-41 in 10th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Attica beat Fountain Central, 39-26. North Vermillion beat Riverton Parke, 63-0.
VS. COMMON FOES: Attica 1-0, North Vermillion 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Attica 10-15, North Vermillion 7-18.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Attica, 20-16.
LAST MEETING: Attica, 13-7, Nov. 1, 2013, sectional.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We will need to maintain offensive drives against a solid North Vermillion defense. Our defense will have to slow the pace of North Vermillion's offense and limit big plays." – Attica coach Ryan Good.
CASTLE (3-2) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Reitz Bowl.
COACHES: Doug Hurt, 67-32 in 9th year at Castle. Mike Goebel, 175-50 in 18th year at Evansville Mater Dei.
LAST OUTING: Castle beat Evansville Central, 35-6. Evansville Mater Dei beat Evansville North, 28-10.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Castle 11-13, Evansville Mater Dei 7-18.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Castle, 15-14.
LAST MEETING: Evansville Mater Dei, 31-24, Sep. 27, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We must take care of the football against a stingy defense. Offensive balance will be a key for us. Shutting down a multi-dimensional offense will also be important. The key to winning most football games is first not losing then. To do this, we must win the turnover battle, and also eliminate needless penalties. Penalties have plagued us this season and we must do a better job in that area." – Castle coach Doug Hurt.
"We have serious matchup problems with Castle's size and skill personnel. Coach Hurt and his staff have led Castle to great improvement in last two weeks. Hopefully, we can keep Christian Peach, Castle's stellar running back, in sight. (Dayne) Keller is a much improved quarterback and has several excellent targets. Castle is a typical Castle team, big, strong, aggressive, and fundamentally sound. We will have to have our best effort to date to stay with the Knights." – Mater Dei coach Mike Goebel.
CONCORD (5-0) AT JIMTOWN (3-2)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Knepp Field.
COACHES: Tim Dawson, 181-107 in 26th year at Concord. Mike. Campbell, 66-17 in 7th year at Jimtown.
LAST OUTING: Concord beat Goshen, 55-7. Jimtown lost to New Prairie, 35-33.
VS. COMMON FOES: Concord 1-0, Jimtown 0-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Concord 8-17, Jimtown 14-11.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Jimtown, 18-12.
LAST MEETING: Jimtown, 35-14, Sep. 27, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "The last two games, we have not started the game well! It was not until the second quarter until we started playing well. Against Jimtown, if we do that it could be another long night. Jimtown always seems to play their best game against the Minutemen. The credit goes to their staff and players. We are focusing on this game being just as important as a conference game. The last two years have been ugly. I told my staff we need to do a better job of preparing our team mentally for this game. Jimtown is now a two-headed monster, throwing the ball for 400 yards last week. I never would have believed I would watch a film and see Jimtown in a spread shotgun formation! Special teams and field position will be keys throughout this contest. Stopping their big play potential on offense is also a key for us." – Concord coach Tim Dawson.
"Concord is very talented once again, and they will be a tough opponent this week. We need to establish the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense. Defensively, we need to keep things in front of us and tackle in open spaces." – Jimtown coach Mike Campbell.
FISHERS (4-1) AT AVON (3-2)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Oriole Stadium.
COACHES: Rick Wimmer, 67-32 in 9th year at Fishers, 231-115 in 32nd year overall. Mark Bless, 35-17 in 5th year at Avon, 184-84 in 25th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Fishers beat Brownsburg, 49-14. Avon beat Whiteland, 38-12.
VS. COMMON FOES: Fishers 2-0, Avon 1-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fishers 10-15, Avon 12-13.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Fishers, 5-3.
LAST MEETING: Fishers, 26-25, Sep. 13, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Avon is a very talented team. They are big and strong up front and have excellent speed and quickness in several skill positions. Quarterback Brandon Peters is likely the best pure passer we will see this year. He has an outstanding receiver in (Andrew) Griffin, who leads the HCC with 31 catches in just five games. They also have a very good tight end in (Matt) Moore, who is a physical blocker and can get down the field as a receiver. Their two tailbacks (Darian) Love and (Derrick) Tennant show strength and power in the running game. Avon uses the run and the pass equally well to force us to defend a very balanced offense. Defensively, they are very quick and aggressive to the ball. Their defensive tackle Joe Belden is a playmaker and their entire defense runs to the ball very well. We will need to have a balanced attack ourselves to move the ball and score against their defense. Our defense will need to play with great effort and discipline to keep them from breaking big plays against us. We must continue to improve in our tackling and find a way to run the ball when we need to run it against their stout defensive front. We have played very well the past two weeks on both sides of the ball. The challenge for us is to not stay satisfied with what we have done and continue to work to get better knowing that our opponents are improving each week as well." – Fishers coach Rick Wimmer.
FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (4-1) AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE (4-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Wayne Stadium.
COACHES: Chris Svarczkopf, 131-36 in 13th year at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger. Scot Shaw, 4-1 in 1st year at Fort Wayne Wayne, 193-67 in 26th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger lost to Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio), 28-7. Fort Wayne Wayne lost to Fort Wayne Luers, 69-47.
VS. COMMON FOES: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 2-0, Fort Wayne Wayne 2-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 4-16, Fort Wayne Wayne 11-14.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, 23-9.
LAST MEETING: Fort Wayne Wayne, 45-6, Sep. 27, 2013.
HERITAGE HILLS (4-1) AT GIBSON SOUTHERN (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Jack Jewell Field.
COACHES: Todd Wilkerson, 11-14 in 3rd year at Heritage Hills. Nick Hart, 29-4 in 3rd year at Gibson Southern.
LAST OUTING: Heritage Hills beat North Posey, 21-7. Gibson Southern beat Princeton, 70-10.
VS. COMMON FOES: Heritage Hills 1-0, Gibson Southern 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Heritage Hills 9-16, Gibson Southern 9-16.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Heritage Hills, 22-3.
LAST MEETING: Gibson Southern, 50-26, Sep. 27, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Offensively, we have to move the chains to keep Gibson Southern's explosive offense off of the field. Defensively, we have to tackle well. Gibson Southern does a great job of utilizing the speed of their skill players. We will have to tackle well in space to win this game." – Heritage Hills coach Todd Wilkerson.
"We are going to have to play 48 minutes of great football on Friday. As always, Heritage Hills is extremely physical and well coached. I think the most important thing when playing a Heritage Hills team is to match their physicality." – Gibson Southern coach Nick Hart.
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (3-2) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (4-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Wilhelm Field.
COACHES: Bruce Scifres, 220-79 in 25th year at Indianapolis Roncalli. Mic Roessler, 15-5 in 2nd year at Brebeuf Jesuit.
LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Roncalli beat Indianapolis Scecina, 41-7. Brebeuf Jesuit beat Culver Academy, 48-7.
VS. COMMON FOES: Indianapolis Roncalli 0-1, Brebeuf Jesuit 0-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Roncalli 14-11, Brebeuf Jesuit 13-12.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Roncalli, 14-1.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Roncalli, 20-14, Sep. 27, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We must contain there speedy tailback (LeVante Bellamy) and not allow their wide receivers to get behind us. Offensively, we must supplement our running game with quick, efficient passing." – Roncalli coach Bruce Scifres.
MISHAWAKA MARIAN (4-1) AT SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Father Bly Field.
COACHES: Reggie Glon, 131-90 in 21st year at Mishawaka Marian. Ben Downey, 41-17 in 5th year at South Bend St. Joseph.
LAST OUTING: Mishawaka Marian beat South Bend Washington, 28-6. South Bend St. Joseph beat South Bend Adams, 17-6.
VS. COMMON FOES: Mishawaka Marian 1-0, South Bend St. Joseph 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Mishawaka Marian 9-16, South Bend St. Joseph 8-12.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: South Bend St. Joseph, 27-10.
LAST MEETING: South Bend St. Joseph, 42-21, Sep. 27, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We will need to be focused on the game and not all the hype that surround it. All three phases of the team need to play a error free game to give us a chance. This will be a playoff atmosphere as the winner will stay in the hunt for a conference title. This is the kind of game that prepares you for the playoffs." – Marian coach Reggie Glon.
"In order to win, we need to be disciplined on defense in regards to assignment and tackling. We need to continue progressing on offense and limit our self-inflicted wounds, and we need to remain consistent on special teams and make a couple of plays that change the game in our favor." – St. Joseph coach Ben Downey.
MONROVIA (4-1) AT BEECH GROVE (4-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Beech Grove Field.
COACHES: Kevin Hutchins, 41-24 in 6th year at Monrovia, 58-57 in 11th year overall. Mark Weller, 11-25 in 4th year at Beech Grove, 24-46 in 7th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Monrovia beat Speedway, 44-25. Beech Grove beat Indianapolis Howe, 60-34.
VS. COMMON FOES: Monrovia 1-0, Beech Grove 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Monrovia 10-15, Beech Grove 8-17.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: No meetings.
COACHES COMMENTS: "It will be a big challenge and we are excited to have the opportunity to play in such a big game that should have a great atmosphere. Beech Grove is an extremely athletic football team and they put a lot of points on the board. The keys to game for our success will be how sound we are fundamentally. We have to block/tackle well and get 11 guys to the ball. I also feel that team who takes care of the football and limits their turnovers will be the team who will win the game." – Monrovia coach Kevin Hutchins.
"Both teams will move the football. We need to take away 'big play' quick scores. If we can get five three-play-and-outs, I think we have a great chance to win. I think it will be a wild one." – Beech Grove coach Mark Weller.
NOBLESVILLE (4-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (4-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Lawrence North HS.
COACHES: Lance Scheib, 26-41 in 7th year at Noblesville, 124-107 in 23rd year overall. Vince Lorenzano, 136-28 in 12th year at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 196-97 in 24th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Noblesville beat Zionsville, 37-13. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard beat Indianapolis Ritter, 49-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Noblesville 12-13, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 11-13.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 4-0.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard won, 1992.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To beat Chatard on Friday, we need to take care of the football and maximize our offensive possessions. We need to find a way to slow down their run game. Obviously, both will be a challenge for us, but we are looking forward to the opportunity and challenge." – Noblesville coach Lance Scheib.
"Offensively, we must get a hat on No. 7 (Donovan) Lynch, take advantage of the size differential and punch them hard, and take care of the football and generate first downs. Defensively, we must play smart football, force them into unconventional down and distances, and improve our tackling. On special teams, we must provide great field position for both our offense and defense, take advantage of our strong kicking game and force them into uncomfortable situations, and be prepared to tackle." – Bishop Chatard coach Vince Lorenzano.
NORTHVIEW (4-1) AT VINCENNES LINCOLN (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Inman Field.
COACHES: Mark Raetz, 11-4 in 2nd year at Northview, 26-49 in 8th year overall. Jon Heiden, 29-50 in 8th year at Vincennes Lincoln.
LAST OUTING: Northview beat Owen Valley, 18-14. Vincennes Lincoln beat Jasper, 35-34, overtime.
VS. COMMON FOES: Northview 1-0, Vincennes Lincoln 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Northview 12-13, Vincennes Lincoln 9-16.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Vincennes Lincoln, 8-5.
LAST MEETING: Northview, 28-14, Sep. 27, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To beat Vincennes, we must contain the big play ability of their quarterback Brandt Nowaskie and their running backTyjuan Hawkins, run the ball effectively, and be the more physical football team." – Northview coach Mark Raetz.
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (5-0) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (4-1)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Fred Huff Field.
COACHES: Tim Herrin, 7-8 in 2nd year at Terre Haute South. Mo Moriarity, 151-39 in 17th year at Bloomington South, 255-80 in 29th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Terre Haute South beat Columbus North, 43-35, overtime. Bloomington South lost to Southport, 38-17.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Terre Haute South 9-16, Bloomington South 14-11.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Bloomington South, 9-2.
LAST MEETING: Bloomington South, 28-21, Sep. 27, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We will need to play with great intensity and execute on offense." – Terre Haute South coach Tim Herrin.
"We need to have a great week of practice and play fast. They have a really good quarterback in Timmy Herrin and we must contain him." – Bloomington South coach Mo Moriarity.
WARREN CENTRAL (5-0) AT PIKE (2-3)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Pike Stadium.
COACHES: Jayson West, 16-3 in 2nd year at Warren Central, 68-15 in 7th year overall. Derek Moyers, 62-27 in 8th year at Pike, 96-57 in 14th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Warren Central beat Ben Davis, 28-21. Pike lost to Lawrence Central, 45-35.
VS. COMMON FOES: Warren Central 2-0, Pike 0-2.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Warren Central 9-15, Pike 18-7.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Warren Central, 7-1.
LAST MEETING: Warren Central, 24-21, Nov. 8, 2013, regional.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We have to control the ball and limit Pike's big play offense from making big plays!" – Warren Central coach Jayson West.
"In order to beat an outstanding Warren Central team, we cannot beat ourselves. We must have no turnovers, no blown assignments, and execution in all three phases of the game." – Pike coach Derek Moyers.
WEST CENTRAL (5-0) AT WINAMAC (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Roudebush Field.
COACHES: Marc Hall, 5-0 in 1st year at West Central, 18-18 in 4th year overall. Tim Roth, 220-133 in 34th year at Winamac.
LAST OUTING: West Central beat South Newton, 52-14. Winamac beat Tri-County, 63-7.
VS. COMMON FOES: West Central 3-0, Winamac 3-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: West Central 7-18, Winamac 9-16.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Winamac, 23-9.
LAST MEETING: Winamac, 33-7, Nov. 8, 2013, sectional.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To beat Winamac this week, we will have to play as a complete team. We will need a great effort out of our defense and our linemen on offense." – West Central coach Marc Hall.
"What we have to do to stop West Central is stop Parker Fritz. We need to continue to play good solid run defense and continue to improve on the offensive side of the ball. It should be a GREAT game, County rivals and a conference championship at stake. All of Pulaski County will want to see this one. Warrior Up!" – Winamac coach Tim Roth.
WEST LAFAYETTE (4-1) AT RENSSELAER CENTRAL (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Harrison Field.
COACHES: Shane Fry, 16-3 in 2nd year at West Lafayette. Chris Meeks, 124-64 in 16th year at Rensselaer Central.
LAST OUTING: West Lafayette beat Tipton, 55-0. Rensselaer Central beat Twin Lakes, 57-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: West Lafayette 1-0, Rensselaer Central 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: West Lafayette 14-11, Rensselaer Central 12-13.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: West Lafayette, 9-7.
LAST MEETING: West Lafayette, 20-14, Sep. 27, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We must figure out a way to slow down their offense. They average over 65 points per game. We cannot allow them to have big plays, and we need to win the turnover battle." – West Lafayette coach Shane Fry.
"West Lafayette has a tremendous team. Offensively, they have several playmakers led by their dual threat quarterback, Mikey Kidwell. We will need to limit their big plays and put pressure on their quarterback. Defensively, West Lafayette is very solid and really gets after the ball. We will need to execute flawlessly on offense." – Rensselaer coach Chris Meeks.