The Indiana Football Digest's Top Games – 2015 Week Eight
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (7-0) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (6-1)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Max Andress Field.
COACHES: Mo Moriarity, 165-40 in 18th season at Bloomington South, 269-81 in 30th season overall. Tim Bless, 104-74 in 16th season at Columbus North, 116-83 in 18th season overall.
LAST WEEK: Bloomington South beat Terre Haute North, 21-7. Columbus North beat Perry Meridian, 24-15.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Bloomington South 14-35, Columbus North 18-31.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Bloomington South, 19-12.
LAST MEETING: Bloomington South, 34-17, Oct. 10, 2014.
UP NEXT: Bloomington South hosts Perry Meridian. Columbus North travels to Southport.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We will need to slow down their running game and protect the football to have a chance to win." – Bloomington South coach Mo Moriarity.
"In order to be successful against a very good Bloomington South team, we stress three key areas. We must win turnovers, win penalties, and win third downs." – Columbus North coach Tim Bless.
BREBEUF JESUIT (5-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (5-2)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Lawrence North H.S.
COACHES: Mic Roessler, 23-10 in third season at Brebeuf Jesuit. Rick Streiff, 204-64 in 21st season at Indianapolis Cathedral, 225-96 in 26th season overall.
LAST WEEK: Brebeuf Jesuit beat Guerin Catholic, 21-16. Indianapolis Cathedral beat Fishers, 35-6.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Brebeuf Jesuit 28-21, Indianapolis Cathedral 17-11.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Indianapolis Cathedral, 4-0.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Cathedral, 57-26, Sep. 27, 2002.
UP NEXT: Brebeuf Jesuit hosts Westfield. Cathedral travels to Center Grove.
COACHES COMMENTS: "In order to beat Brebeuf, we need to control the line of scrimmage, eliminate mental mistake penalties, and contain their quarterback (Luke Iffert)." - Cathedral coach Rick Streiff.
EASTERN HANCOCK (7-0) AT SHENANDOAH (6-1)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Shenandoah Field.
COACHES: Jim O'Hara, 17-3 in second season at Eastern Hancock, 104-51 in 14th season overall. Scott Widner, 72-18 in eighth season at Shenandoah, 72-28 in ninth season overall.
LAST WEEK: Eastern Hancock beat Wes-Del, 42-0. Shenandoah beat Winchester, 28-14.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Eastern Hancock 23-26, Shenandoah 22-27.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Shenandoah, 21-14.
LAST MEETING: Eastern Hancock, 24-20, Oct. 10, 2014.
UP NEXT: Eastern Hancock hosts Lapel. Shenandoah plays host to Monroe Central.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To beat Shenandoah, we have to play team defense with everybody doing their job. Offensively, we have to take care of the football and run our feet until the whistle blows." Eastern Hancock coach Jim O'Hara.
"Eastern Hancock is a very solid football team. Defensively, they are outstanding! There are always seven or eight royal jerseys to the ball each play. We must figure out how to get our running game going against their stout run defense. They are equally good on offense as they are on defense. They have three or four kids that can score anytime they touch the ball. We must limit their big plays in order to have a chance at a victory." – Shenandoah coach Scott Widner.
FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (6-1) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (7-0)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Spuller Stadium.
COACHES: Ernie Bojrab (interim), 6-1 in first season at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, 20-28 in fifth season overall. Kurt Tippmann, 68-18 in seventh season at Fort Wayne Snider.
LAST WEEK: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger beat Carroll (Fort Wayne), 44-14. Fort Wayne Snider beat Fort Wayne North, 63-13.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 22-27, Fort Wayne Snider 21-28.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Fort Wayne Snider, 20-10.
LAST MEETING: Fort Wayne Snider, 40-8, Oct. 10, 2014.
UP NEXT: Bishop Dwenger hosts F.W. Wayne. F.W. Snider plays host to F.W. South.
COACHES COMMENTS: "This is the first time we will see an offense like Snider's. They have a very balanced attack with multiple weapons. They are good at everything without much weakness anywhere. Because of that, it's going to be even more important for us to play sound assignment football. We've preached that all season, but this week's game is when it's going to matter the most." – Bishop Dwenger coach Ernie Bojrab.
"Bishop Dwenger is a very good team. They are very physical and balanced on the offense. Their offensive line is big and strong. Their quarterback (Blake Podshlne) does a good job in play action pass, so we have to play physical with them and disciplined on defense with play action passes down field. On offense, we have to block their talented front. They have 28 sacks this year as a group, so we need to control the line of scrimmage to be successful. Special Teams will also be a huge factor in the game." – F.W. Snider coach Kurt Tippmann.
FRANKLIN COUNTY (5-2) AT BATESVILLE (6-1)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, The Dawg Pound.
COACHES: Kirk Kennedy, 10-7 in second season at Franklin County, 178-111 in 25th season overall. Eric Heppner, 143-82 in 20th season at Batesville.
LAST WEEK: Franklin County beat South Dearborn, 14-6. Batesville beat Greensburg, 14-9.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Franklin County 17-32, Batesville 22-27.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Franklin County, 16-14.
LAST MEETING: Batesville, 44-20, Oct. 10, 2014.
UP NEXT: Franklin County plays host to Indianapolis Broad Ripple. Batesville hosts Connersville.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To beat Batesville, we must be fundamentally sound, trust our preparation, and play with great effort the entire game. Batesville is an established football program that is well-coached. They have been playing at a high level for a long time. They rarely make mistakes and they do not beat themselves. Offensively, we must value every possession, take care of the football, execute, stay engaged on our blocks, finish drives, and get a few big plays. On defense, we must be disciplined, read our keys, pursue the football, and tackle well. In the kicking game, we must win the battle for hidden yardage and take advantage of opportunities when they present." – Franklin County coach Kirk Kennedy.
INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (5-2) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (5-2)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Guerin Catholic Field.
COACHES: Vince Lorenzano, 145-32 in 13th season at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 205-101 in 25th season overall. Tom Dilley, 14-6 in second season at Guerin Catholic, 94-83 in 16th season overall.
LAST WEEK: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard lost to Cincinnati Winton Woods (Ohio), 27-23. Guerin Catholic lost to Brebeuf Jesuit, 21-16.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 22-20, Guerin Catholic 21-21.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 5-0.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 42-13, Oct. 10, 2014.
UP NEXT: Bishop Chatard hosts Indianapolis Shortridge. Guerin Catholic entertains Bowman Academy.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We must shut down their running attack, make defensive stops on fourth down, win the line of scrimmage, play smart, and take care of the football." – Bishop Chatard coach Vince Lorenzano.
"To be successful Friday, we must play with great execution and physicality in the trenches, take care of the ball, take the ball away, win the takeaway margin, and refocus and compete on each play." – Guerin Catholic coach Tom Dilley.
LAVILLE (6-1) AT NORTH JUDSON (6-1)
KICKOFF: 6:30 pm CT, Liberty Field.
COACHES: Will Hostrawser, 19-10 in third season at LaVille. Ted White, 9-8 in second season at North Judson.
LAST WEEK: LaVille beat John Glenn, 14-7. North Judson beat Triton, 62-6.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: LaVille 18-31, North Judson 15-34.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: LaVille, 2-1.
LAST MEETING: LaVille, 35-7, Oct.25, 1991, sectional.
UP NEXT: LaVille plays host to Culver. North Judson travels to Pioneer.
COACHES COMMENTS: "In order for us to be successful against North Judson, we are going to have to stop their veer/option offense by playing disciplined assignment-oriented defense. This game is going to be a trench war with very physical interior line play. I look forward to a great game!" – LaVille coach Will Hostrawser.
LINTON-STOCKTON (6-1) AT EASTERN GREENE (6-1)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Eastern Greene Field.
COACHES: Brian Oliver, 30-4 in third season at Linton-Stockton. Joey Paridaen, 11-6 in second season at Eastern Greene, 13-24 in fourth season overall.
LAST WEEK: Linton-Stockton beat North Knox, 55-7. Eastern Greene lost to Mount Vernon (Posey), 39-20.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Linton-Stockton 25-24, Eastern Greene 19-30.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Linton-Stockton, 14-0.
LAST MEETING: Linton-Stockton, 63-22, Aug. 22, 2014.
UP NEXT: Linton-Stockton hosts North Central (Farmersburg). Eastern Greene entertains Tecumseh.
COACHES COMMENTS: "In order for us to beat Eastern, we have to establish the line of scrimmage and try to contain their quarterback (Jeff Graham). In a rivalry game, we have to be able to eliminate the mistakes and take care of the football." - Linton Stockton coach Brian Oliver.
MERRILLVILLE (4-3) AT LAKE CENTRAL (5-2)
KICKOFF: 7 pm CT, Burial Grounds.
COACHES: Brad Seiss, 4-3 in first season at Merrillville, 17-20 in 4th season overall. Brett St. Germain, 41-20 in sixth season at Lake Central, 91-32 in 11th season overall.
LAST WEEK: Merrillville lost to Valparaiso, 40-14. Lake Central lost to Chesterton, 27-10.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Merrillville 22-26, Lake Central 18-30.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Merrillville, 25-9.
LAST MEETING: Merrillville, 21-19, Oct. 31, 2014, sectional.
UP NEXT: Merrillville entertains Chesterton. Lake Central hosts Valparaiso.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We need to be more physical and establish the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Lake Central is a very well coached team offensively, defensively, and in the kicking game. For us to win, we need to play well in all three phases of the game and win the turnover battle." – Merrillville coach Brad Seiss.
MISHAWAKA (5-2) AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN (6-1)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Otolski Field.
COACHES: Bart Curtis, 71-25 in eighth season at Mishawaka, 182-92 in 25th season overall. Reggie Glon, 141-93 in 22nd season at Mishawaka Marian.
LAST WEEK: Mishawaka beat South Bend St. Joseph, 47-14. Mishawaka Marian lost to New Prairie, 28-21.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Mishawaka 14-35, Mishawaka Marian 17-32.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Mishawaka, 11-7.
LAST MEETING: Mishawaka, 28-20, Oct. 10, 2014.
UP NEXT: Mishawaka plays host to Penn. Marian welcomes South Bend Washington to Otolski Field.
COACHES COMMENTS: "They are physical, fast, and well-coached team, so we must match their physicality if we are to stay in the game. They have some serious playmakers and (Jake) Whitfield is now back and looking as quick and athletic as ever. They are diverse on offense and can hurt you in many ways running and throwing. Their quarterback (Bryce Tomasi) is VERY nifty and mobile and defensively, they are rock solid vs. running plays and very physical and quick. We must take advantage of EVERY possession and cannot give them cheap touchdowns. This could very well be a game where each team has the football two or three times each half ONLY. We cannot miss tackles or get the football thrown over our heads. If these things happen, it will be a very close and good football game. If these things don't happen, it will get ugly and they will win by four or five scores." – Mishawaka coach Bart Curtis.
NEW HAVEN (5-2) AT EAST NOBLE (6-1)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, East Noble Field.
COACHES: Jim Rowland, 92-75 in 15th season at New Haven. Luke Amstutz, 29-11 in fourth season at East Noble, 55-26 in eighth season overall.
LAST WEEK: New Haven lost to Bellmont, 31-14. East Noble beat Columbia City, 41-6.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: New Haven 25-24, East Noble 21-28.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: East Noble, 16-14.
LAST MEETING: East Noble, 28-24, Oct. 10, 2014.
UP NEXT: New Haven entertains Huntington North. East Noble hosts Bellmont.
NORTH VERMILLION (6-1) AT FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (6-1)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Mustang Stadium.
COACHES: Brian Crabtree, 43-3 in fourth season at North Vermillion, 78-42 in 11th season overall. Raymond Jones, 6-1 in first season at Fountain Central.
LAST WEEK: North Vermillion beat Rockville, 54-6. Fountain Central beat Benton Central, 36-8.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: North Vermillion 20-29, Fountain Central 15-34.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Fountain Central, 23-13.
LAST MEETING: North Vermillion, 48-20, Nov. 7, 2014, sectional.
UP NEXT: North Vermillion entertains Seeger. Fountain Central plays at Rockville.
COACHES COMMENTS: 'North Vermillion is a solid and well-coached team. We will have to be able to execute on offense and take what their defense will give us. Limiting mistakes and turnovers will be a key. Defensively, we will need to tackle well and make sure we are playing our assignments. Being able to tackle well and getting multiple bodies to the ball carrier will be keys for us." – Fountain Central coach Raymond Jones.
NORTHRIDGE (5-2) AT CONCORD (5-2)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Jake Field.
COACHES: Tom Wogomon, 23-8 in third season at Northridge, 48-45 in ninth season overall. Craig Koehler, 5-2 in first season at Concord.
LAST WEEK: Northridge beat Goshen, 27-20. Concord beat Plymouth, 35-6.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Northridge 25-23, Concord 26-23.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Concord, 24-6.
LAST MEETING: Northridge, 35-0, Oct. 10, 2014.
UP NEXT: Northridge goes to Elkhart Memorial. Concord hosts Warsaw.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We are very concerned with Northridge. They have gotten over the shock of losing their quarterback (Nick Hooley) and are playing VERY good football. In order for us to win, we must limit them in the run game. Their offensive line is good and their backs (including the quarterback) run very hard. I'm anxious to see how we respond after such a big win last Friday (35-6 over Plymouth)." – Concord coach Craig Koehler.
TWIN LAKES (5-2) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (7-0)
KICKOFF: 7:30 pm ET, Gordon Straley Field.
COACHES: Justin Gardiner, 22-18 in fourth season at Twin Lakes. Shane Fry, 26-5 in third season at West Lafayette.
LAST WEEK: Twin Lakes beat Hamilton Heights, 17-14. West Lafayette beat Rensselaer Central, 55-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Twin Lakes 24-25, West Lafayette 19-30.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: West Lafayette, 20-15.
LAST MEETING: West Lafayette, 44-15, Oct. 3, 2014.
UP NEXT: Twin Lakes hosts Tipton. West Lafayette plays at Lafayette Central Catholic.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To beat West Lafayette, it will be important for us to control the time of possession to keep the ball away from their offense and make sure that we limit their big plays." – Twin Lakes coach Justin Gardiner.
"We need to be disciplined on both sides of the ball. We need to win the turnover battle, and play a clean game with very few penalties. They have some great athletes in the Bennington twins that we will need to be aware of on both sides of the ball." – West Lafayette coach Shane Fry.
WARREN CENTRAL (5-2) AT CARMEL (5-2)
KICKOFF: 7 pm ET, Greyhound Stadium.
COACHES: Jayson West, 25-8 in third season at Warren Central, 77-20 in eighth season overall. John Hebert, 5-2 in first season at Carmel.
LAST WEEK: Warren Central beat Lawrence North, 47-26. Carmel beat Ben Davis, 35-21.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Warren Central 17-25, Carmel 20-22.
SERIES LAST 30 SEASONS: Carmel, 21-17.
LAST MEETING: Carmel, 17-10, Oct. 10, 2014.
UP NEXT: Warren Central entertains St. Xavier (Ohio). Carmel goes to Lawrence Central.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We have to win the turnover battle, the big play battle, and the red-zone battle to have a chance to beat Carmel!" – Warren Central coach Jayson West.