The Indiana Football Digest's Top Games - 2016 Week Six

By Paul Condry and Matt Kopsea

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CASTLE (4-1) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (3-2)

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

COACHES: Doug Hurt, 82-40 in 11th season at Castle. Mike Goebel, 199-54 in 20th season at Evansville Mater Dei.

LAST CONTEST: Castle lost to Evansville Central, 38-26. Evansville Mater Dei beat Evansville North, 38-20.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Evansville Mater Dei, 34-27, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Castle hosts Evansville Harrison and Evansville Mater Dei travels to Evansville Bosse.

COACHES CORNER: "Castle cannot beat Castle as we did last week. We turned the ball over three times, one being an interception for a touchdown. We also gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown. The defense gave up a few big plays and struggled to stop the run. We must play much better in all three phases of the game to have a chance to beat a very disciplined, tough, and determined Mater Dei football team." – Castle coach Doug Hurt.

"Coach Hurt always has his Castle teams disciplined, physical, and explosive. Factor in their added incentive coming off a rare loss to Evansville Central and the Knights will represent such a huge challenge for us. Castle poses some serious match-up problems for us. To even remain in the game, we must protect the football, limit penalties, and play to our very best level." – Evansville Mater Dei coach Mike Goebel.

DECATUR CENTRAL (4-1) VS. PLAINFIELD (3-2)

KICKOFF: 6 p.m. EDT, Lucas Oil Stadium.

COACHES: Kyle Enright, 4-1 in first season at Decatur Central. Brian Woodard, 66-49 in 11th season at Plainfield.

LAST CONTEST: Decatur Central beat Mooresville, 66-21. Plainfield beat Greenwood, 28-0.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Decatur Central, 30-27, October 30, 2015, sectional.

UP NEXT: Decatur Central plays host to Greenwood and Plainfield travels to Franklin.

COACHES CORNER: "We are looking forward to this mid-season conference clash with Plainfield at Lucas Oil Stadium. After having played them twice last year and narrowly coming away with a three-point victory in the sectional semifinal, Plainfield will be hungry to get some redemption.  You can count on two things when playing Plainfield. First, they will be well-coached and disciplined. Coach Woodard and his staff do an outstanding job of building a team that plays hard and doesn't beat themselves. Second, they will be big and strong. Plainfield is traditionally the biggest, strongest team that we play on our schedule and that is no different this year. In order for us to win on Friday, we must play fast and physical. We have to execute on offense with all 11 players working together and swarming to the ball on defense with all 11 players. Our special teams' have to be great because when two good teams meet, the third phase of the game can be huge. We must win the turnover battle and be able to grind out drives offensively on a defense that keeps things in front of them and is very stout. Our kids are excited to see where they stand in the conference and in (Class) 5A, and there is no better venue to be put to the test than Lucas Oil Stadium." – Decatur Central coach Kyle Enright.

"In all seriousness, Decatur Central is so dang good. Their quarterback (Bryce Jefferson) is one of the best we've ever played against and the guys they have around him are phenomenal. Our hope is that we can find a way to cause a few turnovers and ride momentum for as long as we can." – Plainfield coach Brian Woodard.

EASTBROOK (4-1) AT OAK HILL (4-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Oak Hill Field.

COACHES: Jeff Adamson, 233-82 in 28th season at Eastbrook. Bud Ozmun, 118-70 in 18th season at Oak Hill.

LAST CONTEST: Eastbrook lost to Mississinewa, 24-6. Oak Hill beat Elwood, 28-12.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Eastbrook, 28-14, Oct. 2, 2015.

UP NEXT: Eastbrook hosts Frankton and Oak Hill plays at Mississinewa.

COACHES CORNER: "We will need to play great defense against Oak Hill's explosive run game." – Eastbrook coach Jeff Adamson.

"Execution and eliminating the mental mistakes will be the key for Oak Hill to be successful. Eastbrook is one of the most disciplined and best coached teams on our schedule. Anything less than our best and they will make you pay." – Oak Hill coach Bud Ozmun. 

EVANSVILLE HARRISON (4-1) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (4-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. CDT, Central Stadium.

COACHES: Cory Brunson, 18-19 in fourth season at Evansville Harrison. Andy Owen, 62-42 in 10th season at Evansville Central.

LAST CONTEST: Evansville Harrison lost to Evansville Reitz, 23-6. Evansville Central beat Castle, 38-26.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Evansville Harrison, 27-13, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Evansville Harrison plays at Castle and Evansville Central hosts Evansville Memorial.

COACHES CORNER: ""This week vs. Central, we must eliminate our silly penalties and we can't have eight turnovers. If we do those things, we have a chance to win this week vs Central." – Evansville Harrison coach Cory Brunson.

EVANSVILLE REITZ (4-1) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (4-1)

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

COACHES: Andy Hape, 32-9 in fourth season at Evansville Reitz. John Hurley, 54-49 in ninth season at Evansville Memorial.

LAST CONTEST: Evansville Reitz beat Evansville Harrison, 23-6. Evansville Memorial beat Evansville Bosse, 52-13.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Evansville Reitz, 36-29, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Evansville Reitz hosts Evansville North and Evansville Memorial plays at Evansville Central.

COACHES CORNER: "Coach Hurley and the Memorial Tigers will be a tremendous challenge this Friday night. They have a potent offensive unit with the ability to score at will and play solid fundamentally sound defense. We are going to have to play smart, sound football in all three phases of the game in order to put ourselves in position to be successful Friday night." Evansville Reitz coach Andy Hape.

"We are going to have to play very sound football. Reitz is very well-coached on both sides of the ball.  Offensively, we are going to have to handle their pressure packages and win matchups. Defensively, we will have to stop the run, however, they are very balanced offense. What a great opportunity for our kids to play in a big time environment." – Evansville Memorial coach John Hurley.

HERITAGE HILLS (5-0) AT GIBSON SOUTHERN (5-0)

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

COACHES: Todd Wilkerson, 32-17 in fifth season at Heritage Hills. Nick Hart, 52-7 in fifth season at Gibson Southern.

LAST CONTEST: Heritage Hills beat North Posey, 26-15. Gibson Southern beat Princeton, 36-6.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Gibson Southern, 42-13, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Heritage Hills travels to Southridge and Gibson Southern hosts Pike Central.

COACHES CORNER: "On defense, we have to be very disciplined with our assignments. On offensive, we have to make some big plays in the passing game." – Heritage Hills coach Todd Wilkerson.

"Heritage Hills is very well-coached football team. It is a contrast in styles as they like to run the ball and control the clock and we want to speed the game up.  As in any big game, the team that makes the fewest mistakes is going to win the ballgame." – Gibson Southern coach Nick Hart. 

INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (5-0) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (3-2)

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

COACHES: Bruce Scifres, 238-88 in 27th season at Indianapolis Roncalli. Mic Roessler, 26-15 in fourth season at Brebeuf Jesuit.

LAST CONTEST: Indianapolis Roncalli beat Indianapolis Scecina, 31-6. Brebeuf Jesuit beat Culver Academy, 21-10.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Brebeuf Jesuit, 17-10, 2OT, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Indianapolis Roncalli hosts Martinsville and Brebeuf Jesuit plays at Guerin Catholic.

COACHES CORNER: "To beat Brebeuf, we must stay on blocks until the whistle blows and take care of the football offensively. On defense, we must contain their run game and get pressure on their quarterback (Luke Iffert)." – Roncalli coach Bruce Scifres.

"Our offensive line needs to protect, attack, and finish each play with tremendous speed and accuracy.  If our defense continues getting to the ball and communicating well, we'll give the Rebels a great game." Brebeuf Jesuit coach Mic Roessler.

LAVILLE (5-0) AT PIONEER (5-0)

KICKOFF: 7:30 p.m. EDT, The Pit.

COACHES: Will Hostrawser, 27-12 in fourth season at LaVille. Adam Berry, 5-0 in first season at Pioneer.

LAST CONTEST: LaVille beat Caston, 54-8. Pioneer beat West Central, 68-0.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Pioneer, 57-7, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: LaVille hosts John Glenn and Pioneer travels to Knox.

COACHES CORNER: "This game is full of opportunity for us.  Last season, Pioneer came out and knocked us on our heels right from the opening kickoff. We never recovered., plain and simple. This year, we need to answer the bell. This is going to be an extremely physical ball game. To come out on top, we must play four solid quarters in all three phases and win the turnover battle." – LaVille coach Will Hostrawser.

LAWRENCE CENTRAL (4-1) AT CENTER GROVE (4-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Ray Skillman Field.

COACHES: Bill Peebles, 4-1 in first season at Lawrence Central, 66-57 in 12th season overall. Eric Moore, 165-55 in 18th season at Center Grove, 213-60 in 22nd season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Lawrence Central beat Pike, 52-33. Center Grove beat North Central (Indianapolis), 51-14.

LAST MEETING: Center Grove, 44-26, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Lawrence Central hosts North Central (Indianapolis) and Center Grove travels to Indianapolis Pike.

COACHES CORNER: "This week is another week where we get to measure our growth as a team verses one of the best teams in the state. We will have play great all four quarters. In each game this year we have had lapses during a least one period of the game that has cost us. Offensively, we need to improve our execution in every phase and defensively, we will have to read our keys and get 11 Bears to the ball."- Lawrence Central coach Bill Peebles.

For Center Grove to beat Lawrence Central, we will have to contain their great speed athletes in the passing and run game. Lawrence Central has an excellent mixture of pass-run and their quarterback (Donyell Meredith) is top notch. Their defense is a very fast and extremely physical defense. We must figure out how to slow down that big defensive line and those shark-like linebackers. We will have to get the edge on special teams and flip the field if we want to have a chance to win. Turnovers will be huge as always, but vital in this game. There may not be many possessions to control the game, so we need to be very efficient each time we have the ball." – Center Grove coach Eric Moore.

LAWRENCE NORTH (3-2) AT BEN DAVIS (3-2)

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

COACHES: Patrick Mallory, 7-28 in fourth season at Lawrence North, 21-36 in sixth season overall. Mike Kirschner, 75-34 in 10th season at Ben Davis, 89-60 in 14th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Lawrence North beat Carmel, 27-20. Ben Davis lost to Warren Central, 35-34.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Ben Davis, 35-14, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Lawrence North goes to Warren Central and Ben Davis travels to Carmel.

COACHES CORNER: "We must be physical in both aspects (mentally and physically) of the game to give ourselves the chance to win." – Lawrence North coach Pat Mallory.

"They will try and control the clock and line of scrimmage with their big offensive line and powerful running backs. We must use our quickness to slow down their offense and create mismatches with our offense vs. their defense." – Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner.

LAWRENCEBURG (4-1) AT BATESVILLE (4-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Dawg Pound.

COACHES: Ryan Knigga, 41-20 in sixth season at Lawrenceburg. Evan Ulery, 4-1 in first season at Batesville.

LAST CONTEST: Lawrenceburg lost to Franklin County, 34-20. Batesville lost to East Central, 35-14.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Batesville, 29-17, November 6, 2015, sectional.

UP NEXT: Lawrenceburg hosts Rushville and Batesville plays host to Greensburg.

MISHAWAKA MARIAN (5-0) AT BREMEN (4-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Don Bunge Field.

COACHES: Reggie Glon, 150-96 in 23rd season at Mishawaka Marian. Jordan Leeper, 4-1 in first season at Bremen.

LAST CONTEST: Mishawaka Marian beat Jimtown, 30-7. Bremen lost to New Prairie, 28-6.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Mishawaka Marian, 35-28, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Mishawaka Marian travels to New Prairie and Bremen plays at South Bend Washington.

COACHES CORNER: "To win against a very tough, well-coached Bremen team, we will need to be fundamentally sound, make no mistakes, play hard for 48 minutes from all three phases of our football team. They gave us everything we could handle last year and expect the same type of game this week." – Marian coach Reggie Glon.

WESTFIELD (4-1) AT BROWNSBURG (5-0)

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

COACHES: Jake Gilbert, 38-26 in sixth season at Westfield, 68-62 in 12th season overall. John Hart, 5-0 in first season at Brownsburg, 273-82 in 32nd season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Westfield lost to Hamilton Southeastern, 21-20. Brownsburg beat Fishers, 14-10.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Brownsburg, 59-30, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Westfield hosts Avon and Brownsburg travels to Zionsville.

COACHES CORNER: "We have to respond from our first loss and play with less mistakes. Brownsburg has lots of weapons, so we will have to play solid defense and keep the ball in front of us. They don't turn it over much, so we will have to take care of it ourselves. I really like what they do. It will come down to execution from us both." – Westfield coach Jake Gilbert.

"Westfield may be the best overall team we have played. We need to fix us. We dropped three touchdown passes, seven drops overall, and we missed on a couple other opportunities last week. If we score on those drops, we win 35-10 against a really good Fishers team. We also missed a punt (Charlie Brown style) that led to Fishers' only score." – Brownsburg coach John Hart.

BEST OF THE REST

ADAMS CENTRAL (5-0) AT SOUTH ADAMS (4-1)

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

COACHES: Michael Mosser, 51-34 in eighth season at Adams Central. Grant Moser, 5-10 in second season at South Adams.

LAST CONTEST: Adams Central beat Heritage, 35-6. South Adams beat Wes-Del, 35-0.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Adams Central, 40-3, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Adams Central hosts Southern Wells and South Adams travels to Jay County.

CONCORD (3-2) AT JIMTOWN (3-2)

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

COACHES: Craig Koehler, 11-5 in second season at Concord. Mike. Campbell, 82-25 in ninth season at Jimtown.

LAST CONTEST: Concord lost to Goshen, 28-25. Jimtown lost to Mishawaka Marian, 30-7.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Jimtown, 31-27, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Concord plays host to Plymouth and Jimtown plays Riley at Jackson Field.

CULVER (4-1) AT KNOX (4-1)

KICKOFF: 6:30 p.m. CDT, Community Field.

COACHES: Mike Zehner, 4-1 in first season at Culver, 31-17 in fifth season overall. John Hendryx, 10-7 in second season at Knox, 185-83 in 24th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Culver beat Triton, 40-26. Knox beat John Glenn, 34-21.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Knox, 17-0, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Culver hosts Caston and Knox plays host to Pioneer.

GREENCASTLE (5-0) AT SULLIVAN (4-1)

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

COACHES: Mike Meyer, 25-41 in seventh season at Greencastle, 29-67 in 10th season overall. Trent Olson, 52-45 in 10th season at Sullivan, 70-69 in 14th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Greencastle beat Cascade, 31-13. Sullivan beat South Vermillion, 70-6.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Sullivan, 59-6, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Greencastle hosts Northview and Sullivan plays host to South Putnam.

GREENWOOD (4-1) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (4-1)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. EDT, Guerin Catholic Field.

COACHES: Mike Campbell, 54-61 in 11th season at Greenwood. Tom Dilley, 21-8 in third season at Guerin Catholic, 101-85 in 17th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Greenwood lost to Plainfield, 28-0. Guerin Catholic beat Indianapolis Broad Ripple, 60-8.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Guerin Catholic, 31-21, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Greenwood travels to Decatur Central and Guerin Catholic hosts Brebeuf Jesuit.

HANOVER CENTRAL (5-0) AT WHITING (5-0)

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. CDT, Ray Gallivan Stadium.

COACHES: Pete Koulianos, 11-4 in second season at Hanover Central. Jeff Cain, 169-77 in 23rd season at Whiting.

LAST CONTEST: Hanover Central beat Boone Grove, 35-7. Whiting beat Lake Station, 24-0.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Whiting, 42-21, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Hanover Central hosts Wheeler and Whiting hosts Calumet.

MERRILLVILLE (3-2) AT LAPORTE (5-0)

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

COACHES: Brad Seiss, 10-7 in second season at Merrillville, 23-24 in fifth season overall. Dave Sharpe, 11-4 in second season at LaPorte, 23-14 in fourth season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Merrillville lost to Michigan City, 42-35. LaPorte beat Lake Central, 35-17.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Merrillville, 38-16, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Merrillville hosts Valparaiso and LaPorte hosts Crown Point.

MONROE CENTRAL (5-0) AT WES-DEL (4-1)

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

COACHES: John Hochstetler, 28-21 in fifth season at Monroe Central, 115-104 in 20th season overall. Brad Hess, 16-19 in fourth season at Wes-Del.

LAST CONTEST: Monroe Central beat Tri-Central, 56-0. Wes-Del lost to South Adams, 35-0.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Monroe Central, 42-6, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Monroe Central hosts Eastern Hancock and Wes-Del hosts Indianapolis Tindley.

MONROVIA (4-1) AT BEECH GROVE (4-1)

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

COACHES: Kevin Hutchins, 66-28 in eighth season at Monrovia, 83-61 in 13th season overall. Mark Weller, 24-34 in sixth season at Beech Grove, 37-55 in ninth season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Monrovia beat Speedway, 56-18. Beech Grove beat Indianapolis Howe, 47-33.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Monrovia, 57-28, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Monrovia travels to Indianapolis Lutheran and Beech Grove hosts Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.

PERU (4-1) AT WABASH (4-1)

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

COACHES: Bob Prescott, 39-47 in ninth season at Peru, 100-125 in 22nd season overall. Floyd McWhirt, 15-41 in sixth season at Wabash.

LAST CONTEST: Peru beat Maconaquah, 43-3. Wabash lost to Southwood, 54-29.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Peru, 21-20, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Peru plays at Southwood and Wabash travels to North Miami.

TRI-WEST (4-1) VS. LEBANON (4-1)

KICKOFF: 8:30 p.m. EDT, Lucas Oil Stadium.

COACHES: Chris Coll, 74-42 in 11th season at Tri-West. Neil Kazmierczak, 7-9 in second season at Lebanon.

LAST CONTEST: Tri-West beat Western Boone, 21-17. Lebanon beat Frankfort, 76-39.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Tri-West, 37-14, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Tri-West hosts Southmont and Lebanon plays at Crawfordsville.

ZIONSVILLE (3-2) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (4-1)

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

COACHES: Pat Echeverria, 11-16 in third season at Zionsville, 34-30 in sixth season overall. Scott May, 81-25 in 10th season at Hamilton Southeastern, 84-44 in 12th season overall.

LAST CONTEST: Zionsville lost to Noblesville, 45-24. Hamilton Southeastern beat Westfield, 21-20.

PREVIOUS MEETING: Hamilton Southeastern, 35-21, September 25, 2015.

UP NEXT: Zionsville hosts Brownsburg and Hamilton Southeastern plays at Noblesville.

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