THE INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST'S TOP GAMES – WEEK FOUR
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
CARMEL (1-2) VS LAWRENCE CENTRAL (3-0)
GAME TIME: 8:45 pm ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.
COACHES: Kevin Wright, 32-7 in 4th year at Carmel, 166-61 in 20th year overall. Jed Richman, 3-0 in 1st year at Lawrence Central, 28-9 in 4th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Carmel lost to Center Grove, 35-26. Lawrence Central beat Louisville Trinity (Ky.), 17-13.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Carmel 4-2, Lawrence Central 0-6.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Carmel, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Carmel, 35-14, sectional, Oct. 28, 2011.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To win this week, we must be able to sustain drives against their defense and score points when we get in the red zone. Last week their defense held a very good Louisville Trinity team to under 50 yards rushing and scored all their points on defense, so we have to handle their pressure. Defensively, we have to get back to the basics and do a better job of tackling. They have some very explosive offensive weapons, so not giving up big plays will be very important to our success. This is the third elite team we have played in a row. We have lost the last two games by a touchdown each. We now have to find a way to finish and win those close games against very good opponents." – Carmel coach Kevin Wright.
CULVER MILITARY ACADEMY (2-1) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (3-0)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, LaRocca Field.
COACHES: Andy Dorrel, 88-77 in 16th year at Culver military Academy. Kevin O'Shea, 71-3 in 6th year at Lafayette Central Catholic, 171-66 in 21st year overall.
LAST OUTING: Culver Military Academy beat Buchanan (Mich.), 45-20. Lafayette Central Catholic beat Twin Lakes, 30-14.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Culver Military Academy 3-3, Lafayette Central Catholic 3-6.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Lafayette Central Catholic, 7-4.
LAST MEETING: Culver Military Academy, 14-12, Sep. 7, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Once again, (LCC) Coach (Kevin) O'Shea has a very well-coached and disciplined team. In order for the CMA Eagles to be successful on Friday, we will need to protect the football and minimize our mistakes. We believe that if we can execute our game plan, prevent LCC from creating big play opportunities, and take full advantage of every scoring opportunity we have, we can emerge victorious. However, LCC is a ball club that expects to win and will be extremely difficult to defeat on their home field." CMA coach Andy Dorrel.
"They (CMA) have an outstanding offensive team, so containing their speed on the perimeter is our priority. Our defense must play assignment football and tackle well in the open field." – LCC coach Kevin O'Shea.
EVANSVILLE REITZ (1-2) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (3-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Central Stadium.
COACHES: Andy Hape, 1-2 in 1st year at Evansville Reitz. Andy Owen, 44-26 in 7th year at Evansville Central.
LAST OUTING: Evansville Reitz lost to Castle, 17-0. Evansville Central beat Evansville Bosse, 56-38.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Evansville Reitz 2-1, Evansville Central 3-3.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Evansville Reitz, 16-4.
LAST MEETING: Evansville Reitz, 43-42, overtime, sectional, Oct. 26, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Central has quite a few offensive weapons. We have talked all week about competing from the time we get off the bus until the horn blows. If our team does that, we feel good things can happen." Evansville Reitz coach Andy Hape.
"Central will have to continue the success that we have had on the offensive side of the ball. We must also be consistent in the kicking game. Our defense must continue to get better with 10 new starters this season. Limiting the big play from the Reitz offense will be a tough task. It will be a great atmosphere in Evansville at Central Stadium. This game has been a big attraction the last few years." – Evansville Central coach Andy Owen.
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (3-0) AT PENN (3-0)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Freed Field (WGCS, 91.1 FM; WTRC. 95.3 FM).
COACHES: Kurt Tippmann, 45-12 in 5th year at Fort Wayne Snider. Cory Yeoman, 109-25 in 11th year at Penn.
LAST OUTING: Fort Wayne Snider beat Fort Wayne Northrop, 35-28. Penn beat Elkhart Central, 49-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fort Wayne Snider 2-7, Penn 4-5.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Penn, 3-2.
LAST MEETING: Fort Wayne Snider, 28-20, Sep. 8, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To beat Penn, we will have to play a game where we do not beat ourselves. We have struggled up to this point with penalties and mistakes of our own, not due to our opponent. Penn will not make many mistakes. We will also have to play an extremely physical game to be successful. Penn is as tough and well coached as any team in the State of Indiana. It will be a great experience and a good measuring stick on where we are at as a team." – F.W. Snider coach Kurt Tippmann.
"We have to find a way to limit Snider's big play potential." – Penn coach Cory Yeoman.
HAMILTON HEIGHTS (2-1) AT LEWIS CASS (1-2)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Owens Field.
COACHES: Mitch Street, 24-6 in 3rd year at Hamilton Heights. Scott Mannering, 201-100 in 28th year at Lewis Cass.
LAST OUTING: Hamilton Heights beat Maconaquah, 61-14. Lewis Cass lost to Northwestern, 14-8.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Hamilton Heights 5-4, Lewis Cass 7-2.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Hamilton Heights, 9-4.
LAST MEETING: Hamilton Heights, 45-7, Sep. 8, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "In order for us to beat the Kings, we must stay disciplined defensively and follow our rules. If we fail to do this, they will have an answer for our mistakes. Offensively, we must continue to be balanced, get the ball to our playmakers, and take care of the football." – Hamilton Heights coach Mitch Street.
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (2-1) AT ZIONSVILLE (2-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Eagles Stadium.
COACHES: Scott May, 60-14 in 7th year at Hamilton Southeastern, 63-33 in 9th year overall. Larry McWhorter, 149-55 in 18th year at Zionsville.
LAST OUTING: Hamilton Southeastern beat Brownsburg, 37-0. Zionsville beat Noblesville, 14-9.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Hamilton Southeastern 4-5, Zionsville 5-4.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Hamilton Southeastern, 9-3.
LAST MEETING: Hamilton Southeastern, 50-35, Sep. 7, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Zionsville like always is well-coached. We will have to move the ball early on them by mixing up the run and pass to keep them off balance. Our defense will need to contain their quarterback (Joshua Hinkle). He is good out of the pocket and can cause us problems running the ball." – Hamilton Southeastern coach Scott May.
"The first thing that we will have to do is move the ball more consistently and score. At the present, we are a 14-point team in a 30-point/game league. We also must continue to improve special team play and continue to play at a high level on defense against a very aggressive HSE offense." – Zionsville coach Larry McWhorter.
INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (2-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (1-2)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, TBA.
COACHES: Vince Lorenzano, 125-24 in 11th year at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 185-93 in 23rd year overall. Rick Streiff, 181-54 in 19th year at Indianapolis Cathedral, 202-86 in 24th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard beat Indianapolis Roncalli, 35-20. Indianapolis Cathedral beat South Bend St. Joseph, 50-40.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 5-4, Indianapolis Cathedral 6-3.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Indianapolis Cathedral, 11-4.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 21-7, Sep. 8, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Controlling of the line of scrimmage will be huge. Chatard has a huge offensive line and we cannot be mauled by them. We must score when given opportunities and maintain our composure. It's a huge rival game and stakes are bragging rights for the seniors for the rest of their lives." – Cathedral coach Rick Streiff.
MARTINSVILLE (3-0) VS DECATUR CENTRAL (0-3)
GAME TIME: 6 pm ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.
COACHES: Fred Kutruff, 35-29 in 7th year at Martinsville, 121-72 in 19th year overall. Justin Dixson, 21-22 in 5th year at Decatur Central.
LAST OUTING: Martinsville beat Greenwood, 35-14. Decatur Central lost to Whiteland, 50-47.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Martinsville 2-7, Decatur Central 6-3.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Decatur Central, 10-3.
LAST MEETING: Decatur Central, 28-17, Sep. 8, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We will have to contain their skilled positions. They have some big playmakers that can score on any play. We will have to be disciplined and be ready for the option. Their quarterback throws well and runs well. On offense, we will have to move the chains and secure the football. They are big and physical. We will have to be efficient and make good reads." – Martinsville coach Fred Kutruff.
"We have to continue to stay balanced offensively, and we must improve our tackling and pursuit defensively to be successful against Martinsville." – Decatur Central coach Justin Dixson.
NEW HAVEN (3-0) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (3-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Charger Field.
COACHES: Jim Rowland, 72-67 in 13th year at New Haven. Doug Dinan, 26-13 in 4th year at Carroll (Fort Wayne).
LAST OUTING: New Haven beat DeKalb, 54-0. Carroll (Fort Wayne) beat Norwell, 70-15.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: New Haven 3-6, Carroll (Fort Wayne) 1-8.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Carroll (Fort Wayne), 10-5.
LAST MEETING: New Haven, 33-14, Sep. 8, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Carroll is a very good football team, and they present challenges for us on both sides of the ball. Drue Tranquil is a big threat any time he touches the ball, but they have several other players that consistently make big plays for them. In order to be successful, we have to control the line of scrimmage and bottle up their rushing game as best as we can. Offensively, we have to really move the chains and try to keep their offense off the field. Both defenses are a bit underrated in my opinion, so I look for this week's game to be very competitive." – New Haven coach Jim Rowland.
"For us to be successful this weekend we must do three things. We must win the battle up front on both the offensive and defensive lines. We must win the turnover battle by taking care of the football on offense and creating turnovers on defense. We must change momentum with special teams and positively affect field position." – Carroll (FW) coach Doug Dinan.
NEW PALESTINE (3-0) AT DELTA (3-0)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Delta Stadium.
COACHES: Kyle Ralph, 3-0 in 1st year at New Palestine. Grant Zgunda, 148-36 in 16th year at Delta, 185-48 in 21st year overall.
LAST OUTING: New Palestine beat Pendleton Heights, 46-7. Delta beat Greenfield-Central, 60-7.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: New Palestine 5-4, Delta 4-5.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Delta, 12-5.
LAST MEETING: Delta, 21-6, Sep. 8, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To win, we have to stop their big plays on offense and control the run game. On offense, we need to protect the football and not give them extra offensive opportunities." – New Palestine coach Kyle Ralph.
NORTH VERMILLION (3-0) AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (3-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Thunderbird Field.
COACHES: Brian Crabtree, 15-1 in 2nd year at North Vermillion, 50-40 in 9th year overall. Travis Nolting, 19-5 in 3rd year at North Central (Farmersburg).
LAST OUTING: North Vermillion beat Covington, 60-0. North Central (Farmersburg) beat Turkey Run, 75-0.
VS. COMMON FOES: North Vermillion 1-0, North Central (Farmersburg) 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: North Vermillion 1-8, North Central (Farmersburg) 2-7.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: North Vermillion, 13-6.
LAST MEETING: North Vermillion, 27-14, sectional, Oct. 26, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "In order for us to be successful on Friday night, we must control the tempo of the game by establishing our ground and pound attack with fullback Chase VanSchoyck and quarterback Dillon Bailey. Defensively, we must play assignment football and contain North Vermillion quarterback Brayden Woodard. He is a great athlete that can make things develop. We are eager to 'finish the job' this season and prove that we ARE contenders in 1A football this season." – North Central Farmersburg coach Travis Nolting.
PIKE (2-1) AT CENTER GROVE (3-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Center Grove Field.
COACHES: Derek Moyers, 55-20 in 7th year at Pike, 89-50 in 13th year overall. Eric Moore, 131-49 in 15th year at Center Grove, 179-54 in 19th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Pike beat Indianapolis Tech, 30-17. Center Grove beat Carmel, 35-26.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Pike 1-5, Center Grove 5-4.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Center Grove, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Center Grove, 16-8, Aug. 27, 2010.
COACHES COMMENTS: "In order for the Red Devils to come out of Center Grove with a victory, we must take care of the little things, be disciplined, and eliminate turnovers. If we execute our offense and defense and not allow the BIG play from Center Grove, we have a great opportunity to get the win." – Pike coach Derek Moyers.
"The Trojans must play physical defense and not let the outstanding Pike running backs break long runs for scores. The Trojan defense must be very active and not let the unbelievable Pike receivers get deep and score on long pass plays. Simply earn every yard tonight is our fight song. On offense, the Trojans must do what we do best, run the ball, and make Pike defend the spread as well as the wing T. First downs will be as important as scores in this game. We must control Pike's ability to make huge special teams plays will also figure into tonight's contest." – Center Grove coach Eric Moore.
SPEEDWAY (2-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS CARDINAL RITTER (2-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Marian College.
COACHES: Denny Pelley, 190-79 in 24th year at Speedway, 284-131 in 39th year overall. Ty Hunt, 82-15 in 8th year at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.
LAST OUTING: Speedway beat Beech Grove, 37-19. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter lost to Brebeuf Jesuit, 49-28.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Speedway 5-4, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 5-4.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Tied, 9-9.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 49-21, sectional, Oct. 26, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We have to improve the fundamentals of tackling and work on getting eleven guys to the ball. We must contain (Speedway's) Justin Brent on offense and make them work just as hard as us on defense. We are looking forward to improving based on what we saw on film and as a team from last week's mistakes. We must hit, wrap, and run our feet!" – Cardinal Ritter coach Ty Hunt.
TIPTON (3-0) AT RENSSELAER CENTRAL (3-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Harrison Field.
COACHES: Aaron Tolle, 65-31 in 9th year at Tipton. Chris Meeks, 111-61 in 15th year at Rensselaer Central.
LAST OUTING: Tipton beat Benton Central, 65-14. Rensselaer Central beat North Judson, 56-7.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Tipton 4-5, Rensselaer Central 3-6.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Tipton, 7-5.
LAST MEETING: Tipton, 40-18, Sep. 8, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "I think the biggest thing this week for the Blue Devils to be successful is that we have to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. We have been able to do this for the most part over the first three games, but Rensselaer will present a new challenge to us. I also feel like the team that wins the special teams battle and has the least turnovers will have an outstanding chance to win the game." – Tipton coach Aaron Tolle.
WARREN CENTRAL (2-1) AT BEN DAVIS (2-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Giants Stadium.
COACHES: Jayson West, 2-1 in 1st year at Warren Central, 54-13 in 6th year overall. Mike Kirschner, 48-23 in 7th year at Ben Davis, 62-49 in 11th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Warren Central beat Lawrence North, 54-14. Ben Davis beat North Central (Indianapolis), 28-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: Warren Central 1-0, Ben Davis 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Warren Central 4-5, Ben Davis 1-5.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Warren Central, 13-9.
LAST MEETING: Ben Davis, 6-3, Sep. 8, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We have to win the turnover battle, win field position battle, and win the big play battle!" – Warren Central coach Jayson West.
"This is another big test for us. The number of penalties and turnovers we have had continue to slow us down and must get fixed. We must show better discipline and leadership on and off the field in order to have any success against a very good Warren Central football team." Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner.