THE INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST'S TOP GAMES – WEEK SIX
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
BREBEUF JESUIT (4-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (3-2)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Roncalli Field.
COACHES: Mic Roessler, 4-1 in 1st year at Brebeuf Jesuit. Bruce Scifres, 212-75 in 24th year at Indianapolis Roncalli.
LAST OUTING: Brebeuf Jesuit beat Culver Academy, 37-13. Indianapolis Roncalli beat Indianapolis Scecina, 20-7.
VS. COMMON FOES: Brebeuf Jesuit 1-0, Indianapolis Roncalli 0-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Brebeuf Jesuit 12-13, Indianapolis Roncalli 19-6.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Indianapolis Roncalli, 7-1.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Roncalli, 17-3, Sep. 21, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We need to continue focusing on the little things that have challenged us in the past. This week's game presents another great opportunity for us to improve and evaluate where we stand at this point of the season." – Brebeuf coach Mic Roessler.
"Defensively, we must contain their tailback (LeVante Bellamy). He is the most talented player we have seen this season. On offense, we must stay on blocks and not turn the ball over. They are VERY aggressive on defense!" – Roncalli coach Bruce Scifres.
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (5-0) AT CASTLE (3-2)
GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Castle Field.
COACHES: Mike Goebel, 164-49 in 17th year at Evansville Mater Dei. Doug Hurt, 61-28 in 8th year at Castle.
LAST OUTING: Evansville Mater Dei beat Evansville North, 35-14. Castle beat Evansville Central, 39-14.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Evansville Mater Dei 6-13, Castle 15-10.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Evansville Mater Dei, 9-6.
LAST MEETING: Castle, 35-21, Oct. 5, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Castle is a vastly improved team from the beginning of the season to present. After shutting out Reitz and soundly defeating Central, we have a huge challenge ahead. Defensively, we must slow Christian Peach (over 300 yards rushing vs. Central) and be ready for a rapidly improving passing attack that Coach Hurt has devised. Castle's defense is solid and the line play on both sides is formidable. We must eliminate mistakes as the Knights are very opportunistic, have continued good line play, and we have to be focused on our special team's efforts. Castle has quietly, but not without notice, become a leading team in the SIAC." – Mater Dei coach Mike Goebel.
FLOYD CENTRAL (4-1) AT COLUMBUS EAST (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Columbus East Field.
COACHES: Brian Glesing, 41-31 in 7th year at Floyd Central, 81-61 in 13th year overall. Bob Gaddis, 125-29 in 13th year at Columbus East, 243-129 in 35th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Floyd Central beat Jeffersonville, 28-14. Columbus East beat New Albany, 48-20.
VS. COMMON FOES: Floyd Central 1-0, Columbus East 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Floyd Central 8-12, Columbus East 9-16.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Columbus East, 10-5.
LAST MEETING: Columbus East, 31-7, Sep. 21, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Columbus East has dominated our conference the past 10 years and this year is no different. We must limit Markell Jones' big plays, and we must limit there always tough passing attack. If we can limit their big plays and force some turnovers along with us not turning the ball over, we will give ourselves a chance. The Olympians are very well-coached and we welcome the challenge to play a No. 1 ranked team." – Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing.
'As always, Floyd Central is very sound fundamentally. We will need to slow down their running game, control their passing game, and not give up any big plays. We will need to take advantage of our offensive possessions and score some points. Special team's execution and field position will also be important." – Columbus East coach Bob Gaddis.
FORT WAYNE NORTH (2-3) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (4-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Spuller Stadium.
COACHES: Ryan Hall, 24-15 in 4th year at Fort Wayne North. Kurt Tippmann, 46-13 in 5th year at Fort Wayne Snider.
LAST OUTING: Fort Wayne North lost to Mishawaka, 17-14. Fort Wayne Snider beat Fort Wayne Concordia, 14-13.
VS. COMMON FOES: Fort Wayne North 1-0, Fort Wayne Snider 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fort Wayne North 16-9, Fort Wayne Snider 10-15.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Fort Wayne Snider, 20-1.
LAST MEETING: Fort Wayne Snider, 24-14, sectional, Nov. 2, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We need to play four quarters of football. We have lost three games by a total of nine points! We know what Snider is going to do and they know what we are going to do, so it just comes down to execution. If we play all four quarters the Redskin way, we will not only be successful this Friday, but our season will be a successful one." – F.W. North coach Ryan Hall.
"North Side is a very good 2-3 team, having only been beat by some quality teams. They have tremendous speed. On offense, we have to block their guys. They bring all kinds of pressure and run all over the place. We have to identify their fronts and correctly block the scheme for each of our plays. We will have to throw the ball effectively to be successful. Defensively, we have to tackle No. 2 (Michael Lovett). He is dynamic at quarterback and possesses a scoring threat each time he touches the ball. Our defense will have to be extremely disciplined in our approach to rushing the passer and defending the wide open offense. On special teams, we have to win the battle of field position. We have had some big plays on special teams against North Side. We must do the same this week." – F.W. Snider coach Kurt Tippmann.
INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (3-2) AT CINCINNATI ELDER (OHIO) (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Elder Stadium.
COACHES: Vince Lorenzano, 126-25 in 11th year at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 186-94 in 23rd year overall. Doug Ramsey, 64-34 in 10th year at Cincinnati Elder.
LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard beat Indianapolis Ritter, 41-14. Cincinnati Elder lost to Lakewood St. Edward, 48-7.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 15-10, Cincinnati Elder (Ohio) 10-6.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Cincinnati Elder (Ohio), 6-2.
LAST MEETING: Cincinnati Elder (Ohio), 24-7, Sep. 22, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "These are things we need to do to reach our potential as a team. We need to start doing those actions that lead us to reaching our unique potential. We must focus on a higher order of execution on both sides of the ball and on specialty teams. We must learn to collaborate with each other and within the multiple disciplines of the team. For example, when we get a stop and have a short field, we need to score points. We must become a better tackling team. Fundamentals must be adhered to at all times. We must begin to grasp the understanding of total preparation, film evaluation, practice expectations, and completeness of our preparation. We must keep our focus on improvement, not on winning. Winning is a by-product of preparation and development. Finally, we must trust each other as players and as coaches." Bishop Chatard coach Vince Lorenzano.
INDIANAPOLIS CARDINAL RITTER (3-2) AT TRITON CENTRAL (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Triton Central Field.
COACHES: Ty Hunt, 83-16 in 8th year at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter. Tim Able, 5-0 in 1st year at Triton Central, 130-98 in 21st year overall.
LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter lost to Indianapolis Chatard, 41-14. Triton Central beat Lapel, 36-0.
VS. COMMON FOES: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 2-0, Triton Central 2-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 15-10, Triton Central 9-16.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 3-0.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, 35-14, Sep. 22, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We have to get better at bringing a more physical game to the field on Friday nights. That being stated, the physical play starts in how you prepare mentally for a game on Friday during the week. We have to get better is how we prepare to be more physical. We have to get better in our approach. Our mid-season report at a mark of 3-2 going against a 5-0 team means that we have to get better. WE have to accept the challenge that every team on our schedule brings, but first and foremost, we have to be fundamentally sound in our approach. We have to tackle, run, and catch much better and oh yeah, BLOCK!" – Cardinal Ritter coach Ty Hunt.
"Ritter had an explosive offense. We must limit their big plays. Offensively, we must have a balanced attack. Our special teams must continue to give us great field position. It will come down to the execution of the basic fundamentals of football." – Triton Central coach Tim Able.
JIMTOWN (3-2) AT CONCORD (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Jake Field (WTRC, 1340 AM).
COACHES: Mike Campbell, 56-14 in 6th year at Jimtown. Tim Dawson, 171-104 in 25th year at Concord.
LAST OUTING: Jimtown lost to New Prairie, 25-7. Concord beat Goshen, 49-21.
VS. COMMON FOES: Jimtown 0-1, Concord 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Jimtown 15-10, Concord 6-19.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Concord, 8-7.
LAST MEETING: Jimtown, 48-0, Sep. 21, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "The Minutemen are fast and physical with a gifted quarterback (Trevor Wilmore) and an assortment of weapons. We have to cause mistakes for their offense with pressure and move the football on offense and eat up the clock." – Jimtown coach Mike Campbell.
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (3-2) AT BEN DAVIS (3-2)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Giants Stadium.
COACHES: Jed Richman, 3-2 in 1st year at Lawrence Central, 28-11 in 4th year overall. Mike Kirschner, 49-24 in 7th year at Ben Davis, 63-50 in 11th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Lawrence Central lost to Center Grove, 42-10. Ben Davis beat Pike, 49-48, overtime.
VS. COMMON FOES: Lawrence Central 1-0, Ben Davis 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Lawrence Central 9-11, Ben Davis 9-11.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: No meetings.
LAST MEETING: Ben Davis, 33-13, regional, Nov. 14, 1997.
COACHES COMMENTS: "For us to be successful, we must control the line of scrimmage. Ben Davis has very good line play on both sides of the ball. They are very active on defense and have a difficult scheme. We must also not give up the big play. Last week, we were not a sound in that area and Ben Davis has big play potential every snap." – Lawrence Central coach Jed Richman.
"The schedule just does not allow for any mental and physical breakdowns in order to be successful. We are going to have to have some young players step up and take the place of some injured starters. We are going to have to find a way to move the ball on a very physical and athletic defense. On defense we are going to try and contain a quarterback (Tyler Redfern) who can throw and run very well. We need to improve our special teams in order keep moving forward." – Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner.
NEW PALESTINE (5-0) AT YORKTOWN (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Tiger Stadium.
COACHES: Kyle Ralph, 5-0 in 1st year at New Palestine. Mike Wilhelm, 48-43 in 9th year at Yorktown.
LAST OUTING: New Palestine beat Whiteland, 35-10. Yorktown beat Delta, 27-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: New Palestine 1-0, Yorktown 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: New Palestine 13-12, Yorktown 8-17.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: New Palestine, 11-4.
LAST MEETING: Yorktown, 27-20, Sep. 22, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "In order to win, we have to stop their running back (Chandler Carroll) from making big runs. He is a tremendous player and can take over a game if he gets momentum going. We also need to be physical at the line of scrimmage and win the battle at the line." – New Palestine coach Kyle Ralph.
"New Palestine is a well-coached team that plays the game the right way. In order to win on Friday, we have to take advantage of mistakes they make. We must force their high-powered no-huddle offense to turn the ball over. We must contain their very athletic quarterback, Blake Luker, and the leading receiver in the state, Tyler Walden. New Palestine has a run-to-the-ball defense, and they tackle well. We must execute the game plan and exploit their schemes, blitzes, and coverages. Yorktown does not have to play a perfect game, but we must be efficient on offense and prevent the big play on defense." – Yorktown coach Mike Wilhelm.
PAOLI (3-2) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Corydon Central Field.
COACHES: Brian Balsmeyer, 59-29 in 8th year at Paoli. Darin Ward, 59-23 in 8th year at Corydon Central.
LAST OUTING: Paoli beat West Washington, 31-7. Corydon Central beat Eastern (Pekin), 35-0.
VS. COMMON FOES: Paoli 0-1, Corydon Central 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Paoli 14-11, Corydon Central 7-18.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Paoli, 8-7.
LAST MEETING: Corydon Central, 24-16, Sep. 21, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Corydon Central is a very good football team that is well coached. We must control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball to have an opportunity to win the game." – Paoli coach Brian Balsmeyer.
"For us to beat Paoli this Friday night, we must control their mid-line/veer run game and not give up any big plays over the top defensively." – Corydon Central coach Darin Ward.
PIKE (2-3) AT WARREN CENTRAL (4-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Warren Central Field.
COACHES: Derek Moyers, 55-22 in 7th year at Pike, 89-52 in 13th year overall. Jayson West, 4-1 in 1st year at Warren Central, 56-13 in 6th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Pike lost to Ben Davis, 49-48, overtime. Warren Central beat North Central (Indianapolis), 28-26.
VS. COMMON FOES: Pike 1-2, Warren Central 2-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Pike 12-8, Warren Central 11-14.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Warren Central, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Warren Central, 45-7, Aug. 23, 2002.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We need to take care of the football, execute our schemes on offense and defense and lastly, have no breakdowns in the kicking game if we want to compete with Warren Central!" – Pike coach Derek Moyers.
"We have to control the ball to keep Pike off the field, limit Pike's big plays, and win the special teams battle!" – Warren Central coach Jayson West.
RENSSELAER CENTRAL (5-0) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (5-0)
GAME TIME: 8 pm ET, Gordon Straley Field.
COACHES: Chris Meeks, 113-61 in 15th year at Rensselaer Central. Shane Fry, 5-0 in 1st year at West Lafayette.
LAST OUTING: Rensselaer Central beat Twin Lakes, 45-0. West Lafayette beat Tipton, 34-10.
VS. COMMON FOES: Rensselaer Central 1-0, West Lafayette 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Rensselaer Central 11-14, West Lafayette 11-14.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: West Lafayette, 8-7.
LAST MEETING: West Lafayette, 42-18, Sep. 21, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "West Lafayette has a tremendous football team. They are very athletic and play an up-tempo offense. It will be a great challenge, but we look forward to it." – Rensselaer coach Chris Meeks.
"We need to play physical on both sides of the football. We also need to take care of the ball on offense, as their defense plays an attacking style that creates turnovers." – West Lafayette coach Shane Fry.
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (3-2) AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN (4-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Otolski Field.
COACHES: Ben Downey, 32-15 in 4th year at South Bend St. Joseph. Reggie Glon, 127-84 in 20th year at Mishawaka Marian.
LAST OUTING: South Bend St. Joseph lost to South Bend Adams, 40-34. Mishawaka Marian beat South Bend Washington, 34-0.
VS. COMMON FOES: South Bend St. Joseph 0-1, Mishawaka Marian 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: South Bend St. Joseph 12-13, Mishawaka Marian 8-17.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: South Bend St. Joseph, 13-9.
LAST MEETING: Mishawaka Marian, 21-7, sectional, Nov. 2, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "In order to win Friday night, the entire team needs to start fast, compete, and finish. Individually, players need to win individual battles in order to carry out their specific assignments." – S.B. St. Joe coach Ben Downey.
"We will have to play the best football of the season to date to come out with a win this week. We need to take care of the football, win the kick game, and not give up big plays on defense." Marian coach Reggie Glon.
WESTFIELD (4-1) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (4-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Royal Stadium.
COACHES: Jake Gilbert, 12-14 in 3rd year at Westfield, 42-50 in 9th year overall. Scott May, 62-14 in 7th year at Hamilton Southeastern, 65-33 in 9th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Westfield beat Zionsville, 10-7. Hamilton Southeastern beat Lafayette Jeff, 42-22.
VS. COMMON FOES: Westfield 3-1, Hamilton Southeastern 3-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Westfield 9-16, Hamilton Southeastern 10-15.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Hamilton Southeastern, 13-0.
LAST MEETING: Hamilton Southeastern, 41-38, Sep. 22, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To beat Hamilton Southeastern, we will have to win the turnover battle and keep their offense in front of us. They are so explosive on offense that many of their players can score on any given play. We must line up correctly and have great pursuit!" – Westfield coach Jake Gilbert.
"Westfield has a good balanced attack on offense and a solid defense. We must take away the run game to win this game. I hope to control the ball on offense to help keep us off the field on defense as much as possible. It should be a fun night!" – Hamilton Southeastern coach Scott May.
WINAMAC (5-0) AT WEST CENTRAL (5-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, West Central Field.
COACHES: Tim Roth, 207-132 in 33rd year at Winamac. Darren Rodriguez, 29-29 in 6th year at West Central.
LAST OUTING: Winamac beat Tri-County, 55-8. West Central beat South Newton, 56-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: Winamac 3-0, West Central 3-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Winamac 9-16, West Central 8-17.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Tied, 8-8.
LAST MEETING: Winamac, 49-13, sectional, Nov. 2, 2012.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We have to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, give up zero BIG plays, and minimize our penalty situations. If we can do those three things, then I like our chances. It should be a GREAT game. Games like this are what high school sports are all about. Back door rivals playing for championships and bragging rights." - Winamac coach Tim Roth.
"The thing that we have to do to be successful on Friday night against the Warriors is keep our composure and control our emotions. This is going to be a great game with a lot of things on the line, but in the end, it's still just one game in a very long season. I feel the team that can stay level through the ups and downs of the game will give themselves a chance to come out victorious. It will come down to which team executes and tackles the best. We are looking forward to a great game and a great atmosphere for Friday night high school football in Indiana." – West Central coach Darren Rodriguez.