THE INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST'S 2014 TOP GAMES WEEK FIVE
BY PAUL CONDRY AND MATT KOPSEA
BELLMONT (3-1) AT HOMESTEAD (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Dave Walters Stadium.
COACHES: Larry Getts, 18-20 in 4th year at Bellmont, 37-56 in 9th year overall. Chad Zolman, 88-26 in 11th year at Homestead.
LAST OUTING: Bellmont lost to Norwell, 20-3. Homestead beat Columbia City, 27-20.
VS. COMMON FOES: Bellmont 1-0. Homestead 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Bellmont 6-10, Homestead 8-8.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Homestead, 24-6.
LAST MEETING: Bellmont, 14-13, overtime, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Homestead is a good team that is well coached. We will need to play hard, together, and smart. If we can control the clock, keep points off the board, and score on our opportunities, we will be in the game." – Bellmont coach Larry Getts.
"Bellmont runs the double wing offense very effectively. We must be disciplined, read our keys, and tackle well on Friday. Offensively, we are actually as healthy as we have been since game 1. Our quarterback, Logan Ormsby, is back after missing last week, and our starting slot, Austin Krider, is back after being sidelined since the first quarter of game one. We have seen improvement up front and believe that if we are efficient and stay out of long yardage plays we will be successful." – Homestead coach Chad Zolman
BEN DAVIS (4-0) AT WARREN CENTRAL (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Warren Central Field.
COACHES: Mike Kirschner, 58-25 in 8th year at Ben Davis, 72-51 in 12th year overall. Jayson West, 15-3 in 2nd year at Warren Central, 67-15 in 7th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Ben Davis beat Center Grove, 28-0. Warren Central beat Lawrence Central, 41-22.
VS. COMMON FOES: Ben Davis 2-0. Warren Central 2-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Ben Davis 6-9, Warren Central 3-12.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Warren Central, 21-18.
LAST MEETING: Warren Central, 24-7, Sep. 13, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "When playing the defending state champions you have to come prepared to play a perfect game. They are fast and physical, so we are going to have to protect the football and limit the mental mistakes." – Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner.
"We cannot have turnovers, penalties and/or lose the big play battle!" – Warren Central coach Jayson West.
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (4-0) AT SOUTHPORT (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Perry Stadium.
COACHES: Mo Moriarity, 151-38 in 17th year at Bloomington South, 255-79 in 29th year overall. Bill Peebles, 49-50 in 10th year at Southport.
LAST OUTING: Bloomington South beat Bloomington North, 37-13. Southport beat Terre Haute North, 21-17.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Bloomington South 6-10, Southport 6-10.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Bloomington South, 8-6.
LAST MEETING: Southport, 35-28, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Southport is a very good team. Coach Peebles has done an unbelievable job building an outstanding program. We will have to play well in order to win! It is at their place and it is their homecoming, so we have our work cut out for us." – Bloomington South coach Mo Moriarity.
"Bloomington South is much improved under Mo. For us to be successful this week, we have to take care of the ball. South has been hawkish on defense this year. They have forced a ton of turnovers. We will have to play our best game to beat them." – Southport coach Bill Peebles.
BROWNSBURG (3-1) AT FISHERS (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Clarian Field.
COACHES: Brett Comer, 52-38 in 9th year at Brownsburg. Rick Wimmer, 66-32 in 9th year at Fishers, 230-115 in 32nd year overall.
LAST OUTING: Brownsburg beat Avon, 27-7. Fishers beat Hamilton Southeastern, 41-10.
VS. COMMON FOES: Brownsburg 0-1, Fishers 0-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Brownsburg 7-9, Fishers 6-10.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Fishers, 5-3.
LAST MEETING: Fishers, 41-17, Oct. 18, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We will need treat our trip to Fishers as a business trip and play a solid game. Limiting turnovers on offense and being opportunistic on defense! Special teams are always important when we play Fishers. Several games have been won or lost on special teams in this series. Limiting the Fishers running game is also very important." – Brownsburg coach Brett Comer.
"In order for to win this week's game against Brownsburg, we will need to be very good against their outstanding junior running back Toks Akinribade. He leads the Hoosier Crossroads Conference in rushing with nearly 800 rushing yards. They have been throwing the ball better every week as well with their sophomore quarterback Hunter Johnson passing for 289 yards last week in their win over Avon. They are obviously a well balanced offense that is very difficult to defend. Limiting their production will be a real challenge for our defense. Offensively, we must continue to run the ball well as we have done in most of our games. Last week, our quarterback Zach Eaton had his best game of the year completing 15 of 20 passes to 11 different receivers. We will need that kind of relative balance as well. We are plus six in the turnover category and we need to finish this game in the plus as well." – Fishers coach Rick Wimmer.
CINCINNATI LASALLE (OHIO) (3-0) AT FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Zollner Stadium.
COACHES: Nate Moore, 6-7 in 2nd year at Cincinnati LaSalle. Chris Svarczkopf, 131-35 in 13th year at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger.
LAST OUTING: Cincinnati LaSalle beat Princeton, 41-0. Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger beat Fort Wayne Northrop, 40-13.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio) 2-8, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 3-13.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, 31-24, overtime, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "This may be the one of the best teams we will play all year. It will take nothing less than our best effort by every single player on every single play in practice and on Friday for us to have a chance. We must control the ball, aim for no turnovers or penalties, limit them to two scores, and win the special teams battle." – Bishop Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf.
CINCINNATI ST. XAVIER (OHIO) (2-1) VS INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (1-2)
GAME TIME: 8 pm ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.
COACHES: Steve Specht, 86-31 in 10th year at Cincinnati St. Xavier. Rick Streiff, 191-59 in 20th year at Indianapolis Cathedral, 212-91 in 25th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Cincinnati St. Xavier lost to Brentwood Academy, 30-27. Indianapolis Cathedral beat Indianapolis Chatard, 28-20.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio) 8-3, Indianapolis Cathedral 11-1.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio), 11-0.
LAST MEETING: Cincinnati St. Xavier (Ohio), 15-6, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "In order to win, we need to take care of the football and create offensive opportunities with our defense. They will be tough to drive the length of the field against, so we must minimize penalties and keep mental mistakes to a minimum." -Cathedral coach Rick Streiff.
EAST NOBLE (3-1) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Charger Field.
COACHES: Luke Amstutz, 19-7 in 3rd year at East Noble, 45-22 in 7th year overall. Doug Dinan, 36-16 in 5th year at Carroll (Fort Wayne).
LAST OUTING: East Noble beat DeKalb, 49-14. Carroll (Fort Wayne) beat New Haven, 22-19, overtime.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: East Noble 7-9, Carroll (Fort Wayne) 7-9.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Tied, 16-16.
LAST MEETING: East Noble, 27-7, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To win, we must be able to stop the run against a committed running team, and not give up big plays on special teams." – East Noble coach Luke Amstutz.
"East Noble is a very good football team that plays very sound and fast defense. Coach Amstutz and his staff do an excellent job of coaching their kids and having their teams prepared each week. They also have a great mix of run and pass on the offensive side and this balance makes them difficult to defend. For us to be successful, the following must be true. We will have to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. We will have to win the turnover battle creating turnovers while on defense and taking care of the ball while on offense. We must make a difference on special teams with a return, or a blocked punt or kick, or positive field position." – Carroll coach Doug Dinan.
FORT WAYNE WAYNE (4-0) AT FORT WAYNE LUERS (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Luers Field.
COACHES: Scot Shaw, 4-0 in 1st year at Fort Wayne Wayne, 193-66 in 26th year overall. Kyle Lindsay, 5-12 in 2nd year at Fort Wayne Luers.
LAST OUTING: Fort Wayne Wayne beat Fort Wayne North, 35-34. Fort Wayne Luers beat Leo, 21-20.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fort Wayne Wayne 6-10, Fort Wayne Luers 5-11.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Fort Wayne Luers, 20-8.
LAST MEETING: Fort Wayne Wayne, 15-0, Sep. 20, 2013.
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (4-0) AT ATTICA (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Bruce Field.
COACHES: Brian Moore, 23-4 in 3rd year at Fountain Central, 174-37 in 19th year overall. Ryan Good, 46-25 in 7th year at Attica.
LAST OUTING: Fountain Central beat Covington, 63-0. Attica beat Rockville, 21-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: Fountain Central 1-0. Attica 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fountain Central 2-14, Attica 5-11.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Fountain Central, 25-12.
LAST MEETING: Fountain Central, 48-12, Nov. 8, 2013, sectional.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We have to stay efficient on offense. We dropped seven balls last Friday night in a 17-of-28 passing night. We had completed 23 of the last 25 and 28-of-32 prior to Friday. When we do that we are hard to stop offensively because we are running it well too. Defensively, we have to stop the big play that Attica is capable of. They have a couple really good athletes that can take the ball to the house on any play. We are starting to play better defensively. I hope we can get better this week. Attica's offense is very potent when they get going." - Fountain Central coach Brian Moore.
"We need to be able to play defense at the tempo of Fountain Central's no-huddle offense. We will also need to control the pace of the game offensively and execute to keep Fountain Central's offense off the field." – Attica coach Ryan Good.
HAMMOND MORTON (4-0) AT MUNSTER (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm CT, Mustang Field.
COACHES: Roydon Richards, 112-64 in 16th year at Hammond Morton, 135-89 in 21st year overall. Leroy Marsh, 209-147 in 36th year at Munster.
LAST OUTING: Hammond Morton beat Hammond, 53-14. Munster lost to Andrean, 24-20.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Hammond Morton 3-13, Munster 12-4.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Munster, 19-5.
LAST MEETING: Munster, 14-0, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "For us to win this game, we must try to control a very explosive Morton offense and rebound mentally from a disappointing loss last week." – Munster coach Leroy Marsh.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (3-1) AT SHENANDOAH (3-1)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Shenandoah Field.
COACHES: Ron Qualls, 81-57 in 13th year at Heritage Christian. Scott Widner, 59-15 in 7th year at Shenandoah, 59-25 in 8th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Heritage Christian beat Indianapolis Lutheran, 29-28. Shenandoah beat Lapel, 53-27.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Heritage Christian 5-7, Shenandoah 6-10.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Shenandoah, 3-2.
LAST MEETING: Shenandoah, 59-7, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "To win on the road at Shenandoah on their homecoming, we will need to make certain our team is focused. Much like the Shenandoah Wing-T offense, their homecoming will be filled with distractions that could cause a team to lose their focus. We will need to remain focused, reading and understanding the value of our keys, and then playing tremendous 'bend don't break' team defense to slow down the high powered Raider attack. As it says in Psalm 119, we must 'open our eyes to see clearly'. The Wing-T is such a deceptive offense and we must stay focused and see with great clarity. Additionally, our Eagle offense must continue to build on our successes of last week (67% passing, 300 plus yards and scoring 29 points vs. number seven (Class 1A Indianapolis) Lutheran, the most points scored on them this year). We must continue to run an efficient offense (averaging 41 points per game), minimize mistakes, and capitalize on opponent miscues." – Heritage Christian coach Ron Qualls.
"In order to beat Heritage Christian this Friday, we must try to contain their offensive explosive play makers. They have several athletes capable of 'hitting a big one' each time they touch the ball. Offensively, we must attempt to take great care of the ball and win the battle at the line of scrimmage. Special teams could also have an impact on the outcome of this game as their coach does an excellent job of utilizing their athletes in the kicking game." – Shenandoah coach Scott Widner.
IND. BISHOP CHATARD (3-1) VS IND. CARDINAL RITTER (2-2)
GAME TIME: 5:30 pm ET, Lucas Oil Stadium.
COACHES: Vince Lorenzano, 135-28 in 12th year at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 195-97 in 24th year overall. Ty Hunt, 95-18 in 9th year at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.
LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard lost to Indianapolis Cathedral, 28-20. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter beat Speedway, 35-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 1-0. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 0-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 7-8, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter 9-7.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 14-2.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 41-14, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Offensively, we must run the football, secure the football, and defeat them at point of attack. Defensively, we must shutdown their running game, contain their quarterback (Jeffrey) Cmehil, and outhit them. On specialty teams, we must find a score, develop great field position, and tackle." – Bishop Chatard coach Vince Lorenzano.
"Chatard presents a physical style of football that we will have to match. They use their power run game to work the clock. We will have to prevent the big play. Our fundamental reads have to improve. It is the goal to improve with each game. Our opponents make us better as the season moves forward." – Cardinal Ritter coach Ty Hunt.
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (3-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (2-2)
GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Roncalli Field.
COACHES: Ott Hurrle, 154-112 in 23rd year at Indianapolis Scecina, 155-121 in 25th year overall. Bruce Scifres, 219-79 in 25th year at Indianapolis Roncalli.
LAST OUTING: Indianapolis Scecina lost to Beech Grove, 54-22. Indianapolis Roncalli beat Plainfield, 27-3.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Indianapolis Scecina 4-12, Indianapolis Roncalli 9-7.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Indianapolis Roncalli, 27-2.
LAST MEETING: Indianapolis Roncalli, 20-7, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We will have to be at our best and play a vastly improved game from last week. Roncalli's defense is very difficult to prepare for, so our offensive line will have to play much, much better. – Scecina coach Ott Hurrle.
JIMTOWN (3-1) AT NEW PRAIRIE (3-1)
GAME TIME: 6:30 pm CT, Amzie Miller Field.
COACHES: Mike Campbell, 66-16 in 7th year at Jimtown. Russ Radtke, 24-4 in 3rd year at New Prairie, 314-124 in 38th year overall.
LAST OUTING: Jimtown beat Knox, 55-0. New Prairie beat Culver, 56-33.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Jimtown 8-8, New Prairie 9-7.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Jimtown, 25-5.
LAST MEETING: New Prairie, 25-7, Sep. 20, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "We have to be able to run the football and sustain long drives to keep their offense off the field. We have to be able to tackle them on the first hit and not allow them to turn a short gain into a 75-yard touchdown run." – Jimtown coach Mike Campbell.
"We must control the football and make great reads against an aggressive defense. On defense, we must force them to three and outs and allow our offense to control the pace we want to play at." – New Prairie coach Russ Radtke.
VINCENNES LINCOLN (4-0) AT JASPER (4-0)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Alumni Stadium.
COACHES: Jon Heiden, 28-50 in 8th year at Vincennes Lincoln. Tony Ahrens, 109-27 in 12th year at Jasper.
LAST OUTING: Vincennes Lincoln beat Mount Vernon (Posey), 14-10. Jasper beat Heritage Hills, 24-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: Vincennes Lincoln 1-0. Jasper 1-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Vincennes Lincoln 3-13, Jasper 8-8.
SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Jasper, 25-13.
LAST MEETING: Jasper, 64-2, Sep. 21, 2013.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Vincennes is a much improved team. They are 4-0 and playing with confidence. We must stop their option spread attack. Their defense has a very big line and poses a threat of moving the ball. Our line must control the line of scrimmage." – Jasper coach Tony Ahrens.