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September 7, 2012

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Terre Haute South at Carmel

Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.

Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.

Records — Terre Haute South’s Braves (2-1, 0-1 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) go on the road to face the top-ranked Carmel Greyhounds (3-0, 1-0), the defending Class 5A state champions.

Last meeting — Carmel won 54-7 last year.

Last time South beat Carmel — Carmel has won by at least 47 points the last four seasons. The Braves beat them 21-14 in overtime in the last regular-season game of the 2002 season.  

Coaches — Mark Raetz is 14-39 in his sixth season at South. Kevin Wright is 26-3 in his third year at Carmel and 161-57 in his 19th season overall.

Outlook — The Braves had trouble stopping the running games of Terre Haute North in the second half two weeks ago and of Vincennes Lincoln in the first half last week. That would have been a fatal flaw against last year’s Carmel team that loved to pound the ball up the middle. This year the Greyhounds are a spread team, but that might not be good news — Carmel’s two-quarterback attack seems potent again. And depth is always a concern against the Greyhounds.

Injuries, lineup changes — The Braves probably won’t have wide receiver/safety Jacob Johnson back yet, and strong safety Logan Deady remains questionable. But linebacker Derik Whalen returns to the lineup, defensive end Howie Lawson and and cornerback Kane Wilford are expected back after missing last week, and defensive back Taxi Brown is healthy for the first time since before the team’s preseason scrimmage. Whalen’s return could allow Pedro Piloni to return to running back, where he and Ian Newton will be a one-two punch, but the Danny Etling-Tyler Seibert passing combination is still the Braves’ best weapon.

A healthy Carmel team is led defensively by lineman Vic Roe and a pair of three-year starting linebackers, John Kenny and Loukas Sinnis. Senior quarterback Brandon Lugar is the team’s top rusher, junior quarterback John Lampe had 24 completions last week in a win over sixth-ranked Center Grove, tying a school record set by former Colts quarterback Mark Herrmann, and junior receiver Austin Roberts is being recruited by some of the top college programs in the country.

Words from Raetz — “[Last Friday’s 34-0 decision at Vincennes] was a good win; anytime you can win is good. I thought we played a good second half, and hopefully we can build off that momentum this week.

“[The Greyhounds] are another solid team like they usually are. They are very well coached and are sound on both sides of the ball.”

Words from Wright — “We’re probably overrated a little bit [at No. 1], but we haven’t lost; rankings are fun for fans who don’t know what reality is.

“Danny Etling is a very, very good quarterback, one of the best in the country, and [the Braves] have good skill kids. They have potential to put points up on the board. We’ll have to snap back and refocus [after a 31-21 win at rival Center Grove], because they’re good enough to beat us if we don’t play well. We’ll try to use our depth to our advantage.”

— By Andy Amey

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