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August 17, 2012

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Terre Haute South at Indian Creek

Kickoff — 7 p.m.

Airwaves — None in the Wabash Valley.

Records — It’s the season opener for both teams. South’s Braves were 3-7 a year ago, Indian Creek’s Braves 8-5 after winning Class 3A’s Sectional 22.

Last meeting — The schools have never played each other in high school football.

Coaches — Mark Raetz is 12-38 in his sixth season at South. Mike Gillin is 99-29 at Indian Creek, 265-101 in his 34th season overall.

Outlook — South may be facing just a Class 3A team tonight, but it’s a good Class 3A team that’s won back-to-back sectionals. Although South’s Danny Etling is deservedly being mentioned among the nation’s best high school quarterbacks, Indian Creek’s passing game — quarterback Matthew Wray to Brenden Smith and Cory Utecht — posted better numbers a year ago.

Injuries, lineup changes — South is healthy, although safety Dillon Bell will miss the game because of being ejected from the team’s sectional game a year ago. Utecht is questionable for Indian Creek, but its Braves have added a new receiving threat in senior Morgan Morrison, formerly just a linebacker.

Words from Raetz — “I saw a lot of positive things [from the scrimmage against Northview]. In the first two segments we moved the ball well and played well defensively.

“I think [Indian Creek is] a good team, with something like 10 or 11 straight winning seasons. Coach Gillin is probably among the top five active coaches [in Indiana] in wins. They throw the ball well, and I imagine it will be tough to play at their place.”

Words from Gillin — “I don’t know if any coach is probably happy [about how his team played in one scrimmage, Indian Creek facing Greensburg last week]. We’ve got work to do and we’ve got to get after it right away.

“I’m not really sure what kind of game plan we’ll see [from South]. I saw them in 7-on-7 in the summer, so I know how good their quarterback is. It’ll be a tough test, but we’re going to compete and see how we stack up.”

— By Andy Amey

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