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TONIGHT: Northview at TH North, 7 p.m.; TH South at Vincennes Lincoln, 7 p.m.; Sullivan at North Knox, 7 p.m.; Fountain Central at Riverton Parke, 7 p.m.; Rockville at South Putnam, 7 p.m.; Owen Valley at South Vermillion, 7 p.m.; Robinson at Red Hill, 7 p.m.; Marshall at Cumberland, 7 p.m.; West Vigo at Brown County, 7:30 p.m.; Oakland City Wood Memorial at Linton, 7:30 p.m.; Tecumseh at North Central, 7:30 p.m.; Indiana Deaf at Union, 7:30 p.m.
A closer look at some of tonight’s games:
West Vigo at Brown County
Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.
Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.
Records — The West Vigo Vikings (1-1, 0-0 WIC) will visit the Brown County Eagles (1-1, 0-1 WIC) for a Western Indiana Conference clash.
Last meeting — On Sept. 2, 2011, West Vigo won at home over Brown County 20-14.
Coaches — Jeff Cobb is 36-39 in his eighth season at the helm for West Vigo, while Ken Wendling is 27-44 in his eighth year at Brown County and 113-127 in his 24th year overall.
Outlook — West Vigo has lost at home to Evansville Harrison 52-7 on the scoreboard before the IHSAA ruled that Harrison had to forfeit for using an ineligible player and lost at home to Greencastle 44-0.
Brown County has won at Cloverdale 22-14 and lost at Owen Valley 41-14.
Injuries, lineups — For West Vigo, senior offensive lineman/linebacker Ethan Boatman (broken leg) is out for the season and senior offensive lineman/linebacker Tyler Murlin (knee) returns this week. Key starters include junior running back/linebacker Skyler Warnock, senior offensive/defensive lineman Patrick McVey and senior wide receiver/safety Chris Nidlinger.
For Brown County, senior guard Kenny Moore (high ankle sprain), senior wide receiver Julian Ercoli (knee) and senior wide receiver/linebacker Brandon Callahan (unknown) are out for at least tonight, senior running back Dylan Quackenbush (mononucleosis) is out until late October and junior wide receiver/defensive end/linebacker Jordan Lucas (foot) is doubtful for tonight.
Coaches’ comments — Cobb on his squad: “We have faced two very athletic and experienced teams and, believe it or not, we had moments where we looked good against both. We’ve just had breakdowns in a quarter that have cost us. We’re looking to get back on the right track as we go into our WIC opener.
Cobb on playing the Eagles: “Brown County’s quarterback [Dillon Boknecht], who has started for them for about 3 1/2 years, has got a good arm. They’re kind of a team in flux right now. They lost some good, quality runners from last year. They’re still trying to find their identity … I’m sure they’re happy to get back home [after opening the season with two road games] and I’m sure they’ll give us everything they’ve got.”
Wendling on his squad: “Right now, I think we’re a team searching for who we are. We had very high expectations for this football team… Our first game, we won. Then we laid a big egg against Owen Valley. In my 40 years of coaching [including time as an assistant], it might have been one of the biggest disappointments I’ve had. Consequently, this week, we’ve really gotten back to basic fundamentals.”
Wendling on playing the Vikings: “They’ve played two pretty good teams so far. West Vigo is a team that’s always dangerous. I think they’re very well-coached. Right now, I think they’re a young ballclub, but they’re a team we have to be careful of.”
— By David Hughes