TERRE HAUTE —
West Vigo at South Vermillion
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled in the Terre Haute area.
The action — West Vigo’s Vikings (2-2, 1-0 Western Indiana Conference) visit the South Vermillion Wildcats (2-2, 1-1 WIC) tonight.
Last meeting — West Vigo won last season 62-8.
Last time South Vermillion beat West Vigo — In 2009, South Vermillion, coached by Ron Whiteman and quarterbacked by Andy Walsh, defeated West Vigo by a score of 32-21.
Coaches — Jeff Cobb is 38-39 in his eighth year at West Vigo. Chuck Sorrell is 2-12 in his second year at South Vermillion.
Outlook — South Vermillion is coming off a come-from-behind victory at Brown County, the Wildcats’ first road win since the 2009 season. South Vermillion quarterback Adam Crouch ran and threw for a touchdown in that game, but it was the Wildcats’ defense that stepped up with a shutout performance in the second half.
West Vigo’s offense will look to get back on track after being shut out by Linton last week.
Injuries, lineup changes — senior offensive lineman/linebacker Ethan Boatman (broken leg) is out. Offensive lineman/defensive lineman Patrick McVey (knee) is out for the season. Sam Bowden (concussion) is out.
Words from Cobb — “South Vermillion’s a much-improved team from last year. One of their improvements is they’ve learned how to win and how to come together as a team. You can tell that. Their win last week against Brown County was come-from-behind, which shows you they’re mentally improving as well as physically.
“Both teams are very similar size-wise. I think they’re a little bigger than we are on the lines so it will be a pretty even matchup.
“Our nonconference season is now over and we’ve played three pretty good teams. Our record is deceiving. I think we’re a lot better than our team indicates. We’ve got to come out fast and play confident.”
Words from Sorrell — Chuck Sorrell did not immediately return phone calls.
— By Craig Pearson
Terre Haute North at Ben Davis
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — None in the Wabash Valley.
Records — The Terre Haute North Patriots (2-2 overall, 0-1 MIC) will visit the Class 5A No. 2-ranked Ben Davis Giants (4-0, 2-0) for a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference matchup.
Last meeting — On Sept. 16, 2011, Ben Davis won at North 46-7.
Last time North beat Ben Davis — On Sept. 15, 2006, North won at Ben Davis 17-14.
Coaches — Chris Barrett is 40-72 in his 11th season in charge at North and 68-104 in his 18th season overall, while Mike Kirschner is 42-20 in his sixth year at Ben Davis and 56-46 in his 10th year overall.
Outlook — So far, North has lost at Castle 35-24, defeated Terre Haute South 27-10 at Memorial Stadium, won at home over Northview 55-0 and lost at home to Center Grove 17-15.
Ben Davis has won at home over Indianapolis Cathedral 24-21, won at Pike 24-0, won at home over Indianapolis North Central 19-6 and won at Warren Central 6-3.
Injuries, lineups — No report on injuries this week. Some key starters include senior fullback/linebacker Lee Davis, senior tight end/defensive end Calvin Blank and senior wide receiver/defensive back Austin Lewis.
For Ben Davis, all current regulars appear reasonably healthy. Some key starters include senior safety Antonio Allen, inside linebacker Tre Tunstill and senior running back Malcolm Fogle.
Coaches’ comments — Kirschner on his own squad: “Obviously, when you’re winning, it makes it a little easier. But we’re young. We only have five seniors on defense and three on offense. We’ll start three sophomores on offense. And they’re not bad. But our offense spits and sputters. Our defense is what kinda holds us together.”
Kirschner on playing the Patriots: “They’re very physical. I think think their linemen on both sides of the ball come off the line very well… We’re nervous, to say the least. We’re so young, we just never know what’s going to happen with our kids.”
North coach Barrett could not be reached for comment.
— By David Hughes
Terre Haute South at Center Grove
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled in the Terre Haute area.
The action — Terre Haute South’s Braves (2-2, 0-2 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) play at the sixth-ranked Center Grove Trojans (3-1, 1-1). Both teams have lost to top-ranked Carmel, South 38-0 on Saturday and Center Grove 31-21 the week before. Center Grove escaped with a 17-15 win at Terre Haute North on Saturday.
Last meeting — Center Grove won 21-0 last season.
Last time South beat Center Grove — Since joining the MIC, the Braves haven’t beaten the Trojans; they are 0-16, including two sectional losses.
Coaches — Mark Raetz is 14-40 in his sixth season at South. Eric Moore is 119-48 in his 15th season at Center Grove and 179-53 overall.
Outlook — North was able to slow the Trojans’ running game last weekend, and South could easily have been tied at halftime at Carmel if a quarterback sneak by Danny Etling had been ruled a touchdown. Both teams tonight have issues with injuries, but if the Braves can defend the Trojans like they did a year ago, they have a chance.
Injuries, lineup changes — The Braves get receiver Jacob Johnson, defensive end Howie Lawson and strong safety Logan Deady back; all have missed the last two games. Etling finished the Carmel game with a painful sprained ankle, but is hoping to play.
Safety Josh Piper and wingback Max Norris were the most significant of the Trojans who missed the North game, but junior safety Alex Aukerman had an all-state performance defensively and with a punt return for a touchdown that proved decisive. The Trojans will also have the services of a few underclassmen who missed the North game — played Saturday after a Friday postponement — because they were taking the ACT test.
Words from Raetz — “[The nearly successful quarterback sneak] would have made it 7-7 late in the first half [at Carmel] and would have definitely provided a momentum swing for us. The first half was one of the better defensive efforts we’ve had since I’ve been [at South], especially given the circumstances of the weekend [trip on Friday, postponement, trip back early Saturday] and our injuries.
“Center Grove is always a physical, well coached team, very solid on both sides of the ball. We’ll definitely have to play an outstanding game in all phases … but last year it was a 7-0 game in the fourth quarter; we just didn’t finish some drives.”
Words from Moore — “We’ll probably get all [of the injured Trojans] back just in time for Ben Davis or somebody like that to beat us up again. Our defense is getting better each week, but our offense was bad last week — and [Terre Haute] North did a really good job [against us].
“[South] is very athletic, well coached, their offensive and defensive lines are mobile and strong and their quarterback is awesome. They just seem to get better and better each year.”
— By Andy Amey
TERRE HAUTE —
West Vigo at South Vermillion
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