News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 20, 2013

Vigo County football matchups

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — South Vermillion at West Vigo

The action — West Vigo’s Vikings (0-4) return return to Jay Barrett Field — where they’ve played just once — for homecoming festivities against the South Vermillion Wildcats (1-3).

Kickoff — 7 p.m.

Airwaves — Pre-game show begins at 6:45 pm. on WFNF-FM 99.5, WFNF AM1130.

So far — West Vigo lost a tight battle at Evansville Harrison 28-22, at Greencastle 36-6, at home to Brown County 34-30 and at Lucas Oil Stadium to Class A No. 1 Linton 45-14. South Vermillion won its season opener 35-2 before losing to North Vermillion by a score of 54-0, at Owen Valley by a 49-20 margin and at home to brown County by a score of 42-13.

Last meeting — West Vigo won last season’s meeting 41-21.

Last time South Vermillion beat West Vigo — The Wildcats won a 32-21 battle in 2009.

Outlook — The Vikings will look to take better care of the football after five turnovers against Linton led to a fourth straight loss.

The Vikings will hope to find a balanced offensive attack to get into the win column, but they’ll need a quality effort from the defense to subdue the Wildcats backfield of quarterback Jordan Branz and Adam Crouch. Branz has 274 yards rushing on the season.

Words from Cobb — “We’re excited to be in the WIC portion of our schedule. From here on out, it’s conference, conference, conference. We’ve been on the road so much. We’ve got several kids playing pretty well for us. We’ve got to cut down on turnovers. We had five against Linton and several of them were unforced. That’s got to be goal No. 1 and maintain drives. We played on the wrong end of the field for most of that game.

On the Wildcats: They’re much improved over last year. I’m really impressed by a lot of their players. There’s two experienced, athletic kids back there in the backfield.”

— By Craig Pearson

Terre Haute South

at Columbus North

The action — Terre Haute South’s Braves (2-2, 1-1 Conference Indiana) travel to Columbus today to face Columbus North’s Bull Dogs (1-3, 1-1) in a conference game.

Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.

Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.

So far — South lost 37-20 at Evansville North; won 28-24 at Terre Haute North and 48-0 at home against Vincennes Lincoln; and lost 43-35 last Friday at Perry Meridian. Columbus North opened with losses against Plainfield 34-32 at home, 48-13 at Columbus East and 19-14 to Bloomington North at home, then won 30-8 last week at Franklin Central.

Last meeting — Columbus North won 47-0 in sectional play on Oct. 19, 2007.

Last time South beat Columbus North — The teams have met only one other time, Columbus North winning 56-14 in sectional play in 2004.

Coaches — Tim Herrin is 2-2 in his first year at South. Tim Bless is 91-63 in his 14th season at Columbus North, 103-72 in his 16th season overall.

Outlook — Until last week, this looked like a very winnable game for the Braves, and it still might be. But they didn’t travel well last week, getting off to a miserable start at Perry Meridian, and have a longer bus ride today. The Bull Dogs, on the other hand, picked up an impressive victory last week after starting the season with three consecutive losses, two of those at home.

Injuries, personnel, lineup changes — Junior guard/defensive tackle Leroy Dickerson is questionable for the Braves after being injured at Perry Meridian, but both cornerback/backup quarterback Taxi Brown and receiver Tanner Hamblen are returning from injuries. South quarterback Timmy Herrin has a good corps of potential receivers led by Jacob Johnson and Johnathan Rogers and a stable of running backs beginning with Logan Deady.

The Bull Dogs are at their healthiest point of the season, after being hampered by injuries in their first three games. Key players for them include junior defensive back Josh Holt, who is also getting plenty of offensive work; senior middle linebacker Luke Teague; and senior quarterback Michael Vogel.

Words from Herrin — “We had a slow start [last week], including two turnovers in the first quarter. We fought back to give ourselves a chance to win; we just came up short.

“[Columbus North] is going to run the ball. They’re a power running team, and they like play-action [passes]. We’ll have to be sound on defense. [The Bull Dogs] are very fundamentally sound defensively.”

Words from Bless — “We’re still a work in progress, a young, developing ballclub. We came out and played our best game last Friday.

“[South is] very dynamic, with a lot of big plays offensively. Our defense will have its work cut out for it.”

— By Andy Amey

Terre Haute North

at Bloomington North

The action — The Terre Haute North Patriots (2-2 overall, 0-2 Conference Indiana) will visit the Bloomington North Cougars (3-1, 2-0) for a conference matchup. Bloomington North is tied with Southport for first place in the Conference Indiana standings.

Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.

Airwaves — No radio in the Wabash Valley, but will be airing the game through a link on its website.

Last meeting — On Oct. 31, 2008, Terre Haute North lost at Bloomington North 50-49 in double overtime in the second round of the sectional.

Coaches — Chris Barrett is 46-77 in his 12th season at North and 74-109 in his 19th season overall, while Scott Bless is 43-50 in his ninth year at Bloomington North and 58-80 in his 14th year overall.

Outlook — So far, Terre Haute North has routed Castle 44-14 inside Lucas Oil Stadium, lost at home to Terre Haute South 28-24, won at Northview 47-14 and lost at home to Southport 11-10 in two overtimes.

Meanwhile, Bloomington North has lost at home to Class 4A No. 1-ranked Columbus East 49-21, won at home over Bedford North Lawrence 45-20, won at Columbus North 19-14 and won at Bloomington South 24-16.

Injuries, lineups — For Terre Haute North, some key starters include seinior running back/cornerback Ricky Brookins, senior inside linebacker/part-time fullback Wyatt Stoelting and senior center Forrest Lowery.

For Bloomington North, all regulars appear healthy. Some key starters include senior tailback Hunter Jastremski, sophomore quarterback Jack Smith and junior middle linebacker Devin Green.

Coaches’ comments — Barrett on his squad: “We’re holding up fine [after the tough loss to Southport]. We’ve had some setbacks, but our guys come to work every day and they love football. It’s going to take a lot more than [a loss] to get those guys down.”

Barrett on playing the Cougars: “They’re playing very well. They’ve got some momentum going. They’re controlling the clock well and they’re running to the ball well defensively. They’ve pulled out some tough games lately. They’re battle-tested and ready to go.”

Bless on his squad: “What I’ve been impressed with [against Columbus North and Bloomington South], when the games were tight, that’s when we stepped up and made big plays, both offensively and defensively.”

Bless on playing the Patriots: “They’re big. They’re physical. They can run the ball. They have a pretty good quarterback [Chris Barrett II] who can throw the ball. They’re the real deal.”

— By David Hughes