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August 25, 2013

FRIDAY FOOTBALL REVIEW: Multiple Wabash Valley squads have season-opening statement games

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TERRE HAUTE — Here are some additional notes from Friday night’s Vigo County games:

• After mostly bending, but occasionally breaking, West Vigo's defense stiffened considerably in the second half, and particularly, in the fourth quarter. The Vikings held Evansville Harrison to only five second half first downs. While the Warriors rushed for 116 yards overall, only six were gained in the final quarter when the Warriors were trying to burn the clock.

“They came up with big stops. Several kids stepped up. I saw Sam Bowden make some big plays. I saw some freshmen and sophomores making plays. Anytime you can get a team like that off the field, it helps. They can break one at any point to break open the game,” West Vigo coach Jeff Cobb said.

• West Vigo saw a hole in the left side of Evansville Harrison's kick return defense on Friday and exploited it to average 31.5 yards in four returns. Most of the damage was done in the first half. Austin Cutliff had returns of 40 and 33 yards and Hunter Voils had a 42-yard return before halftime.

• West Vigo quarterback Jimmy Maples amassed 68 of his 130 rushing yards and 69 of his 131 passing yards in the fourth quarter. Maples had to be helped off the field twice during the game, once after a hit and once due to cramps, but kept on ticking.

• West Vigo earned nine of its 18 first downs in the final quarter.

• Although West Vigo was awarded a victory in last's year's opener against Harrison due to forfeit, the last time West Vigo won its opener on the field was in 2009 when it defeated Indianapolis Howe 27-0.

• Terre Haute South is now 4-6 in its series against Evansville North. A check of websites — too late to be included in Friday’s pregame capsule — found South winning 32-7 in 1971 (South’s first-ever season), 30-0 in 1973 (when the Braves finished 10-0), 39-20 in 1978 and 28-7 in 1982, the last time the teams had met prior to Friday night.

Evansville North’s other wins in the series were 26-0 in 1972, 7-0 in both 1974 and 1975, 28-7 in 1976 and 35-21 in 1977.

• South quarterback Timmy Herrin came off the field Friday for kickoffs, kickoff returns, punt returns and one other play. He also is a linebacker/strong safety on defense, and does the Braves’ punting.

Backup quarterback and cornerback Taxi Brown suffered an early ankle injury and missed the rest of the game.

• Take out plays of 25 yards or more and Evansville North netted just 106 yards in 49 plays against a South defense led up front by Dickie Rollins and Junior Berry. Unfortunately the Braves were gouged six times for runs of 25, 31 and 48 yards and passes of 55, 62 and 68 yards. Chase Whitler of the Huskies caught all three of the long passes.

• The starting Terre Haute North defense didn’t allow a point Friday night and the Patriots created six turnovers overall.

Castle’s first-half highlight was an 18-yard rush on a fake punt. The Knights totaled 56 yards if you take that away.

Linebackers Trey Grimm (4 solo, 3 assists and a fumble recovery) and Wyatt Stoelting (3 solo, 1 assist, 2 pass breakups, tackle for loss and one fumble recovery) led the defense.

“I’m extremely happy with how they performed, just completely shut them down,” North defensive coordinator Alex Bettag said. “We had the punt fake they got on us, but then got another takeaway on that drive.”

• Terre Haute North kicker Zach Potter helped stifle the Castle offense through special teams, nailing five kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks out of eight tries.

Potter also connected on 5 of 6 extra point attempts and drilled a 30-yard field goal.

• Terre Haute North quarterback Chris Barrett II made only one glaring mistake all night, trying to squeeze a throw into tight coverage in the first quarter that resulted in an interception.

Especially impressive was his decisiveness on when to leave the pocket. He scrambled 17 yards for a first down and finished with 38 rushing yards.

• Terre Haute and Northview were two of 19 Indiana teams to avenge 2012 losses in Friday’s 2013 season openers.

The Patriots’ 41-point turnaround was only the 12th largest turnaround in differential. North Knox, a 79-8 winner over Pike Central, had the largest at 86 points.

Todd Golden, Craig Pearson and columnist/editor writer Mark Bennett contributed to this report.

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