News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 1, 2013

Tonight's prep football capsules: TH North, TH South play on road

The Tribune-Star

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Terre Haute North at Castle

The action — The Class 5A No. 2-ranked Terre Haute North Patriots (7-2) will visit the Castle Knights (6-3) for a Class 5A Sectional 16 semifinal showdown.

Kickoff — 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Airwaves — Beginning with a 7:15 pregame show, WFNF-FM 99.5 and WFNF-AM 1130 will broadcast the action live.

Last meeting — On Aug. 23 of this season, North defeated Castle 44-14 in Lucas Oil Stadium.

Coaches — Chris Barrett is 51-77 in his 12th season at North and 79-109 in his 19th season overall, while Doug Hurt is 64-29 in his eighth year at Castle.

Outlook — So far, 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, won at Bloomington North 44-23, won at home over Columbus North 49-17, won at Bloomington South 51-47, won at Perry Meridian 42-28 and won at home over Frankling Central 28-18.

Meanwhile, Castle followed that season-opening loss to North with home victories over New Albany (14-7) and Evansville Reitz (17-0), a road loss to Evansville Bosse (40-33), a road win over Evansville Central (39-14), a home win over Evansville Mater Dei 31-24, a road triumph over Evansville Harrison (63-40) and home wins over Evansville North (35-14) and Evansville Memorial (10-3).

Both teams had a bye last weekend.

Injuries, lineups — For North, senior tackle Austin Vermillion (neck spasms) is out and junior outside linebacker Austin Barron (separated shoulder), junior inside linebacker Trey Grim (pulled groin), junior defensive end Ethan Barrett (internal), junior outside linebacker Vahn Billberry (stress fracture in foot) and junior defensive tackle Michael Gant (sprained ankle) have recovered and are ready to play. Some key senior starters include tackle Lucas Comer, quarterback Chris Barrett II, safety Austin Massey and inside linebacker Ryan Moshak.

For Castle, all regulars appear healthy. Some key starters include senior middle linebacker Clay Seitz, junior running back Christian Peach and sophomore quarterback Will Randell.

Coaches’ comments — Barrett on his squad: “We gave them Monday [Oct. 21] off [from practice] and started Castle preparation the next day, but we cut way back on hitting [during the off week].”

Barrett on playing the Knights again: “It’s scary, because they are probably one of the most improved teams in the state. Doug Hurt does a great job with them and they’re kind of on a roll. We’ll have to roll our sleeves up and get in the fight early.”

Hurt on his squad: “We’ve had our highs and lows this season for sure. That first game [against North], we got taken to the woodshed like we haven’t been for a long time. That’s for sure. … But we’ve continued to improve. I’m real proud of our players and our coaches for the way they battled and prepared each and every week.”

Hurt on playing the Patriots again: “We’d like to think that we’ve closed the gap a little [since the regular-season opener]. We’re going to show up and do our part. We just hope to make it a game.”

— By David Hughes


Terre Haute South at Evansville North

The action — The Terre Haute South Braves (2-7) will travel to the Evansville North Huskies (2-7) for a Class 5A Sectional 16 semifinal matchup.

Kickoff — 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Airwaves — No radio planned in the Wabash Valley, but will air the action through an Internet link.

Last meeting — On Aug. 23 of this season, South lost at Evansville North 37-20.

Last time Terre Haute South beat Evansville North — On Aug. 27, 1982, Terre Haute South defeated Evansville North 28-7.

Coaches — Tim Herrin is 2-7 in his first season at the helm of Terre Haute South, while Bret Szabo is 2-7 in his first year at Evansville North and 64-51 in his 11th year overall.

Outlook — So far, Terre Haute South has won at Evansville North 37-20, won at Terre Haute North 28-24, won at home over Vincennes Lincoln 48-0, lost at Perry Meridian 43-35, lost at Columbus North 21-20, lost at home to Bloomington South 28-21 and lost at home to Bloomington North 36-20.

Meanwhile, Evansville North followed that season-opening victory over Terre Haute South with road losses to Henderson, Ky. (16-13) and Evansville Memorial (17-10), a home victory over Evansville Harrison (16-13), road losses to Evansville Mater Dei (35-14) and Evansville Bosse (47-45), a home loss to Evansville Reitz (20-16), a road loss to Castle (35-14) and home loss to Evansville Central (49-21).

Both teams had a bye last weekend.

Injuries, lineups — For Terre Haute South, junior offensive lineman Nick Wiram (sprained ankle) will be out. Some key starters include junior quarterback/safety Timmy Herrin, senior guard/defensive tackle/part-time running back Junior Berry, senior wide receiver/cornerback Jacob Johnson and senior running back/safety Logan Deady.

For Evansville North, senior wide receiver/cornerback DeOshay Johnson (upper body) and junior running back Ford Johnson (upper body) are back and ready to play. Some key starters include senior defensive tackle/guard Dylan Powell, senior quarterback Jesse Millikan and senior outside linebacker Austin Payne.

Coaches’ comments — Herrin on his squad: “The week off [last weekend] let us go back to our basis and let some of our players get healthy who had been banged up throughout the season. … We had a great week of practice, one of the best of the season. Our players are looking forward to the challenge of going down there and winning a sectional game.”

Herrin on playing the Huskies: “They’re a solid football team. They run the ball well. Defensively, they give you a lot of pressure that you’ve got to pick up. Their quarterback [Millikan] runs their offense — their option and their passing game. Everything goes through him.”

Szabo on his squad: “We lost a lot of close games, but we battled and competed almost every minute all season. Our work ethic Mondays through Thursdays is something I’m proud of.”

Szabo on playing the Braves again: “You can take good and bad from it. You know some things about your opponent, but they know some things about you. I think both teams will be different and better than they were in Week 1.”

— By David Hughes