News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 20, 2012

Tonight's Vigo County football games

Staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Warren Central at Terre Haute North

Kickoff — 7 p.m.

Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled

The action — Warren Central’s Warriors (3-2, 2-1 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) travel to meet Terre Haute North’s Patriots (2-3, 1-2) in a conference game. The Warriors, ranked seventh in the state, have lost only to Class 4A power Indianapolis Cathedral (14-7) and second-ranked Ben Davis (6-3) and are coming off a 28-14 win over Indianapolis North Central. The Patriots have lost their last two conference games, 17-15 to sixth-ranked Center Grove and 30-7 to Ben Davis, although they outgained both those teams.  

Last meeting — Warren Central won 50-19 last season.

Last time North beat Warren Central — The Patriots haven’t won against the Warriors since joining the MIC in 1998.  

Coaches — Steve Tutsie is 26-6 in his third season as head coach at Warren Central; it’s his second stint as head coach, and he was an assistant there in the interim. Chris Barrett is 40-73 in his 11th season at North and 68-105 overall.

Outlook — Year in and year out the Warriors are probably the fastest team in the state and this season is no different. Although the 2012 Warriors haven’t scored as many points as some of their predecessors, they don’t give up many either — not more than 14 in any game this season — and if they are like most Warren Central teams, they cover kickoffs as well as any high school team in the country. North’s strength is its ball-control offense, but drives are hard to sustain against a team capable of making as many big defensive plays as the Warriors are.

Injuries, lineup changes — There was no word from Warren Central about injuries; their best player is probably 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker Tim Kimbrough, a Georgia recruit. North gets offensive guard Bryce Woodason back, so the Patriots are as healthy as a team can be at this point in the season.

Words from Barrett — “We did not execute [at Ben Davis] and we had the same red-zone woes as we had against Center Grove — a holding penalty, a missed field goal — but still we were in the game until the last four or five minutes of the second quarter. We had one good fourth-quarter drive against their No. 1 defense, and the defense played well the entire game; we just gave [the defense] too many short fields and we kept them out there too long.

“[Tonight] should be a good game. [The Warriors] are as athletic as always. Our defense has to be ready but more than anything our offense has to finish drives, score points and move the chains.”

— By Andy Amey

Ben Davis at Terre Haute South

Kickoff — 7 p.m.

Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.

Records — The Terre Haute South Braves (2-3 overall, 0-3 MIC) will play host to the Class 5A No. 2-ranked Ben Davis Giants (5-0, 3-0) for a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference matchup.

Last meeting — In September 2011, South lost at Ben Davis 63-17.

Last time South beat Ben Davis — It is believed that South has never defeated Ben Davis.

Coaches — Mike Kirschner is 43-20 in sixth year at Ben Davis and 57-46 in his 10th year overall, while Mark Raetz is 14-41 in his sixth season at South.

Outlook — So far, Ben Davis has posted the following victories: 24-21 at home against Indianapolis Cathedral, 24-0 at Pike, 19-6 at home against Indianapolis North Central, 6-3 at Warren Central and 30-7 at home against Terre Haute North.

Meanwhile, South has won at Indian Creek 34-24, lost to Terre Haute North 27-10 at Memorial Stadium, won at Vincennes Lincoln 34-0, lost at Carmel 38-0 and lost at Center Grove 55-28.

Injuries, lineups — For Ben Davis, all current regulars appear reasonably healthy. For South, senior center Zac Harper (torn ACL) and senior wide receiver Logan Steward (torn ACL) are out for the season.

Coaches’ comments — Kirschner on his squad: “We’ve got to improve. I felt like we had some letdowns against [Terre Haute] North mentally. We started slow. We had two penalties before we had our first offensive snap. We’re so young. We only had one senior playing last Friday night. We’ve got to start faster if we’re going to be successful.”

Kirschner on playing the Braves: “We’re real concerned about their quarterback, Danny Etling. We think he’s a special quarterback and we’re concerned about their receiver Seibert too… On offense, we’re concerned about their physicality up front.”

Raetz on his squad: “The last couple weeks, we’ve played two of the better teams in the state. Against Carmel [two weeks ago], I thought we played well defensively for the most part but struggled offensively. Last week against Center Grove, I thought we played well offensively but struggled defensively. So we’re looking to put together a solid game in all phases this Friday.”

Raetz on playing the Giants: “A lot of speed, a lot of depth, a lot of talent. We’d have to play an outstanding game to give ourselves a chance against them.”

— By David Hughes

Edgewood at

West Vigo

Kickoff — 7 p.m.

Airwaves — None planned in the Wabash Valley.

Records — The West Vigo Vikings (3-2, 2-0 Western Indiana Conference) take on the Edgewood Mustangs (0-5, 0-3 WIC) looking to keep pace with conference co-leader Sullivan.

Last meeting — In 2011, Edgewood won 37-7 at home.

Last time West Vigo beat Edgewood — In 2010, West Vigo defeated Edgewood 35-14.

Coaches — Jeff Cobb is 39-39 in his eighth year at West Vigo. Jerry Bland is 32-28 in his sixth year at Edgewood.

Outlook — West Vigo looks to stay atop the Western Indiana Conference standings if the Vikings can win a homecoming battle with Edgewood.

The Vikings will hope to continue to run the ball as well as they have recently.

Danny Creasey piled up 166 of the Vikings’ 356 yards last week but Skyler Warnock, Jacob Creasey, Dakota Short and quarterback Jimmy Maples also had some impressive gains.

West Vigo already has conference road wins over Brown County and South Vermillion, a 41-21 decision last Friday.

Injuries, lineups — Senior offensive lineman/linebacker Ethan Boatman (broken leg) is out. Lineman Patrick McVey (knee) is out for the season. Junior outside linebacker Sam Bowden (concussion) returns to the lineup. Jacob Creasey left the south Vermillion game last Friday but is back in the lineup tonight.

Coaches’ comments — Cobb on his team:“We’ve been running the ball well. The offensive line has done an outstanding job of opening up some holes and giving the running backs time to run. Jacob Creasey is always a threat on the outside. Danny runs more up the middle. They kind of complement each other well.”

“We’re getting into the final four, a four-game stretch of formidable conference foes. We need to control the ball and limit turnovers, which we didn’t do last week. We lost three fumbles.”

Cobb on the Mustangs: “They’re one of the best 0-5 teams I’ve seen in a while. They’ve lost several close games because of their youth and inexperience. They’re going to give us their best effort. They’re a very good team.  They’re going to run a spread option attack and it’s kind of like a zone read. We have to be disciplined on defense and make sure we know our alignment and assignments.”

— By Craig Pearson