News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 26, 2013

Vigo County football matchups

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Bloomington South at Terre Haute South

The action — The Terre Haute South Braves (2-3 overall, 1-2 Conference Indiana) will play host to the Bloomington South Panthers (1-4, 0-3) for a conference matchup.

Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.

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

Last meeting — On Aug. 21, 2009, Terre Haute South lost at home to Bloomington South 14-7.

Last time Terre Haute South beat Bloomington South — Since 1994, Terre Haute South is 0-7 against Bloomington South.

Coaches — Mo Moriarity is 144-35 in his 16th year at Bloomington South and 248-76 in his 28th year overall, while Tim Herrin is 2-3 in his first season at the helm of Terre Haute South.

Outlook — So far, Bloomington South has won at Bedford North Lawrence 35-0, lost at home to Martinsville 60-14, lost at Franklin Central 35-28, lost at home to Bloomington North 24-16 and lost at home to Southport 35-28.

Meanwhile, 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 and lost at Columbus North 21-20.

Injuries, lineups — For Bloomington South, all regular appear relatively healthy. Some key starters include junior quarterback Bryce Stancombe, junior wide receiver Keenan Franz and senior nose guard Dakota Thacker.

For Terre Haute South, senior offensive lineman Jordan Dressler (shoulder) is out for tonight but may return next week. Some key starters include senior guard/defensive tackle/part-time running back Junior Berry, senior wide receiver/cornerback Jacob Johnson and junior quarterback/safety Timmy Herrin.

Coaches’ comments — Moriarity on his squad: “We’ve lost three games in a row by about a touchdown each time. We’re just trying to get over the hump. I think we’re getting better, although our record doesn’t show it.”

Moriarity on playing the Braves: “They’re really big and strong up front. They’ve got a lot of athletic kids who touch the ball, starting with the quarterback. They’ve got multiple kids who can run with it and catch it. They’re a pretty talented bunch.”

Herrin on his squad: “We’ve had a great week of practice, one of the best we’ve had all season. Our players are responding to last week’s loss. … We’ll need to start this game stronger than we have before. We’ve had some slow starts. Hopefully, a home game will give us that energy.”

Herrin on playing the Panthers: “They’ve been in a lot of football games. They could easily be 4-1 with a few plays going their way each game. They spread you out on offense and they take advantage of their individual matchups. On defense, they’re playing a 3-4. They’ll blitz you in a lot of ways, so we’ve got to be prepared to pick those up.”

— By David Hughes

Columbus North

at Terre Haute North

The action — Terre Haute North’s Patriots (3-2, 1-2 Conference Indiana), the No. 6 team in Class 5A, plays host to the Columbus North Bulldogs (2-3, 2-1 Conference Indiana) in a key league game.

Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.

Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.

So far — Terre Haute North is coming off a 44-23 victory at Bloomington North, which was preceded by a 11-10 double-overtime home loss to Southport; a 47-14 win at Northview; a 28-24 loss to Terre Haute South; and a 44-14 win against Castle. Columbus North started the season with losses to Plainfield (35-32), Columbus East (48-13) and Bloomington North (19-14) before bouncing back with wins against Franklin Central (30-8) and Terre Haute South (21-20).

Last meeting — In 2006, Columbus North won 21-14 in a first-round sectional game.

Last time Terre Haute North beat Columbus North — In 2000, Terre Haute North won 21-18 in a first-round sectional game.

Coaches — Tim Bless is 92-63 in his 14th year at Columbus North. Chris Barret is 47-77 in his 12th year at Terre Haute North and 75-109 in his 19th year overall.

Outlook — Terre Haute North looks to climb to 2-2 in its first Conference Indiana season as the Patriots look to stop the Bulldogs from winning a third straight game — and second straight against a Vigo County opponent — after an 0-3 start to the season.

Ricky Brookins comes into the action ranking second among Class 5A running backs with 811 yards after a career-high 205-yard performance last week at Bloomington North.

Columbus North also brings a stout running game into the action as junior Josh Holt (5-11, 190) has been strong in recent weeks. Holt has 233 yards and six touchdowns on the season, while junior Kaleb Steele has 287 yards and two scores.

The Patriots will also look to keep improving in the passing game. Sophomore Logan Grim leads the team in receptions with seven, and Austin Massey, Nate Carson and Jordan Moothery will continue to rotate in at the receiver position.

“We’ve got to have the big-play threat to balance out our run game,” said coach Chris Barrett.

Injuries, personnel, lineup changes — The Patriots are facing some injuries on their offensive and defensive lines. Right tackle Austin Vermillion (concussion) is out for tonight’s game in addition to Ethan Barrett (rib) and Michael Ghant (ankle).

Ronnie McConnell will start in place of Ghant, while Jacob Dean will replace Barret

Words from Barrett — “They’re big, physical, downhill team ... 70 percent run, 30 percent pass. They’ll pound it and then go vertical on yau. [Defensively], they run a 4-3, cover-2. Bring a lot of pressure from everywhere. The big key for Chris is no sacks. That’s been our goal for him. We’ve not done a great job of that, he’s got to get rid of the ball. They’re just big across the board. They’ll just keep pound ing it on you. Defensively, they just bring it. They’re a good football team and have gotten better each week.”

Words from Bless — “We are moving the ball around, but our primary guy the last couple weeks has been junior Josh Holt. I’m very pleased the last few games. The defense got off to a slow start but really playing good team defense of late.

“Without question, looks like great personnel on film [for Terre Haute North]. We know we’ll have our work cut out for us.”

— By Craig Pearson

West Vigo at Edgewood

The action — West VIgo’s Vikings (1-4, 1-1 Western Indiana Conference) travel to Ellettsville to face Edgewood’s Mustangs (1-4, 0-3) in a conference game. It’s also homecoming at Edgewood

Kickoff — 7 p.m.

Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.

So far — West Vigo opened with losses at Evansville Harrison (28-22), at Greencastle (35-6), at home against Brown County (34-30) and at Lucas Oil Stadium against LInton (45-14) before winning its own homecoming game last week against South Vermillion (14-6). Edgewood opened with a win over North Putnam (34-12) but since then has lost to Northview (20-9), Greencastle (21-0), Owen Valley (32-19) and Sullivan (15-8).

Last meeting — West Vigo won 26-8 at home last season.

Last time Edgewood beat West Vigo — The Mustangs won 37-7 in their home game two years ago. The teams are 4-4 against each other the last eight years, road teams winning just twice.  

Coaches — Jeff Cobb is 43-45 in his ninth season at West VIgo. Jerry Bland is 35-35 in his seventh season at Edgewood, 59-73 in his 13th season overall.

Outlook — West Vigo can keep its hopes alive for another share of the WIC championship, but the Vikings have to win this game to do so. Their undersized defense stepped up in a big way last week (one first down, 56 total yards allowed) and will face another bigger team that will try to run the ball right at them. “This might be the fastest game in the state tonight [in terms of elapsed time], with both teams running the ball,” Bland joked this week.

Injuries, personnel, lineup changes — Sophomore Hunter Voils is out for the season with a broken collarbone for the Vikings, and his production as a kick returner — as well as a running back — is going to be hard to replace. Senior veteran Sam McClain leads both Viking lines, while Jimmy Maples directs the offense and also plays cornerback on defense.

Running back Zach Harrison has missed the last three games for the Mustangs and is still out, but linebacker Eli Housel returns from an injury. Key Mustangs are running back Gabe Koontz (more than 500 yards) and fullback Jake West (nearly 400 yards) on offense and ends Damien Chambers and Patrick Mosby on defense.

Words from Cobb — “We had a lot of light-bulb moments [against South Vermillion]; some of our sophomores and freshmen are starting to get what we’ve been trying to tell them. South Vermillion played very hard, so we were happy with the win.

“[Edgewood is] better than their record indicates. They’ve had close games with Northview, Sullivan and with Owen Valley, until the end of that one. They’re a run-oriented team, and I’m very impressed with Koontz.”

Words from Bland — “We’ve got to get to the point where we put everything together. We commit mistakes at the wrong time. We’ve put ourselves in position, it’s a matter of just finishing the game.

“[West Vigo is] kind of like us. They’ve strugged early, but coach Cobb does a good job.”

— By Andy Amey