News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 4, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Big college, prep football games scheduled this weekend

Tom Reck
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Some big football games are on the schedule this week in both the college and high school ranks.

In the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Indiana State and Northern Iowa share first place with 2-0 records. They’ll meet Saturday evening in the UniDome.

The Sycamores are 4-1 — losing only to Penn State — and the Panthers are 3-1, losing only to Iowa State.

UNI has not lost many conference games at home. This week would be good time for that to happen.

In Illinois, Marshall and Casey both are undefeated and ranked in the Class 2A polls. The Warriors were third last week while the Lions were seventh.

They’ll meet Friday night at Bush Stadium in Marshall and it should be as full as it can be for the action.

Casey takes a 45-game winning streak in regular-season games into the contest. Palestine-Hutsonville was the last team to beat the Warriors in 2006.

Neither team has had a close game this season. One of Casey’s victories was 48-0 over a Vincennes Lincoln team after the Alices had beaten a very good Jasper team.

In Indiana, Linton and North Central could meet in another biggie next week in the final game of the regular season.

Neither team has lost a game and both will be favored to win this week, Linton meeting Union and North Central taking on Wood Memorial.

So if they win as expected this week, they’ll be unbeaten for their game that will decide the Southwest Seven Conference title and decide which team is unbeaten and which finishes 8-1.

In a battle of ranked unbeatens last week, No. 1 Warren Central nipped No. 2 Carmel 22-20, kicking a field goal in the final seconds of the game played in Lucas Oil Stadium.

In last week’s USA Today prep poll, Warren Central was 15th nationally and second in the Midwest Region. Carmel was sixth in the Midwest.

Castle remained unbeaten with a 49-13 victory over Evansville Harrison.

In the Big Ten this week, Nebraska and Ohio State will meet this week for the first time in a conference game after both lost their openers.

The Cornhuskers ran into the powerful Wisconsin Badgers at Madison and the Buckeyes fell at home to Michigan State.

Illinois, meanwhile, rallied to remain unbeaten and go 1-0 in the Big Ten. The Illini are at Indiana this week.

• Leaders in the area — Athletes from the area continue to be among the leaders in different sports in the state.

In football, Dante Rehmel of North Central is first in solo tackles with 81 and in sacks with 14 while Cody Jeffries of Rockville is in the top 10 in return yardage with 300 in kickoff returns.

We have a feeling some other players should be listed or are close to the top 10.

In girls soccer, Christina Haag was tied for third last week in goals with 29 and Caryssa West of Sullivan was tied for second with 16 assists.

In boys soccer, Sonny Brasham of Greencastle was second in goals with 37. Tucker Smith of Sullivan was fourth with 31, Jacob Parham of Terre Haute North seventh with 28 and Nic Henderson of Terre Haute South was tied for ninth with 25.

In assists, Evan Smith of Greencastle was second with 21, Brandon Query of Greencastle fourth with 16 and Liam Beard of Sullivan fifth with 15.

• Tom-Cattin’ It — Two more basketball players have decided where they intend to play college basketball.

Nolan Berry, a 6-foot-8 junior at DeSmet High School in St. Louis, said he will go to Butler. He averaged 18.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots as a sophomore.

Brent Calhoun, a 6-8 senior at Warren Central, says he will go to Detroit, coached by Ray McCallum. One of Detroit’s current players, 6-10 Indiana transfer Eli Holman, is on indefinite leave for personal reasons.

And Delvin Roe, who has been a regular for Michigan State, has decided to quit because of knee pain.

• My Pittsburgh Pirates did not avoid another losing season — 19 in a row — but certainly were better. They won more than 70 games for the first time in several years and edged out Chicago for fourth place in the NL Central.

• The New York Times ran a story noting that it has been 60 years since Norm Van Brocklin, playing for the Los Angeles Rams, established an NFL record by throwing for 554 yards against the New York Yanks.

Tom Brady of New England earlier this season had 517 in a game.

• It was good to see Ed Carpenter win an IndyCar Series race. He’s from Marshall, Ill., you know.

That’s all folks.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.