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October 9, 2012

RAMBLIN’ RECK: Interesting matchups on schedule as football regular season closes

TERRE HAUTE — It’s hard to believe that Indiana high school football teams will close out the regular season this week. Time flies.

For four teams, big games are on the schedule before postseason play begins — and it’s because of what they have done in the first eight weeks.

The action:

Linton (8-0) vs. North Central (7-1) at Lucas Oil Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Once again, the Miners are going for an unbeaten season and an undisputed Southwest Seven Conference title. Their two “closest” games have been against Sullivan 58-26 and North Daviess 35-12. They have outscored opponents 339 to 12 in the other games, with four shutouts.

North Central’s only setback came against undefeated North Vermillion by a 48-0 count. The Thunderbirds have blanked their last three foes while scoring 135 points.

Austin Karazsia is one of the leading passers in the state for the Miners and Koye Kaiser is the leader in other categories, scoring five touchdowns last week.

Chase VanSchoyck of North Central set a state single-game rushing mark this season and was second in the state totals last week while Dante Rehmel is a leader on defense.

Sullivan (6-2) at West Vigo (5-3), 7 p.m. Friday. This one will decide the Western Indiana Conference championship with the Arrows 5-0 and the Vikings 4-1, losing only to Owen Valley.

Sullivan lost to a strong Vincennes team 19-14 to open the season and then to Linton and has not lost since. West Vigo’s losses came to Linton, Owen Valley and undefeated Greencastle — its opening opponent in sectional play. The Vikes also lost to Evansville Harrison, but the Warriors had to forfeit that game.

Illinois teams have two games left on the schedule but Casey and Robinson will meet in a big Little Illini Conference game at Robinson on Friday.

The Warriors are 7-0 and, like Linton, are going for another undefeated season and LIC title. Robinson is 5-2 with its only LIC loss being to Olney by one point.

The Maroons are in the Egyptian Division while Casey is in the Eastern Division in the conference.

As noted, players from the area were ranked in the top 10 in Indiana statistics going into last week’s games.

In passing, Karazsia was sixth, completing 135 of 186 passes for 1,781 yards and 24 touchdowns. Payne Fortner of Sullivan was 10th, completing 113 of 207 passes for 1,672 yards and 14 scores.

In rushing, VanSchoyck was second with 1,516 yards on 142 carries.

In receiving, Grant Stamm of Linton was 10th with 39 receptions for eight touchdowns and 697 yards.

Rehmel was tied for seventh in total tackles with 65 and tied for fifth in tackles for losses with 16.

In last week’s USA Today poll, Carmel moved up to 21st. No other Indiana team received votes.

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