— 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 www.wabashvalleysports.com 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