TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute North at Northview
The action — Terre Haute North (1-1) travels to Northview (2-0) to play a nonconference game.
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — The game will be broadcast on WFNF-AM 1130 and WFNF-FM 99.5 with the pregame show beginning at 6:45 p.m.
So far — Terre Haute North crushed Castle 44-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium on Aug. 23, but were then beaten by Terre Haute South 28-24 last Friday. Northview defeated Indianapolis Broad Ripple 22-18 on Aug. 23 and defeated Edgewood 20-9 last Friday.
Last meeting — Terre Haute North won 55-0 at North in 2012.
Last time Northview beat North — The Knights defeated the Patriots 28-23 in 2006. It is the only Northview victory since the current continuous series was resumed in 1999.
Coaches — Chris Barrett is 45-76 in his 12th year at North and is 73-108 in 19 years overall. Mark Raetz is 2-0 in his inaugural season at Northview and 17-45 overall in his seventh season.
Outlook — Northview is looking to maintain momentum from a 2-0 start and North is trying to regain it after a tough loss. Historically, North has controlled this series and has dominated it in recent seasons, but the Knights’ solid start, coupled with North’s fall-from-ahead loss to South gives Northview hope. However, North — which is just on the fringe of the Class 5A top 10 in 11th spot — was a good bounce-back team in 2012. The Patriots only lost two in a row once in 2012 … and one of its losses in that streak was a narrow 17-15 defeat at the hands of Center Grove. Northview will be buoyed by the return of WR Tyler Rector and linemen Jacob Little and Lucas Cooksey.
Injuries, lineup changes — For North, WR Jordan Moothery is out with undisclosed health issues and WR Austin Massey out until next week. RB Kai Stratton is questionable with an Achilles injury. For Northview, DT/C Logan Michaels is out with a knee injury.
Words from Barrett — On playing Northview a week after playing South: “It’s back-to-back weeks for us against teams in our backyard. It’s a dangerous combination. Northview much better than they were a year ago.
On recovering from last week’s loss: “It was a loss in which we played as fundamentally poor as we have in a long time. We’re big on the process and preparation. We want to focus on the little things. Attitude and effort. It didn’t take long to steer the ship back in the right direction. There was a lot of disappointment about our performance. We’ve always tried to get our guys to focus on what it takes to prepare to win. When you do that? It’s easy to bounce back.”
On Raetz at Northview versus what he did at South: “He’s doing a lot of the same things. When you’re a coach, you do what you do and you do what you know. We’ll see a lot of similarities, but he’s smart enough to adapt it to the players he has.”
Words from Raetz — On Northview’s 2-0 start: “I guess what’s been most encouraging is our kids have been really resilient. We played two tough teams to start the season. [Against Broad Ripple in Week 1] We came back in the fourth quarter to win. Last week, we had the lightning delay and had to come back on Saturday to finish. In both cases, our players did a good job.”
On North: “North is an outstanding team, probably the best team we’ll play all year. For us to be successful, we have to put together four great quarters of football. We have to sustain and finish drives. We have to tackle well. they have outstanding backs. We have to avoid the big play. We have to do those things well. If we execute and do those things.”
On the Knights’ confidence level: “Our kids feel good about what we’ve done so far, but they’re hungry to do more. We have a lot of work to do. We’re not playing perfect football.”
— By Todd Golden
Brown County at West Vigo
The action — Brown County’s Eagles (1-1, 0-1 Western Indiana Conference) travel west to face West Vigo’s Vikings (0-2, 0-0) in the home opener and conference opener for the Vikes.
Kickoff — 7:30 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
Records — Brown County beat Cloverdale 14-6 before losing last week to Owen Valley 33-20. West Vigo lost 28-22 at Evansville Harrison, time running out with West Vigo inside the 5-yard line, and lost 35-6 last week to Class 3A’s 12th-ranked Greencastle.
Last meeting — West Vigo won 40-19 last year at Nashville.
Last time Brown County beat West Vigo — The Vikings haven’t lost in this series since a 14-13 overtime decision on Sept. 1, 2006.
Coaches — Ethan Schreiber is 1-1 in his first season at Brown County. Jeff Cobb is 42-43 in his ninth season at West Vigo.
Outlook — This has been a turnaround game for the Vikings for several seasons now, and they obviously hope it is again tonight. West Vigo shared the WIC championship with Sullivan last year and can’t afford an early setback if it plans to repeat.
Injuries, lineup changes — Brown County is led by a four-year starting quarterback in Dillon Boknecht. West Vigo has no injuries; quarterback Jimmy Maples and running back Skyler Warnock lead the way offensively
Words from Cobb — “Our first two games — actually all three nonconference games [West Vigo plays Class A’s top-ranked Linton on Sept. 14 in Lucas Oil Stadium] — expose every weakness we have. They’re a great barometer going into the conference. Against Greencastle, it seemed like any momentum we had, we’d do something to lose that momentum quickly.
“Brown County is one of those teams that scares you. They’ve usually been really close games. They always give us a good game.”
— By Andy Amey
Vincennes Lincoln at Terre Haute South
The action — The Vincennes Lincoln Alices (1-1) take on the Terre Haute South Braves (1-1) in a U.S. Highway 41 nonconference battle.
Kickoff — 7 p.m.
Airwaves — No broadcasts are scheduled.
Records — Terre Haute South lost 37-20 in its season opener at Evansville North, but the Braves rebounded to defeat city rival Terre Haute North 28-24 on the road last week.
Vincennes Lincoln bounced back from an opening-week loss at Sullivan (30-27) to defat Class 4A Boonville by a score of 18-13 last week.
Last meeting — The Braves won 34-0 last season at Vincennes.
Coaches — Tim Herrin is 1-1 in his first year at South. Jon Heiden is 23-43 in his seventh year with the Alices.
Outlook — The Braves open their home schedule looking to build off the momentum of an epic fourth-quarter comeback against Terre Haute North last week.
Quarterback Timmy Herrin broke out with a big second half for the Braves, who put up 34 points on Vincennes a year ago.
Injuries, lineup changes — South receiver/quarterback Taxi Brown (ankle) is a game-time decision.
Words from Herrin — “We have talked about dealing with success. Our players know we have to give that type of effort every week for us to be successful.”
“We still need to be consistent on offense and limit mental mistakes. Defensively we need to continue to limit the big plays.
“Vincennes is always a difficult opponent. They will bring their A game against and we will need to stop their running game.”
— By Craig Pearson