BUTLER-TARKINGTON—I just sat down to make the schedule out for Week 5 of Football Friday Night on Fox 59 and realized teams have already played four games!
The Colts season is only 1/16th of the way finished, but after Friday, high school teams will have played more than half ot their regular season games. While there is still time for teams to make some improvements and get a little momentum for a potential post-season run, four games is also a good barometer for which schools are serious threats this season.
The Football Friday Rewind was especially impressed by the performances of five schools last Friday night.
Warren Central makes a statement:
True, Ben Davis came into last weekend's Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference rivalry game with a perfect 3-0 record and impressive victory over traditional power Penn. However, Warren Central was the favorite to take this one and the Warriors did not disappoint. While Ben Davis is clearly dealing with some injury issues, the Warriors emphatic 36-0 victory serves notice to the rest of the state, it will not be easy to take the crown away from Warren Central.
I think Warren Central is still susceptible at times to some offensive mistakes, but the shutout of the Giants proves they don't have to be perfect on offense to win big games. Speaking of shutouts, this is the first time the Giants have had a 0 on the scoreboard since the 1985 season, when the Jeff George-led Warriors did the honors.
Warren won the state championship that season and at this point you won't find many arguments against their ability to do it again.
BTW...can't wait for the Lucas Oil Stadium rematch against #1 Carmel October 1st.
The other MIC showdown:
When you use initials to reference a high school football conference, the MIC, usually refers to the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference. However, the Mid-Indiana Conference also plays some exciting games and the league champion was likely determined Friday night in Cicero.
Hamilton Heights hosted Lewis Cass in a game that you knew would be close, but that home-field was not necessarily an advantage. The visitor had come away victorious In the last four meetings between the two schools. The game was close, as expected, but was decided thanks to a lucky offsides call against the home Huskies.
Lewis Cass scored a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to pull to within 14-13. They made the extra point to tie the game. However, Hamilton Heights was called for offsides. Kings coach Scott Mannering, in his 25th years at the school, decided to go for the 1.5 yard play and the lead. The Huskies made the stop and won the game thanks in part to that offsided penalty and a huge play by the defense.
Hamilton Heights is now 4-0, with only an October 8th trip to Western standing in the way of what should be an undefeated regular season.
No trap for Brownsburg:
This had the makings of a classic upset. Undefeated Brownsburg traveling to winless Westfield. The Shamrocks are a better team than their record would indicate and the Bulldogs were playing the sandwich game between a couple of very emotional contests.
Brownsburg upset Hamilton Southeaster 16-7 during Week 3. That game stamps the Bulldogs as the early favorite in both the Hoosier Crossroads Conference and perhaps Class 5A Sectional 6. Brownsburg also hosts Hendricks County rival Avon in Week 5, always a great game, no matter the records.
But in between, Brett Comer's crew had to take care of business against Westfield.
One play turned the tide in Brownsburg's favor. Trailing 7-0, veteran quarterback Robby Robbins knew he had time for just one more play in the first half. Just before being sacked, he lofted the ball into the end zone where a tipped pass landed in the arms of an on-the-ground Logan Williams, for a 10-yard touchdown. Click here to see first half highlights including the incredible play by Robbins/Williams. Brownsburg dominated the second half en route to a 34-13 victory.
A victory for winless over unbeaten:
While Westfield was not able to taste victory against Brownsburg, another team did find success in a big underdog role Friday. Perry Meridian has watched Southport, the school the Falcons share a home-field with experience a great deal of success in recent years. Bill Peebles' Cardinals are at it again, and started off 3-0, including impressive victories over Roncalli and Pike.
Even though Perry Meridian entered the game 0-3, I had a feeling the Falcons would play Southport close. I didn't expect them to win, but Perry pulled off the upset 19-7 in one of the more under-rated rivalry games in Central Indiana.
Conference Indiana might be as deep as it has ever been, so this does not necessarily mean that Perry Meridian is on the path towards a 5 or 6 win season, but Friday's win over Southport is likely a memory the Falcon seniors will never forget.
Basketball on Grass:
Normally when you see a score read 77-46, you are thinking about a one-sided basketball game. This however, was the outcome of the Heritage Christian - Bowman Academy football game Friday.
Heritage Christian coach Ron Qualls is an offensive wizard, so it is not surprising to see his Eagles keep the scoreboard operator busy. I also can't fault his team for "running it up" when you consider that Bowman wasn't exactly going three and out. I admit to not knowing much about what happened in this game, however when I see that Heritage Christian is averaging nearly 52 points per game, I understand this was not a fluke night.
Due to the Eagles' youth and Cardinal Ritter's emergence in Class 2A, this might not be the year Heritage Christian gets back to the football state finals. However, if you like offensive "Basketball on Grass" style football, I recommend checking out a Heritage Christian game in the future.