High school football season reaches week five
The Indiana High School football season reaches week five as Sullivan and Dugger Union play road games and North Central will celebrate homecoming, all on Friday night.
Dugger Union (0-2) at Parke Heritage (3-1) — For the second time this season, Dugger Union will be playing a week off.
Because of the torrential rains that swept through the Wabash Valley on Saturday, their home game with Southside Home School was canceled.
“I wished we could have played last week,” said Dugger Union coach Jeff Griffith.
This week the Bulldogs will face Parke Heritage, the new school that is a consolidation of Rockville and Turkey Run.
The Wolves are coached by Brian Moore, who has a 190-44 career record including a state championship and state runner-up at Seeger.
They have defeated Seeger, Covington and Attica but lost a 62-32 decision at North Central.
Logan White leads the Wolves from his quarterback position.
Noble Johnson, Jaylen Crull, Austin Petrillo and Trevor Rapp are his favorite receivers.
“We just saw a little bit of them on film,” said Griffith. “They like to throw the ball.”
Griffith said the Dugger Union roster has expanded to 19 players, including veteran tailback/linebacker Jacob Cross.
“It is good to be up to 19 players,” said Griffith. “That should give us a little more depth.
“Also, having Jacob back is going to make a big difference on both sides of the ball. He has a lot of experience and is a very tough kid.”
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
North Knox (2-2, 0-1) at North Central (4-0, 1-0) — The Warriors will put their two-game winning streak on the line when they try to spoil homecoming for North Central in this Southwest Conference game.
The Warriors, led by coach Josh Chambers, started the season with losses to Sullivan and Eastern Greene, but have bounced back to beat Tecumseh (52-7) and South Central (Union Mills) 28-21 the last two weeks.
The Warriors rush for 336 yards per game. They are led by Gavyn Doane, who has 107 rushes for 777 yards and eight TDs.
Cole Richter is next with 363 yards rushing in 46 attempts. He has scored three touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Keagan Thomas has completed 9 of 20 passes for 20 yards. He has no TDs and one interception.
North Central had to rally from a 7-6 halftime deficit to win at North Decatur, 20-7 last week.
The T-birds are without fullback Blake Chatman for the immediate future after he had bone chips removed his ankle.
Kegan Ennen will be starting in his place.
“We have had all week to get Kegan up to speed on playing fullback,” said North Central coach Travis Nolting. “Injuries happen in football and it is next man up.
“We full expect Kegan to step up and do a good job.”
The T-birds are rushing for 466 yards per game, led by Dawson Basinger. The senior has 1,066 yards on 85 carries, 12.5 per carrry and 266 yards per game.
He has 17 total TDs, including a fumble return for a score last week. He has rushed for 16 scores.
Quarterback Dawson Basinger has 42 rushes for 323 yards and seven scores.
“We will have distractions on homecoming, but the players and coaches are used to dealing with those,” said Nolting. “For various reasons, we only played one good half of football last week.
“This week, we need to play four good quarters to get a conference win.”
North Central has won two of the last three meetings, including 22-20 last year. But the Warriors hold a 32-7 advantage in the all-time series.
The homecoming festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the game set to kickoff at 7.
Sullivan (3-1) at South Vermillion (2-2) — The Golden Arrows will be playing their final nonconference game when they travel to South Vermillion to battle the Wildcats for the Bronze Helmet.
The Wildcats are coached by Greg Barrett, who went 7-3 in 2017, his first season at South Vermillion.
They has beaten Covington and Riverton Parke and lost to North Vermillion and Marshall, Illinois on the road.
“They gave us a good game at our place last year,” Sullivan coach Blaine Powell said of the 42-28 win. “He has done a good job of turning the program around in a short period of time.
“They are well coached. We will have to deal.”
The two teams have been playing since 1923, when the Arrows edged Clinton 14-13.
“We talked to the boys last year about the history of the bronze helmet,” said Powell. “There is a lot of history between the two schools and teams.
“It has meant a lot to both all these years and still does. It means a lot to us and we are treating it that way.”
After losing to Northview, the Arrows bounced back with a 48-21 victory over North Putnam last week.
Jakeb Skinner finished with three total TDs, including one receiving, and quarterback Jack Conner rushed for 92 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown. Conner was 18 of 25 for 188 yards and two TDs and his first interception of the season.
Skinner had 112 rushing yards as the Arrows compiled 232 rushing and 420 total yards.
Skinner and Curtis Bedwell each had an interception.
“It was a good bounce back with for us,” said Powell. “We have to build on that.”
The Arrows had nine penalties for 74 yards.
“We have to cut down on the penalties and the mistakes,” said Powell.
The series goes back to 1923 when Clinton played Sullivan for the first time. Sullivan had a 25-22-3 record in the 50 games played until 1976. There were no games in 1925 and 1927-29.
Since Clinton consolidated into South Vermillion, Sullivan has a 18-9 series advantage.
There were no games between 1985-1998.
Sullivan leads the all-time combined series 43-31-3.
Kickoff in Clinton is scheduled for 7 p.m.