Finally, it is starting to feel like football season! I wore my jacket for the first time this past Friday, and always look forward to crisp, cool air and October high school football.
Some of my best memories watching games at Bengal Memorial Stadium while growing up were catching the mini-footballs the Peru Cheerleaders used to throw after touchdowns, and drinking hot chocolate we brought with us in Thermos Containers. If you see me at a game the next couple of months and offer up a hot cocoa, I'll be extremely appreciative (and likely give you a little TV time)
While I'm already looking forward to outstanding Week Seven match-ups, (and hot chocolate) we must take another look back five storylines from last Friday in the Week Six Edition of the Football Friday Rewind.
* Upset City: Every once in awhile the Indysportsnation.com scoreboard hotline (317)715-2744 rings and we have to double-check to make sure the caller is correct. There were a couple such scores this week, most notably, Beech Grove's 22-18 victory over Class 2A #1 Heritage Christian. While the Eagles were good hosts for Ken Sothman, D.J. Zaccagnini and the Indysportsnation.com feature game, the visiting Hornets ruined Heritage Christian's Homecoming.
You could tell Beech Grove was determined by watching the video of their pre-game break-down. "They ain't ready to play boys, they're ready for this Homecoming Dance, we're about to crash it, you hear me?" exclaimed on Hornet Player. The Beech Grove defense did something few units have been able to do, slow down the high-powered Eagle passing attack. While the often imitated, never dublicated, Heritage Christian Trash Can band did their part with this unique display on a beat up vehicle, Heritage Christian gets wake-up call thanks to a 22-18 loss. This MIGHT be the Eagles last loss, and the game proves 5 & 1 Beech Grove is for real this season. (On a side note, lots of Miami County representation on the sidelines, HC Coach Ron Qualls used to be an assistant at Peru, while Beech Grove Coach Dave Coudret is a former Maconaquah Head Coach)
* One of These Days: When looking at the Edinburgh schedule, I thought this could've been the game. The Lancers entered Friday's game against Wes-Del with a 51-game losing streak. The Warriors were 1 & 4 and the contest was Edinburgh's Homecoming game. We dispatched veteran Fox 59 photographer/director Bob Johnson to southern Johnson County (not named after Bob) for this potentially historic occasion.
Edinburgh got off to a fast start, and had a 12-0 lead when Bob left for his second stop. He was confident the streak was history, and many fans told him he was good luck and had to come back every week. Unfortunately for those Lancer fans, Wes-Del rallied for a 29-18 victory. While we can't cheer for one team in a game between two local schools, it sure would be nice for the players hard work and diligence to be rewarded eventually. Perhaps this is the week...Edinburgh travels to winless Indiana Deaf Friday night.
* Mighty Martinsville: The once proud Artesian program opened some eyes early in the season when winning their first three games. Off to their best start since 2001, Martinsville hit a speed bump in week 4 against Decatur Central. However, Fred Kutruff's guys have responded, winning their last two games in impressive fashion. The Artesians have consecutive Mid-State Conference road wins (at Plainfield & at Mooresville) There is now a log-jam atop the conference, four schools have just one league loss, but Martinsville has the easiest remaining schedule with home games against Whiteland and Danville. Before that though, Martinsville gets another chance to prove itself with a home game against Roncalli this Friday.
* MIC Final Four: Once again, the top four teams in the toughest football conference in the state are Ben Davis, Carmel, Center Grove, and Warren Central. It seems the MIC crown will be determined by the round-robin play between each of the four power programs. Each took care of business this past week against the bottom four teams in the league, although Lawrence North once again put up a valliant effort before losing 9-7 to Center Grove. This week, the competition picks up a notch as the Big 4 play each other...Ben Davis at Center Grove & Warren Central at Carmel. The Greyhounds are the only unbeaten team in league play, but should be tested against the Warriors who put up 73 points against Terre Haute North last week...Full predictions and analysis to come Thursday, but I'm leaning towards the visiting team in both contests.
* Forgone Conclusion: While most coaches take games "one at a time" I often am looking ahead to the post-season. When thinking about potential Thanksgiving weekend match-ups at Lucas Oil Stadium, I can see some great games in Class 5A, 3A, and 2A. I'm afraid the Class 4A and A games however, won't be close. Cathedral flexed it's muscles Friday, out-scoring Roncalli 38-0 in the second half of a 55-10 game. The clear favorite in Class A is Lafayette Central Catholic. The Knights are coming off a 70-to-0 win against Tri-Central and through six weeks, LCC has yet to allow a touchdown. I normally enjoy the road to the State Finals, but feel like the teams in Class 4A and A are playing for second place.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times