I apologize if you've been hitting the refresh button on your computer checking Indysportsnation.com (errrr fox59.com/sports) waiting for this weeks installment of the Football Friday Rewind.
There is a good reason for the delay:
A. My trip to Jacksonville to cover the Colts this past weekend left me with a little bit of jet lag (and the flu)
B. I was too busy paying attention to the start of the MLB Playoffs and the Reds first post-season apppearsnce since 1995.
C. The games from Week 7 were so good, I had to allow a couple of extra days for the results to truly sink in.
Unforunately A & B are not valid excuses, so we'll just say C is the reason, but without any further delay:
JJ's Football Friday Rewind (Week 7)
Round 1 to Warren Central:
The first high school game as part of Circle City Classic Weekend was a premeire showdown between the state's top two teams. Carmel and Warren Central played an epic Class 5A Championship game one year ago and are potential finalists again this season. While there were no "blue rings" at stake for the winner Friday, Warren Central proved it is going to be difficult to unseat the defending champions. John Hart's club showed its multi-talented running game against the normally stout Carmel defense. Carmel had a second quarter lead until a blocked punt and interception led to ten Warrior points giving WC a lead it would never never relinquish.
I still give Carmel a fighters chance should the two teams meet again. Standout running back Devin Brinson left the game early in the second quarter and did not return. This is a very important player that could very well help the Greyhounds in a potential rematch. (Even though Jalen Duncan filled in admirably, 18 carries for 93 yards) It is far from a guarantee Carmel will play Warren Central on November 27th, but if they do, I expect a closer game.
Hoosier Crossroad Conference now a three-way tie
I always enjoy the Hoosier Crossroads Conference championship race. There are ten schools in the league, thus no chance for anyone to play an outside the conference opponent. This daunting schedule also requires teams to be on their game from the first week of the season. A week two Hamilton county rivalry game is once gain playing a major role in the league race.
Hamilton Southeastern beat Fishers 40-17 on August 27th. The Tigers have since won five consecutive games, including last Friday's 21-7 victory over league co-leader Zionsville. Fishers jumped out to a 21-0 lead, handing the Eagles their second loss and leaving three teams atop the conference (Hamilton SE, Fishers, Brownsburg). While Southeastern has a schedule that should allow the Royals to finish 9-1, Fishers and Brownsburg are now one win away from meeting for a share of the title on the last week of the regular season.
I'm looking forward to that game, let's just see if the Tigers and Bulldogs can take care of business this week (at Lafayette Jeff & vs Zionsville)
Not a bad week for Hagerstown
I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Hagerstown last Thursday to award Kain Grose his McAlister's Big Nasty Hit of the Week award for Week 6. The sophomore is a talented linebacker and certainly someone to keep an eye on in the coming years.
I also am proud to have featured the Tigers on Fox 59's Football Friday night each of the last two weeks as they picked up wins over Tri and Centerville. Last Friday's 17-14 win over Centerville improved John Fallis' team to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Tri-Eastern Conference.
I made note of the sign when I pulled into town last week, "Welcome to Hagerstown, home of 2,000 happy people" It is clear to me that people in Hagerstown love their football and they are indeed happy right now, both due to the Tigers great season and some serious Indianapolis television attention the last couple of weeks.
Is it really an upset?
Ken Sothman returned to one of his favorite stops, Heritage Christian, for the Indysportsnation.com Feature Game of the Week. The Eagles' fans were once again happy to join in the fun with Ken's antics, but the Eagles football team didn't a very enjoyable night. In a match-up of undfefeated teams, Tech rolled to a 57-20 victory. It was called an upset by many.
However, when you analyze things, I think we should recognize Tech as a "for real" team. They haven't played as many high-profile teams but do have some impressive wins against teams from outside the area (Fort Wayne North, Fort Wayne South, Evansville Harrison) and the Titans are clearly a serious program. We are used to seeing Heritage Christian light up the scoreboard, but this was a very difficult match-up for Ron Qualls' team. I was surprised at first, but after looking at the rosters and size differential between Tech and Heritage Christian, I'm not shocked the Titans had so much success. I am looking forward to seeing how they fare against Cathedral this week, and fully expect Heritage Christian to bounce back at Park Tudor.
The moment they've all been waiting for
The IHSAA draw is this Sunday. As long as Indiana doesn't seed the state tournament, the draw will continue to be very important. (although the coaches will tell you publicly it doesn't matter who you play) While we are putting our normal preparation into making Football Friday Night on Fox 59 as exciting as ever this week, we are also busy helping prepare for the IHSAA Sectional Pairings show to air at 7:00 PM on WTTV-4 and along with a number of other statewide affiliates.
I'm hoping that after a busy NFL Sunday, local football fans tune in from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM to see how the brackets shake out as teams get ready for the Road to Lucas Oil Stadium. We'll have more on this show in the coming days, but figure it was worth a mention in the "Rewind" to see if you could "DVR" the IHSAA pairings show, back on television this weekend.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times