There are three things that thoroughly enjoy doing in ninety-nine degree weather: swimming in my Pacman swim trunks, eating Dairy Queen blizzards as fast as possible in attempt to get a brain freeze, and laying in air conditioning while watching reruns of "The Wonder Years".
What I know I wouldn't enjoy doing in ninety-nine degree weather: slamming my body against a 250 pound lineman in attempt to get to a running back, sprinting down the field in hopes that maybe somebody will throw me a ball, and making split-second decisions while linebackers attempt to rip my head off.
NFL Films has us dreaming about, but they were still played with the excitement and passion that a fan of prep sports can love.
Outside of the heat, here's what impressed me and will catch you up to date from last week before you head to the games tonight:
South Bend Washington's Gehrig Dieter is playing on a Playstation Tres while others are still on Dos
Now, normally I'm not a fan of schools running up the score after a team has a lead by about forty points or so. But if you can put your star player, who is so far only accepting offers from MAC schools, on the map then why not?
South Bend Washington Head Coach Antwon Jones let the dogs loose in a 63-10 victory over Elkhart Central on Friday night, and in return, his wide receiver Gehrig Dieter caught twelve receptions. Not a big deal, right?
Twelve receptions for a national record 437 yards.
Dieter's greatest highlight came on a 90-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, and in my book, we have our clear front-runner for Mr. Football. In week one Dieter already broke the state-record with a 373 yard game against Bloomington North, and then followed up with another 300-yard game against Michigan City the following week.
Of course, the question has to come in if Jones will let his players help Dieter along the way as they did on Friday night. During the fourth quarter Elkhart Central didn't show much appreciation when the Panthers downed the ball on a kick return to give Dieter some extra yardage to work with, and you have to ask when running the score is too much of a bad thing. Especially if an injury is at risk.
But for now, Dieter is clearly playing on a level that nobody else in the state is touching at the moment.
The Bulldogs have a bite
It's hard to pick out what exactly was the most exciting moment in the Bulldogs 38-37 victory over Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Hamilton Southeastern. The sixty-one yard rush from Isaac Beverstock? The state-record ninety-nine yard kickoff return from Chase Dutra? Or how about the Sophomore Brandon Dowers stepping up to knock in a forty-yard field goal as time expired?
It was a known fact that the Hoosier Crossroads Conference was better than ever with favorites Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, and Avon leading the way, but Brownsburg has put themselves in prime position to control their early destiny to a conference championship. Of course the Bulldogs knocked off the Royals last year 16-7 as well and lost some crucial games down the road, but this Brownsburg squad has been nothing but impressive so far in 2011. The key will be to see if they can carry this momentum past Westfield Friday night and Avon the following week at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The MIC is back
A year after after the Class 5A State championship failed to have a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) squad since Bloomington South defeated Homestead 35-14 in 1998, the MIC enters Friday night with Warren Central, Carmel, and Ben Davis rounding out the top three teams in Class 5A football. So far these squads have practically moon-walked past their 5A opponents, with Class 4A Cathedral being the only squads in the state giving Ben Davis (24-21) and Warren Central (27-24) scares to this point.
Both Warren Central and Ben Davis play each other on Friday night and one of them may fall in the rankings from that game, but early signs of the season are showing it would be hard to believe that those two squads along with Carmel (38.4 margin of victory) will slip-up before playing in Lucas Oil Stadium come Thanksgiving weekend.
Decatur Central has a flair for the excitement
From a guy that showed he liked to roll the dice with two-point conversions to win games in 2010, Decatur Central Head Coach Justin Dixson seems to have Hawks fans' hearts pounding with excitement in all 48 minutes of each week once again. After opening the season with a close 16-14 victory over Franklin Central and then dropping a 39-35 loss to Perry Meridian, the Hawks found themselves on the right end of a one-score or less game last Friday in a 30-25 victory at Whiteland. Hawks Senior Sean Gary proved to be the major difference-maker in that contest, rushing for his fourth touchdown to put Decatur Central up 30-25 for the final score of the game, while finishing with 158 yards overall.
It will be interesting to see if the Hawks can continue to stay on the right-side of those close games now that they are in the Mid-State Conference season, but I'm sure Decatur Central fans would be just as happy with a 25-point victory as well.
What a comeback by Lutheran!
Last Friday night I had the pleasure of covering the barn-burner of Guerin Catholic and Lutheran High School, one of the rare times before the tournament season gets underway that I'll be able to check out a Class A and Class 2A school. In what didn't surprise Golden Eagles fans at the time, Guerin Catholic came out firing and dominated their way to a 21-10 lead in the smoldering heat.
However, the Saints weren't anywhere close to being done, outscoring the Golden Eagles 21-7 to win the ball game 31-28. The curse of myself being at the game? Possibly, but an apology to all Lutheran fans for the "Football Friday Night" crew having to leave early and missing out on one of the biggest comebacks of the young 2011 season.
Of course now that you're all caught up with the action from the previous week, remember to turn into "Football Friday Night" for action from week four, and log onto Fox59.com/sports for extended web-exclusive coverage following the games.
JJ's Football Friday Rewind: Week 3 Sothman edition
The man in charge Jeremiah Johnson had this past Friday off, so his younger and better looking coworker Ken Sothman is filling in for his weekly column. So before fans head to the schools for week four action, it's time to take a look back at the news, notes and observations from the 3rd weekend of the IHSAA Football season.
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