Conference season continues in Week 4
Plymouth returns home from a big Northern Lakes Conference victory at Warsaw, while Culver Community hits the road for New Prairie, John Glenn travels to LaVille for a rivalry game, and the Colts pay a visit to Bremen as the Lions host Triton in Week 4.
After last week’s big 29-13 win at Warsaw, the Rockies (2-1, 1-0 NLC) are hoping to carry over that momentum in the second week of NLC play as they host Northridge (0-3, 0-1 NLC).
“I would hope that our kids are riding the momentum from last week’s win in Warsaw. That was a big start to the NLC with a victory,” said Plymouth head coach John Barron.
“We have come a long way from Week 1, and I think the positive with this group is we’ve played better each week and I think we’ve practiced better each week. We’ve had a great week of practice; our kids were very focused and our older kids have done a great job of keeping us focused in practice. I think that’s really important when you’re playing the quality of opponents we’re playing here for the rest of the season.”
Plymouth is on a two-game win streak after a season-opening loss to Bremen, and Barron sees some similarities to the Lions’ defense in Northridge.
“Defensively, it’s a 3-3 stack stunting-type defense, so a lot of similarities to our first opponent in Bremen with just that odd front with the stunting linebackers; it can be difficult at times for quarterbacks to read,” he said. “We’re going to have to defend a kind of offense that’s kind of wide open, and we’re going to have to get our blocking schemes down so we can consistently move the ball against a stunting-type defense.”
Meanwhile, a veteran Bremen (3-0, 1-0 NSC) squad puts its unbeaten record on the line against a young Triton (0-3, 0-1 NSC) lineup still searching for its first win. Given the Trojans’ proclivity for the passing play, Lions coach Bob Holmes thinks this week’s Northern State Conference match-up should be a test for his secondary.
“They’re a big-strike offense,” he said. “They run a lot of passing sets, they want to get you with a quick score. We’re going to have to do our job and make sure we pressure the quarterback and not allow them to throw the ball over the top.
“I think we haven’t seen a lot of that this year. This is a team that probably throws it more than they run it so it’s going to be our first test for our DBs and our pass coverage unit. Plymouth, New Prairie and Tippecanoe pretty much were run-oriented offenses and this one puts the ball in the air a little more. We’re going to have to cover the field a little bit more.”
Triton is looking for better offensive balance this week after establishing its running game at Culver last week, and the Trojans know they’ll need to put up some points to play with a Bremen squad that has amassed 124 points in three games this year.
“We’ve got to be able to be balanced. The first couple games we had a pretty good passing game, and last week I felt like we were able to run the ball well. We just need to combine the two and put it all together. We need to be able to sustain and finish our drives,” said head coach Rodney Younis.
“That’s something that’s going to be very important to us — bleeding the clock and scoring some points. They’re not going to be a team that we’re going to be able to slow down. They’re going to get their points so we need to be able to match them.”
Meanwhile, fans of both teams can enjoy some face time with Colts players and cheerleaders as the team makes a stop on its Friday night tour.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the Bremen community,” said Holmes. “The Colts are basically coming north of Indianapolis once this year on their high school football tour, and they chose Bremen as their site. We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to have the Indianapolis Colts come in and help us promote high school football.”
Culver (2-1, 1-0 NSC) hits the road for New Prairie (0-3, 0-1 NSC) after topping Triton 33-3 last week in the Cavaliers’ first road test since winning 29-12 at South Central in Week 2.
“We handled our last road test really well so there’s no reason to believe this will be any different,” said Culver head coach Andy Thomas. “It’s a little bit of a drive so we’re going to get there early. It’s going to be a long walk to the field. But it’s very similar to what we experienced in Week 2.”
Also hitting the road is Glenn as the Falcons (2-1, 1-1 NSC) travel to area rival LaVille (0-3, 0-1 NSC).
“The match-up is always tough when we go on the road to LaVille,” said Glenn coach Justin Bogunia. “Their community butts right up to ours so there are kids that know each other and play ball against each other, maybe all the way up from little league. I think because the kids know each other it always makes it a hard-fought game.”
In other area action, Culver Military Academy (2-1) heads to Class A powerhouse Lafayette Central Catholic (3-0).