Lions prep for big stage at Lucas Oil, Week 2 gets under way
By James Costello
INDIANAPOLIS — Bremen has hit the big time.
The Lions will have the unique opportunity to play at the home of the Indianapolis Colts this week as they look to move to 2-0 against Tippecanoe Valley at the Horseshoe Hall of Fame Classic Saturday.
Kick-off for the Bremen-Tippy Valley game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. following the event opener between South Putnam and Tri-West at noon. Danville and Crawfordsville will follow at 5 p.m., and the nightcap between Indianapolis Scecina Memorial and Speedway is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
“Our entire football program is truly honored to represent Bremen High School and the community at this prestigious event,” said Bremen Athletic Director Troy Holmes. “The Indianapolis Colts have once again displayed their generous sponsorship of high school football in Indiana. This is a great opportunity for the students of Bremen High School and a memory they will never forget.”
“It’s quite an honor to be asked to play in the Horseshoe Classic and represent the northern half of the state down at Lucas Oil,” echoed Bremen head football coach Bob Holmes. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience for these young men and a special opportunity, and I know they’re excited and looking forward to the game. I know the kids really want to perform well.”
With such a big opportunity comes some big adjustments, however.
While Holmes downplayed the switch from the team’s normal Friday night game schedule to playing Saturday afternoon, the atmosphere at Lucas Oil and the distraction of playing at such a large venue is bound to be a factor for both teams. Holmes thinks the team that can keep its focus will likely be the one to come out on top.
“It’s going to be an extremely crazy environment,” he said. “I think whichever team settles down and executes the best is going to have the best opportunity to win the ball game. Kids are kids and some of the different distractions that are going on inside the game are going to make for an interesting game.”
The Lions enter Saturday’s game following a rare win at Plymouth in last week’s season-opener. It was a big confidence boost for an overwhelmingly young lineup, but while Holmes is hoping his kids can build on the momentum they created at the Rockpile, he’s also hoping they aren’t overly confident this week as they face a balanced Tippy Valley offense capable of throwing the ball as well as running it.
“It was a great win as far as gaining confidence for some of our younger players. It’s going to be a springboard into this week’s game, but we have to forget about last week and realize that Tippy Valley doesn’t care what we did last week,” he said.
“Tippy Valley has got a bunch of tremendous, athletic talented position players. They’re led by their coach’s son, Ben Shriver, and he throws to Tanner Andrews quite frequently. They’ve got a very nice running back that runs the ball. They have the double threat — they’re able to throw and run it. They’re going to pose quite a problem for us.”
Culver vs South Central (Union Mills)
With a roster full of veteran players, Culver Community looked like as strong a candidate as anyone to get off to a winning start to the 2012 season.
Instead, the Cavaliers surrendered 357 rushing yards on the road at West Central, falling in a 41-21 season opener last Friday.
It wasn’t the outcome Culver wanted, but head coach Andy Thomas is hoping it’s one his players can learn lessons from as they host another Sectional 33 rival this week in South Central (Union Mills) at 7:30 p.m.
“We just went through the motions and that’s about it,” said Thomas of the West Central game. “Our kids know it. We’ve talked about it extensively, and we’ve done everything we can to create more emotion in our practices. The last couple days our kids have responded, so we’ll have to put together another more days together of guys talking to their teammates, playing with more passion. We can’t got into games with a kind of ho-hum mentality.”
While Culver looks to break into the win column, the Satellites are looking to stay unbeaten after a 20-6 win over Cavs’ Northern State Conference competitor LaVille last week.
Thomas thinks the matchup is an even one, but he’s hoping his kids remember last week’s loss as they pick up their level of play this week. But it’s a brand new day, and he’s also hoping they aren’t dwelling too much on the loss, either.
“It’s a lot easier to come in and work your guts out when you’re winning, but what we’re not going to do is overreact to a loss. We’re looking at why we lost, what happened, and we’re going to work on correcting those things,” he said.
“This week we’ve certainly worked a lot more on ourselves than we are on the other team. It’ll be interesting. I’m excited to see how our team responds and how they bounce back. So far in two days, they’ve responded pretty well.”
In other area action…
While Bremen hits the road for Lucas Oil Stadium, another NSC team, LaVille, will also play in a rare Saturday game.
The Lancers look to bounce back from last week’s loss to South Central as they take on Trinity Lutheran at 7 p.m. Saturday in the two teams’ first-ever meeting after Bowman Academy dropped the Lancers from their schedule suddenly last year.
John Glenn is hoping to rebound after its loss to North Judson in an NSC-opening game at perennial Northern State power Jimtown at 7:30 p.m., while Triton hopes to right the ship at Northfield at 7 p.m. after a slow start at Caston last week cost the Trojans a 28-20 decision. Culver Military Academy will try to keep the wins rolling after holding Tippecanoe Valley to 28 rushing yards last week as the Eagles play host to NorthWood — still reeling from a 27-0 shutout at Jimtown last week — at 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Academies.