Logansport’s football team has dealt in extremes to start the season.
The Berries were handed a 22-point loss at the hands of Twin Lakes to start the season before turning around and defeating Peru by 21 points last week.
First-year Logan coach Brad Urban said his squad will need to bring a similar type off effort that it had against Peru if it wants to have a chance in tonight’s North Central Conference opener against Huntington North at Berry Stadium.
“Probably from a talent standpoint they’re the best team we’ve played to date on both sides of the ball,” Urban said. “They’ve got talent. They’re adjusting to a new system and a new coach as well as we are. If we improve our play we have a good shot at beating them. We want to get the game into the fourth quarter and have a chance to win.”
Huntington North has opened 0-2 with lopsided losses on the road against a pair of Class 5A schools, Homestead (53-12) and Fort Wayne North (51-25).
“Huntington North played two really strong opponents and gave up a lot of points. They’ve played against two very strong offensive teams that have scored some points on them,” Urban said.
HN quarterback Drew Schnitz has passed for 458 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions in the first two games. He is also the leading rusher with 56 yards on the ground. Caleb Richison had 10 catches for 204 yards and two TDs, and Paul Ehler has 11 catches for 167 yards and two TDs.
“In the passing game they have quality wide receivers and a quarterback that throws the ball well. They’re a whole different type of football team that we’ve faced,” Urban said. “They’re going through some growing pains with a new coach as well. Most people would give the nod to them with their size and how many players they have. We’re looking forward to it.
“We have to play better football and try to improve our play and play our game. ... If we don’t turn the ball able and we’re able to force turnovers on them, it’s a game that will be very competitive.”
Bo Bullard leads Logan with 148 yards rushing, four touchdowns and 162 yards passing. Isaac Eastburn has rushed for 109 yards, and Jacob Shelton has added 98 yards rushing and a TD. Braxton Berkshire leads the defense with 21 tackles, and Nate Bullard has 15 tackles including four tackles for a loss and two sacks.
Cass (2-0) at Northwestern (2-0)
Northwestern and Cass enjoy their county border war every year. This year, maybe a little more than usual. The rivals start Mid-Indiana Conference play with tonight’s matchup of unbeaten squads.
Cass won 12 straight contests in the rivalry series until Northwestern won the 2010 sectional meeting and last year’s regular-season contest. Northwestern went on to win a share of the MIC title.
Longtime Cass coach Scott Mannering said the team and coaches are excited about the matchup.
“This is a really good rivalry,” he said. “I told our guys that Northwestern is one of the few schools that Lewis Cass has played every year we’ve had a varsity football team. I think it goes back to 1965. Obviously, this year’s big. They’ve beaten us the last two times we’ve played and they’ve got a good team again this year. We’re impressed with their skill players and they always play good defense. It’s going to be a real challenge.”
Northwestern enters after posting wins over Clinton Central and North Miami. Fullback Brandon Curry is averaging 108 yards. Among wingbacks, Trenton Brazel averages 91.5 and Michael Plummer adds 34.5. Quarterback Trevor Richmond has thrown for 174 yards on 14-of-20 passing with no interceptions.
“The Richmond kid at QB is a big, strong athlete,” Mannering said. “He throws the ball well. The two wingbacks are real quick. Offensively they run the sweep play real well. They don’t seem to have a lot of problems getting on the edge. Then you’ve got Curry in the middle, the fullback, who is a big load as well. It’s pretty hard to defend everything that they’re going to be able to do.”
Cass has raised eyebrows with impressive wins over Pioneer and West Lafayette. The Kings cracked the AP Class 2A Top 10 this week at No. 7. Fullback Jacob Collins leads the team in rushing (72.5 average), followed by halfback Garrett Riley (71.5) and halfback Drew Shepherd (65). Cass is averaging 297 yards on the ground and the Kings’ running game has Northwestern’s attention.
“They just remind me of a typical Lewis Cass football team,” NW coach John Hendryx said. “They just are so solid in all aspects of their game. Defensively, they’re hard-nosed, they run to the ball well, they don’t make mistakes, the don’t miss tackles.
“Then offensively they’re just very difficult. The last two weeks, people can’t get ’em off the field. They just control the ball and pound you with those running backs and the linemen are physical.”
Pioneer (1-1, 1-0 MWC) at S. Newton (1-1, 1-0 MWC)
Pioneer’s 41-14 win over South Newton a year ago was one of the Panthers’ most impressive performances of the season. It was the Rebels’ lone loss of the regular season, and they went on to win a sectional title.
Class A No. 6 Pioneer will try to duplicate a similar performance tonight in Kentland. The Panthers are coming off a 42-14 rout of Winamac last week.
South Newton has split its two contests this season, losing at North Newton (37-20) in the opener and defeating Frontier (47-0) last week. Ricky Montemayer has passed for 171 yards and two TDs for the Rebels. Austin Drinski has rushed for 194 yards and three TDs, and Nathin Bishop has rushed for 106 yards and two TDs. Drinski is also the leading receiver with seven catches for 81 yards and a TD. Jared Chavez is the leading tackler on defense with 22.
After being bottled up by Cass in Week 1, Pioneer’s Joey Miller exploded for 229 yards rushing and four touchdowns in last week’s win over Winamac.
Caston (1-1, 0-1 MWC) at Frontier (0-2, 0-1 MWC)
The Comets suffered their third straight defeat at the hands of West Central a week ago, when they had problems stopping the Trojans in a 40-21 loss.
“We didn’t respond too well with the way they play and the temperature extremes,” said Comet coach Chris Ulerick, who said the heat may have contributed to wearing down his squad and that some backups will need to be ready to play this week.
“It was really tough. It was disappointing to get beat,” Ulerick said. “It was a closer game than the scoreboard and the stat sheet indicated. We had a chance of getting within a touchdown on the first possession of the third quarter when we fumbled inside the 5-yard line. West Central capitalized on that. It could have been a lot closer if we had scored then, but we didn’t and it wasn’t. Hopefully we’ll be more focused and prepared for Frontier.”
Frontier enters on a 20-game losing streak, which includes losses to Clinton Prairie (34-8) and South Newton (47-0) this season.
“They’re certainly better than they were last season,” Ulerick said. “They have three or four skill kids that can carry the football. They’re struggling right now as a unit. I don’t think they’re horrible athletes — in the other sports they play their kids can move and play. Football hasn’t been their thing. Coach [Don] Coller is working with them and they’re much improved over last year. They’re probably better than they were last week. They’re a work in progress and as the season goes on they’ll be a tough team to play. We have to make sure we’re ready to play.”
Jeremy Gonzalez has rushed for 263 yards and two TDs to lead the Comets. Quentin Douglass has rushed for 128 yards and two TDs and passed for 114 yards and two TDs.
Winamac (1-1, 0-1 MWC) at N. White (2-0, 1-0 MWC)
Winamac coach Tim Roth said it was back to basics this week after last week’s 42-14 loss at Pioneer.
“Working on fundaments, getting back to the things we did in Week 1,” Roth said. “It was just getting back to basics this week and assignments. A lot of guys forgot everything we learned in Week 1. We let Pioneer take it to us. We got on our heels and couldn’t do anything. We watched a lot of film and corrected things and if we’re successful, we’ll win, and if we don’t execute, it’ll probably be a different story.”
North White has opened with wins over Taylor (37-15) and Tri-County (28-12).
“They’re young but good. They’re much improved from a year ago,” Roth said. “They’ve still got [Kolton] Linback at fullback. He’s moved from linebacker to defensive line. They’ve got [Collin] Hileman, who’s a third-year starter at quarterback. They’ve got veterans and good young kids coming up. Their freshman tailback ran for 138 yards last week against Tri-County.
“We’re going to have a good test. We need to do things we’re capable of doing and do them better than we did in Week 2. It’s not like they’re going to intimidate us and run us out of town. We need to line up and do things we do well.”
Tyler Katschke has rushed for 158 yards and two TDs to lead the Warriors. Zach Shidler has passed for 315 yards and two TDs. Levi Schultz has six catches for 171 yards and two TDs. Keagen Kasten has 25 tackles, and Richie Doty and Katschke each have 22 tackles and three tackles for a loss.