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October 18, 2013

Football teams gear up for final week of regular season

Football teams gear up for final week of regular season

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The Berries’ leading rusher, Jacob Shelton (582 yards, 10 TDs), is out another week with a leg injury. Marcus Record has rushed for 424 yards and three TDs. Ryan Schrock adds 415 yards and 10 TDs and has passed for 283 yards and three TDs. Alex Brink is the leading receiver with eight catches for 118 yards and two TDs. Khalil Carter leads the defense with 43 solo tackles, 51 assists and 9 tackles for a loss. Kevin Gonzalez has three sacks and Jacob Brown adds two interceptions.

Richmond had a five-game win streak snapped in last week’s loss at HN. The Red Devils’ only other loss was to Class 4A No. 2 New Palestine.

Cass (5-3, 4-2 MIC) at Western (7-1, 5-1 MIC)

Western football coach Nate Andrews is confident he has his team’s attention.

The Panthers have made its three opponents pay since a 28-18 upset loss to Maconaquah in Week 5, pounding Peru (52-27), Eastern (55-6) and Class 3A co-No. 8 Hamilton Heights (35-14).

Western enters the final week of the regular season sharing that 3A No. 8 ranking with Hamilton Heights, and with a home victory over Cass tonight, the Panthers also will share the Mid-Indiana Conference crown with the Huskies, assuming Heights is able to beat Peru on the road.

“I hope our mindset is one of knowing we’re competing for a championship,” Andrew said. “We’ve certainly set ourselves up to do so. We’ve worked hard and overcome a lot of adversities to be in this situation. I hope we can fulfill one of the goals that we set out to do early in the season.”

Awaiting Western is a Kings squad that’s playing well at the right time of the season as well, taking four straight wins over Peru (46-7), Eastern (61-29), Taylor (48-0) and Maconaquah (36-14) after three straight losses to 3A No. 3 West Lafayette, Northwestern and Heights.

“Cass is Cass,” Andrews said. “They do what they do very well and are very disciplined. I respect a program like that. They’re difficult to prepare for, I think, with their misdirection and speed offensively. What we have to be able to do is match their toughness for four quarters.”

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