Pharos-Tribune

Local Sports

November 1, 2013

Semifinal showdowns

No. 9 Pioneer travels to Carroll; Caston hosts Frontier

In many ways Pioneer’s and Carroll’s football teams mirror each other this season.

Both teams rely on a number of underclassmen and both got off to a rocky start to the year. But both have gotten things going at the right time heading into tonight’s Class A sectional game in Flora.

The Cougars (6-4) host the No. 9-ranked Panthers (8-2) at 7 o’clock tonight in a Sectional 42 semifinal.

“It’s a big game,” Pioneer coach Mike Johnson said. “They’re a big team. They’re certainly a lot bigger than us. They’ve played well of late. Their last 5 of 6 have been wins. They’ve gotten better and better and they’ve gotten healthy and gotten guys back.”

The Panthers have won eight games in a row on the strength of an offense that has scored 44.8 points per game this season. While the defense has allowed 25.2 ppg, the Panthers are coming off a game last week in which they throttled Seeger 59-6.

“Our defense has to show up against these guys, there’s no doubt,” Johnson said. “They can throw the ball and throw the ball down the field and they’re good in that area as well. We have to play good defense.”

Junior fullback Justin Mersch has rushed for 1,514 yards and 25 touchdowns and has averaged 7.6 yards per carry for the Panthers. Sophomore quarterback Sam Kiser has passed for 437 yards and 5 TDs and rushed for an additional 869 yards and 15 TDs. J.P. Smith adds 516 yards rushing and 8 TDs. Tyler Hanna leads the defense with 30 solo tackles, 27 assists and 5.5 tackles for a loss.

“The Kiser kid is unreal,” Carroll coach Steve Keown said. “The Smith kid, the Mersch kid, those guys are tough. They have good linemen. Mike’s always got guys that can block well. And they’ve been running the wing-T since they were third graders and they really know it and that’s a challenge.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • SPT-PT042414 AOW Kiesling2.jpg Keisling enjoys Lewis Cass’ semistate run in basketball Austin Keisling and the Lewis Cass boys basketball team certainly celebrated the school's 50th anniversary in style. The Kings were golden this year, going 22-3 and making a run to the semistate. Keisling said he didn't know it was Cass' 50th anniver

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lady Kings track darts past Eastern, Western In a Mid-Indiana Conference meet preview, Lewis Cass ran past a pair of league stalwarts Wednesday in Walton. The Kings scored 60 points to edge out the post-Neeley twin Eastern Comets (57) and the Western Panthers (50) on senior night. Kelsey Smith

    April 24, 2014

  • SPT-PT042414 LC BTrack.jpg Kings split with Carroll Lewis Cass had mixed results in a track meet against Carroll Tuesday in Walton. The Kings won the boys event 71-60 and lost the girls event 69-63. In the boys event, Austin Keisling was a triple winner as the Kings got good efforts from some athletes

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - PT042314 - Tom Lindley column - Lindley column sig LINDLEY: Hoops stars may linger on campus a while longer Adam Silver, the new commissioner of the National Basketball Association, scored a public relations victory when he came out in strong support of raising the league's minimum age to 20 years old -- a move that would have talented collegians spending

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-PT042214 Pio v Win SB2.jpg Pioneer wins MWC tilt Pioneer's softball team defeated Winamac 6-2 Monday in a Midwest Conference softball game at Herk Hoffman Field. Megan Smith had three hits including a double and two runs scored for the Panthers (5-5, 1-1 MWC). The Panthers' starting shortstop and l

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-PT042014 - lhs loganland Whitney.jpg Miss Basketball Jennings earns top Loganland honor Whitney Jennings had already made quite a name for herself in basketball circles around town before she even entered high school. There were stories that a little blonde girl was tearing up middle school competition, single-handedly dominating teams.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Logansport baseball splits DH at Penn Logansport's baseball team continued its high scoring ways in a doubleheader split at Penn on Saturday. The Berries dropped the opener 12-7 before winning the game two 8-7. The Berries (5-2) pounded out 26 hits on the day, 14 in the opener and 12 in

    April 20, 2014

  • SPT-PT041814 LHS Tennis.jpg Logan tops Lewis Cass in early season tennis match Logansport's girls tennis team defeated rival Lewis Cass 4-1 Thursday in Walton. The Berries improved to 2-1 on the young season while the Kings dropped to 0-1. Whitney Jennings defeated Gabi Hartley 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Brooke Bullard defeated

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • No. 7 Lewis Cass baseball falls at HN, 3-2 Lewis Cass' baseball team suffered its first setback of the season with a 3-2 loss at Huntington North on Thursday. Kyle Dwiggins hit a two-run home run for the Class 2A No. 7 Kings (3-1) in the fourth inning. He later doubled. But the Vikings scored

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT-PT041714 - phs AOW Kayte Miller.jpg Miller looking for one more big season for the Panthers Pioneer senior Kayte Miller has enjoyed a lot of success in volleyball and softball during her four-year career. Miller has one more season of softball this spring with the Panthers before she will play the sport at Ancilla College next year. Miller

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.