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September 6, 2013

Shake-up in the MWC

No. 3 Winamac hosts NW; Pioneer looks to get back on track

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The win over Pioneer was no fluke. The Warriors outgained the Panthers 234-100 on the ground and 158-65 through the air.

“It was nice to finally outrush them and outpass them as well,” Roth said.

The Warriors are led by the 1-2 thunder and lightning punch of Tyler Katschke and Parker Fox. Katschke had 139 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns against Pioneer, and Fox rushed for 155 yards and two TDs and was 6-of-10 passing for 158 yards and two more TDs.

S. Newton (1-1, 1-0 MWC) at Pioneer (0-2, 0-1 MWC)

The Panthers finally got some sustained offense going near the end of the Winamac game last week after struggling moving the ball for the most part against the Warriors and Lewis Cass.

Look for the offensive improvement to continue into tonight’s 7:30 p.m. game as South Newton has split a pair of shootouts this season, losing to North Newton 48-42 in Week 1 and defeating Frontier 33-31 in Week 2.

The Panthers only have 11 upperclassmen including five seniors on the team this year, so they’ve been relying on quite a few younger players. But veteran coach is Mike Johnson is still miffed by some of the mistakes the youngsters have been making in running an offense most of them having been running since they were about 10 years old, as anybody following the local football scene knows the Panthers are a football machine even at the youth and middle school levels.

The Panthers finally met their match in MWC play last week at Winamac, but they’ll try to get another winning streak going starting tonight.

Though the conference may not exist much longer, as it’s been learned that LaVille and Triton will join Caston, Culver, Knox, North Judson, Pioneer and Winamac in a newly formed league. West Central is also considering a move.

Further news on the new conference is expected later this month.

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