October 4, 2013

Logan football taking momentum into Kokomo game

No. 3 Winamac travels to Judson without QB Fox; Pioneer hosts NW.

By Beau Wicker

---- — Logansport’s football team is taking a two-game winning streak into tonight’s rivalry game at Kokomo.

The Berries have won their last two games against Marion and Muncie Central by a combined score of 58-13.“Obviously we’re taking some momentum into this game,” LHS coach Brad Urban said. “Obviously Kokomo is a physical team. We’ve played finesse teams the last couple weeks. Anderson is the closest team we’ve played to this type of offense that we’ve played. “This is a want-to type of game. You have to want to play football, you have to want to hit, you have to want to play with leverage. It’s going to be a physical game.”The Berries (2-4, 2-2 North Central Conference) enter the game at Kokomo (2-4, 1-2) having lost six straight to the Wildkats, including 21-0 last season. Kokomo won the NCC title five years in a row before Richmond took the league last season.This year’s it’s been a different story for the Wildkats, who fumbled 10 times in a Week 3 loss to Muncie Central (19-13), their first game back since they lost starting quarterback Tayler Persons, a Northern Kentucky basketball recruit, to a torn ACL injury.The Wildkats lost to Richmond 37-20 last week in a game they allowed 30 points in the last six minutes of the first half after fumbling back-to-back kickoff returns.But the Wildkats shut down Huntington North in a 14-7 win for their lone NCC win to date in Week 4 and then beat New Castle 32-6.Wingback Bo Baker leads the Kats with 809 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns.The Berries will be shorthanded tonight. They’ll be without leading rusher Jacob Shelton (582 yards, 10 TDs), as the fullback will be out two weeks with a leg injury. Starting offensive tackle Deon Coburn is out with a head injury.The Berries have rushed for nearly 300 yards in each of the last two weeks. Halfback Marcus Record had over 100 yards from scrimmage last week against Muncie. Urban said that with the injuries more guys will have to play both ways. He said Kokomo has players doing the same even being a Class 5A school.“Everyone deals with it, it’s a matter of how you deal with it,” he said. “We’ve been harping to the team that we want everyone on board. We need a group of guys to really step up and bring everyone up with them. We need all hands on deck.”Winamac (6-0) at North Judson (2-4)Class A No. 3 Winamac is entering tonight’s game at Liberty Field facing adversity for really the first time this season.Starting quarterback Parker Fox suffered a broken collarbone during last week’s 51-0 win at West Central. The injury occurred while returning a fumble on defense.Winamac coach Tim Roth said Fox will be out 5-7 weeks with the injury.The 5-9, 155-pound junior has rushed for 385 yards and 6 TDs and averages 10.1 yards per carry. He was 21 of 36 passing for 416 yards with 6 TDs and 1 interception.“He’s dejected and disappointed. He knows if we can advance he has a shot at coming back,” Roth said. Senior backup J.T. Garnett moves into the starting QB role. He’s completed 2 of 3 passes this year with both completions going for touchdowns.“The nice thing is we’ve got J.T.,” Roth said. “It was a dogfight between him and Parker in the preseason and summer time. We lose a little bit as far as the running game — J.T. is not as shifty as Parker is — but J.T. throws a better ball most of the time.”Fox also starts on defense at safety and has two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Roth said backup corner Dakota Rogers with get the start and that freshman Kolton Scott could also see some snaps. Place kicker Zach Markley will take over Fox’s punting duties.Roth estimates Fox could be back by regional or semistate time if the Warriors can advance that far.The Warriors are facing a Judson squad that is dealing with a big injury of its own with the loss of fullback Eric Beckman.“We hope they’ve got enough to play us. They’re down to 20 kids after injuries and illnesses,” Roth said. “This has been a huge rivalry since 1970. They’re down a little bit this year but on Liberty they’ll give it everything they’ve got. It’s their senior night. We’ve got to go in and be ready mentally to take on Judson, a team that is very prideful.“The Beckman injury is devastating. We have to prepare like they’re at full strength and take care of business. Sometimes when you back a dog into a corner is when the fight gets the worst.”Fullback Tyler Katschke has rushed for 935 yards and 17 TDs to lead the Warriors.N. White (4-2, 3-2 MWC) at Pioneer (4-2, 3-1 MWC)The Panthers, ranked No. 9 this week in the coaches’ poll, hope to keep their high-scoring offense going on homecoming night. They’re averaging 54.3 ppg during their current four-game winning streak.“It better,” PHS coach Mike Johnson said. “We need to try to limit them to as many touches as possible.“It should be a pretty good contest. It’s two 4-2 teams that are very similar in makeup. They’re young, too, on offense at the skills positions. They’ve got a great quarterback that can do a lot of things. We’ll have a difficult time trying to contain them. Their defense has always been tough against the run and that’s one of our strengths.”North White has won two straight over Frontier (26-3) and Caston (34-12).Caston (1-5, 1-3 MWC) at S. Newton (1-5, 1-4 MWC)Caston enters on a three-game losing streak and South Newton has dropped four in a row. Both team’s lone win this season was against Frontier.“We’ve got to line up and play for four quarters. We haven’t done that,” CHS coach Chris Ulerick said. “That’s our goal every week is to get better and improve over the last week. We need to go over there and play four quarters that we can download onto our video I-pads and have a good hour and a half of watching field and get a good learning experience.”The Comets are coming off a 22-point loss to North White in a game in which their offense faltered.“We’re not watching much of that one,” Ulerick said. “We’ve taken the South Newton splits and cut it up and it appears they’re hurt right now. They’re playing a different quarterback and if we had to do that we would be struggling. “Hopefully we’re ready to go play football.”The Comets took a hit this week when versatile freshman Eli Douglass suffered a broken collarbone.Cass (3-3, 2-2 MIC) at Taylor (0-6, 0-4 MIC)Cass has ripped off a pair of wins to even its overall and MIC records. The Kings erupted for a combined 107 points against Peru and Eastern.Taylor, meanwhile, is mired in a 22-game losing streak.The Cass-Taylor series is one-sided with the Kings having won the last 15 meetings.