The Logansport football team makes the trek to South Bend to face Riley High School tonight.
The Class 4A sectional first-round game will kick off at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Jackson Middle School.
It’s the second straight year Logansport is playing a sectional opening game in South Bend.
“It didn’t turn out so well for us last year going up first round and facing South Bend St. Joe, but we certainly have a different feeling this year with our team and where we’re at,” Logan coach Mike Johnson said. “We feel like we’re probably playing as well as we have the entire season, probably have more confidence, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do on the field Friday night.”
The Berries (3-6) are coming off a 38-8 win at Anderson last week for their first NCC win of the season.
“I would say it was definitely the best we’ve played across the board, all three phases,” Johnson said. “We weren’t perfect by any means but we certainly played well against an Anderson team that was on a roll, had two victories against two opponents that had beaten us. We were happy with the way our kids responded.”
The Berries are seeking their first sectional win since 2010 tonight. They’re facing a Riley team that enters with an identical 3-6 record.
The Wildcats have wins over South Bend Clay, Gary West and South Bend Washington but have lost three straight to New Prairie, Bremen and Jimtown.
The Berries will be a bit short-handed again tonight as running back/defensive back Luis Ortiz is out at least a week with an ankle injury and lineman Seth Hassett is out for one more week, Johnson said.
Gavin Barron has come on strong of late and is the Berries’ leading rusher with 487 yards and eight touchdowns. Alberto Matias has rushed for 277 yards and a TD. Garrett Barron has passed for 287 yards and a TD and rushed for 184 yards and 6 TDs. John Scott is the leading receiver with nine catches for 112 yards.
Grayson Long leads the defense with 52 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Gavin Barron has 49 tackles. Peter Jhon Charles has 11 tackles for a loss and three sacks. Aaron Bau has two interceptions.
The Logan-Riley winner plays the winner between South Bend St. Joseph (2-7) and South Bend Clay (1-8). The other side of Sectional 18 has New Prairie (5-4) taking on Plymouth (1-5) and Kankakee Valley (5-3) facing Culver Academies (3-5).
DELPHI (7-2) AT PIONEER (8-1)
Class 2A No. 3 Pioneer hosts Delphi for a sectional opener at the Pit.
The Oracles had narrow losses to Eastern and North Montgomery but enter on a five-game win streak.
They are led by senior Evan Fritz, who has rushed for 1,727 yards and 22 TDs on the season.
“Delphi is having a fantastic season. It starts with Fritz,” Pioneer coach Adam Berry said. “He’s a great back, probably one of the better backs we’ll have seen to date. They’re just a high-powered offense and one of the better offenses that we’ve seen to date.”
Senior quarterback Jordan Roth has passed 756 yards and 11 TDs for Delphi. Senior Jaden Roth has 12 catches for 246 yards and 4 TDs.
“Their quarterback has been coming along throwing the ball. He has great weapons around him. They just play solid football in all phases,” Berry said.
“Luckily, a lot of their offense we’re used to,” Berry continued. “They run some wing-T schemes. I’m not sure they consider themselves wing-T but we definitely see some wing-T tendencies.
“When you go to the defensive side of the ball, very similar to North Judson, you notice their defensive line right away. They fire off the ball, they will attack you, and if we don’t stay on our blocks, they will come off and make plays. Their second level, their linebackers do a great job reading and a great job filling. Their DBs are ballhawks. They are a great football team. They’re 7-2 for a reason. We’re just going to have to play our best game to date.”
Pioneer’s Lewellen twins were featured in the Indianapolis Star this week.
Ezra Lewellen has rushed for 923 yards and 12 TDs this season. Addai Lewellen has rushed for 393 yards and 6 TDs. Brock Robinson has ran for 785 yards and 12 TDs. Cayden Hill has rushed for 167 yards and 5 TDs and passed for 192 yards and 3 TDs.
Tyler Gaumer leads the defense with 58 tackles. Logan Smith has 55 tackles. Derrick LeGrand has 53 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Ezra has two interceptions and Robinson has one.
Pioneer enters on a six-game win streak following a narrow loss to Class 4A New Haven. The Panthers have a win over Class 6A Chesterton.
The Pioneer-Delphi winner plays the winner of No. 14 LaVille (5-1) at Cass (2-7). The other side of the Sectional 34 bracket has No. 13 Bremen (7-2) taking on Rochester (0-7) and Wabash (5-4) facing Manchester (2-7).
LAVILLE (5-1) AT CASS (2-7)
Cass hosts LaVille of the Hoosier North Athletic Conference tonight. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Lancers’ lone loss was to Class A No. 10 North Judson, 9-7, two weeks ago.
“They’re a really good team. They’re on a roll right now, just one loss, of course they lost a couple games to Covid,” Cass coach Clayton Mannering said. “Offensively, they run the ball real well and then they take shots over the top that we’re going to have to try to contain. Defensively, they’re very stout up front. So it’s going to be like a lot of games we’ve had this year, it’s going to be a great test to see if our tough schedule has prepared us to beat a good team.”
The Kings enter on a four-game losing streak. Mannering said his squad took a small step back execution-wise last week against Twin Lakes from the previous week against Hamilton Heights.
“The focus this week has been not about putting new things in or anything like that, it’s get back to basics and see if we can do what we can do, just do it better,” Mannering said. “This has been fall break for us so it’s been a good week to get extra meetings and a little extra time at the football stadium and hopefully that pays off.”
Mannering added his squad is at full strength for tonight.
Tyson Johnson has rushed for 507 yards and 5 TDs and passed for 99 yards for the Kings. Kian Meister has rushed for 339 yards and a TD. Cooper Frey has over 300 yards from scrimmage and a TD. Keegan Lytle has passed for 122 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 107 yards and 4 TDs.
Tyler Johnson leads the defense with 80 tackles. Tyson Johnson has two interceptions.
N. MIAMI (1-8) AT CASTON (2-7)
Caston is seeking its first sectional win since 2014 tonight.
The Comets host a North Miami squad that has dropped seven straight contests after a win over Taylor.
Darian Hanley has rushed for 756 yards and 10 TDs to lead the Warriors. He has 17 catches for 190 yards and 2 TDs. Austin Smith has passed for 459 yards and 2 TDs.
“We’ve really got to have our head on a swivel defensively. We’ve got to be finding No. 7, the Hanley kid,” Caston coach Will Porter said. “He’s dangerous and explosive, we’ve got to see where he’s at. We’ve got to keep tabs on him and be ready for all the plays they stem off of him and do a lot of reading in the secondary. We’ve just got to be good with our coverage and got to get pressure on the quarterback.”
The Comets are coming off a loss to Knox. Porter said his squad was without two of its fastest players going up against a solid Class 3A team with 14 seniors against a team that dressed just 18 players total.
But the Comets have a winnable sectional game tonight.
“It’s a little bit better mood around practice. The boys are upbeat,” Porter said. “Obviously North Miami has the worst record in the sectional. All that gets thrown out the window though. But the boys are up for it, we just have to make sure we’re bringing some intensity. Our conference prepares us well for the 1A sectional. But we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
The Comets will be short-handed again tonight.
“We’re still without Grant Hickle, he’s got a back injury, he’s not playing this week. Damian Sullivan is still out with a concussion. Symptoms have not gotten better. He hasn’t even been at school these last two weeks because of the severity of that. We’re playing without those two,” Porter said. “We gained a kid that has been with us but was ineligible through the first part of the season but 9 weeks is over and he’s made his eligibility and he’s a senior, Tim Lee. We’re expecting him to step in and help alleviate some of the speed issues that we were having before.”
Sam Smith has rushed for 747 yards and 11 TDs to lead the Comets. He has eight catches for 162 yards and a TD. Landon Shafer has stepped in at quarterback for Hickle and has passed for 176 yards and a TD. Smith also leads the defense with 90 tackles. Sullivan had three interceptions before his injury.
The Caston-North Miami winner will play the winner between No. 3 Southwood (9-0) and No. 11 Northfield (6-3). Some members of Southwood were in quarantine this week but tests came back negative, so Southwood will play.
On the other side of the Sectional 44 bracket, Churubusco (4-3) plays Triton (3-5) and No. 7 Adams Central (6-2) plays Fremont (3-3).
WINAMAC (5-2) AT S. CENTRAL (4-5)
Winamac has won at least one sectional game every year since 2010. The Warriors face a South Central (Union Mills), whom they are 2-1 against in sectional play during that time. The last meeting was three years ago, a 28-20 win for Winamac.
The Satellites have been up and down this year. They faced two HNAC teams to open the season and had a 23-20 loss to Triton and a 28-24 win over Culver.
“They have a pretty good team. They have a really good quarterback,” Winamac coach John Hendryx said. “They’ve got a wideout who’s pretty fast. They throw a 6-8, 240-pound tight end in the middle of all of that. They give you plenty to worry about.”
The Warriors enter on a four-game win streak, which includes a 10-9 win at Triton last week.
“I like where we’re at. I wish we’d get the offense kicked in a little bit better,” Hendryx said. “Defensively, I really like where we’re at. I don’t know the numbers off the top of my head, but our turnover margin is huge. We’ve done a really good job of getting interceptions, creating and then picking up fumbles and we’re playing with a lot better eye discipline. I feel good about that.
“One of the big things probably the thing in football you don’t talk about a whole lot but our special teams have been playing really well these last 3-4 weeks. That makes a big difference.”
Hendryx added the Warriors will have their full roster available tonight.
Trent Fox has rushed for 350 yards and 2 TDs for the Warriors. Hayden Clark has rushed for 284 yards and 5 TDs. Russell Compton has passed for 348 yards and 6 TDs and rushed for 252 yards and 5 TDs. Brayden Lynch has 11 catches for 167 yards and 3 TDs.
Beau Brandt leads the defense with 60 tackles. Logan Schultz has 57 tackles. Fox has three interceptions and Lynch, Compton and Jaden Terry have two apiece.
The Winamac-South Central winner will play South Newton (0-6), which drew a bye. On the other side of Class A, Sectional 41 bracket, Culver (2-7) will play Lake Station (0-8) and No. 10 North Judson (7-2) will play West Central (2-7).