Tonight's prep football capsules

Thursday, October 5, 2017

North Putnam (3-4, 2-2) at Greencastle (4-3, 1-3)

Media coverage: WREB-FM 94.3 will broadcast the game.

Special events: Senior Night

The coaches: Sam Carnes is in his first season at North Putnam. Mike Meyer is in his 11th year at Greencastle.

The history: Greencastle won 28-17 at Bainbridge last year. The series is tied 16-16 over the past 30 years.

So far: North Putnam lost 34-10 to Indian Creek, lost 49-27 to Southmont, beat South Putnam 48-21, lost 47-27 to Sullivan, beat Cloverdale 27-9, lost 41-35 to Northview and beat West Vigo 28-21. Greencastle beat Crawfordsville 10-0, beat Cloverdale 21-13, lost 14-0 to West Vigo, beat South Putnam 49-7, beat Cascade 27-0, lost to Sullivan 41-10 and lost 22-20 to Northview.

WIC impact: The winner will finish either third or fourth in the WIC West Division.

Per-game point averages: Offense – North Putnam 28.9, Greencastle 21.0. Defense – North Putnam 31.7, Greencastle 13.9 (tied for 40th in all classes, tied for sixth in Class 3A).

Opponents’ records: North Putnam 28-21, Greencastle 22-27.

Coach Carnes on his team: “We are excited for another opportunity to show our growth as a team. Our defense has gotten better each week, and we feel we finally have players were they need to be in order for us to be successful. Offensively we can’t wait to fix mistakes from last week and show what we can do.”

Coach Carnes on Greencastle: “Anytime you play a rivalry game you know you’ll get the best effort from both teams. Coach Meyer’s defense is one of the best in 3A and we’re excited for the opportunity. Offensively they showed they can move the ball well against Northview.”

Indian Creek (5-2, 4-0) at Cloverdale (3-4, 3-1)

Media coverage: WGRE-FM 91.5 will broadcast the game.

The coaches: Brett Cooper is in his first year at Indian Creek. Tom Winders is in his first season at Cloverdale.

The history: Indian Creek won 49-8 last year in Trafalgar in the only meeting between the teams in the past 30 years.

So far: Indian Creek beat North Putnam 34-10, lost 40-7 to Greenwood, beat Owen Valley 27-7, beat Brown County 52-7, lost 41-20 to Triton Central, beat Edgewood 56-21 and beat Cascade 35-0. Cloverdale lost 20-6 to South Putnam, lost 21-13 to Greencastle, won 19-10 over Edgewood, lost 27-0 to Cascade, lost 27-9 to North Putnam, beat Brown County 53-18 and beat Owen Valley 20-9.

WIC impact: Cloverdale has clinched third place in the WIC East Division. Indian Creek has clinched at least a tie for the East Division.

Per-game point averages: Offense – Indian Creek 33.0, Cloverdale 17.1. Defense – Indian Creek 18.0, Cloverdale 18.9.

Opponents’ records: Indian Creek 23-26, Cloverdale 18-31.

Coach Winders on this week’s game: “We had a good week of practice. The boys still amped from winning our homecoming against Owen Valley. Everybody knows that we are taking on the number one team on our side of the conference. This will be a very tough task but my young men have a lot of heart. Don’t count us out. Just like last week I would love to see the stands packed. The players feed off that energy so come out to Clover Country to enjoy some hard played football under the lights.”

Northview (5-2, 3-1) at South Putnam (1-6, 0-4)

Media coverage: WFMB-FM 92.7 will broadcast the game.

Special events: Senior Night

The coaches: Mark Raetz is in his fourth year at Northview with a career record of 51-58. Nathan Aker is in his fourth year at South Putnam with a record of 19-21.

The history: Northview won 40-0 in Brazil last year, and has won both meetings between the teams in the past 30 years.

So far: Northview lost 35-14 to Terre Haute North, beat Edgewood 56-0, lost 29-28 to Sullivan, and beat West Vigo 40-21, Owen Valley 45-13, North Putnam 41-35 and Greencastle 22-20. South Putnam defeated Cloverdale 20-6 in its opener, and has lost 21-14 to Brown County, 48-21 to North Putnam, 49-7 to Greencastle, 21-0 to Edgewood, 31-0 to West Vigo and 63-20 to Sullivan.

WIC impact: South Putnam will finish in sixth place in the WIC regardless of the outcome. Northview will clinch second place with a victory.

Per-game point averages: Offense – Northview 35.1, South Putnam 11.7. Defense – Northview 21.9, South Putnam 34.1.

Opponents’ records: Northview 25-24, South Putnam 25-24.

Coach Aker on his team: “We’re continuing to battle though some things. Last week we suffered a few more injuries. I’ve been impressed with our young guys and how they’ve stepped up into major roles for us. With the adversity that we’ve been facing, it’s been a challenge for our leaders. The guys are putting in the effort to make sure our focus is in the right places.”

Coach Aker on Northview: “Northview has a good football team. They’re able to run the ball and pass the ball and the quarterback is a dual threat. They do some really nice things on defense that make them difficult to handle up front. This will be a solid test for our team going into the crossover and tournament.”

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