Weekend sports capsules
Greencastle (7-4) at No. 3 Danville (11-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Media coverage: WREB-FM 94.3 will broadcast the game, and the game will be livestreamed on www.mtcsports.net.
The coaches: K.C. Woods is in his second year at Danville with a record of 21-3. Mike Meyer is in his eighth year at Greencastle with a record of 36-47.
The history: The teams last played in the sectional semifinal last year, which Danville won 21-14 on a 99-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Danville has won 10 of 12 meetings over the past 30 years.
So far: Greencastle beat Crawfordsville 10-0 and Cloverdale 21-13, lost 14-0 to West Vigo, beat South Putnam 49-7 and Cascade 37-0, lost 41-10 to Sullivan, 22-20 to Northview and 10-0 to North Putnam and beat Edgewood 42-0, Brown County 34-7 and Sullivan 14-0.
Danville has defeated Cascade 47-13, Mooresville 59-17, Lebanon 37-6, Crawfordsville 58-14, Tri-West 27-14, Southmont 48-7, Frankfort 67-0, Western Boone 14-6, North Montgomery 34-0, South Vermillion 55-28 and Tri-West 32-20.
Up next: The winner will meet the winner of the Bishop Chatard-Indianapolis Ritter game in the regional round next Friday.
Per-game point averages: Offense – Greencastle 21.5, Danville 43.5 (tied for 17th overall, tied for third in Class 3A). Defense – Greencastle 10.36 (tied for 12th overall, tied for third in Class 3A), Danville 11.4 (17th overall, fifth in Class 3A).
Opponents’ records: Greencastle 52-62, Danville 49-66.
Record vs. common opponents: Greencastle 2-0, Danville 2-0 (both teams defeated Cascade and Crawfordsville).
Key statistics: Greencastle’s Damon Moody is the team’s leading rusher with 1,160 yards on 183 carries (6.3 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns. Versatile Gavin Bollman has rushed for 292 yards and six touchdowns, and leads the team in receiving with 15 catches for 221 yards. Cade Winslow leads the defense with 121 tackles (84 solo), while Alex Costin and Andrew Fajt each has two interceptions Trever Wood has made three fumble recoveries
The Tiger Cubs lead the state in sacks with 67, led by Winslow with 17, Bollman with 16 and Jacob Meyer with 15.
For Danville, senior quarterback Toby Hiland has completed 116 of 176 passes for 2,337 yards and 38 touchdowns. The team’s leading rusher is junior Alex Skinner with 190 carries for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns. The team’s leading receiver is senior Ben Stevens, who has 45 catches for 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns. University of Ohio recruit Alec Burton has 33 receptions for 476 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Warriors are fifth in the state in sacks with 41, led by senior Dylan Plant – who leads the state with 19.5.
Indianapolis Arlington (8-2) at South Putnam (3-8)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
The coaches: Steve Moorman is in his third year at Arlington with a record of 21-7. Nathan Aker is in his fourth year at South Putnam with a record of 21-23.
The history: The teams have never played in football.
So far: Arlington beat Indianapolis Manual 22-0 and Clinton Prairie 49-36, lost 44-0 to Culver Academy, beat Heritage Christian 38-17, lost 46-26 to Lafayette Central Catholic and beat Indianapolis Northwest 54-12, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks 55-6, Jay Count 20-18, Indianapolis Broad Ripple 68-0 and Indianapolis Tindley 52-0.
South Putnam beat Cloverdale 20-6 in is 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, 63-20 to Sullivan, 63-6 to Northview and 28-12 to Brown County before beating Covenant Christian 40-15 and Indianapolis Howe 19-12 in the sectional.
Up next: The winner will meet the winner of the Hagerstown-Indianapolis Lutheran game in the regional round next Friday.
Per-game point averages: Offense – Arlington 38.4, South Putnam 14.5. Defense – Arlington 17.9, South Putnam 32.5.
Opponents’ records: Arlington 47-57, South Putnam 56-58.
Key statistics: South Putnam quarterback Christian Zeffel has passed for 813 yards and six touchdowns, and has also rushed for 398 yards and eight touchdowns. Aidan LeBlanc leads the team with 563 yards rushing and two scores.
Coach Aker on his team: “When we started this season back in the early summer, we talked a lot about improving daily in order to have a chance to play football in November. This group of kids has done just that. They’ve continued to improve and battled through a lot of adversity along the way only to get stronger. I asked them on Monday if they were satisfied in getting to the sweet 16, and they made it pretty clear that they are not satisfied and want more.”
Coach Aker on Arlington: “Arlington has an outstanding football team this year. They’ve got several athletes who are very dynamic with the ball in their hands. In order to create success against them we must slow down their offense and limit the big play. Offensively, we need to chew up the clock by gaining first downs. I felt like our best defense last week was the time of possession by the offense. Our offense controlled the ball and the clock which will be key again this week. Our guys are very excited for this opportunity and are working to make the most of it. We look forward to an outstanding atmosphere at Wildman Field tonight.”
Cloverdale (1-0) at Riverton Parke (0-0)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. varsity tipoff.
Coaches: Matthew Langdon is in his seventh year at Cloverdale with a record of 47-87. Josh Douglass is in his 10th year at Riverton Parke with a career record of 142-75.
Last year: Riverton Parke won 51-39 last year in Cloverdale
So far: Cloverdale won its opener 85-20 over Turkey Run on Tuesday. The game is Riverton Parke’s season opener.
Top players: Senior Abby Walker had 27 points (hitting seven of nine from 3-point range) on Tuesday. Tori Combs averaged a double-double last year as a sophomore for Cloverdale, and started the season with one by getting 20 points and 15 rebounds. Sammie Shrum nearly had a quadruple-double with 12 points, 11 assists, 10 steals and nine rebounds.
Tayler Vauters, Riverton Parke’s career scoring leader, graduated last spring and now plays for Division II Purdue Northwest. Top returners include juniors Grace Pharr (6.5 ppg last year) and Mackenzie Schermann (5.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg).
North Vermillion (0-0) at North Putnam (0-0)
Game time: 3:30 p.m. varsity tipoff.
Coaches: Mark Switzer is in his second year at North Vermillion with a career record of 9-16. Jarrod Duff is in his second year at North Putnam with a record of 1-22.
Last year: North Vermillion won 30-25 last year at Cayuga.
So far: The game is the season opener for both teams.
Top players: Junior Cierra Chevrount was North Vermillion’s scoring leader last year with 7.8 points per game, while junior Kahrie Balding averaged 7.3 and sophomore Hannah Ellis averaged 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Returning scoring leaders for North Putnam are senior Mia Runnells (3.5), sophomore Baylee Osburn (2.8) and sophomore Hannah Sims (2.6).
Edgewood (1-0) at Greencastle (0-0)
Game time: 7:30 p.m. varsity tipoff.
Coaches: Bradley Key is in his ninth year at Greencastle with a career record of 112-67.
Last year: Edgewood won 46-40 last year at Ellettsville.
So far: The game will be Greencastle’s opener. Edgewood won 56-20 at West Vigo on Tuesday.
Top players: Melea Shockney led Edgewood on Tuesday with 16 points, while Taylor Acuff added 15. Top returners for Greencastle are junior guards Jalyn Duff (7.0 ppg, 3.1 apg) and Bailey Shuee (5.6 ppg and 2.6 rpg) and senior Rose White (3.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg).