Football Team Gears Up For Post-Season

Posted on October 19, 2011 in Fall Sports, Football, Home

BY MATT WILSON mwilson@chronicle-tribune.com www.chronicle-tribune.com

With the regular season complete, area football teams are now preparing for a new season.

Sectional tournaments begin on Friday throughout the state. Three of the five Grant County teams will be on the road for opening-round games. Eastbrook hosts Yorktown, while Madison-Grant hosts Oak Hill. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

Mississnewa travels to Maconaquah for a 7 p.m. kickoff, while Marion travels to Jay County for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Because of the travel distance and the time Marion gets out of school, the Giants’ kickoff had to be pushed back a half-hour.

Eastbrook comes into Friday with a 6-3 record and winners of four straight games. The Panthers’ offense has averaged 47.3 points during their winning streak. Included in that streak was a 63-point showing in Week 8 against Mississinewa.

Yorktown comes into Friday with a 5-4 record and winners of two straight games. The Tigers finished their regular season with wins at Shelbyville (22-21) and Rushville (28-21). All of Yorktown’s losses came to teams with winning records and all were to Class 4A teams. Two of those losses were to a 9-0 New Palestine team and an 8-1 Pendleton Heights team.

Seven of Yorktown’s nine regular-season games were against Class 4A teams.

Madison-Grant enters Friday winners of two straight and six of its last seven games. The Argylls won the Central Indiana Conference championship after beating Mississinewa 34-20 last Friday. Oak Hill is 4-5 and has lost its last two games. The two teams also met in the opening round of last year’s sectional, with Madison-Grant winning 35-0. The Argylls advanced to the sectional championship game before losing to Fort Wayne Luers.

Mississinewa finished the regular season with a 7-2 record, but has lost its last two games. Among the Indians’ wins was a 28-13 decision over Maconaquah in the second week of the season. Maconaquah is 2-7 on the season, but did win two of its last three games. The Braves beat Peru 47-0 in Week 7 and finished the regular season with a 35-6 win over Taylor.

Those two teams also met in the opening round of last year’s sectional, with Mississinewa winning 25-21.

Marion comes into the postseason with a 4-5 record. The Giants did snap a two-game losing streak by beating Muncie Central 29-20 to end the regular season. Three of Marion’s losses, however, have come by a combined 15 points.

Jay County has a 5-4

record, but one of those victories came by forfeit in a game it actually lost to Delta 55-0. The Patriots other four wins have come against teams with losing records.

Ticket sales

Eastbrook is pre-selling sectional tickets for the first-round game against Yorktown. The tickets can be purchased in the athletic office through 3 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $6 for first grade and above.

Reaching milestones

Oak Hill quarterback Derek Durkes and Mississinewa quarterback Hontz McCarty both passed the 1,000-yard passing plateau after their efforts last Friday.

Durkes went 4-for-13 for 90 yards and one touchdown in last Friday’s 42-14 loss to Eastbrook. That effort pushed him to 1,085 passing yards on the season. Durkes has completed 58-of-134 passes while throwing 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Durkes top receiver was Matt McDivitt, who has 21 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns. McDivitt had three catches for 74 yards and one touchdown against Eastbrook.

McCarty threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns in last Friday’s 34-20 loss to Madison-Grant. The Indian first-year quarterback on the season has completed 41-of-96 passes for 1,004 yards and 10 touchdowns while throwing eight interceptions.

Friday was the first time McCarty has thrown for more than 200 yards this season. He had only combined to throw for 34 yards in the Indians’ last two games.

McCarty’s top target has been Travis Durham, who has 13 catches for 470 yards and four touchdowns.

Among the state’s best

Mississinewa’s Chris Osborne is tied for fourth in the state with 86 solo tackles. Seymour’s Bryce Werksey leads the state with 120 solo tackles, while Dante Rehmel is second with 96 tackles and Centerville’s Blake Babcock is third with 95 solo tackles.

Osborne and Franklin Community’s Austin Bowman are tied with 86 solo tackles. Osborne has at least five solo tackles in every game this season. He had a season-high 15 in the second week of the season against Maconaquah. He has reached double figures for tackles in four games this season.

Osborne also had 36 tackle assists, seven tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and one interception returned for a 30-yard touchdown.

Final polls

Eastbrook retained its third spot in the final Class 3A Associated Press Poll. The Panthers received one first-place vote and 180 points. They only trailed Indianapolis Chatard and Mishawaka Marian.

West Lafayette, who Eastbrook could potentially see in the regional, dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 after its loss to Class A, No. 1-ranked Lafayette Central Catholic.

Eastbrook is the only Grant County team in the final polls.

Fort Wayne Luers – which is in the same Class 2A Sectional as Madison-Grant and Oak Hill – is ranked first in Class 2A. Another sectional team, Churbusco, also is receiving votes in the polls.

Leo, who Marion could possibly see in the sectional semifinals, is ranked fourth in the final Class 4A polls. The Lions, who made the jump from 3A to 4A this year, are a perfect 9-0. Fort Wayne Dwenger, who also is in Marion’s sectional, also is receiving votes in the 4A polls.

 

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