Both the Hatchets and Cougars hope to rebound from losses on the road, with conference victories on Friday in Week 3.
This week the Hatchets host Big 8 foe Princeton, while ND takes on Eastern (Greene).
WHS (0-2) v. Princeton (2-0)
The Hatchets (0-2) suffered a 62-14 loss to Evansville Bosse at Bosse last Friday. The Hatchets had trouble with the size, speed and numbers of the Bulldogs, as WHS dressed less than 25 players and again they faced a sideline with over 70 bodies on it.
The game did feature breakout effort from Hatchet senior backs Jayden Arvin and Edrwin Revolorio, both of whom rushed for over 130 yards each in the game. Quarterback Jake Brashear was 2-3 through the air, for 10 yards.
“I think we have shown that we can run the ball right at people, even when they stack the box against us,” said WHS head coach Kelly Brashear.
However, the biggest problem in the Hatchet loss, might have been the five turnovers Bosse took advantage of, many of which led directly to scores.
Bosse was well represented by all-state tailback Carrington Crutcher, as he rushed for 221 yards, while QB Ian Nunley was very effective against the Hatchet defense, going 7-8 for 170 and three touchdowns.
This week WHS faces a renewed Princeton team, which put up 55 points in each of the last two wins over Wood Memorial and Pike Central this season.
Second-year coach Waylon Schenk is now 6-6 in first last 12 games, while the Tigers had to go back 100 games to accumulate their previous 6 wins (6-94 since 2002). Prior to last year’s win over WHS, one had to go back to 2004 to find a win over the Hatchets.”Coach Schenk has done a great job of changing the culture down there,” said Brashear.
However, this season the Tigers will dress almost 70 and hope to have their best season since 1993, where they were undefeated in the regular season.
The Tigers feature the passing of Colton Wilder, who threw for almost 200 yards against Wood, also threw for nearly that many against Pike Central.
One of his best targets has been receiver Austin Clark, who caught six passes in the opener.
“They are both pretty good and they still have the (senior Deon) Hartimen kid running the ball back there as well,” said Brashear.
“They (Princeton) remind me a lot of Bosse. With the athletes they have, they can cause a lot of problems when they get people open in space. I think we showed against Bosse that we have to do a better job of tackling in space,” added Brashear. “Hopefully we will learn from that and make some changes to our defense.”
The Hatchet will see the return of junior Kirk Creceilus, a 5-8, 285 lb. lineman, which should give WHS some depth on both sides of the ball.
The Hatchets kick off at 8 p.m.
Eastern Greene (0-2) v. North Daviess (1-1)
The Cougars host Eastern Greene on Friday in Cougar Valley. The Cougars fell to North Central on Friday in a 47-28 shootout in Farmersburg. The Cougars did get behind early in their loss to Class A No. 10 North Central, but also showed a tenaciousness with the way they came back in the second half.
“I was very proud of the way we came back in the second half,” said ND coach Scott Helms. “North Central is a very good football team. They have to be the favorite to come out of that sectional up there.”
Again ND rode its workhorse Colton Lengacher all night, as he pounded out 170 yards in the first half and ended with 311.
“Colton is on of those kids where just when you think he is done, he breaks off another 50 or 60 yard run,” said Helms.
“He missed a lot of conditioning this summer with an injury, so we are hoping to get him back on both sides of the ball, because he is a tremendous linebacker as well,” added Helms.
“I was proud of our offensive line as well. They have done some nice things up front and never given up.”
The Eastern Thunderbirds bring an 0-2 record into the game, with losses to Linton and North Knox, giving up an average of 41 points in each of the games. However, they have not defeated North Daviess in their last seven tries.
During their loss to North Knox, the T-Birds relied on the arm of Briar Martindale for 195 yards of offense, mostly to receiver Cody Hopkins, who hauled in 5 passes for 175 yards. Most of Eastern’s ground attack was led by Cole Postell who had 52 yards and Jeff Graham’s 45.
“Martindale is a run and throw guy,” said Helms. “He is very dangerous in the pocket and if he breaks out he can really hurt you. He reminds me a lot of the Cunningham kid who was at Linton around 2008.”
Although Eastern comes into the 0-2, Helms said they are a much better team than their record.
“They have lost to two very good teams, teams that will compete fore a sectional title. We know that is will be a very good team,” added Helms.
The Cougars will kick off at 7 p.m.