Both the Washington Hatchets and North Daviess Cougars will be playing their final regular-season games on Friday. WHS travels to North Knox and ND hosts Springs Valley on Senior night.
WHS (0-8) at North Knox (4-4)
The Washington Hatchets may have been beaten 58-7 By 4A power Jasper, but coach Kelly Brashear still felt that it was one of the best efforts his young team has had all season.
The Hatchets fell to 0-8, Brashear was quick to point out that the team accomplished a lot of the goals they had set for the week.
“Jasper did score, but they earned just about every touchdown,” said Brashear. “Most of those scores came on long drives. They really had to grind against our defense.
“Too many times earlier in the season, teams scored on us on one or two plays. That really didn’t happen on Friday.
“We only had 23 players dressed for the game and in spite of that, I thought the team looke rejuvenated and were even having some fun facing that challenge.”
Individually, the Hatchets were led by senior Jaden Arvin, who had 90 yards against the Cats, and Brashear said running against that Jasper defense makes that an even more impressive number.
“He (Arvin) has become a tremendous runner. Edwrin Revolorio was also been a real workhorse for us. He plays middle linebacker and fullback and those are the two toughest positions on the field,” he added.
“I thought Jake (Brashear) threw the ball pretty well too. Earlier in the year, we didn’t have that many people who we thought could catch the ball other than Austin Moody. Now Tyler Guy, Jansen Shake and Tyler Summers have all done a nice job catching the ball. I would say Tyler Guy has become our most improved player over the second half of the season,” added Brashear.
This week the Hatchets take on North Knox (4-4), a team coming off a double-overtime loss to North Daviess.
“I think they are a team that will remind you a lot of North Daviess, but they pass the ball more,” said Brashear.
Tailback Jordan Meurer is one of the Warrior’s primary threats, picking up 618 yards on 98 carries, including 18 touchdowns. Meurer also occasionally lines up at quarterback, where he is 10-22 for over 120 yards. Back Austin Miller has almost identical numbers with 615 yards on 98 touches, but with just four touchdowns.
Dustin Davis may also see the ball out of the backfield.
Chris Graman has been NK’s primary quarterback, throwing for just under 700 yards with five touchdowns. His main target has been Brett Ridgeway, who has caught just 12 balls, but getting almost 25 yards per catch.
After North Knox, the Hatchet now know they will draw Brownstown Central in the opening round of sectional. Brownstown comes into the game with an 8-0 mark, however, the game will be played at Hatchet Hollow.
Kickoff for the North Knox game will be 7 p.m. at North Knox.
Springs Valley (1-7) at North Daviess (6-2)
The North Daviess Cougars picked a lot of confidence and a very big win on Friday against North Knox. The Cougars pulled out a double-overtime victory over the potential sectional foe.
“I’m very pleased with how we handled adversity,” said ND coach Scott Helms. “We only ran three plays in the third quarter. Our defense really came up big for us.
“We did a lot of our off-season conditioning has really paid off during the fourth quarter and overtimes.”
Helms was quick to say that senior Doug Bays was big part of the win with his kickoff return for a touchdown and running touchdown. ND’s Colton Lengacher rushed for 207 yards which just put him over the 2,000-yard mark for the season. Logan Turpin also added 51 yards.
This week the Cougar start first of their “doubleheader” with Springs Valley. The Blackhawk will closeout the regular season on Friday at Cougar Valley, and then turn around and make the trip again as ND’s opening round sectional opponent.
Valley comes into the game at 1-7 with it’s only win coming over Mitchell in Week 2. Although coach Kevin Mills is just 1-7 this season, he has won at least five games in each of the last three years, including three straight over the Cougars.
“This is the first year Valley is back in our sectional, but it seem like it happened all the time, 10 years ago or so,” said Helms.
“They have a couple of back that are really good, and they run play-action very well. They may have taken their lumps, but they play a tough schedule. With a lot of other schedules, that record would have been a lot more like .500,” said Helms.
Helms said they aren’t planning on holding anything back for the sectional game.
“I think this Friday gives us the opportunity to experiment a little with personnel and our offense and defense,” he added.
“We will probably spread the field more. You will probably be seeing Sam Chapin at quarterback some of the time. We know if you want to advance in the tournament, you have to be able to throw the ball.”
The Cougar will kickoff in Cougar Valley at 7 p.m.