By Todd Lancaster Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — Both North Daviess and Washington will look to rebound after their worst defeats of the season last week. ND fell to Class A No. 1 Linton, 55-0, while Washington lost 48-13 to Mount Carmel (Ill.). This week, both teams hope to get back on track, playing teams that come into the game with a combined 1-11 record, in Vincennes Lincoln and Wood Memorial.
(0-6) WHS at (1-5) Vincennes Lincoln
The Hatchets hope to get in the win column with a game WHS coach Kelly Brashear believes is "very winnable."
"We think this is a winnable game but I guarantee that coach (Jon) Heiden his telling his kids the very same thing at Lincoln," said Brasher. "It sounds cliche, but it will come down to which team wants it the most."
Brashear is a former Lincoln assistant and has had tremendous success against the Alices over the last several years. Before last year's 42-7 loss to the Alices, WHS had won five straight under Brashear.
This year, Lincoln comes into the game with a 1-5 mark, with the only win coming over Boonville. 18-13 in week 2.
"We also played well against Boonville, but had some key people out in that game," said Brashear. "I think the way both of us played against Boonville is an example of how close this game should be."
After going 8-3 last season, including a heartbreaking 7-0 loss to Jasper, this year has taken on a different flavor for the Alices. VL fell 48-0 to Terre Haute South and 62-2 to Jasper, but played better against Northview last week, 28-14.
Washington is also coming off a loss, as the Hatchets had less than 100 yards rushing against Mt. Carmel last week, with tailback Jaden Arvin posting a season-low 35 yards. However, senior quarterback Jake Brashear had his most productive night of the year through the air, going 6-18 for 97 yards.
"We really thought that the second half of the game would be a good chance for us to work on some things we wanted to work on, somethings we have not been that good at," said Brashear.
Of the six completions, Brashear averaged 16 yards per catch, with Austin Moody, Jansen Shake, Arvin, Tyler Summers and Luke Thornton all making catches
However, neither team is expected to put the ball in the air a significant amount this Friday.
"Lincoln has two very good backs, so they are a lot like us. They are going to try to run it right at us," said Brashear. "We are going to have to contain them at the line of scrimmage."
Lincoln is led by Brandt Nowaskie and Ty'juan Hawkins. Against Northview, Hawkins rushed for 117 yards, while Nowaskie had 90. Lincoln will start a freshman quarterback Grant Oexmann, whom Brashear said has done a very steady job of running the offense.
The game will be Lincoln's Homecoming and kickoff is expected at 7:30 p.m.
ND (4-2) at (0-6) Wood Memorial
North Daviess travels south to play Wood Memorial on Friday night, hoping to rebound after their loss to Class A No. 1 Linton.
And for Wood Memorial's sake, this might be a very bad game to catch the Cougars in, as ND fell 55-0 to the potential sectional foe Linton and should be hungry for a win.
But in spite of the loss, ND coach Scott Helms still felt there were teachable moments in that game.
"We were exposed. This game was a blessing and shows where we are as a team. We found areas that we really need to shore up in the next three weeks. We will use this game as a teaching tool and with the attitude and work ethic of these young men, we will improve at the rate we need to improve by the post season," said Helms.
Even the state's leading rusher, ND's Colton Lengacher, was shut down by Linton, being held to just 68 yards and no scores. However, Lengacher should still go over the 1,500-yard mark against Wood Memorial as he continues to march toward the ND record book.
Three Cougars who had good night against Linton on the defensive side of the ball included, Andrew Steffey with 10 tackles, and Austin Markel and Logan Turpin with eight each.
Wood comes into the game with an 0-6 mark and has been limited to single-digit scoring in all but one game. In fact, on the defensive side of the ball, the Trojans are giving up 50 points a game. Defense has been a problem in recent years, especially against the Cougars, as ND has outscored the Trojans, 150-10 in the last three seasons.
"We aren't over-looking anyone," said Helms. "Wood is a team that gave Perry Central fits in the first half of that game. If you allow them to get rolling,they will find a way to compete," added Helms.
Helms said senior running back Sam Trader will be Wood's primary weapon.
"You will see him get the bulk of the carries," he added.
"They run the Wing-T and it is the third time we have seen that offense. In years past, we might only see it once a year." said Helms.
ND did lose the services of Brody Lindy due to a high-ankle sprain, but Helms said Austen Byrer will replace him. The Cougars will also have too very athletic editions in senior wide receiver Alex Wittmer and tight end Kelby Byrer, both who came out later in the season and now have enough practices to play.
"We are looking past last week and are really focusing on getting ready for sectional. We are doing a lot less team preparation and now are focusing on individual position time," said Helms.
ND will kickoff at 8 p.m.
Week 7 Washington (0-6) at Vincennes Lincoln (1-5) 7:30 p.m. North Daviess (4-2) at Wood Memorial (0-6) 8 p.m.