The biggest football game in Daviess County will take place at Thurman H. Brown Field on Friday night, when Washington and North Daviess play for the “Hwy. 57 Helmet” rivalry trophy.
The two schools first met in the early 70s, but discontinued the game after two years. The rivalry was then restarted in 2003, with Washington holding a 10-2 lead in the series where the winner takes home the two-sided, glass encased trophy.
This week the Cougars are coming off a win over Eastern Greene, pushing them to 2-1, while WHS fell to 0-3 after losing to Princeton, 60-34.
The Hatchets have dominated the Helmet game since its inception, only losing once in 2008. However, last year, the Hatchets needed not only an extra quarter to come up with the 13-7 victory, it took an extra day. Due to lightning delays and heavy weather, the game was stopped and moved to Saturday night, where Washington was able to squeak out the win in overtime.
This year both teams should find an opponent on the other side of the ball with similar strengths. Both teams have relied heavily on the run and both have backs who have shown they can be gamebreakers.
Last week North Daviess’ Colton Lengacher rushed for 246 yards on 23 carries, while Washington’s Jaden Arvin posted 318, the third best ever for a Hatchet back. Lengacher also had 297 against Tecumseh.
”Lengacher is a big strong back who runs like a fullback. We know he is not someone whom we can arm tackle. If we don’t tackle better, he will have a huge night against us,” said WHS coach Kelly Brashear.
Brasher believes Jaden has the potential to be as good as any back he has coached.
”We have a very inexperienced line in a lot of spots. I think had Jaden had the same line as Trey Parsons or Joe McCormick (current recordholders) had he would have broken that record,” added Brashear.