The Washington Times-Herald
---- — 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.
North Daviess also had a strong night offensively from Logan Turpin, who picked up 35 yards on six carries and Jacob Reed’s 58 yards on three carries, along with 24 from Brady Helms in the quarterback spot.
”I was very pleased to get those numbers out of Logan and Jacob. I thought they played very well,” added Helms.
In the win over Eastern, ND also had a stellar defensive effort that led to 10 sacks.
Austin Markel led the way with eight tackles and a sack, while Andrew Steffey added five tackles and a sack. Mavryck VanHentenryck had five tackles (one for a loss) and two sacks, while Jacob Reed had four tackles and Kelton Allen had four tackles and three sacks.
Although the the Hatchet defense didn’t fare as well in their loss to Big 8 foe Princeton, Brashear still felt like they were making progress on defense.
”I felt like we had people in the right spots, we just didn’t tackle well. We often thought we had someone tied up for a yard or two and the next thing, they were streaking down the sideline,” said Brashear.
Brashear said that they aren’t planning changing gameplans much for North Daviess, but hopes to execute better with what they are currently doing.
”I think we both know what to expect from each other. Both of us will go right after you with the running game,” added Brashear. “We know we will have to get Edrwin Revolorio more touches and we have to find a way for Jake (Brashear) to get more touches (Brashear rushed for 109 yards on 10 carries against Princeton).”
”We know this is going to be one of the best lines we will face, They are always big and strong,” said ND coach Scott Helms. “We have to be committed to stopping the run.”
“I think the key to winning this game, we come down to who can mix in the play-action pass and who will make the most of their scoring opportunities,” added Helms. “We are both teams that will try to control the game on the ground.”
The game will also feature homecoming festivities for North Daviess.
“We try to make sure the homecoming activities don’t cause our kids to lose focus. This should be one of our biggest crowds of the year,” added Helms.
The game will kick off at Thurman H. Brown Field at 7 p.m.