BY Todd Lancaster Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — Both the Washington Hatchets and North Daviess Cougars stay on the road this Friday night. Washington heads south playing Evansville Bosse, while ND travels to the north play North Central.
The Hatchets look to recover from a 21-0 loss to Boonville last week, with a visit to Bosse. Although the Hatchets were shutout, the play from the shorthanded 22-man team did not disappoint coach Kelly Brashear.
“I hate to lose as much as anyone, but the score was not indicative of how we played. I was proud, our kids. They did not give up and stayed in the game,” said Brashear. “We really only played 14 kids and I think we made mistake, they were most likely out of fatigue.”
This week the Hatchets get the return of senior quarterback Jake Brashear, punter-receiver Clayton Johnson and junior split end Jansen Shake.
“We asked a lot of (freshman) Max (Lancaster) last week and he did a good job (at quarterback), but Jake brings a lot of other options, both running and throwing. It will also open up Edrwin (Revolorio) a little more. They were able to key on Edrwin. I did think that Jayden Arvin and Dalton Devine both did a nice job of running the ball, but they spent most of the second half blitzing because they knew what we were going to do.”
Brashear thought that the defensive side of the ball also played well, but thought that some missed tackles and big plays were the difference in the game.
“We were led in tackles by Austin Moody, which was great for him, but you can’t have a safety leading you in tackles,” said Brashear.
However, the Hatchets did lose senior receiver Tyler Summers to a shoulder injury last week.
This week the Hatchets face Bosse, who is coming off a 48-point performance against 6A Jeffersonville, in a 60-48 loss. The Bulldogs are led by Carrington Crutcher, a preseason all-state running back, who rushed for 180 yards against Jeffersonville’s.
Senior quarterback Ian Nunley threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns in the Class 3A Bulldogs’ loss at Jeffersonville last Friday.
“We know this is a good team,” said Brashear. “Anyone who scores that many points against a 6A team, has got to be good. “We know they are athletic and we will have to be disciplined against a team like that.”
Kickoff will be at 8 p.m.
North Daviess (1-0)
The Cougars opened the year on the road and returned with a 31-13 win over Tecumseh. This week they travel north to face North Central of Farmersburg.
The T-Birds come into the game with a top 10 ranking in class A, and did little to show that was not legitimate, after beating Union 66-6 in their opener. The T-Birds were led by seniors Chase VanSchoyck and Dillon Bailey. VanSchoyck rushed for 319 yards and scored five touchdowns. Bailey rushed for 111 yards and scored four touchdowns.
Anthony Risley scored the other touchdown for NC in the game.
“This is a very good football team we are playing on Friday. This will be a real teast for us to show us where we are,” said ND coach Scott Helms.
The Cougars hope to avenge a 42-18 loss last season and with a performance like senior back Colton Lengacher had last week, that will be a very real possibility. He had a dominant 280-yard, three-touchdown performance to give North Daviess its eighth straight win over Tecumseh.
“He is the real deal,” added Helms. “He at 6-3, 240 lbs., running a 4.6, he has Division 1 potential.”
Most of the Cougar offense was delivered in the first half, racking up 308 yards of offense, however, the Cougar defense dominated the third quarter, shutting out Tecumseh and forcing three turnovers.
Logan Turpin added 64 yards and Doug Bays had 51, while quarter back Brady Helms added 34 on the ground and 30 in the air.
“We played a very aggressive, hard hitting style of defense tonight, and I think it took it’s toll on them,” said Cougar coach Scott Helms. “Our guys have worked extremely hard preparing for this season and deserve success. As the season progresses, we must spread the ball around much better offensively as teams key on Colton. Logan Turpin and Doug Bays will provided fresh legs for us at running back and we will utilize them more this week . North Central is an exceptional team, but we will up to the challenge.”
The Cougars kickoff at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Washington at Bosse 8 p.m. North Daviess at North Central 7 p.m.