The "new" season begins for both Washington and North Daviess on Friday. Both will open sectional play at home, with ND talking on Springs Valley and Washington hosting Brownstown Central. Both teams are coming off wins.
Springs Valley (1-8) at North Daviess (7-2)
The North Daviess Cougars (7-2) got an up close and personal look at their opening-round sectional opponent last Friday night.
And they liked what they saw.
The Cougars dismantled Springs Valley (1-8), 67-24, in what served to be a sectional preview of the two teams that will be squaring off Friday.
However, ND coach Scott Helms was quick to point out that this Friday is different week and the tournament is a brand new season.
"We expect this to be a very different week," said Helms. "We really got rolling in the first quarter. Before you knew it we were up 21-0. Neither we, nor they, think this game will start off the same way," added Helms.
Helms believes that Springs Valley will try to stretch out the game and try to keep the potent North Daviess offense off the field.
"It is the same thing we would try to do," added Helms.
"We know that they can be very dangerous. If (Blackhawk running backs) 7 and 34 get into the open field, there is nothing we can do about it. They are also very tough in the flats. Those are the things we are going to have to keep an eye on."
Helms said he was very proud of his offensive and defensive lines on Friday night.
"I thought the defensive line did a great job of supporting our linebackers and our offensive line was really good," he said. "Jacob Reed did a nice job at corner, while Alex Wittmer has really helped out at safety in the center field spot."
One of the biggest changes was to move senior Brady Helms to tight end and move Sam Chapin to quarterback.