ELNORA — On Friday area football teams will battle for the Times Herald Hwy. 57 Helmet, as WHS travels to North Daviess for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Hatchets have had possession of the Helmet for the last three seasons, keeping possession of it after a rain-soaked contest that didn’t end until well after midnight. Weather has been a factor since 2013 which twice has seen the conclusion of the game pushed back to Saturday.
During that stretch WHS had two of its biggest wins of the series, including a 76-7 win in 2017 and a 47-0 win in 2016.
This year the Cougars come into the game at 3-0 under second-year coach Trent Fine, already surpassing their 2018 win total. The 2019 Cougars come into the game with an upgrade in speed, athleticism and height on the outside, as Kirk Wagler, Jalen Knepp and Daryn Lengacher join an already strong receiver corps of Ted Lamson, Justin Fox and Hunter Fine, giving junior QB Tanner Reed plenty of targets.
ND also has a strong group in the backfield, with DJ Owens, Josh Krusenklaus and Dante Hopkins all seeing the ball and helped ND to a scoring average of more than 30 points a game.
The Cougar defense has been lock-down in wins against Tecumseh, North Central and Eastern Greene. They have given up just two points all season and have a pair of shutouts as well. They are currently averaging .7 points a game.
The Cougar line is led by 275 lb. junior Alex Steffey, but the entire in the near-perfect start to the season.
Washington enters the game at 0-3, with losses to Boonville, Bosse and Princeton. The Hatchet offense is averaging 11 points per game and giving up 37 this year. The victory over North Daviess last season was WHS’s last win dating back to the 2017 sectional.
WHS is led by junior quarterback Trey Reed, a 6-4 three sport athlete. Reed has accounted for much of the offense, finding Jacob Mason, Jacob Carrico, Gage Memering and Brooks Robinson as some of his reliable targets.
Dalton Ervin and Seth Holtsclaw, along with Reed, have handled the lions’ share of yardage on the ground, as WHS has had a ground-based attack throughout most of the year.
WHS will move on from the Helmet game and face Mt. Vernon at home for homecoming on the following Friday and Crispus Attucks also at home the following week.
Kickoff at Thurman Brown Field will be at 7 p.m.