The Times Herald Hwy. 57 Helmet will remain in the possession of the North Daviess Cougars for another year after a 42-0 win over WHS last Friday at Cougar Valley.
The win was the third straight for ND as they face Rock Creek at home Friday in a Homecoming game, while WHS will travel to Pike Central.
Rock Creek v. North Daviess
The Cougars (3-1) again used a superior defensive effort and got the shutout for the second straight week. However, the Cougars are also getting it done on the offensive side of the ball, as they had two runners right around the century mark against WHS.
ND is scoring right around 35 points a game and giving up just nine. The defensive average currently puts them 17th in the state.
The Cougars out-gained Washington 383-26 offensively, and picked up a touchdown run of 38 yards in the third quarter from freshman Coltyn McNabb, and then a 25-yard run from McNabb late in the fourth quarter sandwiched around a 10-yard run from Zo Jeffers early in the fourth quarter. Overall, Jeffers led ND with 104 yards on 19 carries followed by 94 yards on seven carries by McNabb, as the Cougars posted 311 yards on the ground.
“That win was a nice combination of our offense and defense. We were without four starters, so we had people in some different spots, but people still did a nice job,” said coach Trent Fine. “We have held opponents to less than 32 yards total in the last two games. I really feel like our coaches have done a great job of putting people in the right spots. It was really nice the way Coltyn played, it gave Zo a chance to rest and he gave us another option.”
Rock Creek Academy comes in at 1-2, with a win over Indiana Deaf, and losses to Providence and Crawford County. They have faced North Daviess for the last two seasons, falling 72-0 in 2019 and 40-7 last year.
“They were a lot more athletic last year than the year before. They have a quarterback who is a sophomore, Seth Sleepe, who can run and throw, and Kendrick Peyton a running back/linebacker, who is probably their best player. They also have a 6-5 tight end who is really good. They are a team that likes to get out in space.
“We kind of overlooked them last year and left them in the game, but I guarantee we won’t do that this year. We will be prepared,” said Fine.
It will be Homecoming at Cougar Valley and the game will begin at 7:30 p.m.
WHS at Pike Central
The Hatchets have a great opportunity for a win, as they head down to 0-2 Pike Central on Friday night.
So far in 2021, Pike Central has fallen to South Spencer and Southridge, giving up 55 and 58 points and have been held scoreless. The Chargers also had the first two games of the season canceled, due to an outbreak of COVID that hit the team hard.
The Chargers are now coached by Kelly Brasher who had nearly 50 wins as head coach with Washington during the early 2000s, including 23 wins over a three-year stretch.
Pike has not fared well with WHS over the years, losing its last nine straight meetings, many of those coming against Brashear-coached Hatchet teams.
Last week, WHS only accounted for 26 yards of offense against the Cougars. WHS did see a spark as sophomore Jameson Dwyer and Rylan Memering hooked up several times late in the game as a quarterback and receiver. WHS was also without top running back Jayce Perkins for the ND game. WHS was also hurt by nine penalties during the game.
“The reality is we are young and we still have a lot of people learning the ‘ins and outs,’ and ‘dos and don’ts’ of football,” said WHS coach Joe Morris. “There were some bright spots last week. We know we will take some lumps, but that is part of what will make us a better team.
“We will probably give Jameson a shot (at QB) this week, he did a nice job when he was in there.”
Morris said that he knows that Pike Central provides an opportunity for a win, but said that the most important part will be work on the things that they need to get better at.
“Pike has several kids who will compete hard. They are rebuilding from scratch, and like us, every game provides experience.”
The game will kick-off at 7 p.m. at Pike Central.
The Hatchets play Princeton the following week.