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October 12, 2012

Trojans face huge showdown

TC football takes on Sheridan at Lucas Oil with HHC title at stake.

Tri-Central’s football team has reached heights this season never previously enjoyed in the program’s history.

The Trojans enter the final week in the regular season with an 8-0 record, the deepest point they’ve ever reached while remaining undefeated.

With the unblemished record has come state-wide recognition as well. TC sits at No. 10 in the Associated Press Class A poll for the second week in a row.

The row gets a bit tougher to hoe this week however when the Trojans head to Indianpolis Saturday to face perennial power Sheridan at Lucas Oil with the Hoosier Heartland Conference title on the line. A win Saturday would give TC its first conference crown since 1993.

“It’s neat how a team can come together,” TC coach George Gilbert said. His team enters Saturday 3-0 in HHC play. “The night we played Carroll [in Week 3], we were down two touchdowns at halftime, and I think we developed an identity with the way were able to come back and get the victory [44-35]. From that point on, I think our kids have been pretty focused and together. They believe in themselves, and that they can do some pretty neat things.”

The Trojans’ previous opponents enter Week 9 with a combined record of 14-48. Sheridan, on the other hand, enters Saturday with a 4-4 record (3-0 HHC) with losses coming from 3A No. 7 Western Boone (7-1), 3A No. 4 Hamilton Heights (7-1), 2A No. 4 Tipton (7-1) and Culver Academy (6-2). The Blackhawks are 3-0 against Class A opponents.

“The conference championship is big,” Gilbert said. “Sheridan is the best team we’ve seen on our schedule this year. Even though we’re 8-0, I think we’re coming in as underdogs to be quite honest. You look at who they play, and they’ve beaten every 1A team on their schedule. The teams they’ve lost to are great teams, so I think this will give us a good measuring stick on where we’re at and where we’re going.”

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