Kokomo’s football team will visit New Castle tonight for the last meeting between the teams, at least in the foreseeable future. New Castle has left the North Central Conference and will begin play in the Hoosier Heritage Conference in 2014.
Kokomo coach Brett Colby is not downplaying the story line.
”That’s the first comment on my scouting report. ‘This is the last time we’re going to play with these guys so make it one to remember for yourself and for your school,’” he said. “I know we’ve won a lot of games in a row [against New Castle]. That doesn’t mean anything to these two teams playing [tonight], but you don’t want to go down there and stub your toe and come back with a loss.”
Kokomo owns a remarkable 33-game winning streak in the squads’ all-time series. Colby is 6-0 against the Trojans, with the Kats winning those games by an average score of 52-9.
The Wildkats opened the season 0-3 before beating Huntington North 14-7 last week.
”We needed something to go right for us here because it’s been about a month and a half without a lot of positives to draw from,” Colby said, referring to a rash of injuries and other bumps in the road. “It was a good thing to happen to us last Friday. Finally we got a game where we just went out and played football and took care of things.”
Bo Baker sparked the Kats’ offense last week, gaining 197 yards and a TD on 35 carries. The strong ground showing helped Kokomo finish with a 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession (32:01 to 15:59).
”We got better, but we need to continue to get better,” Colby said. “We need to finish drives, especially when we get the ball down to the red zone. We need to not turn the ball over. We were better last week with only one. We have to win the turnover battle in games.”