“It seems like the last couple weeks we’ve seen a Western team that is very physical, does a very good job of playing ball control, controlling the line of scrimmage and playing very good defense,” Cass coach Scott Mannering said. “That’s the way we want to play. It’s going to be a tough matchup and a big challenge. I look at what they did to Hamilton Heights and I think they served notice that they’re a very talented, well-coached team that plays very hard. That’s a concern for us. For us, we’re going to have to play our best game of the year to compete with them, and that’s what we’re looking to do.”
Western has won two of the last three matchups in the series, with Cass squeaking out a 21-20 victory in Walton last season.
TRI-CENTRAL (7-1, 3-0 HHC) AT SHERIDAN (4-4, 3-0 HHC)
This matchup serves as a Hoosier Heartland Conference championship as both enter unbeaten in league play. Class A No. 10 Tri-Central is looking for a breakthrough against the Blackhawks, a perennial Class A power.
TC coach George Gilbert was talking about his friendship with coach Sheridan coach Larry “Bud” Wright and how much he respects the Sheridan program. He said he expected the respect was mutual, then veered.
“The only way you really earn respect, and we’ve been telling our kids this, is we’ve got to beat people,” Gilbert said. “We’ve really been able to do some awesome things but this is the next step. We feel that we have an excellent opportunity. We think our kids can play hard with Sheridan and we think it’s going to be a heck of a ballgame.”
Garrett Kelley leads TC’s rushing attack with 1,028 yards. Cody Colbert adds 430 and Dillon Smith 358. QB Cody Howell has thrown for 969 yards and 14 touchdowns with just two picks.