Sheridan will challenge Tri-Central to stop the Blackhawks’ strength.
“They run power off tackle and they run it very well,” Gilbert said. “They have a big fullback [Austin Hoover] and I think he’s currently the third-leading running back in the state in Class A [1,696 yards]. He’s very quick. The line isn’t as big as they were last year, but they’re very sound. Sheridan is always a very sound team. To beat Sheridan, you have to be at your best.”
TC’s defense has pitched four shutouts this year — including three in a row.
KOKOMO (4-4, 3-2 NCC) AT ANDERSON (3-5, 2-3 NCC)
The Wildkats have won four of their last five contests after a slow start.
“I really think we have gotten better,” coach Brett Colby said. “Other than that six-minute stretch at Richmond [resulting in a big quarter for the Red Devils], we’ve played some pretty good ball the last three weeks, especially defensively.
“I think we’ve come a ways up front on the offensive line in the last couple weeks and I think our backs are blocking a little better. I know we carried out fakes better last week in the Marion game. We’re a little late-blooming, but at least I think we’re starting to bloom.”
Kokomo looks to keep its momentum rolling against an Anderson team that is run-heavy after graduating some key parts of the passing game last season.
“They get in an I formation and they put 10 guys on the line of scrimmage and they’re going to run at you,” Colby said. “They do a nice job and they’ve got a couple really nice running backs in the [Jerian] Beard kid, who has missed a lot of time this year, and [Tyler Welch], he’s probably got about 850 yards rushing and the Beard kid has 400 in four or five games.