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October 4, 2013

Week 7 football previews

Kats host Berries; Panthers visit Comets.

Northwestern’s football team enjoyed a 3-0 start, but has hit a bump in the road in recent weeks, losing two of its last three.

The Purple Tigers need a quick recovery. Class 3A No. 4-ranked Hamilton Heights visits tonight.

Heights, which was the Class 3A state runner-up last year, is enjoying another big season. The Huskies are 5-1 overall and they lead the Mid-Indiana Conference with a 4-0 record. They own a 12-game league winning streak.

“This is the best team on our schedule,” Northwestern coach John Hendryx said. “Coming into this after the game we felt we let get away last week [a 23-20 loss to Maconaquah], it’s been a pretty easy focus week. Our kids have had a good attitude.”

Hendryx points to a sharper effort as a must for his squad.

“We just haven’t been good at finishing. We haven’t finished a couple games. We don’t finish drives — we move the ball up and down the field and then find a way to make a mistake when it’s scoring time. That’s been a concern,” he said. “We had a great week of practice up until [Thursday]. We laid an egg, which is another concern.”

The Huskies feature an explosive attack. They average 43 points per game. Running back Conner Faulkner and receiver Grant Weatherford are their top playmakers. Weatherford is also a weapon on special teams. He had a pair of touchdowns on punt returns against Taylor last week.

“They don’t really have any weaknesses,” Hendryx said. “They are a very good running team, a very good throwing team and they’re very sound, very solid and physical defensively. When you have Weatherford on your special teams, you have solid special teams because no one wants to kick him the ball. They always have good field position.

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