Carroll had a game for the ages in a 78-49 victory over Pendleton Heights in Week 7, rushing for 520 yards and eight touchdowns on 33 carries. He had a 280-yard, three-TD game against Eastbrook last week, helping Yorktown advance with a 21-20 win.
Yorktown is far from a one-dimensional team. Quarterback Riley Neal also has impressive statistics — he has completed 136 of 212 pass attempts for 2,161 yards with 29 touchdowns and only four interceptions. His top receivers are Jacob Wagner (35 catches, 692 yards, 10 TDs) and Riley Miller (43-568-8).
“They have the weapons to do it all [offensively]. It’s a monster test,” Hendryx said.
Yorktown is sound defensively as well, allowing just 17.7 ppg.
“They’re pretty physical,” Hendryx said. “I like their linebacker play. They get downhill to the ball pretty well. They have pretty good perimeter quickness — they’re a 3-4 team and they have a couple pretty quick outside linebackers and then [Carroll] plays corner for them and he’s a great open-field tackler.”
Northwestern scores 30.7 ppg and allows 17.7. Injuries have left the Purple Tigers at less-than-full strength, making tonight’s task even tougher.
“We’re going to have to step our level of play up another notch,” Hendryx said. “We’ve had a good week of practice. The kids are excited for the opportunity. We’ll see what we can do.”
Northwestern and Yorktown have met just once previously, with the Purple Tigers taking a 14-0 win in a 1991 sectional opener.
WESTERN AT WEST LAFAYETTE
Western coach Nate Andrews pointed to West Lafayette as the headliner in Sectional 28 last week when asked to preview the loaded grouping. The Red Devils lived up to that billing in the opening round, rocking Delta 50-12.
“They’re what we imagined,” Western coach Nate Andrews said. “They are very athletic on both sides of the ball, they’re very big and physical and they have a good coaching staff. So you put those three ingredients together, you’re going to be a pretty good football team. Our deal is the same. We have to take care of ourselves with our character first and we have to compete every single down.”