The Red Devils are an explosive squad. They average 41 points per game and feature a balanced attack. Ronchetto has completed 110 of 152 pass attempts for 2,007 yards with 25 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Woodard has rushed for 1,603 yards and 26 touchdowns, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Travis Rolle leads the receiving corps with 36 catches for 532 yards and nine TDs.
“I think West Lafayette brings a complete package,” Andrews said. “Yes, they have explosive players, but at the same time, they’re big and physical and they’re so balanced. Whoever they’re playing, they’ll take whatever that defense is giving them because they are so diverse.
“I just hope we can withstand maybe some of their early blows and we can impose our will in what we do. We can’t get into their game. We have to do what we do and do it well.”
Western has a relentless ground game that is producing 316 yards per game. Fullback Ben Lenahan had a 219-yard game against Mississinewa last week, pushing him over the 1,000-yard mark. Quarterback Drew Bellus has rushed for more than 500 yards and passed for just under 500 yards.
The Red Devils are holding opponents to 15 ppg.
The Mid-Indiana Conference co-champion Panthers score 37 ppg and allow 13.6 ppg.
“We’ve done some good things. But we’ll have to take all those good things to a different level [tonight],” Andrews said.
The squads last met in a 2010 sectional championship, which West Lafayette won 29-9. The year before, the Red Devils beat the Panthers 21-6 in a sectional semifinal en route to winning the 3A state championship.
LAFAYETTE CATHOLIC AT TIPTON
The Blue Devils will look to hand the Class 2A No. 2-ranked Knights their first postseason loss in four years when they pay a visit.
LCC won four straight Class A state titles from 2009-12 before being bumped up to 2A this season due to the IHSAA’s new success factor. A 51-0 win over North Putnam last week gave the Knights their 25th straight tournament win.