Ready for some (high school) Football??
I love this time of year. Tomorrow night begins Week One of Indiana High School fooball. From now through Thanksgiving weekend, teams from across Indiana will battle on the field to determine who is best.
We saw the teams in their shakedown cruises last Friday-- better known as controlled scrimmages. I was at the North Knox-North Daviess scrimmage-- I am North Knox's broadcaster, after all-- and I walked away rather impressed. Even though North Daviess scored five times to North Knox's two, four of North Daviess' scores came on 10-yard goal line stands, where the Cougars' size at running back came into play.. Other than that segment-- which North Daviess won convincingly-- the other two, more full field scrimmages were either even, or with a slight North Knox advantage.
Also, coach Shawn McDowell put teams on notice-- he is not afraid to throw this year. Since 2004, when McDowell took over, the North Knox offense has been run early, run often, and run a little more when that is done. However, for the first time in at least ten years, the Warriors have a kid who can pass in Christopher Graman, and several kids who can catch it. Will this mark a difference in North Knox's attack? Coach McDowell has hinted it might-- but time will tell...
The surprising scrimmage award has to go to Vincennes Lincoln. Jon Heiden has to like what he saw Friday night. Questions at auarterback and running back may have been answered positively by the Alices. An easier schedule start also helps-- no Evansville schools early, and no Heritage Hills to start the season. This year, the Sullivan Golden Arrows kick oft the season. Sullivan has been decent at times, but they are no Heritage Hills. Lincoln starts will Sullivan and Boonville, before getting Terre Haute South in week 3. A 2-0 start for the first time in years is not out of the realm of possibility-- and at least 3-1 heading into the Jasper game is definitely not out of the question. If LHS believes in itself-- and its talent level-- it is hard to beat. Since I got here in1996, one thing I have learned is-- Lincoln makes a living out of bettering expectations. Alice Nation expects nothing less.
Finally, this is a transition season for the Linton Miners. Steve Weber is no longer prowling the sidelines, and Austin Karaszia is off to South Alabama to play basketball. Can Linton keep its tradition alive as a major southwest Indiana football power? A move out of the Southwest Seven will tell the tale, and a Week One matchup against improving Eastern Greene will also answer a lot of questions. Linton is still a talented team-- just how talented? We will see...
That's my take...I'm Tom Lee.
Tags : Topics : SportsSocial : SportsLocations : Boonville, Evansville, Indiana, Lincoln, South Alabama, Southwest IndianaPeople : Alice Nation, Austin Karaszia, Daviess, Jon Heiden, Shawn McDowell, Steve Weber