By Gregg A. Sims
Both Washington and North Daviess hope to find victories this evening to close out the regular season.
The Hatchets are at home against North Knox, while North Daviess travels to Springs Valley.
The Hatchets (2-6) hope the end a four-game skid when they host the Warriors (4-4) to conclude the season and regular seasons for seniors.
Washington coach Kelly Brashear said his team and North Knox are very similar in style, and understands North Knox has been through a difficult season health-wise.
“We feel like we’ve had to go through our share of injuries this season,” Brashear said, “but I feel for their team. Talking to coach (Shawn) McDowell, he said they had endured something like 11 concussions this year. They have played the majority of the season with a hodgepodge of personnel. I really feel for them.”
Brashear believes Jalen Madison should return after missing the past five games with an injury at Princeton. He has practiced this week.
Fellow lineman James Sidebottom may see some time, but that may be limited.
North Knox defeated North Daviess last week, 22-14, in a game delayed from Friday to Saturday.
“I’ve watched the film from that game, and North Knox appears to be like they always are,” Brashear said. “They are very hard nosed. They play that way whether they are up or down.”
Jordan Meurer started his first game at quarterback for North Knox last week, and played an important role in the Warrior’s win. Brennen Duke is a fatured back in the North Knox backfield.
Tyler Edmiston leads Washington in rushing with 526 yards. Trey Parsons is close behind with 459 yards.
Brashear said his team went back to some basics, seeking improvement.
“We have struggled at times with our defense,” Brashear said. “We’ve struggled with our offense, and our special teams have been a liability at times. Normally you work in the final third of the season on team situations, but we felt we needed to go back to some basics. I feel this is a game that we can, and should, win if we play well. If we don’t, we could lose.”
The Cougars and Blackhawks both enter the game at Springs Valley with identical 3-5 marks.
“There is a possibility that Springs Valley may have expected to have a btter rercord than they do,” North Daviess coach Scott Helms said. “They have a lot of upperclassmen. They’ve had their share of injuries. They tend to be a very physical and aggressive team. They will try to smash us in the mouth. It will be interesting to see how we fight back.”
Colton Lengacher remains the area’s leading rusher with 1,155 yards for the Cougars on 139 carries. Logan Turpin has 540 yards on 69 rushes.
Springs Valley likes to run. Sabastian Baggett and quarterback Levi Weddle highlight what Helms called, “an outstanding running game.”
“It’s a game between two teams that like to run and stop the run,” Helms said. “The passing game could determine the outcome.”
Helms was not disappointed with effort in last Saturday’s loss to the Warriors. He felt turnovers made a difference.
“I thought we really dominated the game at the line of scrimmage and wonthe battle of the trenches,” Helms said. “It was uncharachstic of us to have three fumbles in one game. I don’t know if it was field conditions, but the kids played hard.”