Weekend football preview
In week four of the high school football season, all three teams will be in action this weekend, including two Saturday games.
Sullivan (1-2, 0-1) at North Putnam (3-0, 1-0) — Sullivan will try to snap a two-game losing streak and get even in the Western Indiana Conference when they hit the road to face North Putnam.
The Cougars are led by quarterback Maverick Summers. The senior has completed 58 of 77 passes for 711 yards.
He has tossed 10 touchdowns with no interceptions.
Lucius Alexander has hauled in 16 passes for 168 yards. Kalib Lawrence has caught 15 passes for 247 yards.
Scott Proctor, senior, has caught eight passes for 182 yards.
The Cougars also have had success running the ball. Aidan Baker, another senior, has rushed 81 times for 346 yards, 4.3 yards per carry. He has all but 28 of the Cougars’ rushing yards.
Sullivan is coming off of a 35-7 loss at home to Northview to begin play in the WIC.
The Arrows have been outscored 42-0 in the first half of their last two games, including a 35-12 loss at Linton on Aug. 30.
“We cannot wait until the second half to get started,” said Sullivan coach Blaine Powell. “We are young, but it is time for us to start putting things together.”
Quarterback Karter Vernelson was injured last week in his first start. He is suffering with a injury to his kneecap.
His brother Kyle Vernelson, who was 7 of 8 passing in relief last week, paces the Golden Arrows in receiving. He has 23 receptions for over 320 yards.
Tristan Drake, who has completed 47 of 72 for 536 yards and three TDs, also could see time at QB.
He has tossed five interceptions and Karter Vernelson threw two last week.
The running game has been slowed the past two games. Jakeb Skinner leads with 114 yards on 27 carries.
As a team, Sullivan has rushed 70 times for 194 yards (2.8 per carry).
On defense, Skinner leads with 28 tackles, 12 for loss and two sacks.
Kenton Williams has 24, 13 and three and William Newby has 16 tackles and two interceptions.
The Arrows have picked off seven passes.
Kickoff in Roachdale is set for 7:30 p.m.
North Central (0-3) at Indiana Deaf (0-0) — North Central avoided an open week by adding Indiana Deaf to the schedule.
The Deaf Hoosiers will be playing their first game of the year when the Thunderbirds are looking for their first win.
“This just came up at the last minute,” said North Central coach Brad Hudson. “We were happy about having the chance to play a game instead of having a bye week.”
North Central has managed just 14 points in 12 quarters this season.
They are coming off of a 50-6 loss at Class A No. 6 Parke Heritage.
“We are slowly putting things together,” said Hudson. “But I feel like last week there were times when things were starting to click for us.
“We are still very young, but you cannot say that we are inexperienced after three games. We will continue to work hard and continue to get better.”
This is believed to be the first meeting between the T-Birds and Indiana Deaf.
Kickoff in Indianapolis is set for 1 p.m. Saturday.
Southside Home School (1-1) at Dugger Union (0-1) — The Bulldogs will be playing its second game after having a week off.
It will be the second in a row at home for the Bulldogs. They lost to Rock Creek Academy 48-0 on Aug. 31.
“We have to get better than we were in our first game” said Dugger Union coach Jeff Griffith. “We just did not play very well at all.”
The Bulldogs only amassed 68 yards of total offense and has four turnovers.
Brazen Maze led with 48 yards rushing. Carter Hall will be making his second start at quarterback.
“We have a lot to clean up,” said Griffith. “We are looking forward to having another chance to get on the field and see how much we have improved.”
Kickoff at Dugger will be at 2 p.m. Saturday.