Archive - Aug 24, 2013 - Sports Article
SYRACUSE â With just eight seniors on his team, first-year Whitko Head Coach Josh Mohr knew his young Wildcats would be tested in their opening football game at Wawasee.
The test came early when Warrior Clayton Cook snagged the opening kickoff and ran it back for a touchdown, giving Wawasee a lead in the opening 13 seconds â a lead it would never relinquish.
Wawasee, under the leadership of another first-year head coach, Josh Ekovich, went on to post a 42-20 win â its 12th in the last 16 meetings with Whitko.
WARSAW Ââ Size matters. Columbia City Eagle Head Coach Randy Hudgens summed up the opening football game Friday when he said, âOur margin for error is not very big when we play a 6A team.â
For the Eaglesâ errors â an interception returned for a touchdown, an 82-yard punt return, a lost onside kick, and another interception deep in their own territory â all added up to a 33-14 season-opening loss to the homestanding Warsaw Tigers.
âNear-misses on offense and just-misses on defense are not things we can afford to do when we are a smaller-roster 4A school,â Hudgins said.
FREMONTâ Churubuscoâs football team opened the 2013 season with a dominating victory over Fremont.
âBusco beat its conference-rival 56-0 in the first game for Paul Sade as head football coach.
With such a dominating performance, Sade said the team did well in every aspect of the game.
âWe came out and we played fast and we were focused and we executed, really in all three phases of the game,â he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â As the long-term effects of concussions in football have hit the national newsstands, Columbia City High School is working hard to protect its gridders.
Every Eagle football player has been educated about concussions, and players underwent a baseline concussion test before taking the field this fall.