Gridiron Preview: Sectional week one
Long-haired â€™Busco senior Kyle Monk leads â€™Busco in a revenge game at home against Adams Central Friday night in the opening round of sectional play. Post & Mail photo / Mark Parker
Whitley County's three teams all head into the postseason with a conference title and an 8-1 record. Columbia City hosts a winless DeKalb team. ’Busco gets a rematch of their first round loss to Adams Central at home. Whitko hits the road to Bremen.
DeKalb at No. 8 Columbia City
Records: Columbia City 8-1, DeKalb 0-9
Time: 7 p.m.
Last Week: Columbia City won at Norwell 32-10. DeKalb finished a winless regular season at Carroll 41-18.
Last meeting: In 2010, CC traveled to DeKalb winning 28-3.
Games Notes: Their most wins since 1993, the Eagles of Columbia City head into the sectional round hoping to do something the ’93 also did. Win a sectional title.
For the last four seasons, the Eagles have made it to at least the semifinal round of the sectional playoffs.
Facing a team with its own streak that no team wants, Columbia City looks to be well on their way to a semifinal appearance again.
Already disposing of the winless DeKalb Barons once this season 28-3, the Eagles play host to the Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent.
Time of possession played a big role in Columbia City's 25-point margin of victory. An offense that has averaged over 30 points per game this season had the ball for only 12:24 of a 60-minute game.
Despite running half as many players as the Barons, the Eagles put up 247 yards of offense with quarterback Logan Rehrer leading with his feet and arm for three total touchdowns.
The Eagles defense played for 35:36 holding DeKalb to 178 yards with four sacks.
No. 10 Whitko at Bremen
Records: Whitko 8-1, Bremen 6-3
Time: 7 p.m.
Last Week: Whitko won on the road at Tippy Valley 21-14. Bremen won at John Glenn 33-28.
Last meeting: No previous meeting.
Games Notes: For seven weeks its been nothing but perfection for the Whitko Wildcats.
The first outright Three Rivers Conference championship since 1990 is followed by a tough start to the postseason for Whitko.
Coming from the Northern State Conference, Bremen (6-3) provides maybe the biggest test yet for the Wildcats.
The Lions are part of a conference that has the likes of No. 5 Jimtown and a 7-2 John Glenn team. Bremen finished in a tie for second thanks to a four-game winning streak to end the season.
In that stretch, Bremen has averaged 38.5 points.
However, there is one game that could be a foreshadow of the sectional battle between felines. In non-conference play, Bremen beat Tippecanoe Valley at home 27-22.
Whitko meanwhile wrapped up its first conference title since 2002 against the Vikings with a one-touchdown win at Valley 21-14.
That might be where the ’Cats have an edge winning four games by one score or less this season.
Adams Central at No. 5 Churubusco
Records: Churubusco 8-1, Adams Central 7-2
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Time: 7 p.m.
Last Week: ’Busco clinched an NECC title against Lakeland 45-28. Adams Central won at Woodlan 15-9.
Last meeting: In 2009 sectional, The Eagles fell in the first round to Adams Central 20-16.
Games Notes: The 2010 postseason could open with sweet revenge for the No. 5 Eagles.
A year after making a first round exit, Churubusco is back with home field advantage against the same team. Adams Central (7-2) used its size in a muddy situation last season to bring the Eagles season to an end.
Despite the loss, Churubusco led in nearly every statistical category against the Flying Jets.
Running back Kyle Mathewson put up 119 rushing yards against Central as a junior. After 1,650 yards in his final year as an Eagle, Mathewson will take on a Jets defense that averages less than 20 points per game and has allowed more than that in just two games.
The difference might be the second half for the Eagles.
After leading Central 16-6 at halftime, ’Busco saw the Jets fly by in the final two quarters with 20 unanswered points.
The passing attack of Adams Central put up 215 yards on the Eagles with quarterback Dalton Combs hitting Ben Mishler for two TDs and 188 yards receiving. ’Busco has allowed only one 200-yard passing game this season.