NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Chicago 20 Tampa Bay 19

 

MLB PLAYOFFS

Atlanta 7 Miami 0

Houston 11 Oakland 6

NY Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 1

LA Dodgers 12 San Diego 3

 

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONALS

New Palestine 3 Richmond 0

Mt. Vernon 3 East Central 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Mt. Vernon 3 New Palestine 1

Lawrenceburg 3 Batesville 1

Shelbyville 3 Hauser 0

Lebanon 3 Lafayette Jeff 2

Blue River 3 Monroe Central 0

Northeastern 3 Lincoln 1

Greensburg 3 East Central 1

Carmel 3 Kokomo 0

Centerville 3 Hagerstown 2

Logansport 3 Winamac 0

 

INDIANA FOOTBALL SECTIONAL DRAW

6A

Sectional 1 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Lake Central at Lafayette Jefferson.

G2: Crown Point at Merrillville.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

 

Sectional 6 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Ben Davis at Southport.

G2: Perry Meridian at Indianapolis Arsenal Technical.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

5A

Sectional 11 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: Fort Wayne Northrop at Fort Wayne North Side.

G2: Anderson at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

 

Sectional 12 (4 teams)

Semifinals

G1: McCutcheon at Kokomo.

G2: Harrison (West Lafayette) at Zionsville.

Championship

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

4A

Sectional 20 (8 teams)

First Round

G1: Marion at Mississinewa.

G2: New Haven at Fort Wayne South Side.

G3: Huntington North at Fort Wayne Wayne.

G4: Jay County at Delta.

Semifinals

Game 5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Game 6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

Game 7: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

 

Sectional 21 (8 teams)

First Round

G1: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) at Richmond.

G2: Pendleton Heights at Greenfield-Central.

G3: New Castle at Shelbyville.

G4: Connersville at Muncie Central.

Semifinals

Game 5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Game 6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

Game 7: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

 

Sectional 31 (8 teams)

First Round

G1: Brownstown Central at Lawrenceburg.

G2: Rushville Consolidated at Scottsburg.

G3: Franklin County at Batesville.

G4: Greensburg at Charlestown.

Semifinals

Game 5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Game 6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

Game 7: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

 

Sectional 38 (7 teams)

First Round

G1: Heritage Christian at Winchester Community.

G2: Indianapolis Scecina at Centerville.

G3: Shenandoah at Eastern Hancock.

Semifinals

G4: Northeastern at G1 Winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship

G6: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

 

Sectional 39 (8 teams)

First Round

G1: Mitchell at Eastern (Pekin).

G2: Providence at Union County.

G3: Triton Central at Switzerland County.

G4: Paoli at Clarksville.

Semifinals

Game 5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Game 6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

Game 7: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

Sectional 43 (7 teams)

First Round

G1: Tri-Central at Wes-Del.

G2: Union City at South Adams.

G3: Monroe Central at Taylor.

Semifinals

G4: Madison-Grant at G1 Winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship

G6: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

 

Sectional 47 (8 teams)

First Round

G1: Tri at Oldenburg Academy.

G2: South Decatur at Milan.

G3: Cambridge City Lincoln at North Decatur.

G4: Hagerstown vs. Knightstown.

Semifinals

Game 5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

Game 6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship

Game 7: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

NCC/AREA

Friday, Oct. 9

Anderson at Richmond  7 pm

Harrison at Goshen 7 pm

Tech at Marion 7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Logansport  7 pm

Muncie Central at McCutcheon  7 pm

Centerville at Union City 7 pm

Hagerstown at Tri 7 pm

Knightstown at Northeastern 7 pm

Monroe Central at Union County, 7 pm

Winchester at Lincoln 7 pm

Shenandoah at Eastern Hancock  7 pm

Wes-Del at Purdue Poly 7 pm

Batesville at Franklin County, 7 pm

Connersville at Lawrenceburg, 7 pm

East Central at Greensburg, 7 pm

South Dearborn at Rushville, 7 pm

OHIO

Belmont at Talawanda

Butler at Franklin

Twin Valley South at CCPA

Middletown at Northmont

Greenville at St. Mary’s

Monroe at Elida

Ansonia at Covington

Bradford at Catholic Central

Mississinawa Valley at Cedarville

 

NFL WEEK FIVE SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS (Moved to Monday)

Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 8

Tulane at Houston, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, October 9

Louisville at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, October 10

Oklahoma vs. Texas in Dallas, Noon, FOX

Virginia Tech at North Carolina, Noon, ABC

Florida at Texas A&M, Noon, ESPN

South Carolina at Vanderbilt, Noon, SEC

Louisiana Monroe at Liberty, Noon, ESPNU

NC State at Virginia, Noon, ACC

Duke at Syracuse, 12:30 p.m.

The Citadel at Army, 1:30 p.m., CBSSN

Tennessee at Georgia, 3:30 p.m., CBS

Texas Tech at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Texas State at Troy, 3:30 p.m.

UTSA at BYU, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2

Arkansas at Auburn, 4 p.m., SEC

Kansas State at TCU, 4 p.m., FOX

Pitt at Boston College, 4 p.m., ACC

Middle Tennessee at Florida International, 4 p.m., ESPNU

Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss, 4 p.m., Stadium

Alabama at Ole Miss, 6 p.m., ESPN

Temple at Navy, 6 p.m., CBSSN

East Carolina at South Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN+

Central Arkansas at Arkansas State, 7 p.m., ESPN+

Miami at Clemson, 7:30 p.m., ABC

Mississippi State at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m., SEC

Florida State at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC

UTEP at Louisiana Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Marshall at Western Kentucky, 7:30 p.m., Stadium

Charlotte at North Texas, 8 p.m., ESPNU

Missouri at LSU, 9 p.m., ESPN

 

TOP AP HEADLINES

BRAVES SWEEP MARLINS

Rookie Kyle Wright dazzled for six innings in his postseason debut, and the Atlanta Braves rode their superb pitching to beat the Miami Marlins 7-0 Thursday for a three-game sweep and their first trip to the NL Championship Series since 2001.

Atlanta had lost eight straight Division Series, including in each of the previous two seasons, before outscore the Marlins 18-5, including 11-0 in the final two games. The Braves are 5-0 with a 0.92 ERA in the postseason, allowing five runs in 49 innings.

There were only a few scattered cheers as the Braves wrapped up the series in an almost empty Minute Maid Park, where the only fans allowed were players’ friends and families.

They will play the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Diego in the NLCS starting Monday in Arlington, Texas. They had not advanced to the NLCS since they were led by Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, a team managed by Bobby Cox.

Wright (1-0) was sharp despite not pitching since Sept. 25, allowing three hits and walking two with a career-high seven strikeouts. A.J. Minter, Jacob Webb and Shane Greene finished the five-hitter to give the Braves four shutouts in five playoff games.

They’re the second team in history to throw four shutouts in the first five playoff games, joining the 1905 New York Giants.

Travis d’Arnaud doubled twice, with the first one driving in two runs in Atlanta’s big third inning. The veteran catcher, who bounced around three teams in a tough 2019, helped steady Atlanta’s young starters, was 6 for 10 with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs in the sweep.

The Marlins, who lost 105 games last season, were the feel-good story of this postseason after overcoming a coronavirus outbreak to reach the postseason for the first time since 2003. With a front office led by Derek Jeter and and a dugout headed by manager Don Mattingly, they entered confident after sweeping the Chicago Cubs in the wild-card round. But the young team was overwhelmed and lost a playoff series for the first time after entering 7-0 with titles in 1997 and 2003.

Rookie Sixto Sanchez (0-1) walked Ronald Acuna Jr. to start the third, and Acuna stole second before advancing to third on a single by Freddie Freeman. Marcell Ozuna laced a single that scored Acuna.

D’Arnaud knocked a double off the bullpen in right-center to send two home and extend the lead to 3-0. The Braves tacked on another run on a sacrifice fly by Dansby Swanson.

Sanchez, who threw five scoreless frames in Game 2 of the wild card, was done after that inning, allowing four hits and runs with three walks as he tied his shortest outing of the season.

The Marlins had a chance to cut into the lead in the bottom of the inning when they loaded the bases with two outs. But Jazz Chisholm grounded out to end the threat.

It was a theme throughout the day for Miami, which went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Atlanta added a run in the fourth when Acuna scored from first after centerfielder Magneuris Sierra committed an error on a single by Freeman.

The Braves continued to pour it on in the fifth when Swanson had an RBI single and Adam Duvall sent him home with a double to make it 7-0.

Atlanta’s win overshadowed a terrific catch by Corey Dickerson in the second that helped Sanchez escape a bases-loaded with no outs jam. Sanchez struck out Adam Duvall for the first out before Dickerson dived to catch a ball hit by Nick Markakis just before it hit the grass that likely saved multiple runs from scoring.

Dickerson’s catch came a day after Markakis made a perfect throw to pick Dickerson off at second in the eighth inning of Game 2.

 

ASTROS ADVANCE

Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead, three-run homer after Michael Brantley’s two-run shot in the fourth inning, helping the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 11-6 on Thursday to clinch their home-run heavy AL Division Series in four games.

Correa drove in five as the Astros – October villains to many a year after their sign-stealing scandal was exposed – advanced to the AL Championship Series for the fourth consecutive season.

It will be their first ALCS under Dusty Baker, their 71-year-old manager. Baker earned his first closeout win since the 2003 NL Division Series and improved to 4-13 in closeouts.

“It’s been a long, tough road, but we’re halfway there,” Baker said. “I’m thankful and happy, but I still got some happiness left to give.”

Houston will play either the New York Yankees or Tampa Bay Rays in the best-of-seven ALCS in San Diego. The Rays lead their ALDS 2-1.

The Astros and A’s combined for 24 homers – 12 each – the most in a postseason series of five games or less.

Houston clinched at Dodger Stadium, where it won the 2017 World Series in seven games. The Astros’ sign-stealing scheme used during their title run was revealed last year by former teammate and current A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, who didn’t pitch in this postseason series.

The scandal led to season-long suspensions of Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch, who both were fired. Boston manager Alex Cora and Mets manager Carlos Beltran also lost their jobs as fallout their roles with the ’17 Astros, and Houston still draws ire of other players and fans.

Correa said outside opinions did nothing to motivate the team.

“We’re motivated because we want to win and we want to bring another championship to the city of Houston,” he said. “We know what it feels like and we want to have that feeling again.”

Houston’s star-loaded lineup did little during the regular season to quiet criticism that the club could only hit when it was stealing signs. The Astros ranked 20th in the majors with a .240 average and 14th with 279 runs.

The slump continued through the wild-card round before Houston turned Dodger Stadium into a launching pad against Oakland. The team batted .322 in the ALDS, with Correa, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker each batting over .400, and George Springer at .389.

“We never gave up because we had a down year offensively,” Correa said. “We kept going to the cage. That helped us in this series.”

Much of that damage came against Oakland’s vaunted bullpen. A’s relievers combined for a 6.27 ERA in the series, including six earned runs Thursday.

Facing elimination for the fourth time this postseason, Oakland’s Ramon Laureano hit a pair of homers, including a three-run shot in the second that gave the West champion A’s the early lead for the fourth straight game.

Houston starter Zack Greinke held up two fingers facing Laureano and catcher Martin Maldonado before Laureano homered 440 feet to left for a 3-0 lead. It might have appeared that Greinke was signaling his pitch, although he has at times used a hand signal to switch sign sets mid-inning.

It was the first postseason homer Greinke allowed since last year’s Game 7 of the World Series against Washington, when Anthony Rendon’s solo shot began the Nationals’ comeback.

Laureano’s leadoff homer in the fifth cut Oakland’s deficit to 5-4, but the A’s would get no closer.

Frankie Montas couldn’t withstand Houston’s onslaught in the fourth, when the Astros sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five. Altuve led off with a walk and scored on Brantley’s homer to pull the Astros to 3-2. Bregman and Tucker had back-to-back singles and scored on Correa’s shot to left that he stood and admired, giving Houston the lead for good, 5-3.

Brantley added a solo shot in the fifth and Altuve had a two-run blast in the seventh that extended the Astros’ lead to 11-4.

Houston’s Cristian Javier got the victory in relief. He retired five in a row before giving up back-to-back, two-out singles to Robbie Grossman and Sean Murphy in the seventh. Marcus Semien – a free agent-to-be playing perhaps his final game with Oakland – flied out to left and Tucker backed up to the wall to make the catch for the third out.

No A’s starter pitched beyond the fifth in the series. Loser Montas gave up five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Greinke, who had experienced arm soreness that kept him from starting Game 3, allowed four runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

 

YANKEES FORCE GAME 5

The New York Yankees didn’t flinch under the pressure of an elimination game and got the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay into the hands of ace Gerrit Cole for the decisive Game 5.

Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres hit impressive home runs, Jordan Montgomery and three relievers were brilliant in combining on a three-hitter and the Yankees beat the Rays 5-1 Thursday night to even the best-of-5 series at 2-2.

The Yankees bounced back from consecutive losses against their AL East rivals to set up a showdown between Cole and Tyler Glasnow on Friday night.

Asked the Yankees mentality for Game 5, Voit said, “We’re going to win it.”

And with Cole on the mound, “We’re locked and loaded,” Voit said.

Cole, backed by four home runs, won 9-3 in the series opener Monday and will be pitching on short rest for the first time in his big league career. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the decision was made when he passed his ace Thursday and made eye contact.

“Hey, give me the ball,” he remembered Cole saying.

Cole said he took inspiration from watching CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke and Dallas Keuchel carry teams on short rest.

“When the lights turn on, it doesn’t matter if it’s three, four, five, six, seven days,” Cole said. “It’s a special opportunity.”

Cole will be pitching about 100 miles south of where he grew up a Yankees fan in Newport Beach.

“I think everybody’s feeling like it’s going to be a special game,” said Cole, who pitched at UCLA before beginning his big league career with Pittsburgh. “It’s not going to take one guy to win it, it’s going to have to be a complete team game, much like most of our wins are. Anytime you’re in the lineup in a do-or-die game, your manager has faith in you. As a player it’s always a good feeling and you always want to be out there in the big moment.

“We’re here and it’s part of the path to get to where we ultimately want to get to,” added Cole, who left the Houston Astros in the offseason and joined the Yankees on a $324 million, nine-year contract.

Glasnow will be pitching on two days’ rest after throwing 93 pitches.

It’s a rematch of last year’s ALDS Game 5 between Houston and Tampa Bay. Cole pitched eight innings of one-run ball for the Astros in a 5-1 victory. Glasnow was pulled after eight outs and four runs.

“We’ve seen him,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “I think we know him a little bit better now. We know he’s a talented pitcher, and he’ll be dialed up I would anticipate just like he is on regular rest. We’ve got to come out and have good at-bats against him just like we have in the past.”

Voit speculated Glasnow would be used as an opener and be followed by Game 1 starter Blake Snell.

The Game 5 winner will remain in San Diego to face the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Sunday night.

The Yankees are trying to reach the ALCS for the third time in four seasons following eliminations by the Astros at that stage in 2017 and last season. The Rays are trying to advance to the ALCS for the first time since 2008, when they made it to their only World Series.

Wearing their home pinstripes for a second straight night at neutral site Petco Park, the Yankees lived up to their Bronx Bombers nickname.

Voit, who led the majors with 22 homers in the pandemic-shortened season, led off the second by driving a 1-0 pitch from Rays opener Ryan Thompson into the second deck in left field for his first career postseason shot.

“We’re like caged animals,”Voit said when asked when the Yankees seem to perform best under pressure this year.

“There was certainly an edge to them right before the game, right before we were ready to take the field, and I thought everyone came up big tonight,” Boone said.

Torres one-upped his teammate when he deposited a two-run homer onto the balcony on the fourth floor of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner, the centerpiece of the downtown ballpark. That came on the first pitch he saw from Ryan Yarbrough and put the Yankees ahead 4-1 with one out in the sixth. In his previous at-bat, Torres fouled a ball off his calf.

It was Torres’ first this postseason and fifth of his career, tying Mickey Mantle for the most playoff homers for a Yankees player 23 or younger.

The only younger Yankees player to homer while facing postseason elimination was 20-year-old Mantle, in both Games 6 and 7 of the 1952 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

“We were really confident tonight,” Torres said. “We never feel panic or anything like that. We just come to the plate and try to do what we can do. Inning after inning, we feel more comfortable. That’s the way the whole team wants to feel. And we believed in our bullpen all night long, so we feel great for that.”

Torres’ homer was the 18th of the series, with each team hitting nine.

New York kept Randy Arozarena in the ballpark after the 25-year-old Cuban homered in each of the first three games. Likewise, the Rays ended Giancarlo Stanton’s franchise-record run of homering in five straight games but he did double. Stanton hit four homers in the first three games of this series and had six total in the first five postseason games.

Chad Green, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman combined for five hitless innings of relief, retiring 15 of the last 16 batters. Green pitched two perfect innings for the win, and Chapman got four outs for his first save of this postseason. He struck out Arozarena on a 101 mph sinker to end the eighth.

Montgomery went four innings in his first appearance since Sept. 24, holding the Rays to one run and three hits while striking out four and walking three. He struck out Arozarena in the first and retired the breakout star on a grounder in the fourth.

Tampa Bay loaded the bases in the third but got just one run, on Brandon Lowe’s fielder’s choice.

It was a much better start than Montgomery had against the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 2, when he was pulled after allowing four runs and five hits on 39 pitches, and getting only two outs.

Thompson took the loss. He was chased after allowing DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly for the second out of the second.

 

DODGERS ADVANCE

Justin Turner put the Dodgers ahead with a record-breaking hit in a big inning fueled by a nice stop-gone-bad by Fernando Tatis Jr., and Los Angeles closed out a three-game NL Division Series sweep of the San Diego Padres with an 12-3 win Thursday night.

Will Smith set a Dodgers postseason record with five hits, and Joc Pederson had a two-run single to cap that decisive five-run third as Los Angeles advanced to its fourth NL Championship Series in five years – the Dodgers lost to the Washington Nationals in a five-game division series last season. It will be the Dodgers’ 14th NLCS, matching the St. Louis Cardinals for the most.

Turner’s RBI single made it 3-2 and was his 64th career postseason hit, breaking a tie with Steve Garvey for the most in Dodgers postseason history.

“Records are cool, championships are better,” Turner said. “Until you’re the last team standing, that’s the ultimate goal.”

That came right after Tatis, the 21-year-old budding superstar, made a diving play on Corey Seager’s hard grounder, but then tried to make a throw from his knee. The ball skipped along the dirt and past first baseman Eric Hosmer, allowing Mookie Betts to score the tying run.

After 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger was intentionally walked with two outs after already having a 2-0 count, AJ Pollock drove home Turner with a single, and Pederson lined his single over the outstretched glove of third baseman Manny Machado to make it 6-2.

Smith delivered an RBI single in the fourth and a two-run double in the ninth off the 11th Padres pitcher – a postseason record. Betts, a day after his 28th birthday and signed for 12 more years, scored three times and had a sacrifice fly.

“We obviously feel pretty confident about our club. We still have a lot of work to do,” Pollock said. “Our offense was great … big plays, big moments from a lot of different guys through the series.”

Los Angeles will stay in Arlington to open the best-of-seven NLCS on Monday against Atlanta with fans in attendance for the first time during this pandemic-altered season. The World Series will also be played in the Texas Rangers’ new $1.2 billion stadium with the retractable roof.

Julio Urias (2-0), the third Dodgers pitcher, struck out six, walked one and allowed an unearned run over his five innings.

Garvey went to three World Series with the Dodgers and was part of their 1981 title. Three years later, he was with the Padres for their first World Series appearance.

Tatis, Machado and these Padres, who got only one inning out of injured Mike Clevinger this postseason and were also without their other top starter Dinelson Lamet, will have to wait until next season for another chance to overtake the Dodgers.

The Padres loaded the bases in the bottom of the second, but there would be no more grand slams – not like in the four games in a row they hit those against the Rangers, including their only two previous games at Globe Life Field. That slam streak started a seven-game winning streak that pushed San Diego into second place in the NL West, where it stayed and finished six games behind the Dodgers.

“Their pitching staff over there was really good,” Padres rookie manager Jayce Tingler said. “We had a couple of opportunities to strike when we had some baserunners on. It seems like when we got to those positions, that’s when their guys beared down and made some pitches.”

San Diego did take a 2-1 lead, on rookie Jake Croneworth’s walk after Wil Myers was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs, and Trent Grisham’s RBI single before Tatis struck out.

Only four pitchers had ever been younger when starting a potential elimination game than Padres lefty Adrian Morejon (0-1) at 21 years and 224 days old. He allowed three runs, the last batter he faced being Seager on the play with Tatis’ error. The only pitchers younger when starting a potential elimination game were Kerry Wood, Steve Avery, Bret Saberhagen, and Fernando Valenzuela.

 

BEARS GET BY BUCS

Tom Brady held up four fingers as if he had one more play remaining, one more opportunity to pull out the win. If that’s what he was thinking, the three-time MVP would not say.

Brady fell to Nick Foles again, appeared to lose count of downs on his final play with seconds remaining, and the Chicago Bears beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-19 on Thursday night after Cairo Santos kicked a 38-yard field goal with 1:17 remaining.

DeAndre Houston-Carson broke up Brady’s fourth-down pass with 33 seconds left after Santos kicked the go-ahead field goal. Brady put up four fingers, as if he had one more down. Instead, Chicago took possession and came away with a narrow victory.

“I know we needed a chunk and I was thinking about more yardage and it was bad execution,” Brady said. “I had a great opportunity there. Just didn’t execute when we needed to.”

Coach Bruce Arians insisted Brady did not lose track of downs. “He knew,” Arians said.

Brady never lost to Chicago in five meetings as a member of the Patriots. But facing Foles for the first time since New England lost to Philadelphia in Super Bowl 52, the six-time champion once again came up short.

Brady threw for 253 yards and one touchdown. But the Buccaneers (3-2) had their three-game win streak snapped.

“It was a fistfight,” said Foles, acquired from Jacksonville in an offseason trade. “It reminded me of like, a good old fistfight from Philly. Now, I get to do it in Chicago. I really enjoyed getting in the locker room and celebrating with my teammates. I’m probably a little more tired than I thought I’d be just because of everything, but I’ll sleep well tonight. I think everyone is really excited about the victory.”

Khalil Mack had two sacks, and the Bears (4-1) bounced back from a lackluster loss to Indianapolis.

Foles, the Super Bowl 52 MVP, completed 30 of 42 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown in his second start after replacing Mitchell Trubisky.

“All in all, the offense made plays when they had to and I think that’s one of the special traits that I think Nick has,” coach Matt Nagy said.

Allen Robinson had 90 yards receiving. Jimmy Graham caught a touchdown pass and David Montgomery ran for a score.

Brady was 25 of 41. The three-time MVP was seen screaming on the sideline late in the third quarter after an ugly drive for Tampa Bay.

“He was just telling the guys we need to wake up,” running back Ronald Jones said. “Again, shooting ourselves in the foot. No way we should’ve lost that game.

Mike Evans had a touchdown reception.

Ryan Succop kicked four field goals, including a 25-yarder to give Tampa Bay a 19-17 lead with 4:49 remaining. But nose tackle Vita Vea was taken from the field on a cart with less than two minutes remaining after a teammate rolled up on his right leg.

The Buccaneers also committed 11 penalties for 109 yards in losing for the first time since the opener at New Orleans.

“I think turnovers, penalties, field position all those lead to points and it comes down to third down, red area, ultimately, you are trying to score more points than the other team and turnovers are a big part of it and penalties are another big part of that because you are not possessing the football if you are third and long yardage,” Brady said. “You need to have clean games where you stay ahead on down and distance.”

 

TITANS-BILLS GAME MOVED TO TUESDAY

The Buffalo Bills are preparing as normal for Sunday’s game with Tennessee – as if the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak won’t affect a showdown between two of the league’s six remaining undefeated teams.

Get this: What updates the Bills are getting on an “ever-evolving situation” are coming through the media.

“It’s really up in the air,” Buffalo center Mitch Morse said Thursday. “I think it’s an ongoing, evolving situation that all parties involved are trying to do the right thing. I think player safety is No. 1, and then trying to get this game going is the utmost importance for a lot of people, but not at the cost of players’ health.”

The Titans’ outbreak increased to 23 Thursday with tight end MyCole Pruitt and a defensive back from the practice squad put on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday afternoon. The Titans’ facility remains closed with the team still prohibited from any in-person activities.

Tennessee (3-0) has had 21 positive tests returned since Sept. 29, though now 13 players are on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including four starters and a long snapper. That puts the game with Buffalo (4-0) at risk of at least being postponed, and the Bills are scheduled to host Kansas City on Oct. 15.

A scenario the NFL has been considering is moving the Bills-Titans game to Monday or Tuesday night, moving Chiefs-Bills to next weekend and not having a Thursday night game. The NFL postponed the Titans’ game last game on Thursday, Oct. 1, before rescheduling the game with Pittsburgh a day later to Oct. 25.

Buffalo safety Micah Hyde said he doesn’t want to postpone or cancel anything, making clear the Bills want to play. That’s what the Steelers said last week. But Hyde also thought there would be a solution by Thursday.

“We’re not really sure what’s going on,” Hyde said. “Honestly, we’re clueless (with) the situation coming up. So all we can do is practice and prepare like we’re going to play on Sunday, and I think everybody in this building wants to play.”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel has talked with reporters only once this week, and he said Tuesday that he stood by the franchise following league protocols.

The investigation by the NFL and the players’ association into how Tennessee turned into the league’s first COVID-19 outbreak found “several specific incidents” of the Titans possibly breaking protocols dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the inquiry told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Also, Tennessee was told players could not gather together for any in-person activities either at the club’s facility or elsewhere a day before several Titans worked out at a private school, a person familiar with the situation told the AP on Thursday.

The NFL closed both the Tennessee and Minnesota facilities Sept. 29 after eight positive test results for the Titans; the Titans played at the Vikings in Week 3. A group of Titans, which included quarterback Ryan Tannehill, worked out at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville on Sept. 30 after getting permission from coaches at the school.

There wasn’t language in the CBA or COVID protocols related to working out after being told not to or in case of an outbreak at a team’s facility.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned all 32 teams Monday that following league protocols is mandatory and that violations forcing changes in the schedule could lead to being stripped of draft choices or even forfeiting games. The NFL also updated protocols on Oct. 2.

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said Wednesday that the investigation looked into everything from video inside the Titans’ facility, interviewing everyone involved and even studied seating charts on buses and planes.

Sills noted they wanted to learn how to improve and the NFL already has made a number of changes.

The Patriots are missing a second straight day of practice Thursday after reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore joined quarterback Cam Newton on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. New England also has a defensive tackle from the practice squad on the list in the league’s other mini-outbreak.

New England coach Bill Belichick said Thursday the team closed its facility for the health and safety of the club and is continuing to prepare for Sunday’s game with Denver virtually. Whether the Patriots return to their facility Friday will be a medical decision rather than a football one, Belichick said.

“Things are changing very quickly so or could change very quickly,. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t,” Belichick said. “We knew that at the beginning of the season that there were going to be challenges. There have been. And we’re ready to work through them. And that’s what we’re doing.”

The NFL sent new protocols to all 32 teams Oct. 1 detailing additional steps including a second daily test when dealing with an outbreak or having been exposed to an outbreak. That also included teams and players not allowed to hold any gatherings or group activities away from the facility.

Miami coach Brian Flores said all coaches and players can control is how they practice and follow protocols, not whether games are played or postponed.

“Do you start to think about, `OK, if we start canceling more games or postponing more games, what’s that going to look like for the rest of the season?’ Yeah, but I try not to look that far down the road,” Flores said. “I think the league will handle those things, and if we end up being affected, then so be it.”

NOTES: The Titans also announced that tight end Tommy Hudson, a practice squad member currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, has been suspended without pay for six games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

 

EVANS, MILLER AND FOURNETTE ALL ACTIVE FOR BUCS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receivers Mike Evans and Scott Miller are active for the Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears, as is running back Leonard Fournette.

Tom Brady will have two of his top targets available with Evans (ankle) and Miller (hip/groin) playing after being listed as questionable. Evans leads the team in receptions (17) and touchdown catches (five) and is second with 230 yards. Miller leads the Buccaneers with 250 yards on 15 catches.

Fournette (ankle), averaging 5.1 yards per carry in three games, was doubtful after missing last week’s win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Receiver Chris Godwin, running back LeSean McCoy, defensive lineman Khalil Davis, quarterback Ryan Griffin, receiver Josh Pearson, guard Aaron Stinnie and receiver Justin Watson are inactive for Tampa Bay.

The Bears’ inactives are safeties Deon Bush and Sherrick McManis, offensive lineman Arlington Hambright, defensive tackle Daniel McCullers, receiver Riley Ridley and linebacker Trevis Gipson.

 

CHARGERS TAB HERBERT AS THE PERMANENT STARTER

Anthony Lynn has taken the temporary starter tag off quarterback Justin Herbert.

The Los Angeles Chargers coach on Thursday named Herbert the starter for the rest of the season, beginning with Monday night’s game at New Orleans.

“He has impressed me from the very beginning. I think he’s shown the consistency that you look for, especially in a rookie quarterback,” Lynn said. “He’s made some pretty nice throws and some great plays. So I think this young man is just going to continue to get better.”

Tyrod Taylor was the starter going into the season and directed the Chargers to a Week 1 win over Cincinnati. But the 10-year veteran suffered a rib injury during the game and then suffered a punctured lung while receiving a pain-killing injection before LA’s Sept. 20 game against Kansas City. Taylor was taken to the hospital and Herbert found out he was getting his first NFL start less than a minute before kickoff.

Lynn said after that game – a 23-20 overtime loss to the Chiefs during which Herbert became the ninth QB since the merger to throw for 300 yards in his first start – that Taylor would return under center when he was “100%.” Herbert’s play changed Lynn’s mind.

With Taylor returning to practice this week, Lynn said he made the decision Tuesday and informed both players.

“Tyrod is a veteran quarterback with a winning record in this league. I thought it would have been ideal for us to play this year with him as a starter and Justin to watch and learn, similar to what Patrick Mahomes did in Kansas City. But it didn’t work out that way,” Lynn said. “He got thrown into fire. And I thought he handled the situation well, and I want to see more of him. And it’s not going to be a situation where he’s looking over his shoulder.”

The NFL Players Association has an ongoing investigation into how a team doctor punctured Taylor’s lung. It is the second time in three years Taylor has lost his job due to an injury. He started three games in Cleveland in 2018 before suffering a concussion. Baker Mayfield replaced Taylor and held the job for the rest of the year.

Herbert, who was the sixth pick in April’s draft, has thrown for at least 290 yards in all three starts, which have been losses. His 931 yards are second in NFL history for QBs through the first three games of their career. He has thrown five touchdowns, including two last week that were over 50 yards, and three interceptions.

Offensive coordinator Shane Steichen said Herbert has not flinched under the pressure of being the starter.

“He’s playing well. The ball is rarely hitting the ground,” Steichen said. “And he has stood in the pocket and made some big time throws. So we’re excited about him moving forward.”

Herbert has been pressured on 31.9% of his dropbacks, which is fourth highest in the league, according to Statradar, but he is 19 of 25 for 330 yards and two touchdowns while being blitzed. His 144.2 passer rating on blitz situations is second in the league, according to STATS.

 

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Anderson (1-6) at Richmond (1-5)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Lyboult Field.

COACHES: Ron Qualls, 5-23 in 3rd year at Anderson, 100-85 in 17th year overall. Tony Sonsini, 5-11 in 2nd year at Richmond.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Anderson, 31.53, 218th overall, 31st in 5A. Richmond, 31.33, 219th overall, 51st in 4A.

LAST OUTING: Anderson defeated Indianapolis Tech, 18-15. Richmond lost to Lafayette Jeff, 77-6.

VS. COMMON FOES: Anderson 1-2; Richmond 0-3.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Anderson 22-22. Richmond 24-14.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Richmond, 28-8

LAST MEETING: Richmond, 21-18, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES RESULTS

09-15-1950          Richmond            20 – 6     Anderson            1-0

09-14-1951          Richmond            63 – 6     Anderson            2-0

09-19-1952          Richmond            66 – 13   Anderson            3-0

09-18-1953          Richmond            21 – 12   Anderson            4-0

09-17-1954          Richmond            7 – 20     Anderson            4-1

09-16-1955          Richmond            13 – 20   Anderson            4-2

09-14-1956          Richmond            32 – 13   Anderson            5-2

09-13-1957          Richmond            7 – 40     Anderson            5-3

09-12-1958          Richmond            21 – 19   Anderson            6-3

09-18-1959          Richmond            21 – 0     Anderson            7-3

09-16-1960          Richmond            20 – 2     Anderson            8-3

09-15-1961          Richmond            20 – 19   Anderson            9-3

09-28-1962          Richmond            27 – 7     Anderson            10-3

09-27-1963          Richmond            27 – 27   Anderson            10-3-1

10-02-1964          Richmond            12 – 14   Anderson            10-4-1

10-01-1965          Richmond            0 – 16     Anderson            10-5-1

09-30-1966          Richmond            7 – 25     Anderson            10-6-1

09-29-1967          Richmond            33 – 0     Anderson            11-6-1

10-04-1968          Richmond            14 – 28   Anderson            11-7-1

10-03-1969          Richmond            22 – 6     Anderson            12-7-1

09-18-1970          Richmond            7 – 6       Anderson            13-7-1

09-17-1971          Richmond            42 – 6     Anderson            14-7-1

09-15-1972          Richmond            28 – 0     Anderson            15-7-1

09-21-1973          Richmond            21 – 7     Anderson            16-7-1

09-20-1974          Richmond            42 – 0     Anderson            17-7-1

09-19-1975          Richmond            35 – 0     Anderson            18-7-1

09-10-1976          Richmond            7 – 20     Anderson            18-8-1

09-09-1977          Richmond            47 – 12   Anderson            19-8-1

09-08-1978          Richmond            28 – 16   Anderson            20-8-1

09-07-1979          Richmond            35 – 10   Anderson            21-8-1

09-05-1980          Richmond            16 – 14   Anderson            22-8-1

09-11-1981          Richmond            28 – 14   Anderson            23-8-1

09-10-1982          Richmond            28 – 14   Anderson            24-8-1

10-19-1983          Richmond            0 – 26     Anderson            24-9-1

10-19-1984          Richmond            28 – 0     Anderson            25-9-1

09-13-1985          Richmond            39 – 12   Anderson            26-9-1

09-12-1986          Richmond            21 – 20   Anderson            27-9-1

09-11-1987          Richmond            35 – 0     Anderson            28-9-1

09-09-1988          Richmond            53 – 14   Anderson            29-9-1

09-08-1989          Richmond            63 – 12   Anderson            30-9-1

09-07-1990          Richmond            34 – 3     Anderson            31-9-1

09-13-1991          Richmond            43 – 20   Anderson            32-9-1

09-11-1992          Richmond            36 – 16   Anderson            33-9-1

09-03-1993          Richmond            13 – 18   Anderson            33-10-1

09-02-1994          Richmond            31 – 20   Anderson            34-10-1

09-01-1995          Richmond            29 – 39   Anderson            34-11-1

08-30-1996          Richmond            53 – 0     Anderson            35-11-1

09-05-1997          Richmond            39 – 20   Anderson            36-11-1

09-04-1998          Richmond            76 – 13   Anderson            37-11-1

09-03-1999          Richmond            35 – 7     Anderson            38-11-1

09-01-2000          Richmond            49 – 14   Anderson            39-11-1

08-31-2001          Richmond            40 – 20   Anderson            40-11-1

09-06-2002          Richmond            40 – 6     Anderson            41-11-1

09-05-2003          Richmond            42 – 14   Anderson            42-11-1

09-03-2004          Richmond            19 – 14   Anderson            43-11-1

09-02-2005          Richmond            34 – 13   Anderson            44-11-1

09-01-2006          Richmond            27 – 12   Anderson            45-11-1

09-07-2007          Richmond            1 – 0       Anderson            46-11-1

09-12-2008          Richmond            41 – 21   Anderson            47-11-1

09-18-2009          Richmond            34 – 7     Anderson            48-11-1

09-03-2010          Richmond            7 – 32     Anderson            48-12-1

09-03-2011          Richmond            13 – 39   Anderson            48-13-1

08-31-2012          Richmond            47 – 34   Anderson            49-13-1

09-06-2013          Richmond            48 – 26   Anderson            50-13-1

11-01-2013          Richmond            24 – 35   Anderson            50-14-1

10-10-2014          Richmond            35 – 14   Anderson            51-14-1

10-09-2015          Richmond            45 – 26   Anderson            52-14-1

10-07-2016          Richmond            28 – 13   Anderson            53-14-1

10-06-2017          Richmond            13 – 32   Anderson            53-15-1

10-05-2018          Richmond            26 – 27   Anderson            53-16-1

10-11-2019          Richmond            21 – 18   Anderson            54-16-1

 

Harrison (West Lafayette) (4-3) at Goshen (1-3)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Foreman Field.

COACHES: Terry Peebles, 42-30 in 7th year at Harrison. Kyle Park, 18-48 in 7th year at Goshen.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Harrison, 77.39, 35th overall, 8th in 5A. Goshen, 51.11, 135th overall, 22nd in 5A.

LAST OUTING: Harrison defeated McCutcheon, 42-0. Goshen lost to Northridge, 28-17.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Harrison 25-23. Goshen 16-10.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: No meetings.

 

Indianapolis Tech (2-4) at Marion (4-3)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Lootens Stadium.

COACHES: Craig Chambers, 2-4 in 1st year at Tech, 59-30 in 8th year overall. James Bell, 4-3 in 1st year at Marion.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Marion, 65.9, 72nd overall, 17th in 4A. Tech, 40.79, 181st overall, 30th in 6A.

LAST OUTING: Tech lost to Anderson, 18-15. Marion defeated Muncie Central, 49-6.

VS. COMMON FOES: Tech 1-1; Marion 2-0.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Tech 15-26. Marion 25-19.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Marion, 4-1

LAST MEETING: Marion, 30-18, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES HISTORY:

10-10-1952          Marion 7 – 21     Indianapolis Tech             0-1

10-15-1954          Marion 7 – 26     Indianapolis Tech             0-2

11-02-1956          Marion 6 – 46     Indianapolis Tech             0-3

10-09-1959          Marion 13 – 13   Indianapolis Tech             0-3-1

10-13-1961          Marion 6 – 15     Indianapolis Tech             0-4-1

10-09-2015          Marion 7 – 55     Indianapolis Tech             0-5-1

10-07-2016          Marion 29 – 17   Indianapolis Tech             1-5-1

10-06-2017          Marion 21 – 6     Indianapolis Tech             2-5-1

10-05-2018          Marion 36 – 6     Indianapolis Tech             3-5-1

10-11-2019          Marion 30 – 18   Indianapolis Tech             4-5-1

 

Lafayette Jeff (7-0) at Logansport (2-5)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Berry Stadium.

COACHES: Pat Shanley, 41-8 in 5th year at Lafayette Jeff. Mike Johnson, 15-32 in 5th year at Logansport, 229-110 in 30th year overall.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Lafayette Jeff, 90.73, 10th overall, 7th in 6A. Logansport, 34.81, 205th overall, 49th in 4A.

LAST OUTING: Lafayette Jeff defeated Richmond, 77-6. Logansport defeated Central Noble, 50-14.

VS. COMMON FOES: Lafayette Jeff 3-0; Logansport 0-3.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Lafayette Jeff 20-27. Logansport 18-29.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Lafayette Jeff, 18-7

LAST MEETING: Lafayette Jeff, 63-14, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES HISTORY:

1-02-1951            Logansport         21 – 14   Lafayette Jefferson         1-0

10-22-1952          Logansport         13 – 67   Lafayette Jefferson         1-1

10-21-1953          Logansport         0 – 41     Lafayette Jefferson         1-2

10-20-1954          Logansport         19 – 58   Lafayette Jefferson         1-3

10-21-1955          Logansport         26 – 7     Lafayette Jefferson         2-3

10-19-1956          Logansport         34 – 14   Lafayette Jefferson         3-3

11-06-1957          Logansport         7 – 19     Lafayette Jefferson         3-4

10-17-1958          Logansport         32 – 14   Lafayette Jefferson         4-4

10-30-1959          Logansport         20 – 7     Lafayette Jefferson         5-4

10-26-1960          Logansport         14 – 0     Lafayette Jefferson         6-4

10-25-1961          Logansport         7 – 27     Lafayette Jefferson         6-5

09-28-1962          Logansport         19 – 21   Lafayette Jefferson         6-6

09-27-1963          Logansport         0 – 19     Lafayette Jefferson         6-7

09-18-1964          Logansport         6 – 12     Lafayette Jefferson         6-8

09-17-1965          Logansport         13 – 26   Lafayette Jefferson         6-9

09-16-1966          Logansport         6 – 31     Lafayette Jefferson         6-10

09-15-1967          Logansport         6 – 27     Lafayette Jefferson         6-11

09-20-1968          Logansport         7 – 14     Lafayette Jefferson         6-12

09-19-1969          Logansport         13 – 36   Lafayette Jefferson         6-13

10-03-1970          Logansport         7 – 20     Lafayette Jefferson         6-14

10-01-1971          Logansport         0 – 20     Lafayette Jefferson         6-15

09-29-1972          Logansport         12 – 19   Lafayette Jefferson         6-16

10-05-1973          Logansport         28 – 15   Lafayette Jefferson         7-16

10-04-1974          Logansport         28 – 0     Lafayette Jefferson         8-16

10-03-1975          Logansport         14 – 15   Lafayette Jefferson         8-17

09-24-1976          Logansport         0 – 7       Lafayette Jefferson         8-18

09-23-1977          Logansport         22 – 21   Lafayette Jefferson         9-18

09-22-1978          Logansport         19 – 9     Lafayette Jefferson         10-18

09-21-1979          Logansport         0 – 14     Lafayette Jefferson         10-19

09-19-1980          Logansport         12 – 29   Lafayette Jefferson         10-20

09-25-1981          Logansport         0 – 21     Lafayette Jefferson         10-21

09-25-1982          Logansport         0 – 35     Lafayette Jefferson         10-22

10-14-1983          Logansport         0 – 26     Lafayette Jefferson         10-23

10-12-1984          Logansport         19 – 13   Lafayette Jefferson         11-23

09-06-1985          Logansport         18 – 0     Lafayette Jefferson         12-23

09-05-1986          Logansport         33 – 13   Lafayette Jefferson         13-23

09-04-1987          Logansport         15 – 34   Lafayette Jefferson         13-24

09-02-1988          Logansport         22 – 20   Lafayette Jefferson         14-24

09-01-1989          Logansport         14 – 10   Lafayette Jefferson         15-24

08-31-1990          Logansport         6 – 37     Lafayette Jefferson         15-25

09-06-1991          Logansport         13 – 47   Lafayette Jefferson         15-26

09-04-1992          Logansport         15 – 37   Lafayette Jefferson         15-27

09-03-1993          Logansport         22 – 14   Lafayette Jefferson         16-27

09-02-1994          Logansport         10 – 27   Lafayette Jefferson         16-28

09-01-1995          Logansport         22 – 8     Lafayette Jefferson         17-28

08-30-1996          Logansport         24 – 30   Lafayette Jefferson         17-29

09-05-1997          Logansport         6 – 51     Lafayette Jefferson         17-30

09-04-1998          Logansport         20 – 48   Lafayette Jefferson         17-31

09-03-1999          Logansport         0 – 45     Lafayette Jefferson         17-32

09-01-2000          Logansport         34 – 32   Lafayette Jefferson         18-32

08-31-2001          Logansport         6 – 28     Lafayette Jefferson         18-33

09-06-2002          Logansport         14 – 35   Lafayette Jefferson         18-34

09-05-2003          Logansport         6 – 42     Lafayette Jefferson         18-35

10-10-2014          Logansport         14 – 50   Lafayette Jefferson         18-36

10-09-2015          Logansport         6 – 56     Lafayette Jefferson         18-37

10-07-2016          Logansport         7 – 47     Lafayette Jefferson         18-38

10-06-2017          Logansport         0 – 50     Lafayette Jefferson         18-39

10-05-2018          Logansport         7 – 55     Lafayette Jefferson         18-40

10-11-2019          Logansport         14 – 63   Lafayette Jefferson         18-41

 

Muncie Central (2-2) at McCutcheon (2-5)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Ellison Stadium.

COACHES: Darrick Lee, 2-12 in 2nd year at Muncie Central. Ken Frauhiger, 59-85 in 14th year at McCutcheon.

SAGARIN RATINGS: McCutcheon, 50.79, 136th overall, 23rd in 5A. Muncie Central, 33.07, 213th overall, 50th in 4A.

LAST OUTING: Muncie Central lost to Marion, 49-6. McCutcheon lost to Harrison (West Lafayette), 42-0.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Muncie Central 9-18. McCutcheon 26-19.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: McCutcheon, 6-0

LAST MEETING: McCutcheon, 35-0, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES HISTORY:

10-10-2014          McCutcheon      61 – 27   Muncie Central 1-0

10-09-2015          McCutcheon      16 – 14   Muncie Central 2-0

10-07-2016          McCutcheon      45 – 13   Muncie Central 3-0

10-06-2017          McCutcheon      45 – 0     Muncie Central 4-0

10-05-2018          McCutcheon      28 – 12   Muncie Central 5-0

10-11-2019          McCutcheon      35 – 0     Muncie Central 6-0

 

Centerville (6-1) at Union City (3-3)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Union City.

COACHES: Kyle Padgett, 25-22 in 5th year at Centerville. Keith Maloy, 43-47 in 9th year at Union City.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Centerville, 56.13, 114th overall, 18th in 2A. Union City, 19.59, 259th overall, 36th in 1A.

LAST OUTING: Centerville defeated Union County, 54-12. Union City defeated Cambridge City Lincoln, 38-0.

VS. COMMON FOES: Centerville 5-0; Union City 3-2.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Centerville 17-28. Union City 14-23.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Centerville, 18-17

LAST MEETING: Union City, 28-27, 2OT, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES HISTORY:

09-20-1963          Union City           0 – 12     Centerville          0-1

09-18-1964          Union City           13 – 20   Centerville          0-2

09-17-1965          Union City           7 – 32     Centerville          0-3

09-16-1966          Union City           12 – 38   Centerville          0-4

09-15-1967          Union City           7 – 13     Centerville          0-5

09-13-1968          Union City           0 – 20     Centerville          0-6

09-12-1969          Union City           0 – 28     Centerville          0-7

09-11-1970          Union City           12 – 18   Centerville          0-8

09-10-1971          Union City           2 – 14     Centerville          0-9

09-08-1972          Union City           34 – 0     Centerville          1-9

09-14-1973          Union City           25 – 9     Centerville          2-9

09-13-1974          Union City           23 – 18   Centerville          3-9

09-12-1975          Union City           6 – 21     Centerville          3-10

09-10-1976          Union City           13 – 38   Centerville          3-11

09-09-1977          Union City           12 – 13   Centerville          3-12

09-08-1978          Union City           0 – 6       Centerville          3-13

09-07-1979          Union City           16 – 22   Centerville          3-14

09-05-1980          Union City           12 – 21   Centerville          3-15

09-11-1981          Union City           7 – 30     Centerville          3-16

09-10-1982          Union City           0 – 49     Centerville          3-17

09-16-1983          Union City           26 – 28   Centerville          3-18

09-14-1984          Union City           6 – 32     Centerville          3-19

09-20-1985          Union City           14 – 15   Centerville          3-20

09-19-1986          Union City           21 – 14   Centerville          4-20

09-18-1987          Union City           20 – 6     Centerville          5-20

09-16-1988          Union City           13 – 6     Centerville          6-20

09-15-1989          Union City           12 – 6     Centerville          7-20

09-14-1990          Union City           21 – 15   Centerville          8-20

09-20-1991          Union City           39 – 12   Centerville          9-20

09-18-1992          Union City           14 – 12   Centerville          10-20

09-17-1993          Union City           6 – 28     Centerville          10-21

09-16-1994          Union City           6 – 14     Centerville          10-22

09-15-1995          Union City           8 – 61     Centerville          10-23

09-13-1996          Union City           12 – 38   Centerville          10-24

09-19-1997          Union City           53 – 8     Centerville          11-24

09-18-1998          Union City           10 – 7     Centerville          12-24

09-17-1999          Union City           0 – 19     Centerville          12-25

09-15-2000          Union City           7 – 40     Centerville          12-26

09-14-2001          Union City           14 – 13   Centerville          13-26

09-20-2002          Union City           20 – 26   Centerville          13-27

09-19-2003          Union City           0 – 55     Centerville          13-28

09-17-2004          Union City           14 – 28   Centerville          13-29

09-16-2005          Union City           27 – 26   Centerville          14-29

09-15-2006          Union City           7 – 6       Centerville          15-29

09-14-2007          Union City           12 – 55   Centerville          15-30

09-19-2008          Union City           6 – 38     Centerville          15-31

09-19-2009          Union City           0 – 70     Centerville          15-32

09-17-2010          Union City           10 – 43   Centerville          15-33

09-16-2011          Union City           20 – 26   Centerville          15-34

09-15-2012          Union City           53 – 0     Centerville          16-34

09-20-2013          Union City           20 – 12   Centerville          17-34

09-19-2014          Union City           38 – 56   Centerville          17-35

09-19-2015          Union City           34 – 25   Centerville          18-35

09-16-2016          Union City           36 – 20   Centerville          19-35

09-15-2017          Union City           6 – 38     Centerville          19-36

10-05-2018          Union City           0 – 7       Centerville          19-37

10-11-2019          Union City           28 – 27   Centerville          20-37

 

Hagerstown (0-7) at Tri (5-2)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Gipe Field.

COACHES: Scott Snodgrass, 55-50 in 10th year at Hagerstown, 64-110 in 17th year overall. Andrew Tetheroh, 23-27 in 5th year at Tri.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Tri, 42.19, 178th overall, 17th in 1A. Hagerstown, 9.93, 292nd overall, 47th in 1A.

LAST OUTING: Hagerstown lost to Winchester, 24-8. Tri defeated Knightstown, 39-7.

VS. COMMON FOES: Hagerstown 0-4; Tri 3-1.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Hagerstown 24-19. Tri 23-24.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Hagerstown, 25-9

LAST MEETING: Hagerstown, 20-14, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES HISTORY:

10-16-1971          Tri           6 – 54     Hagerstown       0-1

09-21-1973          Tri           6 – 7       Hagerstown       0-2

09-20-1974          Tri           24 – 6     Hagerstown       1-2

09-19-1975          Tri           54 – 0     Hagerstown       2-2

09-17-1976          Tri           19 – 6     Hagerstown       3-2

09-16-1977          Tri           28 – 22   Hagerstown       4-2

09-15-1978          Tri           24 – 19   Hagerstown       5-2

09-14-1979          Tri           6 – 12     Hagerstown       5-3

09-12-1980          Tri           6 – 14     Hagerstown       5-4

09-18-1981          Tri           20 – 14   Hagerstown       6-4

09-17-1982          Tri           13 – 27   Hagerstown       6-5

09-28-1991          Tri           8 – 27     Hagerstown       6-6

09-25-1992          Tri           8 – 21     Hagerstown       6-7

09-25-1993          Tri           0 – 34     Hagerstown       6-8

11-05-1993          Tri           6 – 26     Hagerstown       6-9

09-23-1994          Tri           18 – 29   Hagerstown       6-10

11-04-1994          Tri           12 – 36   Hagerstown       6-11

09-22-1995          Tri           40 – 18   Hagerstown       7-11

09-20-1996          Tri           28 – 14   Hagerstown       8-11

09-26-1997          Tri           8 – 38     Hagerstown       8-12

09-25-1998          Tri           30 – 15   Hagerstown       9-12

09-24-1999          Tri           0 – 35     Hagerstown       9-13

09-22-2000          Tri           6 – 27     Hagerstown       9-14

09-21-2001          Tri           0 – 21     Hagerstown       9-15

10-19-2001          Tri           27 – 20   Hagerstown       10-15

09-27-2002          Tri           12 – 18   Hagerstown       10-16

09-27-2003          Tri           14 – 20   Hagerstown       10-17

09-24-2004          Tri           35 – 14   Hagerstown       11-17

09-23-2005          Tri           35 – 14   Hagerstown       12-17

09-22-2006          Tri           28 – 6     Hagerstown       13-17

09-21-2007          Tri           28 – 42   Hagerstown       13-18

09-26-2008          Tri           7 – 34     Hagerstown       13-19

09-25-2009          Tri           13 – 28   Hagerstown       13-20

09-24-2010          Tri           7 – 36     Hagerstown       13-21

09-23-2011          Tri           8 – 35     Hagerstown       13-22

09-22-2012          Tri           7 – 47     Hagerstown       13-23

09-27-2013          Tri           43 – 12   Hagerstown       14-23

09-26-2014          Tri           21 – 42   Hagerstown       14-24

09-25-2015          Tri           8 – 49     Hagerstown       14-25

10-23-2015          Tri           28 – 27   Hagerstown       15-25

09-23-2016          Tri           14 – 49   Hagerstown       15-26

09-22-2017          Tri           12 – 48   Hagerstown       15-27

10-27-2017          Tri           14 – 33   Hagerstown       15-28

10-05-2018          Tri           20 – 24   Hagerstown       15-29

10-11-2019          Tri           14 – 20   Hagerstown       15-30

 

Knightstown (4-2) at Northeastern (1-6)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Northeastern.

COACHES: Chad Montgomery, 19-8 in 3rd year at Knightstown. Wes Oler, 8-9 in 2nd year at Northeastern.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Knightstown, 21.36, 251st overall, 34th in 1A. Northeastern, 8.4, 296th overall, 58th in 2A.

LAST OUTING: Knightstown lost to Tri, 39-7. Northeastern lost to Shenandoah, 49-6.

VS. COMMON FOES: Knightstown 2-1; Northeastern 1-2.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Knightstown 16-21. Northeastern 28-17.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Knightstown, 5-3

LAST MEETING: Northeastern, 20-0, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES HISTORY:

10-31-2003          Northeastern    13 – 14   Knightstown      0-1

10-20-2006          Northeastern    6 – 29     Knightstown      0-2

11-06-2009          Northeastern    8 – 34     Knightstown      0-3

10-29-2010          Northeastern    13 – 46   Knightstown      0-4

08-19-2016          Northeastern    46 – 7     Knightstown      1-4

08-18-2017          Northeastern    20 – 7     Knightstown      2-4

10-05-2018          Northeastern    12 – 14   Knightstown      2-5

10-11-2019          Northeastern    20 – 0     Knightstown      3-5

 

Winchester (2-5) at Lincoln (1-3)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Lincoln.

COACHES: Mike Jones, 53-42 in 9th year at Winchester. Phil Renforth, 56-133 in 19th year at Lincoln.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Winchester, 29.21, 227th overall, 39th in 2A. Lincoln, 9.13, 294th overall, 48th in 1A.

LAST OUTING: Winchester defeated Hagerstown, 24-8. Lincoln lost to Union City, 38-0.

VS. COMMON FOES: Winchester 1-1; Lincoln 1-1.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Winchester 25-20. Lincoln 13-13.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Winchester, 29-6

LAST MEETING: Winchester, 26-0, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES HISTORY:

10-02-1965          Cambridge City Lincoln   7 – 13     Winchester         0-1

09-30-1966          Cambridge City Lincoln   6 – 26     Winchester         0-2

09-30-1967          Cambridge City Lincoln   7 – 14     Winchester         0-3

09-27-1968          Cambridge City Lincoln   13 – 16   Winchester         0-4

09-27-1969          Cambridge City Lincoln   12 – 28   Winchester         0-5

09-25-1970          Cambridge City Lincoln   28 – 12   Winchester         1-5

10-05-1973          Cambridge City Lincoln   6 – 28     Winchester         1-6

10-04-1974          Cambridge City Lincoln   13 – 21   Winchester         1-7

10-04-1975          Cambridge City Lincoln   7 – 24     Winchester         1-8

10-01-1976          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 20     Winchester         1-9

09-30-1977          Cambridge City Lincoln   15 – 37   Winchester         1-10

09-29-1978          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 7       Winchester         1-11

09-28-1979          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 27     Winchester         1-12

09-26-1980          Cambridge City Lincoln   33 – 0     Winchester         2-12

10-02-1981          Cambridge City Lincoln   51 – 6     Winchester         3-12

10-01-1982          Cambridge City Lincoln   16 – 6     Winchester         4-12

09-16-1983          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 48     Winchester         4-13

09-14-1984          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 41     Winchester         4-14

09-20-1985          Cambridge City Lincoln   7 – 0       Winchester         5-14

09-19-1986          Cambridge City Lincoln   14 – 36   Winchester         5-15

09-18-1987          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 25     Winchester         5-16

09-16-1988          Cambridge City Lincoln   12 – 20   Winchester         5-17

09-15-1989          Cambridge City Lincoln   14 – 42   Winchester         5-18

09-14-1990          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 40     Winchester         5-19

09-20-1991          Cambridge City Lincoln   8 – 46     Winchester         5-20

09-18-1992          Cambridge City Lincoln   14 – 52   Winchester         5-21

09-17-1993          Cambridge City Lincoln   8 – 16     Winchester         5-22

09-16-1994          Cambridge City Lincoln   6 – 27     Winchester         5-23

09-15-1995          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 31     Winchester         5-24

09-13-1996          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 69     Winchester         5-25

09-19-1997          Cambridge City Lincoln   34 – 0     Winchester         6-25

09-18-1998          Cambridge City Lincoln   6 – 0       Winchester         7-25

09-17-1999          Cambridge City Lincoln   14 – 21   Winchester         7-26

09-15-2000          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 53     Winchester         7-27

09-14-2001          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 42     Winchester         7-28

09-20-2002          Cambridge City Lincoln   6 – 56     Winchester         7-29

09-19-2003          Cambridge City Lincoln   19 – 3     Winchester         8-29

09-17-2004          Cambridge City Lincoln   12 – 19   Winchester         8-30

09-16-2005          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 34     Winchester         8-31

09-15-2006          Cambridge City Lincoln   14 – 30   Winchester         8-32

09-14-2007          Cambridge City Lincoln   16 – 35   Winchester         8-33

09-19-2008          Cambridge City Lincoln   20 – 28   Winchester         8-34

09-19-2009          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 31     Winchester         8-35

09-17-2010          Cambridge City Lincoln   32 – 30   Winchester         9-35

09-16-2011          Cambridge City Lincoln   41 – 0     Winchester         10-35

09-15-2012          Cambridge City Lincoln   20 – 35   Winchester         10-36

09-20-2013          Cambridge City Lincoln   14 – 46   Winchester         10-37

09-19-2014          Cambridge City Lincoln   22 – 70   Winchester         10-38

09-19-2015          Cambridge City Lincoln   13 – 40   Winchester         10-39

09-16-2016          Cambridge City Lincoln   22 – 58   Winchester         10-40

09-15-2017          Cambridge City Lincoln   13 – 36   Winchester         10-41

10-05-2018          Cambridge City Lincoln   40 – 42   Winchester         10-42

10-11-2019          Cambridge City Lincoln   0 – 26     Winchester         10-43

 

Monroe Central (4-1) at Union County (3-3)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Curry-Phenis Field.

COACHES: John Hochstetler, 67-32 in 9th year at Monroe Central, 154-115 in 24th year overall. Joel Hofmann, 14-22 in 4th year at Union County.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Monroe Central, 53.42, 123rd overall, 9th in 1A. Union County, 24.92, 237th overall, 44th in 2A.

LAST OUTING: Monroe Central defeated Eastern Hancock, 28-21. Union County lost to Centerville, 54-12.

VS. COMMON FOES: Monroe Central 1-0; Union County 1-0.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Monroe Central 18-17. Union County 16-24.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Monroe Central, 5-0

LAST MEETING: Monroe Central, 45-0, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES HISTORY:

08-28-2015          Union County    6 – 36     Monroe Central 0-1

08-25-2017          Union County    12 – 30   Monroe Central 0-2

10-05-2018          Union County    12 – 38   Monroe Central 0-3

10-11-2019          Union County    0 – 45     Monroe Central 0-4

 

Connersville (1-4) at Lawrenceburg (6-1)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Neary Field.

COACHES: Justin Jackson, 1-4 in 1st year at Connersville. Ryan Knigga, 83-32 in 10th year at Lawrenceburg.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Lawrenceburg, 74.49, 45th overall, 7th in 3A. Connersville, 42.41, 177th overall, 41st in 4A.

LAST OUTING: Connersville lost to East Central, 42-7. Lawrenceburg defeated Rushville, 64-15.

VS. COMMON FOES: Connersville 1-2; Lawrenceburg 2-1.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Connersville 14-20. Lawrenceburg 19-21.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Lawrenceburg, 7-0

LAST MEETING: Lawrenceburg, 50-6, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES RESULTS:

09-22-1950          Lawrenceburg   18 – 31   Connersville       0-1

09-21-1951          Lawrenceburg   0 – 20     Connersville       0-2

09-19-1952          Lawrenceburg   13 – 6     Connersville       1-2

09-18-1953          Lawrenceburg   6 – 12     Connersville       1-3

09-24-1954          Lawrenceburg   20 – 13   Connersville       2-3

10-27-1956          Lawrenceburg   7 – 19     Connersville       2-4

09-09-1966          Lawrenceburg   0 – 32     Connersville       2-5

09-08-1967          Lawrenceburg   7 – 19     Connersville       2-6

10-31-1972          Lawrenceburg   44 – 13   Connersville       3-6

08-31-1973          Lawrenceburg   20 – 19   Connersville       4-6

08-30-1974          Lawrenceburg   20 – 14   Connersville       5-6

08-30-1975          Lawrenceburg   24 – 17   Connersville       6-6

10-11-2013          Lawrenceburg   33 – 27   Connersville       7-6

10-10-2014          Lawrenceburg   12 – 0     Connersville       8-6

10-09-2015          Lawrenceburg   42 – 0     Connersville       9-6

10-07-2016          Lawrenceburg   69 – 6     Connersville       10-6

10-06-2017          Lawrenceburg   49 – 7     Connersville       11-6

10-05-2018          Lawrenceburg   27 – 26   Connersville       12-6

10-11-2019          Lawrenceburg   50 – 6     Connersville       13-6

 

Batesville (3-4) at Franklin County (3-1)

GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, Wildcat Stadium.

COACHES: Evan Ulery, 28-23 in 5th year at Batesville. Wes Gillman, 10-14 in 3rd year at Franklin County, 24-37 in 7th year overall.

SAGARIN RATINGS: Franklin County, 64.96, 80th overall, 12th in 3A. Batesville, 50.23, 138th overall, 24th in 3A.

LAST OUTING: Batesville lost to Greensburg, 42-28. Franklin County defeated South Dearborn, 24-18.

VS. COMMON FOES: Batesville 2-1; Franklin County 2-1.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Batesville 28-19. Franklin County 11-16.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Franklin County, 18-17

LAST MEETING: Franklin County, 28-14, Oct. 11, 2019.

ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS:

10-06-1989          Franklin County 35 – 7     Batesville             1-0

10-05-1990          Franklin County 36 – 3     Batesville             2-0

10-11-1991          Franklin County 69 – 6     Batesville             3-0

10-09-1992          Franklin County 37 – 14   Batesville             4-0

10-08-1993          Franklin County 21 – 23   Batesville             4-1

10-07-1994          Franklin County 40 – 8     Batesville             5-1

10-06-1995          Franklin County 48 – 16   Batesville             6-1

10-04-1996          Franklin County 40 – 13   Batesville             7-1

10-10-1997          Franklin County 33 – 7     Batesville             8-1

10-31-1997          Franklin County 14 – 7     Batesville             9-1

10-09-1998          Franklin County 20 – 14   Batesville             10-1

10-30-1998          Franklin County 43 – 8     Batesville             11-1

10-08-1999          Franklin County 34 – 7     Batesville             12-1

10-07-2000          Franklin County 27 – 7     Batesville             13-1

10-06-2001          Franklin County 0 – 14     Batesville             13-2

10-26-2001          Franklin County 0 – 6       Batesville             13-3

10-11-2002          Franklin County 24 – 14   Batesville             14-3

11-08-2002          Franklin County 6 – 7       Batesville             14-4

10-10-2003          Franklin County 14 – 28   Batesville             14-5

10-08-2004          Franklin County 35 – 7     Batesville             15-5

10-07-2005          Franklin County 0 – 14     Batesville             15-6

10-06-2006          Franklin County 7 – 34     Batesville             15-7

10-05-2007          Franklin County 27 – 38   Batesville             15-8

10-10-2008          Franklin County 6 – 49     Batesville             15-9

10-09-2009          Franklin County 0 – 7       Batesville             15-10

10-08-2010          Franklin County 28 – 35   Batesville             15-11

10-07-2011          Franklin County 28 – 14   Batesville             16-11

10-05-2012          Franklin County 13 – 14   Batesville             16-12

10-11-2013          Franklin County 7 – 40     Batesville             16-13

10-10-2014          Franklin County 20 – 44   Batesville             16-14

10-09-2015          Franklin County 8 – 28     Batesville             16-15

10-07-2016          Franklin County 46 – 28   Batesville             17-15

10-06-2017          Franklin County 22 – 29   Batesville             17-16

10-05-2018          Franklin County 13 – 44   Batesville             17-17

10-11-2019          Franklin County 28 – 14   Batesville             18-17

 

New Palestine (5-1) at New Castle (3-3)

GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Huffman Field.

COACHES: Kyle Ralph, 93-5 in 8th year at New Palestine. Kyle York, 18-20 in 4th year at New Castle.

SAGARIN RATINGS: New Palestine, 82.42, 25th overall, 5th in 5A. New Castle, 65.1, 79th overall, 21st in 4A.

LAST OUTING: New Palestine defeated Shelbyville, 42-0. New Castle lost to Mount Vernon (Fortville), 48-6.

VS. COMMON FOES: New Palestine 3-1; New Castle 2-2.

OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: New Palestine 19-19. New Castle 21-19.

SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: New Palestine, 7-0

LAST MEETING: New Palestine, 68-6, Oct. 11, 2019.

SERIES HISTORY:

10-10-2014          New Castle         10 – 55   New Palestine   0-1

10-31-2014          New Castle         0 – 74     New Palestine   0-2

10-09-2015          New Castle         0 – 72     New Palestine   0-3

10-07-2016          New Castle         7 – 56     New Palestine   0-4

10-06-2017          New Castle         24 – 56   New Palestine   0-5

10-05-2018          New Castle         14 – 56   New Palestine   0-6

10-11-2019          New Castle         6 – 68     New Palestine   0-7

 

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE FOOTBALL LEADERS

PASSING YARDS

Brady Preston, Lafayette Jeff 938

Drew VanVleet, Richmond 785

Ethan Smith, McCutcheon 711

Tyler Knoy, Harrison 693

Evan Barker, Kokomo 535

Max Pittman, Muncie Central 309

Connor Stephenson, Anderson 244

 

PASSING YARDS PER GAME

Ethan Smith, McCutcheon 142.2

Brady Preston, Lafayette Jeff 134.0

Drew VanVleet, Richmond 130.8

Tyler Knoy, Harrison 99.0

Evan Barker, Kokomo 89.7

Max Pittman, Muncie Central 77.3

 

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

Ethan Smith, McCutcheon .635

Brady Preston, Lafayette Jeff .623

Drew VanVleet, Richmond .570

Tyler Knoy, Harrison .563

Max Pittman, Muncie Central .548

Connor Stephenson, Anderson .548

Evan Barker, Kokomo .537

 

TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Drew Van Vleet, Richmond 12

Tyler Knoy, Harrison 7

Brady Preston, Lafayette Jeff 6

Ethan Smith, McCutcheon 6

Evan Barker, Kokomo 4

Max Pittman, Muncie Central 3

Cubie Jones, Marion 3

 

INTERCEPTIONS

Drew VanVleet, Richmond 7

Tyler Knoy, Harrison 7

Evan Barker, Kokomo 7

Ethan Smith, McCutcheon 4

Brady Preston, Lafayette Jeff 3

Zach Weathers, McCutcheon 3

 

QUARTERBACK RATING

Max Pittman, Muncie Central 108.1

Brady Preston, Lafayette Jeff 94.8

Evan Barker, Kokomo 91.8

Drew VanVleet, Richmond 90.3

Ethan Smith, McCutcheon 89.4

Cubie Jones, Marion 87.8

Tyler Knoy, Harrison 83.0

 

RUSHING YARDS

Omarion Dixon, Harrison 1,165

Thomas Hogan, Lafayette Jeff 1,162

Brad Gagnon, McCutcheon 787

Plez Lawrence, Kokomo 751

Khalid Stamps, Marion 697

Shoka Griffin, Muncie Central 650

Brandon Norton, Lafayette Jeff 629

 

RUSHING YARDS PER GAME

Thomas Hogan, Lafayette Jeff 232.4

Omarion Dixon, Harrison 166.4

Shoka Griffin, Muncie Central 162.5

Khalid Stamps, Marion 139.4

Brad Gagnon, McCutcheon 112.4

 

YARDS PER CARRY (300 rushing yards min.)

Khalid Stamps, Marion 11.8

Tyler Knoy, Harrison 11.0

Thomas Hogan, Lafayette Jeff 10.1

Omarion Dixon, Harrison 9.1

Shoka Griffin, Muncie Central 8.4

Brady Preston, Lafayette Jeff 7.8

Plez Lawrence, Kokomo 7.4

Brayden Stall, Lafayette Jeff 7.1

Malachi Silmon, Marion 6.7

Kenneth Sims, Harrison 6.3

 

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

Omarion Dixon, Harrison 19

Thomas Hogan, Lafayette Jeff 18

Brandon Norton, Lafayette Jeff 11

Plez Lawrence, Kokomo 9

Khalid Stamps, Marion 6

Shoka Griffin, Muncie Central 6

 

RECEPTIONS

Marquis Johnson, Richmond 27

Joshua Garcia, McCutcheon 27

Jadon Lawrence, McCutcheon 20

Austin McKinney, Lafayette Jeff 20

John Carter, Richmond 19

Caleb Koeppen, Lafayette Jeff 15

Asa Koeppen, Lafayette Jeff 15

Von Lerma, Lafayette Jeff 14

Brody Fine, McCutcheon 14

Sekaye Rogers, 13

Curtis Lewis, Anderson 12

 

RECEIVING YARDS

Marquis Johnson, Richmond 364

Joshua Garcia, McCutcheon 346

Caleb Koeppen, Lafayette Jeff 293

Jadon Lawrence, McCutcheon 282

Austin McKinney, Lafayette Jeff 257

John Carter, Richmond 252

Max Bunger, Harrison 231

Josh Balfour, Marion 224

Damarion Walker, Muncie Central 201

 

RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME

Marquis Johnson, Richmond 60.7

Damarion Walker, Muncie Central 50.3

Joshua Garcia, McCutcheon 49.4

Jadon Lawrence, McCutcheon 47.0

John Carter, Richmond 42.0

Caleb Koeppen, Lafayette Jeff 41.9

 

YARDS PER RECEPTION (175 yards receiving)

Damrion Walker, Muncie Central 28.7

Max Bunger, Harrison 23.1

Josh Balfour, Marion 20.4

Caleb Koeppen, Lafayette Jeff 19.5

Jake Walters, Harrison 17.5

Jadon Lawrence, McCutcheon 14.1

Marquis Johnson, Richmond 13.5

John Carter, Richmond 13.3

 

RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS

Marquis Johnson, Richmond 7

Jadon Lawrence, McCutcheon 3

John Carter, Richmond 3

Zion King, Harrison 3

 

TOTAL YARDS

Brady Preston, Lafayette Jeff 1,274

Thomas Hogan, Lafayette Jeff 1,202

Omarion Dixon, Harrison 1,194

Tyler Knoy, Harrison 1,190

Drew VanVleet, Richmond 889

Plez Lawrence, Kokomo 881

Brad Gagnon, McCutcheon 788

Khalid Stamps, Marion 722

Ethan Smith, McCutcheon 718

 

TOTAL YARDS PER GAME

Thomas Hogan, Lafayette Jeff 240.4

Brady Preston, Lafayette Jeff 182.0

Shoka Griffin, Muncie Central 171.8

Omarion Dixon, Harrison 170.6

Tyler Knoy, Harrison 170.0

Drew VanVleet, Richmond 148.2

Plez Lawrence, Kokomo 146.8

Khalid Stamps, Marion 144.4

Ethan Smith, McCutcheon 143.6

 

TOTAL TACKLES

Brendan Segal, Lafayette Jeff 89

Stephen Stephany, Lafayette Jeff 71

Peyton Price, Lafayette Jeff 66

Brock Robertson, Harrison 56

Myles Lenior, Kokomo 54

John Schnerre, McCutcheon 50

Zaiden Zurfas, McCutcheon 47

Kayden Sowders, Lafayette Jeff 47

Jack Guiley, Richmond 46

Levi Buck, Harrison 44

Marques Smith, Marion 43

David Jones, Marion 43

 

TACKLES PER GAME

Brendan Segal, Lafayette Jeff 12.7

Stephen Stephany, Lafayette Jeff 10.1

Peyton Price, Lafayette Jeff 9.4

Myles Lenior, Kokomo 9.0

Brock Robertson, Harrison 8.0

Jack Guiley, Richmond 7.7

John Schnerre, McCutcheon 7.1

 

TACKLES FOR LOSS

Peyton Price, Lafayette Jeff 13.0

Noah Williams – Harris, Lafayette Jeff 8.0

John Curl, Kokomo 8.0

Johnny Davis, Marion 7.0

Aden Fisher, Marion 6.5

Manuel Magallanes, McCutcheon 6.0

Jalen Monrrow, Lafayette Jeff 6.0

Jason Lehr, McCutcheon 5.0

Titus Hayes, Muncie Central 5.0

 

SACKS

Peyton Price, Lafayette Jeff 5.5

Jalen Monrrow, Lafayette Jeff 4.0

Noah Williams – Harris, Lafayette Jeff 4.0

Johnny Davis, Marion 4.0

AJ Mitchener, Marion 3.5

John Schnerre, McCutcheon 3.0

 

INTERCEPTIONS

Xhavion Reese, Lafayette Jeff 3

Jaden Shackleford, McCutcheon 3

Bryndan Perry, McCutcheon 3

MJ Armstrong, Anderson 2

Ty’von Coleman, Mary 2

Ta’Shy Stuart, Kokomo 2

Gavin Goodwin, Harrison 2

Marques Smith, Marion 2

Stephen Stephany, 2

 

SCORING – KICKERS

David Ramirez, Harrison 49

Eliaz Marquez, Lafayette Jeff 42

Cole Bourff, Kokomo 19

AJ Stone, McCutcheon 11

 

PUNTING

Gage Puterbaugh, Richmond 41.2

Dashaun Coleman, Kokomo 36.9

Keaton Crum, McCutcheon 36.2

Dontrez Fuller, Anderson 32.5

Thomas Hogan, Lafayette Jeff 28.6

 

TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE

Marquis Johnson, Richmond 317

John Carter, Richmond 231

Zaimar Barnett, Marion 176

Stephen Stephany, Lafayette Jeff 157

Caleb Koeppen, Lafayette Jeff 147

Ta’Shy Stewart, Kokomo 146

Zion King, Harrison 130

Curtis Lewis, Anderson 122

Dashaun Coleman, Kokomo 115

Plez Lawrence, Kokomo 115

AJ Ivy, Anderson 114

Keaton Crum, McCutcheon 100

 

TRI-EASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL LEADERS

PASSING YARDS

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 677

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 627

Bryaden Tippett, Winchester 609

Hunter Reagan, Union City 570

Zach Hill, Union County 560

Syrus Butler, Tri 392

Noah Snodgrass, Hagerstown 356

Chase Richmond, Knightstown 319

 

PASSING YARDS PER GAME

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 96.7

Hunter Reagan, Union City 95.0

Zach Hill, Union County 93.3

Don Anderson, Hagerstown 89.6

Brayden Tippett, Winchester 87.0

Noah Snodgrass, Hagerstown 71.2

 

PASSING PERCENTAGE

Chase Richmond, Knightstown .643

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville .581

Brayden Tippett, Winchester .571

Alex Bertsch, Lincoln .512

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown .536

Noah Snodgrass, Hagerstown .536

 

PASSING TOUCHDOWNS

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 14

Brayden Tippett, Winchester 7

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 6

Zach Hill, Union County 5

Syrus Butler, Tri 5

Noah Snodgrass, Hagerstown 3

 

INTERCEPTIONS

Hunter Reagan, Union City 8

Carson Terrell, Northeastern 6

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 5

Brayden Tippett, Winchester 5

Zach Hill, Union County 5

 

QUARTERBACK RATING

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 128.2

Syrus Butler, Tri 95.6

Chase Richmond, Knightstown 93.3

Brayden Tippett, Winchester 80.3

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 76.8

Noah Snodgrass, Hagerstown 76.7

Zach Hill, Union County 70.0

 

RUSHING YARDS

Mason Wicker, Union County 841

Jamari Pamplin, Centerville 795

Vade Dishman, Tri 682

Ben Newby, Knightstown 660

Tyler Kingery, Tri 619

Kollin Orr, Winchester 511

Blayne Daniels, Union City 462

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 431

Luke Hill, Tri 424

Sam Houck, Hagerstown 416

Regan Bias, Union County 410

 

RUSHING YARDS PER GAME

Mason Wicker, Union County 140.2

Ben Newby, Knightstown 132.0

Jamari Pamplin, Centerville 113.6

Vade Dishman, Tri 97.4

Tyler Kingery, Tri 88.4

Alex Hokey, Lincoln 87.8

Blayne Daniels, Union City 77.0

Kollin Orr, Winchester 73.0

Noah Snodgrass, Hagerstown 70.4

 

YARDS PER CARRY (Min. 300 rushing yards)

Javontae Pamplin, Centerville 12.3

Regan Bias, Union County 10.8

Vade Dishman, Tri 8.6

Ben Newby, Knightstown 8.1

Jamari Pamplin, Centerville 7.4

Mason Wicker, Union County 6.5

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 6.3

Luke Hill,Tri 6.1

Alex Hokey, Lincoln 5.9

Tyler Kingery, Tri 5.7

 

RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

Jamari Pamplin, Centerville 15

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 10

Mason Wicker, Union County 7

Kollin Orr, Winchester 7

Vade Dishman, Tri 6

Luke Hill, Tri 6

Regan Bias, Union County 6

Syrus Butler,Tri 6

Ben Newby, Knightstown 5

 

RECEPTIONS

Mason Romack, Hagerstown 32

Keegan Scholtterbeck, Centerville 28

Gabe Addington, Union City 19

Kollin Orr, Winchester 17

Sam Houck, Hagerstown 14

Blayne Daniels, Union City 13

Alex Hokey, Lincoln 12

Ben Williams, Hagerstown 11

Jaden Bias, Union County 10

 

RECEIVING YARDS

Mason Romack, Hagerstown 403

Keegan Scholtterbeck, Centerville 399

Jaden Bias, Union County 317

Gabe Addington, Union City 210

Javontae Pamplin, Centerville 179

Cooper McCoy, Winchester 179

Sam Houck, Hagerstown 179

Vade Dishman, Tri 154

Holden Thomas, Tri 140

Alex Hokey, Lincoln, 139

 

RECEIVING YARDS PER GAME (Min 130 receiving yards)

Jaden Bias, Union County 63.4

Mason Romack, Hagerstown 57.6

Keegan Scholtterbeck, Centerville 57.0

Blake Richards, Union County 43.3

Gabe Addington, Union City 35.0

Alex Hokey, Lincoln 34.8

Nick Dunica, Winchester 26.6

Cooper McCoy, Winchester 25.6

Javontae Pamplin, Centerville 25.6

Sam Houck, Hagerstown 25.6

 

YARDS PER RECEPTIONS

Vade Dishman, Tri 38.5

Jaden Bias, Union County 31.7

Holden Thomas, Tri 28.0

Nick Dunica, Winchester 26.6

Blake Richards, Union County 21.7

Cooper McCoy, Winchester 19.9

 

RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS

Keegan Scholtterbeck, Centerville 8

Mason Romack, Hagerstown 7

Cooper McCoy, Winchester 4

Jaden Bias, Union County 3

Javontae Pamplin, Centerville 3

Vade Dishman, Tri 2

Holden Thomas, Tri 2

Blake Richards, Union County 2

 

OVERALL TOUCHDOWNS

Jamari Pamplin, Centerville 15

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 10

Keegan Scholtterbeck, Centerville 8

Vade Dishman, Tri 8

Mason Romack, Hagerstown 8

Kollin Orr, Winchester 7

Blayne Daniels, Union City 7

Mason Wicker, Union County 7

Luke Hill, Tri 7

 

TOTAL YARDAGE

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 1,108

Mason Wicker, Union County 940

Ben Newby, Knightstown 838

Vade Dishman, Tri 836

Jamari Pamplin, Centerville 803

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 762

Bryaden Tippett, Winchester 712

Noah Snodgrass, Hagerstown 708

Zach Hill, Union County 682

Tyler Kingery, Tri 622

Hunter Reagan, Union City 614

Kollin Orr, Winchester 597

Sam Houck, Hagerstown 595

 

TOTAL YARDS PER GAME

Ben Newby, Knightstown 167.6

Mason Wicker, Union County 150.7

Ryan Dickenson, Centerville 158.3

Noah Snodgrass, Hagerstown 141.6

Alex Hokey, Lincoln 122.5

Vade Dishman, Tri 119.4

Jamari Pamplin, Centerville 114.7

Zach Hill, Union County 113.7

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 108.9

Hunter Reagan, Union City 102.3

 

TOTAL TACKLES

Collin Clark, Centerville 84

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 74

Trenton Edwards, Winchester 69

Derek Grissom, Union County 63

Parker Burk, Tri 63

Jacob Ervin, Lincoln 58

Vade Dishman, Tri 56

Ben Newby, Knightstown 55

Mason Dick, Lincoln 53

Brayden Jenkins, Winchester 53

Josh Miles, Lincoln 52

Alex Hokey, Lincoln 52

Liam Orcutt, Knightstown 52

Luke Smith, Centerville 52

Hunter Clay, Union City 51

Noah Westover, Centerville 50

 

TACKLES PER GAME

Jacob Ervin, Lincoln 14.5

Mason Dick, Lincoln 13.3

Josh Miles, Lincoln 13.0

Alex Hokey, Lincoln 13.0

Collin Clark, Centerville 12.0

Ben Newby, Knightstown 11.0

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 10.6

Derek Grissom, Union County 10.5

Liam Orcutt, Knightstown 10.4

Gavin Sherwood, Lincoln 10.0

 

SOLO TACKLES

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 59

Ben Newby, Knightstown 49

Ben Newby, Knightstown 49

Liam Orcutt, Knightstown 46

Collin Clark, Centerville 45

Trenton Edwards, Winchester 45

Derek Grissom, Union County 41

 

ASSISTS

Collin Clark, Centerville 39

Ashton Martin, Northeastern 29

Parker Burk, Tri 28

Jacob Ervin, Lincoln 28

Vade Dishman, Tri 27

Josh Johnson, Northeastern 25

Mason Dick, Lincoln 25

Parker Sheets, Winchester 25

Brett Ballenger, Centerville 24

Luke Smith, Centerville 23

 

TACKLES FOR LOSS

Josh Miles, Lincoln 10.0

Chase Sutherland, Hagerstown 9.0

Liam Orcutt, Knightstown 8.0

Jacob Ervin, Lincoln 7.0

Hunter Clay, Union City 7.0

Noah Taylor, Union County 7.0

Collin Clark, Centerville 6.0

Luke Smith, Centerville 6.0

Brett Ballenger, Centerville 6.0

Sam Thomas, Knightstown 6.0

Jake Crowe, Centerville 5.0

Justin McGuffey, Northeastern 5.0

Luke Tinkle, Centerville 5.0

Dom Anderson, Hagerstown 4.0

Noah Westover, Centerville 4.0

Gavin Sherwood, Lincoln 4.0

Kollin Orr, Winchester 4.0

Ryland Schulte, Union County 4.0

Brayden Jenkins, Winchester 3.5

Brock Goforth, Winchester 3.5

Paul Welch, Winchester 3.5

Derek Grissom, Union County 3.0

Eli Moore, Union City 3.0

 

SACKS

Mason Muncy, Knightstown 5.0

Sam Thomas, Knightstown 5.0

Brenden Wright, Union City 4.0

Ryan Armantrout, Union City 4.0

Liam Orcutt, Knightstown 3.0

Mason Wicker, Union County 3.0

Justin McGuffey, Northeastern 3.0

Chase Sutherland, Hagerstown 3.0

 

INTERCEPTIONS

Jarrett Smith, Knightstown 7

Jaden Bias, Union County 4

Gabe Addington, Union City 4

Zerrin Cantu, Union City 3

Holden Thomas, Tri 3

Aaron Reagan, Knightstown 2

Ben Williams, Hagerstown 2

 

SCORING – KICKERS

Jake Erbse, Centerville 43

Parker Engle, Tri 17

Will Anderson, Winchester 15

Blayne Daniels, Union City 12

Gabe Cox, Union County 11

Damian Hilbert, Hagerstown 11

 

PUNTING

Ben Newby, Knightstown 39.2

Mason Wicker, Union County 38.1

Luke Smith, Centerville 35.0

Garrett Tudor, Northeastern 34.4

Ryan Armantrout, Union City 34.0

Syrus Butler, Tri 30.3

Danny Payne, Lincoln 29.6

Adrian Cantu, Winchester 28.1

Damian Hilbert, Hagerstown 25.3

 

TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE

Ben Williams, Hagerstown 252

Dylan Cameron, Lincoln 181

Blayne Daniels, Union City 178

Noah Ammerman, Northeastern 173

Evan Wolf, Union County 168

Keegan Scholtterbeck, Centerville 164

Brooks Burelison, Winchester 151

Kollin Orr, Winchester 139

Gabe Addington, Union City 136

Treydon York, Northeastern 119

Vade Dishman, Tri 116

Jarrett Smith, Knightstown 114

Javontae Pamplin, Centerville 109

Regan Bias, Union County 109

 

BLACKHAWKS PART WAYS WITH COREY CRAWFORD

The Chicago Blackhawks will not re-sign goaltender Corey Crawford in free agency, parting with a key member of its Stanley Cup-winning core and potentially signaling a more extensive rebuild for one of the NHL’s marquee franchises.

General manager Stan Bowman said he had a “bit of an emotional” conversation with Crawford on Thursday.

“The message to Corey and to everyone else today is that we’ve decided that we’ve got some young goaltenders here in Chicago that we believe in,” Bowman said on a video conference call.

Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen, who are in line to share the net with Crawford gone, have a combined 18 games of NHL experience – all belonging to Delia. Chicago opened last season with Crawford and Robin Lehner in goal, but it traded Lehner to Vegas in February and he re-signed with the Golden Knights for a $25 million, five-year deal.

Malcolm Subban, a goaltender who came over in the Lehner deal, is eligible for unrestricted free agency after he didn’t receive a qualifying offer, but Bowman said the team is interested in bringing him back.

Crawford, who turns 36 on Dec. 31, went 16-20 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average during the pandemic-shortened season. He started every game as Chicago eliminated Edmonton in the qualifying round before losing to the Golden Knights in the playoffs.

Crawford, a Montreal native, was selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2003 draft and made his debut with the Blackhawks in 2010. He helped the franchise to Stanley Cup titles in 2013 and 2015.

“Much like Corey needed that opportunity when he came up after the 2010 season – he had been with us for a few years, working his way up – we’ve got a couple young goalies here in Lankinen and Delia who we haven’t given a real big opportunity to,” Bowman said. “With where we’re headed, the NHL is relying more and more on young players. We’re going to embrace that moving forward.”

 

DALLAS FORWARD MAY MISS START OF NEXT SEASON

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin has a torn labrum in his hip that likely will force him to miss the start of next season, while captain Jamie Benn and goaltender Ben Bishop now have time to fully recover from surgeries they had during an extended season that ended in the Stanley Cup Final.

General manager Jim Nill said Thursday that Seguin will need about four months to recover after he does have surgery, which would keep from from being available for the anticipated start of the season around Jan. 1.

Ten days after the Stars lost Game 6 to Tampa Bay, and between the end of the draft and start of free agency, Nill revealed a lengthy list of injuries the team was dealing with during the playoffs while inside the NHL bubble in Edmonton for more than two months.

Nill also said the plan is for 65-year-old Rick Bowness to return after serving as interim head coach since December. The GM and coach are planning to meet next week, following one meeting already when they discussed players.

“The plan is I think he wants to come back. We want him back. He’s earned that,” Nill said. “When we were in the bubble, you watched how our team played. … You can tell that they play for the coach and the coach loves to coach them. So my plan is that Rick Bowness is our coach moving forward.”

Nill said all of the assistant coaches are under contract and would return.

As for the injured players, Bishop didn’t play after the first round against Colorado because he never fully recovered from a previously undisclosed knee surgery in May, a procedure that was delayed because the early stages of the pandemic limited hospital access. Bishop has three years left on his $29.5 million, six-year contract.

Unrestricted free agent Anton Khudobin, the 34-year-old journeyman goalie who took over for Bishop, had surgery Wednesday to address a nerve issue that was causing numbness in his stick hand. Nill said there will be no long-term issues for Khudobin, who plans to test the free agent market after going 14-10 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in the postseason.

“He should be fine in four or five weeks. The surgery was successful,” said Nill, who has spoken with Khudobin’s agents about re-signing him.

Benn played in all 27 playoff games, but was still affected at times from shoulder surgery he had right before the season was paused in mid-March because of the pandemic.

“It bothered him a little bit in the playoffs, but Jamie doesn’t complain too much,” Nill said. “I thought he had a great playoff performance for us. … I can’t say it was 100%, but it’s got time to heal now and should be fine.”

Forwards Radek Faksa (broken wrist in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final), Blake Comeau (separated shoulder) and Roope Hintz (fractured ankle, hip injury) were out at the end. Defensemen Esa Lindell (hand), John Klingberg (shoulder) and Miro Heiskanen (hip), their leading scorer in the playoffs, managed to stay on the ice, as did center Jason Dickinson (foot, ankle).

Defenseman Stephen Johns returned in January after 22 months away from hockey because of headaches. Johns appeared in four games early in the postseason, but Nill said Johns didn’t feel comfortable playing the rest of the playoffs. It’s not clear if Johns will try to return next season.

 

KENIN AND SWIATEK ADVANCE TO FRENCH FINALS

Sofia Kenin entered 2020 with an 11-11 record in Grand Slam action. She never had made the quarterfinals at any clay-court tournament until this trip to Roland Garros – and lost her only tuneup match on the surface 6-0, 6-0 last month.

Iga Swiatek is just 19. She’s ranked 54th. She’s never won a tour-level title of any sort. She’d never before been past the fourth round at a major tournament.

Look at the two of them now – French Open finalists.

Already the owner of a major trophy from this year’s Australian Open, the No. 4-seeded Kenin moved into the title match in Paris by beating No. 7 Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-5 on Thursday.

“My mentality has obviously changed,” said Kenin, who said she derived a boost of confidence from upsetting Serena Williams at Roland Garros a year ago. “I feel like I should be getting deep in a tournament, but try not to put pressure on myself.”

The 21-year-old American will carry a 16-1 mark in Grand Slam action this season into Saturday’s matchup against Poland’s Swiatek.

“I’m going to be, like, an `underdog,'” Swiatek said, using her fingers to make air quotes.

Maybe. On the other hand, consider how dominant she has been along the way to becoming the lowest-ranked women’s finalist at Roland Garros since the WTA computer rankings began in 1975. Her latest lopsided win was via a 6-2, 6-1 score against Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska.

“It seems unreal,” Swiatek said. “On one hand, I know that I can play great tennis. On the other hand, it’s kind of surprising for me.”

She has won all 12 sets she’s played in the tournament, dropping merely 23 games.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, came in having won every set, too. But as Kenin put it: “I mean, that obviously doesn’t mean anything if I’m playing well.”

The lefty from the Czech Republic had grabbed 77% of her service games in the tournament, before Kenin stole two of the first three. Part of it was strong returning. More of it was the manner in which Kenin was pushing Kvitova around on a breezy late afternoon, pinning her to the baseline.

Also working in Kenin’s favor was an ability to sense where a ball was headed and use her speed to track it down, repeatedly stretching points that seemed lost.

Eventually, that appeared to make Kvitova play as if she felt that she needed to try to do more, maybe do too much, because she would cut off points early by attempting to end them – and, too often, she would miss the mark.

By the end, Kvitova produced 31 unforced errors, to 20 for Kenin, whose shouts of “Come on!” grew louder as the end grew closer. Her intensity also came through when she chucked her red-white-and-blue racket.

“I mean, obviously I felt like I could not overpower her. I knew I just needed to adjust my game,” Kenin said. “I had to control the points, move her, dictate, try not to give her short balls, try to have a good serve.”

When Swiatek’s 70-minute tour de force ended before a crowd in the hundreds at Court Philippe Chatrier – there is a daily limit on spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic – she asked for more noise, waving her arms and cupping a hand to her ear.

Swiatek vs. Podoroska was the first women’s semifinal at Roland Garros between unseeded opponents since 1983 – and only one, Swiatek, truly seemed ready for the stage.

Podoroska is ranked 131st, the first female qualifier in the professional era to get to the final four in Paris.

Just in case someone might get the idea this was a fluke for Swiatek, who listens to “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses in her headphones before stepping out on court: She eliminated 2018 champion and No. 1 seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth round, after defeating 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova by the same score in the first.

Swiatek (pronounced shvee-ON’-tek) has been on the rise, and the tennis world’s radar, for a couple of years now.

In 2018, she won the Wimbledon junior singles title and the French Open junior doubles title (with Coco Gauff’s current partner, Caty McNally).

Now Swiatek is chasing a unique two-fer in Paris: She’s made it into the doubles semifinals with American Nicole Melichar, too, giving her a chance to become the first player since Mary Pierce in 2000 to win the women’s singles and doubles trophies in Paris.

Swiatek does it by picking up balls early and smacking groundstrokes with thick topspin. Her power was too much for Podoroska, accounting for a 23-6 margin in winners

Another key to success for Swiatek, whose father was an Olympic rower, is her returning ability. She entered this contest averaging 5.4 breaks per match and added five more to the total.

And then there’s a less-measurable factor: Swiatek’s competitiveness. The one time she lost a service game, making it 4-1 in the second set, she swiped at the dirt near the baseline with her racket.

Then she buckled down and broke right back.

“I’m staying super focused. I’m, like, not letting my opponents play their best tennis,” Swiatek said. “So I hope I’m going to do that on Saturday.”