Indiana Football

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Playoff Primer: Indiana – Regionals

By Greg Shoemaker | Featured Analyst

It has been a while since two EIAC teams were in the Regionals in the same year. This weekend Greensburg steps into an unfamiliar spot for their program. Lawrenceburg looks to rekindle some of that magic that brought the school two state championships back in the ‘70’s.

A victory this weekend will be well earned and hard fought for the kids from Southeast Indiana, who are taking on a pair of private school juggernauts.

Here is a look at this weekend’s playoff action in the Hoosier State:

Evansville Mater Dei (10-2) @ Lawrenceburg (11-1) - It is a matchup up between two teams that are rich with tournament history. Mater Dei is coming into the contest having won their fourth straight Sectional titles and 17th in school history. Lawrenceburg picked up their 16th Sectional crown and first since 2005 last Friday night. One thing is for certain, this affair has all the ingredients for a high-flying shootout.

Mater Dei is led by senior quarterback Jack Hartz. He likes to spread the wealth around offense. Alex Springer, Nolan Goebel, Jacob Fleming and Seth Kruse are favorite targets of the Wildcats signal-caller. Every school one of MD’s regular season schedule all from larger classes. They only gave up more than seven points to a Class 3A team or smaller only once all season.

Lawrenceburg has scored 50 or more points for five straight weeks. Running back Chad Banschbach has ran for more that 2,000 yards and has over 40 touchdowns on the year. Quarterback Sam Fette has hooked up with receivers Morgan Baker and Robert Jackson 15 times for scores. Calem Lockard and Justin Carlisle are the Tigers’ top two tacklers on defense.

Greensburg (10-2) @ Bishop Chatard (10-2) - Back in the day when you pulled the string on a talking GI Joe action figure he used to quip “I’ve got a tough assignment for you” and that’s just what Greensburg is up against Friday night in the Class 3A Regional. Bishop Chatard comes into the tilt as a favorite to win the state title. The Trojans play a brutal schedule that includes some local flavor. Their two losses are to Elder and Ritter. The latter beat East Central in Week 9 and EC beat Greensburg in Week 7. The Pirates are going to have their hands full to say the least.

Running back Pete Hartley is the number one option for the BC offense. Hartley has rushed for over 1,400 yards and 15 touchdowns. Quarterback Alex Kimack has filled in for Sam Neighbours the past few games under center. He doesn’t need to throw the ball often, but when he does he likes to spread the wealth around to Henry Hill, Joe Fagan, Anthony LaRose and Rob Dury.

Greensburg has made their identity playing defense. The Pirates gave up a season-high 19 points to Indian Creek last Friday night. Despite allowing those points to the Braves GHS is still only yielding 9.0 per contest. Ryan Martin and Elliott Green have set the tone on both sides of the ball in this postseason. Junior quarterback, Andy Meadows needs to let the game come to him and take what the Chatard defense gives him. Rushing things will only lead to unforced errors and there will be little margin for those in this affair.

Greg is a co-founder of TSF and is now entering his ninth season as a Featured Analyst for the website. The Xavier University grad also serves as the Content Manager for the website and is widely considered one of the top high school football experts in the region. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.