Tournament Time: The IHSAA will stage its annual football tournament pairings show on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. The show can be found on 102.7 The Fan out of Warsaw, the only station in the immediate Elkhart County area market to air the broadcast. Fans can also follow on a live stream provided by the IHSAA Network. The addition of a 6A class, schools jumping to other classes and a general reshuffling of sectional groupings will make this one of the most anticipated pairings in a long time.
Friday, Oct. 11 games: Northridge at Concord. Whodathunkit? This will be the most raucous Raider road trip in school history. The Minutemen are playing at home with its big band, huge crowd and angry football team. Concord's beat up. Northridge is trying to keep level heads. The Minutemen will need to throw the ball over the Raiders' heads a few times, but to do that, they'll have to find a reasonable run game and pass protect CHS quarterback Trevor Wilmore. In a game closer than most will expect, Concord wins. I will be there.
Around the area ... Jimtown will have to dial it up to beat Bremen ... I fear Shaq Vann and Adams will run past Elkhart Central ... Wawasee has too much offense for Elkhart Memorial ... Goshen won't get it done at Plymouth ... NorthWood will get it done at Warsaw ... Fairfield is a roll and squeak out one at Busco ... and more in the NIC, Penn will throttle Riley and Mishawaka will stuff Marian.
Here's a breakdown of tonight's matchups courtesy of John Harrell's statewide website.
Bremen (5-2) at Jimtown (5-2)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Knepp Field (WTRC, 1340 AM).
COACHES: Bob Holmes, 33-11 in 4th year at Bremen, 99-82 in 18th year overall. Mike_Campbell, 58-14 in 6th year at Jimtown.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Jimtown, 66.67, 80th overall, 11th in Class 3A. Bremen, 58.38, 122nd overall, 14th in Class 2A.
LAST OUTING: Bremen defeated Knox, 49-6. Jimtown defeated Culver, 49-0.
VS. COMMON FOES: Bremen 3-1, Jimtown 3-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Bremen 25-24, Jimtown 27-22.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Jimtown, 15-2.
LAST MEETING: Jimtown, 21-6, Oct. 5, 2012.
PREDICTION: Jimtown, 28-17.
Northridge (6-1) at Concord (5-2)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Lawrence J. Jackowiak Field.
COACHES: Tom Wogoman, 6-1 in 1st year at Northridge, 31-38 in 7th year overall. Tim Dawson, 171-106 in 25th year at Concord.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Northridge, 69.87, 69th overall, 15th in Class 4A. Concord, 67.24, 78th overall, 19th in Class 5A.
LAST OUTING: Northridge defeated Goshen, 20-0. Concord lost to Plymouth, 42-39.
VS. COMMON FOES: Northridge 3-1, Concord 3-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Northridge 24-25, Concord 19-30.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Concord, 16-1.
LAST MEETING: Concord, 35-8, sectional, Oct. 26, 2012.
PREDICTION: Northridge, 28-24.
Elkhart Central (2-5) at South Bend Adams (3-4)
GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, School Field.
COACHES: Levon Johnson, 13-25 in 4th year at Elkhart Central. Craig Redman, 12-17 in 3rd year at South Bend Adams.
SAGARIN RATINGS: South Bend Adams, 60.03, 113th overall, 23rd in Class 5A. Elkhart Central, 55.7, 138th overall, 26th in Class 5A.
LAST OUTING: Elkhart Central lost to Fort Wayne Snider, 42-7. South Bend Adams lost to Mishawaka, 28-14.
VS. COMMON FOES: Elkhart Central 0-3, South Bend Adams 1-2.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Elkhart Central 27-22, South Bend Adams 24-25.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Elkhart Central, 9-4.
LAST MEETING: South Bend Adams, 49-28, sectional, Oct. 26, 2012.
PREDICTION: South Bend Adams, 28-21.
Elkhart Memorial (2-5) at Wawasee (3-4)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Warrior Stadium (WAWC, 103.5 FM).
COACHES: Bill Roggeman, 3-14 in 2nd year at Elkhart Memorial. Josh Ekovich, 3-4 in 1st year at Wawasee.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Wawasee, 57.1, 130th overall, 28th in Class 4A. Elkhart Memorial, 43.14, 195th overall, 32nd in Class 5A.
LAST OUTING: Elkhart Memorial lost to NorthWood, 30-15. Wawasee lost to Warsaw, 14-13.
VS. COMMON FOES: Elkhart Memorial 0-4, Wawasee 2-2.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Elkhart Memorial 22-27, Wawasee 34-15.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Tied, 6-6.
LAST MEETING: Wawasee, 14-9, Oct. 5, 2012.
PREDICTION: Wawasee, 31-14.
Goshen (0-7) at Plymouth (5-2)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, The Rockpile.
COACHES: Mike Cheviron, 6-22 in 3rd year at Goshen, 96-97 in 18th year overall. John Barron, 74-32 in 10th year at Plymouth.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Plymouth, 66.59, 82nd overall, 18th in Class 4A. Goshen, 40.29, 211th overall, 33rd in Class 5A.
LAST OUTING: Goshen lost to Northridge, 20-0. Plymouth defeated Concord, 42-39.
VS. COMMON FOES: Goshen 0-4, Plymouth 3-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Goshen 29-20, Plymouth 31-18.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Plymouth, 8-7.
LAST MEETING: Plymouth, 28-16, Oct. 5, 2012.
PREDICTION: Plymouth, 45-10.
NorthWood (4-3) at Warsaw (5-2)
GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Fisher Field.
COACHES: Scott Hoover, 30-24 in 5th year at NorthWood. Phil Jensen, 81-62 in 14th year at Warsaw, 110-74 in 18th year overall.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Warsaw, 60.14, 111th overall, 31st in Class 6A. NorthWood, 55.68, 140th overall, 33rd in Class 4A.
LAST OUTING: NorthWood defeated Elkhart Memorial, 30-15. Warsaw defeated Wawasee, 14-13.
VS. COMMON FOES: NorthWood 2-2, Warsaw 3-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: NorthWood 25-24, Warsaw 24-25.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: NorthWood, 9-6.
LAST MEETING: Warsaw, 17-10, overtime, Oct. 5, 2012.
PREDICTION: Warsaw, 28-21.
Fairfield (6-1) at Churubusco (7-0)
GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, Churubusco field.
COACHES: Bob Miller, 78-49 in 12th year at Fairfield. Paul Sade, 7-0 in 1st year at Churubusco.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Churubusco, 62.25, 96th overall, 9th in Class 2A. Fairfield, 49.36, 167th overall, 37th in Class 3A.
LAST OUTING: Fairfield defeated Lakeland, 49-10. Churubusco defeated Culver Academy, 20-3.
VS. COMMON FOES: Fairfield 5-1, Churubusco 6-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Fairfield 19-30, Churubusco 17-32.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Fairfield, 8-7.
LAST MEETING: Churubusco, 29-23, Oct. 5, 2012.
PREDICTION: Churubusco, 35-21.
Mishawaka (5-2) at Mishawaka Marian (4-3)
GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, Marian Field (WAOR, 95.7 FM).
COACHES: Bart Curtis, 53-18 in 6th year at Mishawaka, 164-85 in 23rd year overall. Reggie Glon, 127-86 in 20th year at Mishawaka Marian.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Mishawaka, 70.9, 64th overall, 16th in Class 5A. Mishawaka Marian, 64.62, 89th overall, 12th in Class 3A.
LAST OUTING: Mishawaka defeated South Bend Adams, 28-14. Mishawaka Marian lost to South Bend Riley, 20-0.
VS. COMMON FOES: Mishawaka 3-0, Mishawaka Marian 2-1.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Mishawaka 22-27, Mishawaka Marian 19-30.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Mishawaka Marian, 5-4.
LAST MEETING: Mishawaka, 31-28, Oct. 5, 2012.
PREDICTION: Mishawaka, 24-17.
South Bend Riley (4-3) at Penn (7-0)
GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, Freed Field (WGCS, 91.1 FM; WTRC. 95.3 FM).
COACHES: Brian Stultz, 8-20 in 3rd year at South Bend Riley, 19-50 in 7th year overall. Cory Yeoman, 113-25 in 11th year at Penn.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Penn, 98.3, 5th overall, 5th in Class 6A. South Bend Riley, 67.15, 79th overall, 17th in Class 4A.
LAST OUTING: South Bend Riley defeated Mishawaka Marian, 20-0. Penn defeated South Bend St. Joseph, 58-7.
VS. COMMON FOES: South Bend Riley 2-0, Penn 2-0.
OPPONENTS' RECORDS: South Bend Riley 25-24, Penn 19-30.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Penn, 11-0.
LAST MEETING: Penn, 43-0, Oct. 5, 2012.
PREDICTION: Penn, 45-7