The high school football season hits week six this Friday night as fall has officially arrived.
Warsaw comes off a huge league win at Northridge last week, which still has the Tigers in contention in the Northern Lakes Conference.
Wawasee looks to upend unbeaten Plymouth on the road in a big NLC matchup.
Whitko, fresh off its third straight conference win, travels to Northfield for a huge Three Rivers Conference clash.
Tippecanoe Valley loads the bus and heads for Wabash still in search of its first win of the season.
Triton faces a huge home test as powerful New Prairie comes calling in Northern State Conference play.
Here’s a quick look at Friday night’s area match ups.
Goshen (0-5, 0-3) at Warsaw (3-2, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers are a huge favorite at home this week against the winless Redskins.
“The most important thing is that we have to focus on us, be prepared and just keep getting better as a football team,” said Warsaw coach Phil Jensen. “We have to keep moving forward.”
Goshen, which lost 34-12 to Warsaw a year ago, has now lost 18 straight games. The Redskins, under new coach Kyle Park, have been outscored 176-61 this season. Goshen has also lost their last six games versus Warsaw.
Warsaw upset the host Raiders last week with stellar play from all three phases. Quarterback Jake Mangas went 25-44 for 268 yards, setting single-game school records for completions and attempts. Riley Rhoades caught a school best 10 passes for 153 yards in the win.
“Our kids did exactly what we wanted last week,” Jensen said. “They took one play at a time. Jake played a fantastic game. Our offensive line was our players of the game. They battled.”
Wawasee (3-2, 1-2) at Plymouth (5-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.
The Warriors tough stretch of NLC games gets no easier this week.
The Rockies, ranked No. 7 in Class 4-A, are one of two league teams (Concord being the other) still unbeaten in conference action.
“The key for us this week is disciplined defense,” said Wawasee coach Josh Ekovich. “We have to be able to run the ball and win the turnover battle.”
Wawasee held on at home to edge NorthWood 27-21, while Plymouth beat Memorial 37-6 last week. The Warriors rushed for 260 yards in the win.
“I think last week builds our confidence,” Ekovich said. “We’ve been working on being more intense in practices.”
Warrior quarterback Gage Reinhard has thrown eight touchdowns and just one interception this season.
Wawasee beat Plymouth 52-35 in Syracuse a year ago.
Tippecanoe Valley (0-5, 0-3) at Wabash (1-4, 1-2), 7 p.m.
Is this the week that Valley breaks through and gets to taste victory?
The Vikings are 0-5 for the first time ever after a 40-22 home loss to Northfield last week.
“We just have to keep working and keep plugging,” said Valley coach Scott Bibler. “We are focusing on effort and attitude. We have to get better as a whole. We just are still having way too many mistakes.
“I want to see guys with the fire to compete and to go hard for four quarters. I want to see pride and heart this week.”
Wabash is 1-4 this year after going winless each of the past two seasons.
Valley defeated Wabash 62-20 in 2013.
Whitko (3-2, 3-0) at Northfield (4-1, 2-1), 7 p.m.
Whitko remains in control of its own destiny in the bid for a second straight conference title.
The Wildcats are 3-0 in the TRC, along with Rochester. Northfield is 2-1.
“Northfield a talented team with a lot of experience back from last year,” said Whitko coach Josh Mohr. “Coach Baker does a great job with his teams. They are playing well and have a lot of momentum, especially after beating Valley last week.
“They are 4-1 for a reason, they have put in the work to earn their record. We have stressed the mindset that every week is championship week since last spring. We must be focused and ready for a battle this Friday. We must take the steps to prepare and improve both mentally and physically throughout the week.”
Whitko beat Northfield 34-20 a year ago.
“I am proud of the kids for their hard work and dedication throughout the past three games,” Mohr said. “They have earned it. We must continue to push ourselves to improve every day and keep our aim on our goals.”
“We have to be focused and disciplined. Northfield is very similar, in scheme, to us. We must be disciplined on defense, do our jobs and trust the guy next to us to do his. Offensively we have to limit mental mistakes and turnovers.”
New Prairie (4-1, 3-0) at Triton (1-4, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.
Triton coach John Johns is looking for a couple of things this Friday night.
“I want us to compete for four quarters and play a complete game,” said Johns. “We need to go hard and eliminate the mistakes.”
Triton has lost four in a row, while the Cougars come off a tough 35-33 win over Jimtown last week.
“We understand that they are a 4-A team and we are a 1-A team, but there’s no reason for us not to play well,” Johns said. “We are good enough to compete.”
New Prairie beat the Trojans 62-0 last season.