Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 20, 2013

THE SKINNY: Football season flys by

By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — Time flies when you’re having fun, according to an old saying.

If that’s the case, then high school football must be a lot of fun.

It seems like just yesterday that sports reporter Greg Keim, photographer Sam Householder and I were making the rounds of the schools in our area, in the hot, humid dog days of summer, talking to players and coaches for previews of the 2013 season.

And now, that season – the regular season, anyway – is a wrap.

But the second season – the state tournament – is just beginning

It’s been an interesting season so far: Fairfield won a share of the NECC title with an 8-1 mark.

But in the Falcons’ minds, it’s an outright title, as Fairfield defeated both Churubusco and Lakeland.

I’m hard-pressed to disagree with coach Bob Miller and his crew. If you beat the team you “share” the title with head-to-head, it should be an outright title.

Meanwhile, Concord won another NLC title, despite a midseason stumble that saw the Minutemen lose back-to-back games to Jimtown and Plymouth.

A resurgent Northridge team under new coach Tom Wogomon went 7-2, and the future looks bright in Middlebury.

NorthWood and Wawasee finished in the middle of the pack in the NLC, and both drew tough first-round games: Wawasee will take on undefeated Leo at home and NorthWood travels to Kendallville to take on a tough East Noble squad.

Goshen finished a tough regular season at 0-9, but the Redskins, as part of the new four-team sectional configurations in Class 5A and the new Class 6A, get a week off to regroup a bit before taking on Elkhart Central in the sectional semifinals Nov. 1.

Concord is in the same boat, and the Minutemen will get a week off to rest a few injured players before taking on Elkhart Memorial Nov. 1.

At this time of the season, it doesn’t take long to separate the pretenders from the contenders. And with the blind draw, you just never know what you’re going to get. It’s very easy for the two best teams in the sectional to draw each other in the first round.

That is one of the intrinsic beauties of the blind draw, in my opinion: It keeps teams on their toes and creates plenty of opportunities for upsets.

The leaves are turning and the weather is getting colder – but the action on the gridirons of Michiana is heating up.

Contact sports editor David Vantress at 533-2151, ext.. 325 or by email at david.vantress@goshennews.com.