Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 31, 2013

Kitson, nearing TD record, leads Falcons into semifinals

By GREG KEIM greg_keim@goshennews.com
Goshen News

---- — GOSHEN — Cameron Kitson is closing in on the record for touchdowns in a single season at Fairfield High School.

The 5-9 (175) senior speedster scored three TDs in last Friday’s 42-28 win at Maconaquah in the first round of the Class 3A, Sectional 26 tournament bracket. Kitson has 25 TDs this season (21 rushing and four receiving).

Falcon legend Jayme Mathews scored 27 TDs in 1996 to set the school record.

“Kitson is a threat every time he touches the ball,” Fairfield coach Bob Miller said. “All he needs is a seam in the defense and he can accelerate right through it. He is just a solid running back that can run with either power or speed.”

Mathews still holds the Fairfield record for rushing TDs in a single game with seven against Churubusco in 1996, rushing TDs in a career with 70 from 1993-96 and most points in a career with 453.

Twin Lakes (6-4) at Fairfield (9-1)

Kickoff: 8 p.m.

Series record: First-ever meeting

One week after making the long trip to Bunker Hill,the Falcons will be at home this week as the Twin Lakes Indians have to make the journey from Monticello to Benton.

Due to the travel time involved the kickoff has been moved to 8 p.m.

“It’s about two-and-a-half hours and that could stretch to three hours on a school bus,” Miller said. “I thought they might ask to play the game on Saturday, but I’m glad they didn’t.”

The Indians have wins over Logansport (17-7), Frankfort (24-21 in three overtimes), Delphi (20-8), Benton Central (42-12), North Judson (62-20) and Culver Military Academy (14-13). Losses have been to Lafayette Central Catholic (30-14), Rensselaer Central (45-0), West Lafayette (49-28) and Tipton (34-7).

The only common opponent is Culver Military. Fairfield was a 28-12 winner over CMA.

“Twin Lakes plays in an outstanding (Hoosier) conference and have faced some really good teams,” Miller said. “They are big with 300, 280 and 270 in the offensive line and a tailback that weighs 200.

“Twins Lakes does a lot of things. One game we watched they ran 24 different formations. That is a lot to prepare for a in a short time. The Indians are a spread pistol team. Right now they are about 60 percent run and 40 pass. We are trying to keep things very simple on defense. We want they players to react and not over think things. Twin Lakes is similar to Maconaquah except they might not have as much speed.”

Kitson is the leading rusher for the Falcons with 1,423 yards on 144 carries (9.88 per carry), followed by 5-9 (182) senior Lucas Miller 442 on 67 (6.60) and 5-7 (161) senior Tony Zook 420 on 87 (4.83).

Kyle Mast, 5-11 (150) senior quarterback, is 76-of-139 passing (54.7 percent) for 1,062 yards. He had 13 TD passes and three interceptions.

Reid Kammerdiener, 5-10 (234) sophomore kicker, has booted 49-of-54 PATs.

Leaders on defense are 5-10 (175) sophomore Mitch Dewitt 57 tackles and 46 assists, Lucas Miller 38 and 79, 5-5 (126) senior Forrest Glogouski 26 and 39 and 5-5 (182) junior David Sceniak 20 and 45. Dewitt has three interceptions, 5-5 (150) senior Ben Hunley, Lucas Miller and 6-2 (160) junior Nolan Miller each two.

Memorial (2-7) at Concord (7-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Series record: Concord 15-5

Last Meeting: Concord 38-7 in Week 2

The opposing team is a familiar one, but when the Concord Minutemen host the Memorial Crimson Chargers this time there will be a different quarterback at the controls of the home team’s offense.

Trevor Wilmore, 6-1 (177) senior quarterback, is not expected to play after suffering a partially-torn PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) in the final game of the regular season against Warsaw.

“Trevor has been medically cleared to play. But we don’t plan on using him unless we absolutely have to,” Concord coach Tim Dawson said. “The PCL is in the back of the knee and the injury doesn’t require surgery.”

That leaves the offense in charge of 5-9 (156) sophomore Jason Grooms and 5-10 (148) junior Cullen Fisher.

“Both of them have done a good job this season,” Dawson said. “They shared the quarterback role on an undefeated JV team. The plan is to start Grooms, but we will give Fisher a couple of series. Then we will probably ride the one that has the hot hand.”

Wilmore leaves some big shoes to fill as he is 81-of-156 passing (51.9 percent) for 1,473 yards. He has 20 TD passes and eight interceptions. Grooms is 4-of-6 for 36 yards and a TD and Fisher 4-of-9 for 76 yards in varsity appearances.

“We have told the guys in the offensive line they need to step up and embrace the two quarterbacks,” Dawson said. “We have told the kids about how Ryan McKibben won a sectional championship for us when (senior) Anthony Yoder couldn’t start the game at QB. We have told Grooms and Fisher they don’t have to win the game for us, just don’t lose it.”

Wilmore is the team’s leading rusher with 756 yards on 98 rushing attempts. Larry Smith, 6-0 (210) senior, has 273 yards on 43 carries and 5-10 (170) Jackson Marlow 259 on 41.

The top receivers are 5-9 (154) junior Jarrell Pointdexter 29 catches for 572 yards and nine TDs, 5-8 (166) senior Chris Martin 11 for 236 and two TDs, 6-2 (185) senior Adam Glanders 11 for 184 and two TDs (five games due to injury) and 5-1 (185) sophomore Matt Wilmore 10 for 153 and five TDs.

Ryan Tepe, 5-10 (160) junior kicker, has booted 43 PATs and four field goals for the Minutemen,

Leading tacklers for Concord’s Strike Force defense are 6-0 (195) sophomore linebacker Matt Moreno 33 tackles and 12 assists, 5-10 (211) senior linebacker Jake Kronk 35 and 28, 6-1 (255) senior lineman Curtis Brown-Watson 26 and 11 and 6-0 (171) junior safety Brandon Thomas 27 and 12.

Concord has picked off eight passes with 6-0 (187) senior Nick DeFreese having three, Kronk and Thomas both two.

Jimtown (8-2) at Rochester (8-2)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Series record: Jimtown 2-0

Last meeting: Jimtown 14-0 in 2009 sectional

Jimtown’s two losses have been to NorthWood (21-20 in Week 1) and New Prairie (25-7 in Week 5). Rochester has lost to Plymouth (35-0 in Week 2) and Tippecanoe Valley (42-21 in Week 7).

Leading rushers for Jimtown are 5-8 (160) junior Nik Olson 921 yards on 104 carries and 5-8 (180) senior Casey Adams 706 on 125. The Jimmies are a run-oriented team with 2,143 rushing yards and 318 passing. Marquis Schieber, 6-0 (165) junior quarterback, is 17-of-44 passing for 318 yards. He has five TDs and three interceptions. Adams has scored 11 TDs and Olson 10. Hannes Krogman, 6-1 (160) junior, has one field goal and is 38-of-40 on PAT kicks.

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