Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 15, 2013

FRIDAY NIGHT REWIND: West Noble-Fairfield series a true regional rivalry


GOSHEN — Friday night was the 50th meeting in the series between the Fairfield Falcons and the West Noble Chargers.

Bob Miller has experienced the series as a Falcon player, as a Falcon assistant coach and for the past 12 seasons as the team’s head coach.

“This series is unique because of the closeness of the two schools,” he said. “We really don’t have that with any other school in the NECC.”

Miller recalled the Fairfield-West Noble game during his senior season. The game at Fairfield was won by West Noble 7-6.

“That is probably the biggest crowd we have ever had here,” the coach said. “Both teams were state ranked. There were people all over the place. There were people lined up at the fences all around the field.”

Rod Long scored West Noble’s touchdown and Rob Durham booted the PAT. Tracy Oberlin scored Fairfield’s TD.

“We went for two points and the win,” Miller explained.

Fairfield was coached by John Weaver and West Noble by Harold “Dutch” Reather.

Special night in Benton

It was alumni night at Fairfield and among the guests was John Weaver who made a halftime visit to the press box to chat with Andy Gall and Brent Carrick of ElkahrtCountySports.com on the Internet.

“John Weaver in football and Gary Harvey in track are two of the reasons why I am a coach today,” Miller said. “One of the things I always admired about them was how much they cared about their kids.”

That caring is still going on.

“When I first got the job here at Fairfield I got a letter from coach Weaver,” Miller added. “He told me not to forget to take long walks with my wife. He said it was important to take time to get away from football.”

Gall also offered an example of Weaver’s caring.

“My senior year at Fairfield I received an outstanding choir member award and the first person to congratulate me was my football coach,” he said.

“That is the kind of guy he is and the kind of coaches we are still trying to be here at Fairfield,” Miller said.

Mast grows into role

Fairfield’s senior Kyle Mast has seen the signal caller’s position from a number of different places on the field. He started out his career as a wide receiver for the Falcons before moving to defensive back and then into his new role as the team’s field general for this season.

Friday night against West Noble was just his fourth varsity start but the newcomer responded more like a veteran. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns.

“Kyle feels playing wide receiver and defensive back have helped him learn the quarterback role,” Miller said. “After seeing the QB position from other angles he understands why things are done the way they are.”

Goshen at NorthWood

Back-of-the-playbook magic    

Fake punts usually either succeed grandly or fail miserably.                

Friday night against NorthWood, on a fourth-and-2 play, the Redskins executed the fake punt beautifully, with John Trenshaw picking up a hard-nosed eight yards and the first down.

Unfortunately, the trickery did not lead to a TD for the Redskins, as the drive later stalled at the NorthWood 37.

Still, Goshen head coach Mike Cheviron found it a bright spot on a down night for the Redskins, who fell to the Panthers, 35-21.

Double duty                

Not many quarterbacks play both ways at the 5A level. But Goshen’s Derek DeMeyer is an exception to that general rule.   Friday night against NorthWood, DeMeyer, instead of throwing an interception, picked off the other guy’s pass, snagging a pass off Will Kirkwood.        

Long drive                

One good way to keep your opponent from scoring is to keep their offense off the field.                

NorthWood got just the kind of lengthy drive that can make that happen Friday night against Goshen, chewing up 3:42 of clock on a 12-play, 83-yard drive that culminated with a 9-yard TD pass from Will Kirkwood to Tanner Cleveland.

Dearth of takeaways                

Goshen had two interceptions of NorthWood quarterback Will Kirkwood in Friday night’s game. They were the first takeaways for the Redskins since Week 1 at Carroll.

Concord at Wawasee

Hail Willmore

The Hail Mary pass doesn’t work all that often — but when it does,  it works spectacularly.

That was the case Friday night at Wawasee, as Concord QB Trevor Willmore found receiver Brandon Thomas in the end zone for a 37-yard TD pass just before halftime.

The score put the Minutemen up 24-10 at the break and provided a boost for Concord as the Minutemen improved to 4-0 overall (3-0 NLC).

Offensive outburst

The Minutemen exploded for 485 total yards Friday night against Wawasee: 266 through the air and 219 on the ground. Willmore scrambled for 118 of those rushing yards.

Plymouth at Northridge

Ground struggles

Northridge has been going to the ground game a bit more in 2013, but the Raider rushing attack struggled against the Rockies, with just 56 yards.

Still, the Raiders ended up with 225 yards of total offense as quarterback Tanner Love was 13-of-30 for 169 yards and a TD with a pick.

Angola at Lakeland

Stingy defense

As far as defensive showings go, it just doesn’t get much better than Lakeland’s showing against the visiting Angola Hornets Friday night.

Lakeland held Angola to minue-8 yards rushing and 31 yards passing. For those of you keeping score at  home, that’s 23 het yards on the night.

The Lakers (4-0 overall, 3-0 NECC) also got a defensive score, as Wyatt Petty scored on a 44-yard fumble return.