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1. Bishop Dwenger (5-0)
2. New Haven (5-0)
3. Leo (5-0)
4. East Noble (4-1)
5. Churubusco (5-0)
6. Snider (4-1)
7. Homestead (4-1)
8. Carroll (3-2)
9. Heritage (4-1)
10. Bellmont (3-2)
11. Wayne (3-2)
12. Warsaw (3-2)
13. Whitko (3-2)
14. Woodlan (3-2)
1 5. North Side (2-3)

Archers boss happy team wasn’t sloppy

– The 47 points and 414 rushing yards were glaring enough. So was Donovan Clark’s 249-yard, four-touchdown night in a 47-21 rout of Northrop on Friday.

But there was another number that caught South Side coach Eddie Fields’ eye: One.

That was the number of turnovers the Archers had on a sloppy field at Spuller Stadium, and Fields considered it every bit as important as all the other gaudy numbers.

“When we went to the double wing last year, the last eight games we averaged 33 points a game,” Fields said. “We just had to get our kids to believe a little bit. Another thing we talked about was getting rid of turnovers. Once we did that we were a little bit better off.”

Big matchup coming

With Homestead’s loss to Bellmont, New Haven looks to be in control of the NHC as the lone conference unbeaten. But the Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0 NHC) still have to play East Noble (4-1, 2-1) on the road Oct. 11.

“We have to focus and beat Norwell next week,” East Noble coach Luke Amstutz after the Knights’ 27-7 win over Carroll.

“Whatever happens, happens. New Haven is still undefeated, and we will get out shot at them eventually but we have to take it advantage next week and beat Norwell.”

Busco wants improvement

Despite improving to 5-0 with its 14-7 victory at Angola, the message from Churubusco coach Paul Sade in his postgame speech was that it must get better.

There were penalties, two crucial late fumbles and only one offensive touchdown. The defense had to bail out the offense – against the 2-3 Hornets – with six sacks.

“We need a lot of improvements. Mental toughness is a big thing,” said senior linebacker Teegan Brumbaugh, who had four sacks.