It’s already been an interesting football season, and it is only the pseudo-halfway point.
Things began on a sobering note when Columbia City senior Sam Dailey suffered a serious head injury in the season opener. But after spending some time in the hospital and at a rehabilitation center, Dailey recently went home and will continue therapy.
We have seen instant classics, like New Haven’s back-and-forth 41-35 win over Carroll in Week 4. We have also seen the big upset in Bellmont’s 14-13 win over Homestead that snapped the Spartans’ 22-game NHC winning streak in Week 5 – the Braves’ first win over the Spartans in 18 years. Don’t forget Bluffton’s 28-14 win over Garrett last week, its first over the Railroaders since 1981.
All this could lead up to a wild final month of the regular season
Bishop Luers, coming off four straight Class 2A state championships, has opened 0-5, the worst start to a season in the program’s illustrious 53-year history.
The Knights (who jumped up to 3A this year) have struggled mostly on offense, averaging only 10.6 points a game. They are coming off a 15-0 shutout loss to Wayne and have scored only seven points in the last two games.
Luers has been close, losing back-to-back overtime games – 14-13 to Northrop and 27-21 to South Side – to drop Kyle Lindsay’s career record to 0-6 mid way through his first full season as head coach.
While one Catholic school struggles, the other one looks to be getting better each week. Bishop Dwenger improved to 5-0 with an overtime win last week at Cincinnati LaSalle, a Catholic school power from Ohio.
After escaping against North Side 32-28 with a furious fourth-quarter rally, the Saints have blanked Northrop 35-0 and then got the big win in Ohio. The Saints have almost matched the win total of last year (6-7) and look to go past their 2011 total (7-5).
Dwenger closes the season with a home game against Indianapolis Cathedral on Oct. 4, at Snider on Oct. 11 for what looks to be the SAC title game, and the regular-season finale Oct. 18 at home against Bishop Luers.
Nobody has done it better – and more in the clutch – over the first five games than New Haven senior Jordan Hogue, who cemented the unofficial mid-way MVP title in a 41-35 win over Carroll in which he had two key interceptions and scored the game-winner on a punt return in the fourth quarter.
With the win, the Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0 NHC) have vaulted to the top of the conference race as the only undefeated team.
The receiver/defensive back/kick returner ranks No. 1 in the NHC in three categories and is top 10 in two others. His top rankings are interceptions (four), punt return yards (146 on four returns) and receiving yards (526 on 23 catches). He is third in the league in total touchdowns (10) and is sixth in total offense (781 yards). He also has 25 total tackles.
Hogue is beginning to make a name for himself recruiting-wise and recently picked up his first offer – from Ball State. There are surely more to come.