The Hoosier State high school football gridirons enter the postseason tomorrow night. And thanks to Indiana's blind draw, one of those match-ups will be a first round showdown of 8-and-1 teams who are extremely familiar with one another.
"I'm not a fan of the blind draw, but it doesn't matter," says Gibson Southern Titans head coach Nick Hart. "It is what it is at this point."
And what it is, is a rematch of a week seven showdown between Gibson Southern and Mount Vernon. What it was, was a 54-6 thrashing, which ended Mount Vernon's unbeaten season. It also served as a milepost on the Titans march to the Pocket Athletic Conference crown, led by quarterback Brady Allen lethal laser of an arm. The Purdue-bound signal caller finished the regular season passing for 35 touchdowns, no interceptions, while completing 74 percent of his passes for over 23-hundred yards. Their lone setback, an early season loss to Kentucky powerhouse South Warren.
"It's been a special year," says Gibson Southern senior quarterback Brady Allen. "Except for the South Warren game, I think we've really rolled. Really played to our potential. Just trying to do the little things each week. Executing. Not giving anybody else an advantage, where we hurt ourselves and then they take advantage."
"We're playing really good football," says Hart. "Really happy with where we're at in all three phases of the game. We still want to get better every single day. Especially since that loss, we're playing at a really high level."
Going to that first night of October, when these two last cross paths at Mount Vernon's Memorial Stadium, as the score indicates, everything went the Titans way.
"A lot of things went well for us," says Allen. "We really came off two good wins. Then, got into that game and continued to play well."
"High school football's funny," says Hart, "with momentum and the way things kind of get rolling, and we got on a roll that Friday night, and they couldn't really get us off of that roll."
However, that's ancient history. Led by sensational sophomore signal caller Nicot Burnett, head coach Luke Messmer's Wildcats bounced back from that blowout to crush a very good North Posey squad 42-to-14, before fininshing the regular season with a 54-6 walloping of Washington to post an impressive 8-1 mark.
"They're very good very well-coached," says Hart. "You look at every game they've played except for ours, they've played really good football. There's not a lot of weaknesses in what they do. Defensively, I think we're about the only ones that have scored on them. Offensively, they do such a great job of moving the ball. The Burnett kid trhrows it around really well. Their ground game's very good out of the gun."
"Can't over look them," says Allen. "They're a very good coached football team. Gotta take it one play at a time. Try to win each rep and see how things go."