Jeffrey D. Nicholls/Post-Tribune Post-Tribune sports writer Steve Gorches
Updated: October 21, 2013 2:35PM
Valparaiso (2-2) at Chesterton (3-1), 7 p.m.
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The skinny: The Meridian-Campbell Duneland Conference rivalry (these two schools are on the same road that changes names at U.S. 6) that means a little more this year since both teams are 2-0 in the DAC. The winner keeps its title hopes alive while the loser likely looks ahead to the new 6A sectional. The Trojans have been rolling offensively — at least after some slow starts. Senior quarterback Cole Teal is running the triple option like he’s been doing it for years. Actually, he has … just not at the varsity level much since he was the backup the last couple years.
Munster (2-2) at Morton (4-0), 7 p.m.
The skinny: This nonconference matchup may not seem important, but it’s a definite tuneup for both teams looking to be better than last year. The Mustangs have already matched their win total from last season, but one of those victories was against Morton, which hovered around the .500 mark last season while winning its fourth straight sectional title. Quarterback Torey Armstrong (260 yards passing and 294 yards rushing) has the Governors’ offense looking good this season, and Munster will be another test for him.
Highland (3-1) at Lowell (2-2), 7 p.m.
The skinny: It’s been forever since Highland had the better record between these two when they met in the regular season. The Trojans are also trying to improve after already matching their win total from last year, but that means accomplishing two rare things for the program — winning four games in a season (last happened in 2005) and winning a conference game, which has only happened once in the last six years. Beating the Red Devils at The Inferno won’t be easy. George Fields is second in the area in rushing (based on stats reported to the Post-Tribune) with 521 yards.
Crown Point (2-2) at Portage (1-3), 7 p.m.
The skinny: Portage fans are just happy to be able to watch their team at The Warpath for the first time in the regular season. A quirk in the schedule had the Indians on the road for the first four weeks. Portage coach Wally McCormack wishes his squad was in better position for its first home game. But losing at Lake Central and Merrillville isn’t anything to be too upset about since those were the two favorites in the DAC before the season. Gage Pearman (345 yards passing, 109 yards rushing) and Nick Cherry (188 yards rushing) will need to step it up for the Indians.
— Steve T. Gorches