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Football 2014: At Morton, Roydon Richards and Governors have it in perspective

In 1999, when Roydon Richards came to Morton, the Governors were a combined 2-28 over the previous three seasons and 13-54 dating to 1993. The place was perceived as a coaching graveyard. The job had “dead end” written all over it. Urban environment, plenty of …


Football 2014: Lake Central getting all its pieces — big and small — in place


When Brett St. Germain took the Lake Central job in 2010, the underperforming Indians were a mystery. Lake Central is the sixth-largest school in the state. The program had a history of success. In 1993, the Indians lost to Bloomington South in the state championship …

Football 2014: Under Jason Johnson, West Side offense putting up some impressive numbers


When Jason Johnson arrived at West Side, he tried the triple-option. It worked — for six games. After a 26-0 loss to Morton in 2011, Johnson scrapped the wishbone-style attack, opting for a more wide-open approach. The Cougars won their next two games, against Lew …

Football 2014: Renssalaer Bombers


Coach Chris Meeks Coach’s record At school: 119-64 (16th year) Overall: 119-64 (16th year) Last season Lost 27-0 to Tipton in semistate Key returnees QB Dylan Wright RB Rylan Arihood RB Trevor Hill RB/LB Ab Kiger Key losses WR/DB Avery Walker OL Noah Ahler Schedule …

Football: Rensselaer’s Kiger ready to do the impossible


Kiger is the exception, not the rule, since the torn ACL he suffered in the summer of 2013 was the second on the same left knee after tearing it during his eighth-grade football season.

Football 2014: Roosevelt Panthers


Coach Ronald White Coach’s record At school: 0-10 (second year) Overall: 0-10 (second year) Last season Lost 41-0 to Hammond in sectional opener Key returnees RB/LB Randell Felix QB Xavier Smith WR Kraig Buckingham Key Loss QB Darrin Payne Schedule Aug. 22 Michigan City Aug. 30 Chicago …

Football: Roosevelt to rule roost with Randell Felix

In his previous three seasons with the Panthers, Felix suffered through two winless seasons, and the one time Roosevelt did scratch the win column in his sophomore season, coach Jeff Karras was fired a week before the sectionals.

Football 2014: West Side Cougars


Coach Jason Johnson Coach’s record At school: 16-17 (fourth year) Overall: 16-17 (fourth year) Last season Lost 46-44 to East Chicago in sectional championship Key returnees WR Christian Jacobs WR Daronte Buggs RB Barrie Wesby DL Monte Steele Key losses WR Jon Vea’ Johnson WR …

Football: West Side’s Kenneth Hill wants to climb up the charts


That excitement likely stems from Hill’s two-year layoff from the game. He hasn’t played since his freshman year at Portage as the transfer process cost him both his sophomore and junior seasons.

Football 2014: North Judson Blue Jays


Coach Ted White Coach’s record At school: 0-0 (first year) Overall: 0-0 (first year) Last season Lost 43-14 to Rensselaer Central in sectionals Key returnees RB Mavrick Pitts RB Keaton Leszek FB Jordan Schultz C Gordon Burger Key loss QB Caston Sanchez Schedule Aug. 22 at …

Football: North Judson’s Pitts to give fits to opposing defenses


This year, there is no question who will have the ball in his hands out of the backfield first. It will be Pitts, a sturdy, 5-10, 170-pound bruiser.

Football: Knox looks to come up golden with Mario Rodriguez


Rodriguez, who will see time at defensive end and tight end this year, has taken his work ethic to new heights, hoping to make the most of his senior season.

Football 2014: Knox Redskins


Coach Chris McGowen Coach’s record At school: 7-13 (third year) Overall: 7-13 (third year) Last season Lost 58-6 to Andrean in sectional opener Key returnees DE/TE/WR Mario Rodriguez OL/RB Jake Krause QB Drew Dan FB Wayne Young K Alex Hernandez LB Austin Martin DT Bryce …

Football 2014: East Chicago Central Cardinals


Coach Jay Novak Coach’s record At school: 0-0 (first year) Overall: 3-17 (third year) Last season Lost 38-0 to Fort Wayne Dwenger in semistate. Key returnees None Key Losses FB/LB Patrick Shaw QB Carlos Fernandez WR Tre’Quan Burnett RB Anthony Hunt RB/LB Martayveus Carter OL/DL …

Football: East Chicago to put all on line with Brenden Monroe


Monroe, who could find himself playing football in college one day because of his 6-5, 320-pound frame, said guys like Keon Brown, DeAngelo Gonzalez, Denzel Thurston and Christian Guerrero were huge role models for him during the Cardinals’ historical run through sectionals, regionals and semistate.

Football: Bowman seeks next step behind Michael Hubbard


In a Sept. 14 win over Laporte Lalumiere, Hubbard had a defensive back’s dream, returning two interceptions back for touchdowns in the Eagles’ 41-0 win.