Timeout Football: Other games to watch
September 26, 2013 9:56PM
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:44AM
Morton (4-1) at East Chicago (4-1), 7 p.m.
The skinny: Record-wise, this could be the best game of the week in Northwest Indiana. Aesthetically, it also could be the most entertaining since both of these teams can put up staggering offensive numbers. Morton is averaging 28.8 points per game, and that comes after a shutout loss to Munster. East Chicago is averaging 43.2 points per game, and that comes with a shutout loss at Lake Central in Week 2. Yes, their schedules haven’t exactly been strong, but now is the chance to see which team’s offense is for real. Will it be Torey Armstrong and the Governors or Martayveus Carter and the Cardinals?
N. Judson (2-3) at Kankakee Valley (2-3), 7 p.m.
The skinny: It’s a reunion of former coaching comrades and longtime friends as new Bluejays coach Kirk Kennedy faces his former Lowell assistant Brad Stewart, who led KV to a share of the Northwest Crossroads Conference title last year. It’s a different season for the Kougars, though they have improved lately behind quarterback Darrick Webster, who has 425 yards passing. KV had Hobart on the ropes in a 28-27 loss in Week 4, and throttled Griffith on the road last week. By the way, this is the second reunion for Stewart, who lost to Lowell and former coaching staff mate Keith Kilmer in Week 3.
Lowell (3-2) at Hobart (4-1), 7 p.m.
The skinny: Here’s one of those anomaly games that could be way more competitive than the average fan thinks. Lowell is actually rated a little higher in the state Sagarin ratings (64.33 to 61.53) despite having a worse record. Some of that is due to Hobart trailing in all five of its games despite being 4-1, and the Red Devils have won three straight in fairly convincing fashion after two close losses to start the season. Hobart quarterback Andrew Barras didn’t have a good game against Andrean (10 of 21 passing for 126 yards). He needs to have a better game against a tough Lowell defense.’’
River Forest (4-1) at Wheeler (4-1), 7 p.m.
The skinny: Here we go again … River Forest arrives at Wheeler undefeated in the conference midway through the season, hoping to keep moving toward a shot at the GSSC title that has only been won by two teams since it was formed (Wheeler and Whiting). The same thing happened two years ago and the Ingots were manhandled by the Bearcats. But this isn’t the same Wheeler squad with its only win against a young, struggling North Newton team. And this is a different River Forest squad with Malachi Sala doing it all with 710 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns (seven of them rushing).
— Steve T. Gorches