One more successful road trip — granted, it’s barely a four-mile drive — is all that separates Greenwood High School from its first undefeated regular season since 2003.
“We’ve addressed it to the team,” said seventh-year Greenwood coach Mike Campbell. “First we wanted to win the (Mid-State Conference), which we have, but we don’t want to stop there. We have an even bigger game (tonight) against a county and conference rival.”
That opponent is Whiteland (5-3), which has won four of its past five games and pasted Plainfield 39-14 last week. Campbell and Whiteland coach Darrin Fisher are close friends.
The Class 4A third-ranked Woodmen have ripped through most of their competition but have also notched a pair of 41-40 wins over Martinsville and Guerin Catholic. Led by senior quarterback Ben Heller (954 rushing yards, 406 passing, 23 total touchdowns) and senior running back Kole Stogner (1,242 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns), Greenwood is averaging more than 40 points a game.
Regardless of what happens in the tournament, Campbell said it has been gratifying to see the program turn around after losing seasons in his first five years.
“There have been a lot of ups and downs,” he said. “But to see that hard work is paying off for the kids that stuck with it . . . I think it’s been fantastic.”
I was a stellar 36-4 (90 percent) in our “Let it Rip” predictions last week to improve to 265-63 (80.8 percent) for the season. Let me know what you think of my picks on Twitter at @KyleNeddenriep. My hot streak bodes well for the Woodmen: Greenwood 35, Whiteland 28.
Ben Davis (7-1)
at Carmel (8-0)
Everything points to a defensive struggle. Ben Davis needs a win to gain a share of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference title. Carmel 14, Ben Davis 10.
Warren Central (4-4)
at Center Grove (7-1)
An amazing statistic for a team that has lost four games: Warren Central has not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points in a game. This will be its most difficult test. Center Grove 17, Warren Central 10.
at Fishers (6-2)
Brownsburg has already clinched the Hoosier Crossroads Conference championship and has a big game looming next week against Zionsville. If there’s a game for a letdown, this would be it. But Fishers is not expected to have quarterback Connor Christiansen, who sat last week with an injury. Brownsburg 24, Fishers 14.
at Zionsville (6-2)
Zionsville was completely shut down by Brownsburg last week in a 14-0 loss, unable to utilize its passing attack in the mud and rain. Avon could use some momentum heading into the tournament. Zionsville 28, Avon 21.
at Danville (6-2)
There may not be a better game tonight than this one between two Sagamore Conference teams that have exceeded expectations. Tri-West can clinch the league outright, while Danville is playing for a share of the title. Tri-West 26, Danville 24.