Lafayette Jeff coach Andy Kennedy says that running back Darian Green will be a game-time decision for Friday’s game at Avon.
Green, a Ball State recruit, injured an ankle in the first quarter of last week’s loss to Brownsburg. He returned to play in the fourth quarter, but did not participate in contact drills at practice this week. It is likely that Green will dress and warmups will dictate whether or not he plays.
Green, the reigning Journal & Courier Big School Offensive Player of the Year, is a four-year starter. Irving Madden will start in his place if he has recovered from his own ankle injury.
McCutcheon built confidence and enthusiasm during a three-game winning streak that pushed the Mavericks into the Class 5A top 10.
But the second-half schedule was tougher, and the Mavericks have lost two in a row heading into Friday night’s game at newly crowned 5A No. 1 Westfield.
“The kids have stayed positive about that, and we’ve talked about the fact that we have a lot of momentum here,” McCutcheon coach Ken Frauhiger said. “We know who we’re playing; we understand that.”
Harrison played without junior linebacker/wildcat quarterback Seth Meyer last week due to a concussion, and he’ll also miss Friday’s game at Brownsburg.
It’s a big loss for a team that has made competitive strides since last season but hasn’t been able to break through and end its 32-game losing streak.
“Part of it is we need to get a little bit healthy,” Harrison coach Tony Martin said. “I’m not going to lie, Seth is a very important part of this football team.
“But the kids are gaining experience. We’re playing some sophomores now who’ve shown us they’re worthy of playing some varsity football. It’s allowed us to gain some experience for the tournament.”
Records in reach
West Lafayette senior running back Maurice Woodard, already the program’s leader in single-game and career rushing, is chasing two more big records.
Woodard’s 49 career touchdowns and 288 career points are both second to Daniel Wodicka. The 2009 Indianapolis Star Mr. Football, Wodicka finished with 52 touchdowns and 312 points.
Woodard will likely need a long tournament run to challenge Paul Durkes’ 1993 single-season rushing record. Durkes finished with 320 carries for 1,848 yards and 25 touchdowns. Woodard has rushed for 963 yards thus far this season.
West Lafayette came in at No. 25 this week in MaxPreps.com’s Small Schools National High School Football rankings.
When Heritage Christian dropped Central Catholic from its schedule, the Knights picked up Indianapolis magnet school Broad Ripple as a replacement.
It’s the schools’ first meeting since 1981, which also was a one-time scheduling. The Rockets have won four straight since opening the season with losses to Northview, a Class 4A team with a 5-1 record, and 4A No. 6 Chatard.
“For a 1A ballclub, I think they can bother some people just because of their physical size and athleticism,” CC coach Kevin O’Shea said.