Having outscored its first five opponents by a combined 164 points, West Lafayette hasn’t shown many weaknesses.
One area where the Class 3A No. 4 Red Devils have struggled is penalties, including nine flags for 97 yards in last week’s 34-10 victory at Tipton. Most of West Side’s penalties have come for offensive holding or defensive offsides.
“Defensively we’re over-aggressive, which we’ve always said, unless it’s a really, really dumb situation, we’d rather them jump offsides than be back on their heels,” WL coach Shane Fry said. “There’s a fine line. Obviously, we’re talking about it.”
West Lafayette plays Class 2A No. 2 Rensselaer on Friday, with the winner maintaining position at the top of the Hoosier Conference.
Central Catholic, the other team unbeaten in Hoosier Conference play, travels to Tipton Friday night. The Knights have not lost a conference game since returning to the league in 2011.
After a non-conference trip to Broad Ripple next Friday, Central Catholic ends the regular season at home against Rensselaer and West Lafayette.
“If you want to stay in the hunt, this is a game you really need to have,” O’Shea said.
One more try
McCutcheon led Fishers 6-0 in last season’s Class 5A, Sectional 4 championship before the Tigers pulled away for a 38-13 victory. One year earlier, Fishers held on for a 29-23 sectional-opening victory.
The Class 5A No. 7 Mavericks make their final trip to Class 6A No. 7 Fishers as members of the Hoosier Crossroads Conference on Friday.
McCutcheon junior linebacker Lukas Robinson will miss at least two more games after suffering a broken ankle in practice last week. Mavericks coach Ken Frauhiger said quarterbacks Jami Frier and Aaron Phillips were both candidates to start against Fishers.
Class A No. 3 Winamac travels to No. 5 West Central Friday night in a matchup of Pulaski County and Midwest Conference rivals and Class A state champion hopefuls. The Trojans rolled over Winamac 49-7 in the regular season a year ago, but the Warriors returned the favor in the Sectional 33 final, 49-13.