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1 2 Sports ,,,. ,'.,._-- .............. ............................ The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 9, 1987 Rutter on Sports By DAVE RUTTER On th,00 road to Indy? What's ahead for the Wildcats Somewhere down the road when the nip of late November catches Indiana in a chilled bear hug, the people who follow Mater Dei's football team hope to be buying tickets at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. That's where the best in Indiana will gather to tangle for all the state football goodies. Yes, yes, I know. You have to take them one at a time and the Wildcats still have Castle and Memorial before their tournament opener at Southridge. And then there are four more dates before anyone starts to think seriously about the real big stuff. Along the line, the Wildcats probably will have to deal with Tell City and perhaps In- dianapolis Ritter which was ranked No. 3 in class 2A last week before losing to Indianapolis Manual. No use talking to Coach Frank Will about this subject. He's got his game face firmly anchored and he's thinking bad thoughts about Castle and Memorial. He's not about to jabber about the tour- nament with so much pride riding the next two weekends. But fans can wish and ponder the possibilities. There is no harm to such wistfulness so long as the exercise is seasoned by perspective., What one should first deduce from the state's 2A ranking is that there is little doubt where the big hitters in Indiana football are this season. All one needs to do is check the football rank- ings and see how many times teams from Fort Wayne are mentioned. FORT WAYNE NORTH and Snider were ranked third and fifth respectively in the latest big- school 5A ratings and Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger was No. 1 in class 3A (the same division as Memorial) even before beating city rival Snider last weekend. And Fort Wayne Luers, the city's other Catholic high school, was No. 2 ,n Class 2A last week. The Knights likely will be No. 1 now that Rochester has taken its first shiner. The talk around the state is that Luers is the team to beat in 2A, and the folks on Evansville's West Side should appreciate why the scuttlebutt backs the Knights. By way of comparison, Luers has climbed to its ranking the same way Mater Dei has -- by play- ing and defeating schools with larger enrollments. As with Mater Dei, Luers plays no 2A teams during the regular season and, in fact, does not play outside the city's lO-team league. Indeed, Luers' clearest demonstration of ability was its 17-14 loss to North. There is an apparent reflection in Mater Dei's 20-13 loss to Central. What Luers has -- and Mater Dei does not to this point -- is a state reputation built on tourna- ment success. The Knights captured the 2A title in 1965. And some observers believe this to be a superior team. "It's hard to compare, bu this team has clone better in the regular season," aid Luers atheltic director Ron Stanski in a telelhone interview. "The year we won the title, we were 5-3 in the regular season. That year we were beaten up pretty good by the big schools, but this year we've done OK." IF MATER DEI does run into Luers, what will the Wildcats face? Here's a snapshot. A. Luers averages 210 pounds from end-to-end on offense and likes to power the ball from the 'T' formation. The tackles are 235 and 240 pounds, but the best athlete on the front probably is 6-foot-6, 205-pound end Matt Carrier. The other of- fensive end is 6-4. B. Allen Underwood (150 pounds) and Fred Moore (170) share tailback duties and Dan Lee (5-11, 165) is the quarterback. C. Hitters. This team is fundamentally sound and uses most of its best players both offensively and defensively. Matt Minnick (6-1, 215) and Ed Miller (5-11,205) are two of the masterblasters on K of C football league play The third week of the regular season for the Memorial High School Knights of Columbus Council 565 Grade School Foot- ball League was held at Memorial Tiger Field, Evansville, Oct. 4. The first game of the after- noon had St. Benedict's going up against Christ the King/Holy Spirit. After a scoreless first quarter, Christ the King/Holy Spirit, on a 31-yard pass from Joe Angermeier to Ryan Brownlee at a PAT by Brownlee, took the lead. The third quarter, like the first quarter, was scoreless. ran 80 yards for the touchdown. The PAT attempt failed. Christ the King/Holy Spirit won 13-6. The second game saw the bat- tle of the unbeatens, as St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer went up against Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd. In the first quarter, Matt Swanson of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd fought his way for three yards for the touchdown and scored the PAT. The second quarter saw Brian Henning of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd go three yards for the touchdown and Matt Swanson scored the PAT. With the kick-off to start the However, the fourth quarter yards for a touchdown. The s v... EVERY SUNDAY All Ages suing kick-off, Ben Leingang, of St. Benedict's picked up the ball on the 30-yard line of Christ the King/Holy Spirit and RUXER COMPLETE INSURANCE SERVICE defense. "Yes, we have a pretty big offensive line, much bigger than when we won the title, and we probably throw a little more than we did in that season," adds Stanski. The coach is Matt Linzy who understudied seven years until the previous boss took the Bell- mont job this year. How Mater Dei would stand up with this team, no one can tell with any surety. ,But the Wildcats' fans can dream about the what-might- be's. Just don't ask Frank Will about it. It has been a week since Mater Dei's 23-22 win over Henderson County and the smoke still is ris- ing from encampments across the river. Despite the unseemly acrimony that followed the game, we can state these things with some measure of safety. A. Frank Will did not conspire with a SIGECO employee to turn off the Reitz Bowl lights momen- tarily, thus depriving the Colonels of their momentum. B. Henderson County was the beneficiary of several terrible calls, but so was Mater Dei. C. The Colonels would be wise not to taunt their opposition during TD runs. Their subsequent assertions of bad sportsmanship against Mater Dei tended to be diminished as valid criticism. D. Will is one of the finest men I have known in this busness. For an opponent to call him a "bnsh-league coach" is demeaning, but less to Will than to the author. E. There is no reason Henderson County can't win the state title in Kentucky, but more maturity would be advised. The officials may not have been their friends at Reitz Bowl, but the Colonels' most grievous wounds in this game were self- administered. continues third quarter, Matt Swanson for Theresa/Holy Redeemer will -, Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd meet St. Benedict's in the first received the ball and ran 70 game at 1 p.m. The second HUNTINGBURG Buehlers I.G.A. "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY FOODS, MEATS HUNTINGBURG yards for the touchdown. Steve Markwell added the PAT. In the fourth quarter, Steve Markwell of Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd ran four yards for the touchdown. The PAT attempt failed. Greg Schellhase of St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer ran three yards for a touchdown. Matt Vollman kicked for two points for the PAT. Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd defeated St. Theresa/Holy Redeemer 27-8. This weekend, St. game at 2:30 p.m. will have Christ the King/Holy Spirit playing Holy Rosary/Good Shepherd. NEIDIG Compliments Nass & Son Inc. FUNERAL HOME Huntingburg, Ind. 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