Student Sports Information Director - Guerin Catholic
After the Brebeuf Braves and the Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles both came away victorious in their playoff openers, the rematch became official. On October 5, Brebeuf traveled to Guerin and left with a 41-10 victory. While that was a big win against their rival, that game means very little compared to the playoff stakes associated with this week’s battle.
The sectional tournament began last weekend. The Golden Eagles defeated Crawfordsville 49-19 at home last Friday night. Although their loss to Brebeuf earlier in the year was difficult to swallow, this time around Guerin Catholic will field a much different team with some key players returning from injuries. Senior linebacker Charles Bock and senior cornerback Brian Ponder look to help the defense slow down the Braves offensive attack. Junior Nick Demas is also back from injury and looks to play key roles on both sides of the ball as well.
Referring to the players who are returning from injury, head coach Tom Dilley said, “Excited to have the guys back from injury but never know how they are going to look until they get out there.”
Even though their production on the field is unknown until the actual game, their leadership and presence alone should provide a big boost to the team. The team’s approach remains consistent no matter the outcome from previous games.
Talking about their game against Brebeuf earlier in the year and their approach towards the game on Friday, Coach Dilley said, “Our approach is our approach but we certainly learned some things and will make adjustments.”
One very important way for the team to continue to ride its positive momentum and improve upon last week is to bring energy to the practice field every day. In reference to their continued improvement, coach Dilley said, “Try and get better every day, enjoy your teammates, and be accountable.”
As for the Brebeuf Braves, they have had a very successful season thus far, posting a record of 8-2 even after they lost so many key players from last year’s team.
Brebeuf athletic director Ted Hampton said, “From my perspective, the 2018 Braves have exceeded all external expectations. Having graduated twenty seniors that included a starting quarterback, four offensive linemen, their leading receiver, and eight defensive starters from a 3A state runner-up, an 8-2 record with the sixtieth most difficult schedule in the state is very impressive.”
Although they may have exceeded outside expectations, their internal goals remain very high. Hampton said, “Internally, I know that this team is disappointed that that they let one get away with a close loss to Southport and are determined to return to Lucas Oil Stadium.”
Their determination has helped them win a lot of games this year but will certainly be tested on Friday. Regarding the challenges that the Golden Eagles will present the Braves, Hampton said, “The Golden Eagles are very well-coached and play incredibly hard. The back seven of their defense is incredibly talented and can easily take over a game.”
Knowing that, Brebeuf needs to limit their turnovers as much as possible when they possess the ball. One player to watch for on Brebeuf is Tyler Miller. In his first year as an offensive lineman he has been very effective. On the defensive side of the ball, he has been difficult for opposing offensive lineman to contain. Running back and linebacker Charlie Dapp will also look to be a difference-maker.
In what is going to be a very intriguing game on Friday night when two rivals clash with their seasons’ on the line, there is no question that both teams will leave everything they have out on the field in an effort to earn a shot at next week’s sectional title game.