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FB 1A SECT. 37 title preview: Eastern Hancock at #6 Scecina

November 2, 2012
By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports

Eastern Hancock (6-5) at #6/7 Indianapolis Scecina (8-3)
Friday, Nov. 2 at Key Stadium, University of Indianapolis
Webcast: HCSNRadio.com
EH #14 1A, Scecina #3 1A. Scecina listed as a 14-point favorite. .
Coaches: EH: Pat Echeverria (2nd year, 9-12). Scecina: Ott Hurrle (21st year, 138-107; 23rd overall, 139-116).
Best wins: EH 42-14 over Hagerstown (Week 10). Scecina 27-26 over Speedway (Week 4)
EH: Mid-Indiana Football (1-3, 4th). Scecina: Indiana Crossroads (5-2, 3rd);
Common opponents (EH 0-1, S 1-0)
Knightstown: EH lost 38-20 in Week 5, Scecina won 55-13 in Week 11.
Record vs. sectional teams: EH 2-1, Scecina 2-0
Record vs. 1A teams: EH 5-3, Scecina 4-0.
Outlook: These teams match up for a sectional championship, with an up-and-coming program that has come together at the right time against last year's Class A runner-up, which has a lot of pieces returning. The Royals are a team that has fused together youth -- many of their skill players are underclassmen -- and experience up front. Scecina is experienced and talented. 

While EH took a couple of shots in the regular season -- going 4-5 despite being competitive against some very good teams, among them Milan, Indian Creek and Knightstown -- two of which are still playing football -- the Royals hit all cylinders come state tournament time. In Week 1 of the sectional, EH pulled one of the biggest upsets of the season, upending No. 5/7 Hagerstown 42-14 for the Royals' first tourney win since 2006 and the program's biggest win since then. They followed it up with a 34-6 victory over Northeastern in the rain. QB Logan Splater is a 1,000-yard passer, but he didn't throw much vs. Northeastern -- just 5-of-7 for 30 yards. He's 11-of-16 for 116 yards and a touchdown in the Royals' two tournament games. But Splater, a sophomore, is a serious dual-threat player. He ran for 135 yards against Northeastern and has run for 226 in the tourney games, tallying four touchdowns. Spencer Gilbert is the Royals' 1,500-yard rusher. He had 140 yards and three TDs against Hagerstown, and followed it up with a 104-yard, two-TD performance against Northeastern, pushing him to 1,507 yards for the season. A junior, Gilbert is the old man of the Royals' offense -- slot Cooper Henderson (75 yards last week) is a sophomore, as is receiver Derrik Noel. Wideout Austin Smith is a freshman.

But the Royals will have to have another Hagerstown-like effort against a Scecina team that's scoring 33.5 points per game and has topped the 40-point mark in each of its last three wins. Among the Crusaders' three losses are defeats to 4A No. 3/4 Roncalli and 2A No. 1 Ritter. Scecina plays a schedule full of 2A and 3A squads, and it has prepared them for the tournament, in which they've outscored their two foes 95-26 in two road games. Their speed on the FieldTurf at Key Stadium will be a premium. Robert Rennick is a veteran QB, while David Tarver, Rocky Leffler and Jordan Brown form a strong trio of options for the Crusaders' triple-option rushing attack.

Regional host: Eastern Hancock would host either North Vermillion or Attica in the regional. Scecina would travel to North Vermillion but host Attica.

PARKING NOTE: Parking for this game is located in lots #17 and #19 on the UIndy campus. DO NOT PARK ALONG STATE AVENUE (which runs behind Key Stadium). Lot 17 is south of Key Stadium and east of (or behind) Nicosin Hall, UIndy's basketball arena Lot 19 is south of Hanna Avenue. It is due south of Lot 17, and is catacorner from Nicosin Hall. 

Eastern Hancock (6-5)
8/17 at Tindley W 40-6
8/24 at South Decatur W 61-7
8/31 INDIAN CREEK L 32-42
9/8 MILAN L 19-30
9/14 at Knightstown L 20-38
9/22 NORTH DECATUR L 21-41
9/28 at Wes-Del W 48-12
10/5 SHENANDOAH L 7-31
10/12 EDINBURGH W 35-12
10/19 HAGERSTOWN W 42-14
10/26 at Northeastern W 34-6

Scecina (8-3)
8/17 at Elwood W 27-12
8/25 vs. Speedway (at LOS) W 27-26
9/31 at Park Tudor W 32-7
9/8 BEECH GROVE W 47-7
9/14 at Roncalli L 7-28
9/22 at Lapel W 50-21
10/5 at Ritter L 18-36
10/13 LUTHERAN W 49-20
10/19 at Cambridge City Lincoln W 40-13
10/26 at Knightstown W 55-13

Sectional 37 glance
Friday, Oct. 19
Scecina 40, Cambridge City Lincoln 13
Knightstown 74, Indiana Deaf 52
Eastern Hancock 42, Hagerstown 14
Northeastern 22, Tri 0
Friday, Oct. 26
Scecina 55, Knightstown 13
Eastern Hancock 34, Northeastern 6
Friday, Nov. 2
Eastern Hancock (6-5) at Scecina (8-3) (at University of Indianapolis) Webcast: HCSNRadio

Class A sectional finals (rankings: AP/IFCA)
33: Winamac (8-3) at #8/8 West Central (10-1)
34: #4/3 Pioneer (10-1) at #1/2 Lafayette Catholic (10-1)
35: Adams Central (7-4) at North Miami (8-3)
36: #10/10 Tri-Central (10-1) at #9/9 Sheridan (7-4)
37: Eastern Hancock (6-5) at #7/6 Scecina (8-3)
38: #6/5 North Vermillion (11-0) at #-/RV Attica (8-3)
39: West Washington (8-3) at #-/RV Milan (8-3)
40: North Daviess (5-6) at #2/1 Linton (11-0)

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