VIKINGS PREVIEW ON TONIGHT'S GAME
October 11, 2013Richmond High School
With two conference losses on the season the Huntington North High School football team (3-4, 3-2 in North Central Conference) looks to keep its conference title goals alive today with a home matchup against visiting Richmond at 7 p.m.
The Red Devils (6-1, 4-0 in NCC) are undefeated in conference play this season and will clinch the outright NCC title with a win against the Vikings. However, Huntington North will look to stay in the conference title chase if they are able to win out the remainder of the regular season. Coming off last week’s heartbreaker 34-33 loss at Muncie Central, Huntington North head coach Trent Fine said his Vikings are ready to get back after it this week.
“I think the kids know that we missed out on a little bit of an opportunity last week and we didn’t get the job done,” Fine said. “We are a better team than what we played like last week. We pretty much didn’t execute in every facet of the game.”
Fine said his team was looking to bounce back from that lackadaisical game with the hopes of giving Richmond its first conference loss on Friday. However, he acknowledged the challenge the Red Devils will present.
“They’re a very balanced team and although they don’t quite have the weapons they had last year, they do have a newer guys stepping up this season,” Fine said.
Richmond sophomore quarterback Jordan Christian has thrown for 1,439 yards this season on 131 attempts for 17 touchdowns. He averages just more than 200 yards a game while junior running back Derek Williams and sophomore running back Justin Holland split action in the backfield with Williams recording 220 yards on 54 carries and Holland recording 252 yards on 31 carries. Each back has earned two touchdowns this season while averaging less than fifty yards per game. What it lacks in rushing, the Red Devils make up for receiving output.
Richmond receivers Tyler Ripperger, Brendan Hegg, Antonio Brown and Matt Morrow have each broke the 200-yard mark this season with senior Marrow racking up 631-yards on 31 receptions for an average of 20 yards per throw. Marrow had found the end zone nine times this season while Brown has scored four times, Hegg scored three times and Ripperger scored two times.
“We’re going to have to contain those guys and they will be very well coached,” Fine said. “They’ve been traditionally good for awhile and they are guys that I know will come in prepared week-in and week-out. They’re going to make us work on both sides of the ball and that is going to make us better.”
The only Richmond loss this season was to undefeated New Palestine. Fine said he looks for his Viking team to rise to occasion and compete with Richmond just as New Palestine did.
“They’ve gotten beat by one good team this season and they’ve gotten the job done in a few close games this year,” he said. “They’ve managed to execute when they needed to and that’s what makes a good team. We’re trying to find a way to do that and get a good win at home. We are really looking to continue to grow and keep getting better through the Richmond and New Castle game heading into the sectional.”