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September 3, 2013Rossville Middle High School
FHS passing comes alive late
Rudd shows passing game: When the Frankfort-Twin Lakes game was postponed due to lightning with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter on Friday, Frankfort quarterback Isaac Rudd was 1 of 7 passing for negative-2 yards. So you could probably say there was some concern about a Frankfort passing attack that was supposed to be vital this year.
But when play picked up on Saturday, Rudd found his touch. He hit Luis Medina on a 54-yard touchdown pass with 28.8 seconds left to tie the game up at 6-6. In overtime, Rudd threw two more touchdown passes – one to Brody Kirby and the other to Trevor Webster.
In the Week 1 game against Western, Rudd was 1 of 2 passing for 24 yards.
“With the first game, not having as many offensive players not playing well, we came out this game and had to be able to have a lot of offensive plays,” Rudd said. “We have some younger guys on the line and we have to get the line ready. This is practice for the next game. If we throw the ball and the line is competitive, they see we can get yardage on this and they’re going to get interested in it and block harder. It’s just going to be a head game.”
FHS soccer keeps rolling: After a 6-0 start in which the Frankfort boys’ soccer team has already scored 48 goals in six games, Hot Dog head coach Olegario Martinez is keeping his team on guard.
The schedule hasn’t been the most difficult, and Martinez wants his team to keep team expectations level – especially with a match against Harrison on Sept. 14. Harrison has beaten Frankfort three times in the past two years.
“We’ll see how we can play against big teams,” Martinez said. “Hopefully, we can be ready. You never know.
“(The 4-3-3) has been working so well for us we haven’t tried a 4-4-2 yet. When we play big schools like Harrison or Jeff, we may have to change the formation because they’re really, really good. I need to take the monkey off my back with Harrison. With Harrison, it seems like we come pretty close but not close enough.”
One player who’s been impressive this year is senior midfielder Dennis Mejia. Mejia mostly played on the flank last year but has helped the Hot Dog offense go. He had a goal an assist in a win over North Montgomery last week. Mejia scored against Crawfordsville and had a goal and assist against Rossville.
“He’s a playmaker,” Martinez said. “If Dennis is on his game, he makes everybody look good. At the beginning I had to talk to him a lot because he had a different mentality on the game and I said this isn’t how it works. You’re a playmaker and you need to make everybody look good. And he’s done a fine job so far.”
CP Tournament on Saturday: The Clinton Prairie volleyball team will host the Clinton Prairie Tournament on Saturday. It’s a four-team round-robin tournament that begins at 9 a.m. with each team guaranteed three games. The other three teams competing are Taylor, Sheridan and Western.
There is a junior varsity tournament that also begins at 9 a.m.
Central keeps the flex: After Clinton Central head football coach Justin Schuhmacher changed offenses in halftime of Week 1’s game against Northwestern, flipping from a wishbone to a flexbone, Schuhmacher kept the flex for this past weekend’s game against Western Boone. Jordan Petty scored a pair of touchdowns in a 48-12 loss.
“We were able to do some pretty good things out of that and, honestly, that’s what my background is more than the wishbone,” Schuhmacher said. “I feel like we made some good adjustments going into the week and throughout the course of the game.”
Freshman backup quarterback Keenan Orr also played in the last series. Orr completed a long pass to Cole Simmons that set up a six-yard TD run by Petty.
This week: This week’s schedule is mostly void of county head-to-head matchups.
Of matches that may be of interest, Clinton Prairie volleyball plays Class 4A power Harrison at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and Clinton Central volleyball has a tough match against a ranked 3A Western Boone squad on Thursday. The Stars defeated Rossville 3-0 on Thursday. The Gophers also have a tough Thursday matchup against Class A No. 7 Lafayette Central Catholic.
In cross country action on Thursday, Frankfort and Clinton Prairie will both run at Tri-West, while Rossville hosts the Rossville Invitational.
In Friday night football action, Frankfort plays at Class 3A No. 3/10 Western Boone and Clinton Prairie plays host to Class A No. 5/7 Sheridan. Clinton Central, meanwhile, travels to Southern Wells.
The Sagamore Athletic Conference girls’ golf tournament begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, hosted by Tri-West.