Heritage Hills (5-0) at no.21 Gibson Southern (5-0)
Players to Watch:
HHHS: QB Kydell Carter, RB Ethan Griepenstroh, OL/DL Spencer Buse
GSHS: QB Isaac Sellers, RB Dylan Stefanich, LB Trace Matsel
Winner: GIBSON SOUTHERN
GAME OF THE WEEK
no.12 Westfield (4-1) at no.10 Brownsburg (5-0)
Players to Watch:
WHS: QB Andy Sweet, RB Nate Froelich, LB Jackson Garrett
BHS: QB Hunter Johnson, RB Carson Gill, WR Bryce Kirtz
KEY STRENGTHS BY POSITION
Week six of the Indiana High School Game of the Week takes us to Brownsburg High School, home of the Bulldogs. Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival, Westfield Shamrocks, is on the road this week and looking to bounce back from a close loss to Hamilton Southeastern last week.
The Westfield Shamrocks post a 4-1 record as we enter the second half of the season. Senior quarterback, Andy Sweet, leads the offense with 152 yards and no interceptions on 58 pass attempts. A big reason for zero interceptions is the work of a strong offensive line giving Sweet time to drop back and stay accurate. He is supported by a two headed running attack with senior running back Jonathan Swidan and junior Nate Froelich. However, another member of the Rocks offense, kicker/punter Will Harrison, just might be the busiest guy off the field.
Harrison is a Division 1 commit to Western Michigan University as a soccer goalie. A regular day for Harrison includes completing a weightlifting class during second period followed by football practice followed by goalie practice and then finally home to wrap up any homework and pack up to do it all again the next day. His days typically begin around 6am and wrap around 10pm. Some might find this to be a grueling schedule, especially for a social high school senior, but for Harrison it’s all he’s known for the last four years.
The Brownsburg Bulldogs enter their homecoming game Friday undefeated. The Bulldogs are led by a strong defense including junior defensive back, Nathan Walton, who recorded 12 tackles last week against Fishers. The Bulldogs offense has also been very effective this year. Senior quarterback Hunter Johnson completed a 47-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Eli Johnson. Senior running back Devin Robinson also broke loose for a 71-yard run for touchdown to just edge out Fishers by a score of 14-10.
While the Bulldogs play on the field has been powerful it pales in comparison to the fight off the field two players have waged. Senior outside linebacker, Matt Runyon, made headlines last year after having a brain tumor removed and returning to the football field only months later. Then just this past year his family was due to move to St. Louis for his father’s job causing Runyon to miss his senior year at Brownsburg. Instead his parent’s decided to have his mother stay with Matt while his father commutes to and from St. Louis. This has allowed Matt to finish up at Brownsburg. Runyon has had no complications since his surgery.
Another Brownsburg player, junior center Mark Miller, has also recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor. He and his parents have elected to have surgery until after football season.
Friday night’s match up should be an exciting battle of the Rocks solid defense against the Bulldogs potent offense. The series over the last 30 years is 11-5 in favor of Brownsburg. – @IndianaHSGOTW