Kyle Hill (@Coach_Kyle_Hill)
Scout & Writer
Indiana Preps Game Preview: Sectional 24 – Championship:
Evansville Central @ Evansville Memorial – 11/06/2020
Evansville, Indiana: We have reached Sectional Championship Week, where teams still competing in the State Tournament will play for spots in next week’s Regional Championship games.
We have a premier matchup approaching in the city of Evansville, as the Memorial Tigers (8-3 in 2020, T- # 12 – AP, and the defending Class 4A State Champions) host the Central Bears (11-0 in 2020, # 2 – AP, # 3 – Coaches, # 10 – INPreps Power 25, SIAC Champions) in the Class 4A, Sectional 24 Championship Game. This is a rematch of a Week 3 (September 4) neutral-site game, which was won by the Bears, 21-10.
The Bears, led by an experienced, explosive, and powerful backfield of Sr. TB Tory Evans (929 yards rushing, 13 TD’s), Sr. FB Javontae’ Madison (726 yards rushing, 10 TD’s), and Sr. FB Jacob Boberg (718 yards rushing, 7 TD’s), along with an experienced offensive line, have rolled along to the tune of 300+ rushing yards per game. Sr. WR Camdyn Counts serves as a big-play threat in the Bears’ passing game.
Boberg, as a LB, serves as a leader for the Central defense, and leads the Bears with 98 tackles (and 6 sacks) on the season. Others to watch defensively for the Bears are LB Julian Johnson (70 tackles) and Evans at FS (58 tackles).
The Tigers, bringing plenty of championship experience into this one, have won eight consecutive games following an 0-3 start. Sr. QB Colton Pence (1,663 yards passing, 15 TD’s) leads the Memorial offense, while Jr. TB Xavier Tyler has stepped up in the postseason, rushing for 90+ yards in each Sectional game, along with a total of 4 TD’s). Tyler also serves as a key receiver in the Tigers’ passing game. The Memorial receiving core is one that is balanced, featuring six receivers that have caught 2+ TD passes on the season.
Jr. LB Josh Russell (71 tackles), Jr. Will Rogers (70 tackles), and Jr. DL Aiden Farmer (65 tackles, 7.5 sacks) serve as the leaders of the Memorial defense. Jr. DB John Shea (55 tackles) is another one to watch for the Tigers.
Can the Bears keep things rolling into the Regional, or will the Tigers’ championship mettle emerge victorious? A Sectional Championship awaits the winner.