Class 5A Regional At A Glance
Concord (6-5) at Michigan City (9-2)
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. today
Last week: Concord 17, Elkhart Central 14; Michigan City 49, La Porte 7
Last meeting: Nov. 19, 2017 (Class 5A Regional) Michigan City 21, Concord 7
Season averages: Concord 23.4 points scored, 25.0 points allowed; Michigan City 43.5 points scored, 12.0 points allowed
Players to watch: CONCORD -- QB Ethan Cain (85-155-7 passing, 1,169 yards, 6 TDs; RB-DB Carter Neveraski (166 carries, 1,003 yards, 9 TDs; 39-74-3 passing, 573 yards, 5 TDs; 19 catches, 252 yards, TD; 3 INT); WR Julius James (39 catches, 689 yards, 5 TDs); WR Trayvon Sheppard (37 catches, 406 yards, 2 TDs); LB Max Welch (93 tackles, 4 TFL); LB Grayson Mast (83 tackles, 6 TFL); DL Cameron Lain (8.5 TFL); DL Payton Stevens (7 TFL). MICHIGAN CITY -- QB Bryce Hayman, RB-DB Lyric McFarrin, WR Demetrius Garrett Jr., WR Zennon Wilhelm, WR Tyler Siegmund, TE-DE Justin Wozniak, DL Royce Robinson Jr., LB Chase Triplett, DB Marquan Hurt, LB Nate Ware.
Outlook: While City has been on a devastating seven-game run of blowouts, it’s been an up-and-down season for Concord, which graduated most of its defense and several key components from its offense. Neveraski does it all for the Minutemen, leading them in rushing as well as seeing snaps behind center in a rotation with Cain, with James and Sheppard providing a dual threat at receiver. The defense had its best game of the season last week in the upset of Elkhart Central. “Concord has great tradition,” Wolves coach Phil Mason said. “Offensively, we are very smilier. They run a 4-3, which we haven’t seen since Valpo. They are well-coached always big and physical. I’m glad it’s at home.” Concord coach Craig Koehler believes his team has little margin for error if it is going to have a chance. “I like the fact that we’re playing our best football of the year, but we’re smart enough to know what we’re up against, the task that’s in front of us,” he said. “Overall, I think they’re a better outfit top to bottom, all three phases (than last year). It’s going to take our best game. It’s going to require us to play a near flawless game and have some breaks go our way, but we look forward to the challenge.” Last year’s game was played in frigid conditions and with a forecast for temperatures in the 30s and a possible wintry mix of precipiation, weather could be a factor.
Odds and ends: City has scored at least 42 points in its last seven games and allowed eight or less in four of those games. Concord lost its regular-season finale to Warsaw 45-3, its only game against a 6A team. Concord has won 10 sectionals. Both of City’s have come in the last two years. The game marks the first time a regional has been played at Ames Field.