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  1. Doesn't bode well for Dugger Union's pending IHSAA membership pending in 2022-23... Union plays five games to keep football going Friday, August 23, 2019 By Andrew Bowen SPORTS WRITER DUGGER -- A small Bulldog football team will play a smaller schedule in 2019. Union football coach Jeff Griffith said the ‘Dogs will play only five games this fall because less than 20 players are on its roster. Noblesville HomeSchool, Anderson Prep Academy, Riverton Parke, and Edinburgh have been dropped from the schedule. Read below on situation at Dugger, as well as several of the ir 2019 scheduled opponents. Youve got to think that pulling the plug might be the better option than risking injury and continuing to fund such a futile operation. “We’re only playing five games,” he said, “but we’re trying to keep Dugger football going. We’re looking to the future.” The Bulldogs’ first game will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 31, when they host Rock Creek Academy. Their other games will be Southside Crimson Knights at home, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14; at Martinsville (IL), 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20; Indiana School for the Deaf, home, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5; and at Indianapolis Tindley, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. “We spoke to all the other schools,” Griffith said. “They’re about in the same situation we are. They only have 15 to 22 kids aside from the Deaf School.” Eighteen players are out for the team, about the same number as last year. However, Griffith said more of this year’s squad are academically eligible to play. “We’re got more eligibles this year,” he said. “Of the 18, we’ve only got two that aren’t eligible.” With its numbers, he continued, Union ought to be playing a JV schedule. “With our boys, we’re just trying to keep healthy,” he said. However, he pointed out only two of the players are seniors. Griffith said eight to 10 eighth-graders have come out for the junior high team. He said Union could field as many as 24 players in 2020 because “they’ll be coming up next year. “We’re looking bright in the future, we’re hoping,” he added. Quote
  2. Check out some of the cross country matchups in below story. Well heeled alumni are likely footing the bill for these expensive road trips. Nonetheless - is a good idea? For an opening night, this slate of games will be as good as any for the rest of the season. Eleven ranked teams are featured and four games include Top 25 matchups. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) travels to the West Coast to play De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) in our game of the week. The last time these two played was in 2011 and Joey Bosa led the Raiders to a dominant 30-6 win. The three other Top 25 games feature No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) hosting No. 12 Corona Centennial (Corona, Calif.), No. 2 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) traveling to South Florida to face No. 9 Miami Central (Miami) and No. 21 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) heads to Southern California in a big-time matchup vs. No. 3 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.).
  3. Yours truly set the Highland school record with an 86 yard touchdown reception on that dump back in 1978. LOL
  4. Maybe a bigger and more damaging trend impacting the game is the fact that fewer people are watching because the game has become homogenized and boring. Attendance everywhere is down, especially at the college level. Not good. TV ratings have been on a downward trend for several years. High school football stadiums sit 80% empty on Friday nights. Bet those admins and ADs wish they had some of that stadium expansion money back. Lake central built a $5M football palace 5 years ago and has stunk up the place ever since.
  5. Contraction is not about the like or dislike of football. It is primarily a business-economic decision, as well as a very high level competitive balance issue. Taken in the right context, contraction is an important tool designed to cull the bottom feeders and non performers from the pool of participating schools, hence raising the bar for those remaining to compete. I will admit, I do not like football like I used to. The game has changed too much. Its rather boring as most schools play the same offensive schemes, load their best athletes on one side of the ball, and blatantly ignore the defensive side of the game. I caught a few plays of the Arizona Cardinals the other night with Kyler Murray at QB. Honestly, it looked like a high school game. Great position players like offensive linemen , fullbacks and linebackers have been marginalized to the point where their impact on the outcome of games is minimal. Its unwatchable for me. Its the game young people have grown up watching, but the majority of fans are still in the 35 to 70 age range, an era where football was played on a much more physical level . I much prefer, and sorely miss, that style of play.
  6. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bobcook/2018/08/31/why-high-school-football-is-dying-a-slow-death-its-not-just-concussions/#7f3237e77540
  7. https://www.nwitimes.com/sports/high-school/football/football-is-back-read-up-on-the-duneland-athletic-conference/article_c54acaa9-ae48-5ca8-a8c6-0a45f129f4f3.html Highlights : Michigan City is The Big Dog Valpo moves to 5A Merrillville on the comeback Portage could surprise Lake Central still stinks
  8. Looking for a breakthru-breakout season from the following schools, by conference : Northwest Crossroads - Highland Coach Pete Koulianos has this program heading upward after a long dryspell for the Trojan football program. Highland can compete with Hobart, Munster and Kankakee Valley in the NCC - now have to keep improving to close the gap on Lowell and Andrean. Duneland Conference - Portage Another tradition rich program that has since many lean years since its last conference title. Look for Portage to move up a rung or two in The DAC hierarchy. Northern Lakes - Warsaw The Tiger's should grab the NLC by the throat in bart Curtis' second season and become the annual big dog given their huge numbers advantage over the other conference schools. Warsaw has designs well beyond a league title. Curtis plans on making some noise in the 6A tournament. SAC - Wayne Loaded with talent. Depth will be the ky to determine if this program can continue to improve and challenge the traditional public and private powers for conference honors. MIC - North Central Panthers will be in the hunt for a MIC title under Kevin O'Shea. No longer a darkhorse, NC is a real contender and a new threat for the 6A title. Hoosier Crossroads - Noblesville Short term goal for NHS is to break into the top half of the conference. Long term, and HCC championship and post season success. Justin Roden is a state championship winning coach, like Kevin O'Shea, and will keep this program moving higher and higher. Hoosier Heritage - Greenfield Central Expect immediate improvement from GC under first year Coach Travis Nolting. Lots of resources to work with in this chronic under achieving program. GC will surprise a few people this year.
  9. I see Noblesville following a similar track as North Central
  10. Noblesville is the darkhorse in this conference. They made great progress last year and always play a rugged non con schedule. I expect to see Noblesville surpass HSE and Fishers very soon and break into the top half of the conference. Justin Roden has this program on the move. NOBLESVILLE MILLERS Coach: Justin Roden, 4-6 in 2nd year at school, 51-26 in 7th year overall DATE OPPONENT EASTERN TIME OA 0.0, DA 0.0 Aug. 23 Indianapolis Cathedral 5A 7:00 pm Aug. 30 at Carmel 6A 7:00 pm Sep. 6 Fishers 6A © 7:00 pm Sep. 13 at Westfield 6A © 7:00 pm Sep. 20 Zionsville 6A © 7:00 pm Sep. 27 at Franklin Central 6A © 7:00 pm Oct. 4 at Hamilton Southeastern 6A © 7:00 pm Oct. 11 Brownsburg 6A © 7:00 pm Oct. 18 at Avon 6A © 7:00 pm
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