The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Sports

October 30, 2013

Elwood, Alex prepare for sequel to thriller

ANDERSON — Two weeks ago, Elwood and Alexandria played a record-setting 49-42 thriller that filled the stands to capacity.

Turns out they were just getting started.

The Panthers (7-3) and Tigers (7-3) meet again Friday. This time the stage has flipped to Elwood, and the loser’s season will be over. The winner faces either Oak Hill (7-3) or Bluffton (5-5) for the Class 2A Sectional 36 championship next week.

“It’s almost like we never left,” Alexandria coach Pete Gast said of preparing to face the Panthers again. “The game plan and the scouting report are still fresh in our memories, and that makes practice pretty good.”

The game also is likely to live up to the hype again.

Last time around, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles rushed for 350 yards and five touchdowns as the Panthers erased a 34-24 third-quarter deficit. In the process, Mireles passed former Indianapolis Cathedral star Otis Shannon as the state’s all-time rushing leader.

He needs 87 yards Friday to become the first player in Indiana history ever to rush for 8,000 yards in his career.

On the other sideline stands Alexandria quarterback Blaize Kelly, who went 41-for-57 for 334 yards and three touchdowns against Elwood on Oct. 18. Kelly, just a junior, also became the Tigers’ all-time leading passer in the contest.

Mason Hoke was his top target against the Panthers, catching 14 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns — including the record-breaker on a 29-yard completion that tied the game at 21-21 in the second quarter.

In last week’s 61-34 victory against Frankton, Alexandria receiver Drew Johnson set the school record for career receptions. He and running back Evan Hodges provide Kelly with plenty of firepower as part of an offense that has averaged 35.8 points per game this season.

Elwood’s offense has been even more efficient, scoring at a 42.6-point clip. In addition to Sammy Mireles, the Panthers get big contributions from quarterback Alex Mireles, wide receiver London Leavell, tight end Jared Bourff and running back Zane Boyer.

Text Only
Sports
  • MDU1.jpg Colts Camp Update: Pagano praises city, AU

    Blue skies and comfortable temperatures greeted the Indianapolis Colts on the first practice day of training camp Thursday at Anderson University.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0725 - Newsome - JC - 1 Former BSU star Newsome ready to prove his worth

    Jonathan Newsome knows what it feels like to be a spectator at the Indianapolis Colts' training camp. He spent one day in each of the past two summers watching practice alongside his Ball State teammates. When the first public practice of 2014 begins today at 1:50 p.m., Newsome — a fifth-round pick in May's draft — will be on the other side of the fence as a rookie outside linebacker earning his stripes.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0725 - Getting healthy - JC - 3 Colts getting healthy as training camp opens Reggie Wayne's arrival Wednesday in an IndyCar driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Ed Carpenter drew national attention. But the most important news coming out of reporting day for the Indianapolis Colts concerned the wide receiver's health.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • HB0724 _ Teverbaugh mug Rick Teverbaugh: Finding Anderson no mystery for Luck

    Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck might find sleep hard to come by the night before training camp opens, but finding his way to Anderson is no source of anxiety.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • bramwell mug Rick Bramwell: Poison ivy not a problem any more

    "Never have a serious poison ivy rash again" came across my email. This is such a problem for so many people. Could this be true?

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0723 - Pagano art Colts' 'monster' now preparing to 'hunt'

    There's a different kind of buzz surrounding the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare to report for training camp today at Anderson University. Expectations have been high inside the locker room since Chuck Pagano arrived in January 2012 and promised shortly thereafter to "Build the Monster." Two 11-win seasons and one playoff victory later, the mantra has changed.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ken de la Bastide: Plenty of story lines for Brickyard Before the winner of this Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gets the chance to kiss the bricks, media members will be complaining about the race.

    July 23, 2014

  • SPT - HB0722 - Luck Dungy art George Bremer: Five favorite memories of Colts camp I thought, as a kind of primer before Wednesday's main event, I'd celebrate the fifth straight summer of the Colts at AU by sharing my five favorite memories of training camp so far.

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • SPT - HB0722 - Stuckey art Pacers face uphill battle after signing Stuckey Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson. On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA's best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marcum claims Late Model win Morristown driver Jeff Marcum has watched victories in the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models slip away this season, but that changed Saturday at Anderson Speedway.

    July 20, 2014

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News