AUDIO: L’burg Must Overcome Long Travel, Good Team To Get Back To Semi-State
- By Travis Thayer
Tigers junior quarterback Austin Weimer is coming off an impressive performance in the Sectional Championship. Photo by Mike Perleberg, Eagle Country 99.3.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The Lawrenceburg Tigers football team will likely face their stiffest test of the season when they travel to Evansville on Saturday.
Last Friday, the Tigers (#5 in 3A) captured their second-straight Sectional Championship when they defeated the sixth-ranked North Harrison Cougars by a score of 35-29.
Lawrenceburg controlled the clock and the score for much of the game. Despite two costly second half turnovers, the Tigers won the sectional title on the back of senior running back Hunter Privett, who carried the ball 23 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers (11-1) will need a similar performance when they take on #4 Evansville Memorial (11-1) in the Regional Championship at Enlow Field on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET.
“I think the thing that helps the most when you play a road game is experience,” said LHS Head Coach Ryan Knigga. “We got a lot of seniors who have played a lot of road games and won a lot of big games. To date, we’re undefeated on the road, and we hope to continue that streak Saturday in Evansville.
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Thus far in the postseason, the Tigers have primarily played against run-heavy teams, but that won’t be the case on Saturday.
Also known as the Tigers, Evansville Memorial averages 374.9 total yards per game with 208 yards coming through the air and 170 yards on the ground.
Memorial is led offensively by 6’3” junior quarterback Michael Lindauer (2,304 passing yards, 26 TDs, 5 INT), senior running back Kenyon Ervin (1,478 yards, 16 TDs) and junior receiver Branson Combs (58 rec., 915 yards, 10 TDs). They also feature a big offensive line that includes two guards that weigh over 300 pounds.
Lawrenceburg will counter with one of the best defensive fronts in the entire state. Seniors Jonah Rolfes, Mason Parris, Darin Ricketts, and Dawson Craig are focal points of a Tigers defense that has collected over 80 tackles for a loss this season. To date, the Tigers have the ninth best scoring defense in Class 3A at 14.6 points per game.
Tackling will be of the utmost importance against a good scrambling quarterback.
“I think the thing the quarterback does the best is he’s a scrambler,” said Knigga. “Teams have been able to get pressure on him, they just haven’t been able to sack him. So, once we get to him we’re going to have to make sure we wrap up and get him to the ground. If we allow him to set back there and pick us apart, he’s too good”
The winner of Saturday evening’s game will advance to the IHSAA Class 3A Semi-State round. The winner will play either #3 Danville (12-0) or #7 Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (7-5).
Eagle Country 99.3 will have live coverage of Lawrenceburg at Evansville Memorial beginning at 4:40 p.m. ET on Saturday.