Football: Pre-game Notes
Whiting Oilers (3-2, 2-1 GSSC) at Hanover Central Wildcats (4-1, 2-1 GSSC)
Kickoff/Location: 7pm CDT, Wildcat Den, Hanover Central HS, Cedar Lake
Hanover Central, 49.87, 141st overall, 24th in Class 3A.
Whiting, 47.28, 153rd overall, 17th in Class 2A.
Media & other polls: After a one-week appearance at #14, HC fell out of the AP state Class 3A Top 20 poll (“media poll”). Despite the loss to Boone Grove, HC re-emerged in the state Class 3A Indiana Football Coaches Association poll (“coaches poll”) at #12. The Wildcats fell to #8 in the Region Sports Network Top 10.
Whiting is #14 in the state Class 2A coaches poll.
Boone Grove 15, Hanover Central 7
Whiting 73, Lake Station Edison 12
2017 vs. common opponents:
Lake Station Edison (Hanover won 41-0, Whiting won 73-12)
Boone Grove (Hanover lost 15-7, Whiting lost 19-12)
Pete Koulianos, 20-6 in 3rd year at Hanover Central.
Jeff Cain, 179-81 in 24th year at Whiting.
HC all-time record vs. Whiting: 1-4
Series last three seasons:
2016: HC win, 21-0
2015: HC loss, 42-21
2014: HC loss, 34-7
A look back at last year’s game:
(September 23, 2016) HC used a stifling defense to upset the defending Greater South Shore Conference champions on the lakeshore at Whiting 21-0. The Wildcats handed the Oilers their first shutout loss since 2011, and their first shutout loss at home since 2007. Hanover outgained Whiting in total yards 278-154. The Wildcats had two 100-yard rushers (Dustin Lindley, 23 carries for 149 yards, 2 TD; Vince Liggin, 17 carries for 100 yards), while the Oilers as a team had just 104 yards rushing total. The Wildcat defense came into the game surrendering the fewest points of any team in Northwest Indiana, and the performance against Whiting may have been their most impressive. The Oilers were 0-for-8 on 3rd downs, Whiting backs were held to just 3.9 yards per carry, and their longest play from scrimmage tallied just 16 yards. The Wildcats were +3 in turnover margin, with Lindley securing a key 4th quarter interception in the end zone. Jacob Wienke had 8 tackles.
- Last week’s loss at Boone Grove snapped a 15-game regular season win streak.
- Whiting was the last team to beat HC at the Wildcat Den, a 42-21 win on September 25, 2015. That Oilers team advanced to the state championship game. Hanover currently has a 9 game home winning streak.
- The 7 points HC scored last week were the fewest points the Wildcats have scored in a game since last season’s Sectional Semifinal loss at Mishawaka Marian (43-6), and the fewest points scored in a regular season game since October 2, 2015 (a 53-7 loss at Wheeler).
- HC is allowing just 7 points per game, tied for 11th best in the entire state of Indiana, and tied for the 3rd-best per-game average of all teams in Class 3A.
- Whiting has scored 70 points or more just three times in its football history, dating back to 1921. Two of those games have been this season: a 74-12 Week 1 win against Hammond Clark and last week’s 73-12 win against Lake Station Edison.
- Whiting has won at least a share of either a Greater South Shore Conference North Division or outright Conference title for five straight seasons (last year it won the GSSC North, with Hanover winning the GSSC outright).
- Whiting head coach Jeff Cain, 179-81 in his 24th year at school, is the dean of GSSC coaches. He has won four sectional titles (1996, 1997, 2015, 2016), three regional titles (1996, 2015, 2016), and one semistate title (2015). His 2015 Oilers advanced to the state championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium, losing to Monrovia.
- Whiting’s offense is averaging 223 yards per game rushing, and just 20 yards per game passing.
- Whiting RB Tom Davenport is the Oilers’ leading rusher, averaging 85 yards per game. He has scored 8 TD’s this season.
- Whiting’s Nino Barbosa has been a weapon returning kicks. He is averaging nearly 100 yards per game returning kickoffs (2 TDs), and nearly 50 yards per game returning punts (2 TDs).
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