Note – this entry is for PRE-GAME NOTES only.)
BISHOP NOLL (0-0, 0-0) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (0-0, 0-0)
Kickoff/Location: 7pm CDT, Wildcat Den, Hanover Central HS, Cedar Lake
Hanover Central, 55.36, 113th overall, 22nd in Class 3A.
Bishop Noll, 3.13, 297th overall, 55th in Class 2A.
Media Polls: Neither team are ranked in state or local media polls.
Pete Koulianos, 16-5 in 3rd year at Hanover Central.
Wayne Racine, 0-0 in 1st year at Bishop Noll
Series last three seasons:
2016: HC win, 34-12
2015: HC win, 40-7
2014: HC win, 26-23 (OT)
A look back at last year’s game:
(Aug. 19, 2016) On a muddy Bishop Noll turf, HC beat Bishop Noll 34-12, but the score doesn’t indicate how close the game was. Noll trailed by just 8 points with 8 minutes to play. The play of the game shifted the momentum: midway through the 4th quarter Vince Liggin broke free for a 77 yard TD run, his 2nd of the night. Liggin had 143 yds total. Dustin Lindley put the game away with a 15 yd TD run late. The Cats outgained Noll in total offense 370 to 153, and the Wildcat defense held BNI to just 1.5 yards per carry. Joe Garling had 2 sacks and a fumble recovery. HC had 13 penalties for 121 yards.
• HC has won all three of its home openers since varsity football returned in 2014. They are 4-3 overall. They lost home openers in 1971 (North Newton 35-14), 1970 (Lake Central 26-13), and 1969 (North Judson 22-3).
• HC enters tonight having won 11 straight regular season games. The last Wildcat regular season loss came at Wheeler on October 2, 2015.
• HC has won seven straight games at the Wildcat Den. The last Wildcat home loss came against Whiting on September 25, 2015.
• Pete Koulianos’ first win as a varsity head football coach came against Bishop Noll at the Wildcat Den on August 21, 2015, a 40-7 win.
• HC has not given up a first half point vs. Noll during the last two games.
• Playing their first varsity road game in 43 years, Hanover beat Noll in overtime on August 29, 2014. Fullback Brandon Sears’ 1 yard TD plunge was the gamewinner.
• Bishop Noll has lost 24 consecutive games. Their last win came on September 26, 2014 against River Forest.
• Noll’s Wayne Racine is making his high school varsity head coaching debut tonight. He’s the third head coach at Noll in the last three seasons. Racine most recently served as an assistant at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio under Ted Karras, who formerly coached in the Region. Racine also served on Karras’ staff at Marian University in Indianapolis, where they won two NAIA national championships in 2012 and 2014.