NH eyes date with Edgewood
North Harrison, which drew a first-round bye, makes the trip northwest to Edgewood this Friday night for the second round of the Class 3A Sectional 23 football playoffs.
The Edgewood Mustangs have three wins: 32-14 vs. Owen Valley, 40-8 vs. South Vermillion, and last week’s 33-13 win over Greensburg.
The first two victories were over teams that sport 2-8 records; the Greensburg Pirates were 1-8 heading into the sectional.
The only common opponent between Edgewood and North Harrison is Salem.
The Mustangs fell to the visiting Lions in the opener of the 2003 season, 34-3. North was shut out two weeks ago by the same club, 30-0, as star back R.J. Hartsfield rushed for over 400 yards and four touchdowns on just 17 carries.
Edgewood’s starting backfield includes sophomore back Luke Arnold, junior tail Evan DeVallance and senior quarterback Jake Burch, who likes to run the option.
‘Both of these (the backs) look quick and are not easy to tackle untl you hit them hard,’ said North Harrison coach Dan Haskell.
Edgewood likes to run the power-I, twins and pro sets and tends to run more than pass. Defensively, the Mustangs typically line up in a 4-4 and a 5-2 defense.
Leading the Cougar ground attack is Cory Beckman, a 5-10 junior back. Other threats out of the backfield include senior Lance Mitchell, senior Tony Frederick (who is also one of the defensive stars), and sophomore Andrew Johnson.
The signal caller for the Cougars is hard-nosed senior Cody Mitchell.
Since a 38-28 win over Paoli on Sept. 12, North has dropped five straight games and has been shut out in the past two outings.
Kick-off Friday is slated for 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the gate.
To get to Edgewood High School, in Ellettsville (a few miles west of Bloomington):
Take 37 North to Bloomington; turn west on S.R. 46; take 46 into Ellettsville and turn left on Sale Street; take Sale St. to Association Street and turn right onto Association; take Association St. to Edgewood Drive and turn left. The football field is behind the high school. The trip should take a tick over two hours, North Harrison athletic director Keith Oppel said.