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Michiana football teams ready for an action packed Friday


Set your timers because we are just hours away from a great weekend of high school football.

It is kind of hard to believe, but because of the format of the 6A tournament, Penn is already playing for a chance at state.

The Number One Kingsmen are coming off a big win at Lake Central last weekend and this Friday they've got another long road trip ahead.

Penn is playing fourth ranked Carmel down near Indy for a chance to go to state.

"We've been on the road and we like that," said Penn junior running back Tyler Carpenter. "We like that atmosphere."

Needless to say the Kingsmen want to beat the Greyhounds, so they can have a shot at the state crown.

"It's about composure and handling yourself," said Penn Head Coach Cory Yeoman. "Play as hard as you can Friday night and everything will take care of itself."

Lots of eyes will also be on the 5A tournament with Mishawaka hosting the Concord Minutemen in regionals.

Last year the Cavemen beat Concord on a field goal in the final seconds to win a semi-state game.

"When we were juniors we said we never wanted to feel that again," said Concord quarterback Trevor Wilmore, who is now a senior.

This year the two Michiana teams are meeting up in a top ten showdown.

"I expect a game just like last year," said Larry Smith, Concord senior running back. "I don't think anybody is going to lay down easy."

In the 4A tournament, New Prairie is heading over to the region to take on East Chicago Central. The Cougars are in the middle of their best year in school history.

New Prairie quarterback Zach Brassell, fullback Wade Young, and the Cougars rushing attack will look to outscore an East Chicago team that's averaging 36 points per game.

In 3A action, the fourth ranked Jimtown Jimmies will have the tough task of beating an undefeated Andrean team.

Not only that, but the boys from Elkhart County will have to take down the number one ranked 66ers at their own place.

"We have our scouting report and the kids know the records," said Mike Campbell, Jimtown Head Coach. "We are going to do what we can do and what we can control. We'll do that to the best of our ability."

The boys from Bremen will square off for a regional title against Rensselaer Central in the class 2A tournament.

Not only does Coach Holmes have his Lions motivated, but former Bremen head coach Don Bunge's been in the teams ear about the school's winning tradition.

"It just means being a part of something special," said Jacob Bennitt, Bremen Senior WR/DB.

In the Indiana 1A tournament, Winamac takes on Pioneer, the Warriors are the number one team in their class.

There's also plenty of Michigan playoff action set for Friday too, with Lakeshore playing Byron Center at home. The Lancers head into the game feeling confident after their beat their arch-rival St. Joe last weekend thanks to a huge game from their quarterback Michael Adams.

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