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PREP FOOTBALL PREVIEW NLC play begins with new schedule

by Alexandra Reich

The Northern Lakes Conference part of the football routine starts this week, as well as some may notice a new slate for the meeting this year.

That’s because for the very first time in at the very least 35 years, the NLC has a revised conference timetable this season.

For years, the very first meeting video games were constantly Concord vs. Elkhart Memorial (in week two to fit Concord-Jimtown being played in week 6), adhered to by week three competitions of Goshen-Memorial, Concord-NorthWood, Wawasee-Northridge and Warsaw-Plymouth.

Mishawaka after that replaced Memorial for Goshen in 2020 when the Cavemen signed up with the NLC and the Crimson Chargers merged with Elkhart Central to form one Elkhart High. The Jimtown-Concord video game was after that relocated to week 2, with Mishawaka gliding in as Concord’s week six opponent.

This year, two of those old week three matchups are the same: Plymouth at Warsaw and also Concord at NorthWood. The new ones, however, are Goshen at Wawasee and also Northridge at Mishawaka.

Week 3-8 games will certainly go through two-year cycles before revolving, while the week 9 matchups– Warsaw vs. Northridge, Concord vs. Plymouth, Goshen vs. NorthWood and also Wawasee vs. Mishawaka– will remain the exact same with 2033.

” I like it,” said Goshen football train Tom Wogomon of the new NLC timetable. “You nearly knew that was playing that, even if you weren’t training that group. It’s amazing to check out and also see where everyone’s playing each other. It’s a point where 40 years of practice is great in some locations– I just do not understand if it was required in scheduling.”

” It’s a little bit various,” included Wawasee coach Jon Reutebuch of playing Goshen in week three instead of week 9. “I invite the change. Typically, we open up with Northridge and afterwards have Concord, and also now we have Goshen and Plymouth. It is odd since usually it’s the last video game of the year, but then again, you prepare the same. It’s another football video game in the NLC.”

Protecting NLC champion Concord will open up with a stiff examination versus NorthWood.

The Minutemen are in the same spot this year as they were last period, having actually gone 1-1 in their very first two games, shedding against Elkhart prior to coming back to defeat Jimtown. Concord after that scammed seven-straight NLC victories, finishing with a victory over Warsaw in the final week of the normal season to be the straight-out meeting champs.

The Minutemen will certainly check out Nappanee to handle a NorthWood team that was placed No. 7 in the Class 4A AP survey today. The Panthers have actually looked outstanding in its very first 2 games, beating Jimtown 31-7 in week one and East Noble 35-14 recently.

Junior NiTareon Tuggle provided the stimulate for NorthWood versus the Knights, returning a kickoff 80 backyards for a goal to give his group the lead permanently in the competition. The large receiver/defensive back additionally threw a 49-yard goal previously in the video game, which offered his team a 13-0 lead back then.

A trick for a Concord victory will be the play of running back Titus Hackworth. The elderly rushed for 107 yards as well as a touchdown in the win against the Jimmies, as well as he’ll need to have similar production if the Minutemen intend to leave Andrews Area with a 1-0 NLC document.

In Other Places, Northridge (1-1) gos to Mishawaka (2-0) in what will certainly be another challenging examination for the Raiders. Last week, Northridge dropped a 28-7 competition to an Elkhart group that is getting enact the Course 6A poll. Today, they face the Cavemen, that are rated No. 3 in Course 5A following excellent gain Mishawaka Marian, 38-0, and South Bend St. Joseph, 30-8, in their first two competitions.

Being able to reduce Mishawaka’s triple-option violation is constantly a key for an opposing group, as the Cavemen have actually rushed for 753 yards already this period.

In Kosciusko Area, Wawasee (0-2) will play its second-straight home video game, welcoming Goshen (0-2) in a battle of groups looking for their very first success of the period. This will be the initial roadway video game of the year for the RedHawks, that suffered home defeats to Fairfield as well as New Prairie in its first 2 weeks.

” I love getting involved in the NLC period,” Wogomon claimed. “We learnt a great deal regarding ourselves in the initial two weeks of the season, but now we’re getting ready for NLC play. I simply have a lot regard for this meeting. We’re going to go down to Wawasee, and also they remain in the same boat as we are. … the terrific thing about beginning seminar play exists’s mosting likely to be 4 teams at the top, overlooking as well as 4 groups near the bottom, seeking out.”

The Warriors shed a 26-0 road competition to Tippecanoe Valley in week one before losing a 35-24 video game to West Noble last week in the house.

” I’ve said this previously, and I’ll state it again: it’s more about what we’re doing and less about what the various other team’s doing,” claimed Reutebuch on what a key to triumph is. “It has to do with confidence as well as carrying out as well as not shooting ourselves in the foot. … The mantra this year is ‘contend for four quarters’ as well as ‘fear no opponent,’ and also we feel like we’re obtaining that out of the youngsters. If we can remove the mental errors, we can compete with any person.”

Ultimately, Warsaw hosts Plymouth in a video game featuring 2 teams going in contrary instructions. The host Tigers have actually looked outstanding in two wins against strong Course 5A teams in Michigan City as well as Chesterton, while the Mountain ranges’ two losses have come over a mixed rating of 100-7.


An intriguing crossover video game in the Northeast Edge Conference takes place Friday when West Noble (2-0) hosts Eastside (1-1). The Chargers are off to their first 2-0 beginning given that 2019, while the Blazers are coming off a close 25-21 loss to No. 2 (Class 1A) Adams Central. Eastside’s last loss to any type of NECC team actually concerned West Noble in 2019, which was a 39-18 win for the Chargers.

2 other 2-0 groups will certainly look to go to 3-0 in road contests Friday. Elkhart makes the long trip to Hammond to encounter Morton High (0-2), while Fairfield (2-0) visits Central Noble (0-2). Both the Lions and also Falcons received enact their particular AP surveys this week, with Elkhart being ranked 14th in Class 6A as well as Fairfield 19th in Course 3A.

Ultimately, Jimtown will certainly aim to gets its first win when it holds Osceola Poise. The non-IHSAA associated Eagles are 2-0, having defeated South Bend Clay 54-6 and Hammond Diocesan Noll 41-0 this season. This is the third-straight year these 2 groups have fulfilled, with the Jimmies winning 56-0 in 2020 and also 53-6 in 2021.


Goshen at Wawasee, 7 p.m. (NLC).

Concord at NorthWood, 7 p.m. (NLC).

Northridge at Mishawaka, 7 p.m. (NLC).

Eastside at West Noble, 7 p.m.

Fairfield at Central Noble, 7 p.m.

Osceola Grace at Jimtown, 7 p.m.

Elkhart at Hammond Morton, 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT in Hammond).

Various other noteworthy area video games: Plymouth at Warsaw, 7 p.m. (NLC); Indianapolis Basilica at Penn, 7:30 p.m.; Meadow Heights at Lakeland, 7 p.m.

Author Details

“Greetings, my name is Alexandra R. Reich. I am a reporter at the Plymouth Daily News and work as a reporter for WKRN. I am passionate about journalism and telling stories that matter. I believe journalism is a powerful tool for change, and I am committed to using my skills and platform to make a difference in the world. 


“Greetings, my name is Alexandra R. Reich. I am a reporter at the Plymouth Daily News and work as a reporter for WKRN. I am passionate about journalism and telling stories that matter. I believe journalism is a powerful tool for change, and I am committed to using my skills and platform to make a difference in the world. 

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