Mishawaka (0-2 overall, 0-0 NLC) at Warsaw (2-1, 1-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Fisher Field, Warsaw.

Series (last 35 years): No meetings.

John Harrell’s prediction: Mishawaka, 49-28.

About Mishawaka: Coach Keith Kinder’s Cavemen were idle Sept. 4 with the Goshen game being canceled because of the RedHawks following COVID-19 quarantine … Kinder, in his third year as head coach, was an assistant on Curtis’ Mishawaka staff … The Cavemen lost 44-43 to Mishawaka Marian in Week 1 and 35-28 to Elkhart in Week 2 … Justin Fisher (19 carries for 109 yards and three touchdowns and 3-of-8 for 53 yards) was Mishawaka’s leading rusher and passer while Davonn Parker (three catches for 81 yards and one TD) was the top receiver against Elkhart.

About Warsaw: Coach Bart Curtis’ Tigers won 28-14 at Plymouth on Sept. 4 … Aaron Greene (65 attempts for 388 yards and five touchdowns), Julius Jones (21 carries for 261 yards and one TD), Colton Wampler (56 totes for 204 yards and three TD’s) and Juan Antonio Jaramillo (31 runs for 120 yards and two TD’s) are the top rushers. Greene (2-of-7 for 60 yards and one TD) is the leading passer. Patrick Zollinger (one catch for 34 yards and a TD) is the top receiver. Guiding the squad in total tackles are Mason Martz (14), Zachary Diecks (14), Jonney Burrito (13.5), German Flores-Ortega (13.5) and Caden Silveus (10) … Mishwaka leads the all-time series, 10-3. The first time the two programs met was in 1919. The last was 1977. Warsaw’s wins came in 1921, 1922 and 1923.

Warsaw coach Bart Curtis:

On Mishawaka — “They are big, fast and physical on the offensive line. They’ve got a lot of weight room kids on that O-line. This might be the most physical line they’ve had since I’ve known about Mishawaka football (Curtis coached the Cavemen from 2008-17). You have to play with great pad level with them or it will be an avalanche going downhill … (Fisher) has command of that offense. They give the quarterbacks a lot of freedom.”

Improvement — “We have some depth. We’ve got different pieces we can plug in on either side of the ball. In some cases, it’s been out of necessity … Also, ball security (four turnovers vs. Michigan City and one vs. Plymouth) … This is a group that is trying to say this is who we are — this is our identity. We are a work in-progress. We’re not a polished unit as of yet.”

On Plymouth game — “Winning is far more enjoyable than not winning. We are still susceptible to big plays. We need to do a better job as adults and players of playing situational football (both of Plymouth’s touchdowns came at the end of the two halves). Those are the negatives. On the positive side, our kids are scrappers. They will compete … The kids are starting to understand that the sum of the parts are not as strong as what we can be collectively.”



Wawasee (2-1 overall, 0-1 NLC) at Concord (1-1, 0-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Jake Field, Dunlap.

Series (last 35 years): Concord, 35-6.

John Harrell’s prediction: Wawasee, 24-10.

Last meeting: Sept. 13, 2019, Concord 43-7.

Last time Wawasee won: Oct. 22, 2004, 48-9.

About Wawasee: Coach Jon Reutebuch’s Warriors lost 20-0 to Northridge on Sept. 4 … Wawasee was led in that game offensively by Nathan Larson (seven rushes for 14 yards), Parker Young (5-of-26 passing for 36 yards) and Adam Beer (one reception for 21 yards).

About Concord: Coach Craig Koehler’s Minutemen fell 14-6 at NorthWood on Sept. 4 … Hunter Dutton is Concord’s starting quarterback (he completed 14-of-28 passes for 139 yards and one touchdown against NorthWood). The top receiver is Jack D’Arcy (five catches for 47 yards against NorthWood). With Maddox Riddle out of the lineup in Week 2, the featured running back was Titus Hackworth (11 carries for 24 yards against NorthWood) … The Class 5A Associated Press No. 13/Indiana Football Coaches Association No. 15-ranked Minutemen have beaten Wawasee 18 straight times.

Wawasee coach Jon Reutebuch:

On Concord — “We’ve struggled with Concord. I know they’re athletic. They have some gigantic linemen … They throw the ball quite a bit and have some big weapons … Their defense looks pretty solid — as usual … We’re going against a winning culture and we’re going to have to play well to win.”

Defense — “It’s simplicity. Kids know what they’re supposed to do. They can go out there and play fast. We’ve got a lot of playmakers on defense … Nathan Larson was our Defensive Player of the Game (against Northridge) … (Inside linebacker) Dom Blair was not able to play and we still played pretty well.”

On Northridge game — “We missed some opportunities. Northridge is a sound football team with a very good defense. Our defense played pretty well, but we put them on the field way too much. We weren’t sustaining (offensive) drives … We’ve got to learn to move the chains.”



Tippecanoe Valley (1-2 overall, 1-1 TRC) at North Miami (1-2, 0-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Series: Valley leads 30-17.

Last meeting: Valley won 21-7, Sept. 13, 2019.

Last North Miami win: 40-14, Oct. 6, 2017.

John Harrell’s prediction: Valley, 28-21.

About Valley: The Vikings were edged 21-18 last week against visiting Peru when Joel Cisneros’ 27-yard field goal attempt to tie the game with 37 seconds remaining was blocked. ... Junior QB Branson McBrier figured in all three Valley touchdowns, firing a pair of scoring passes and tallying on a 1-yard plunge, but the Vikings were unable to cash in on any of their conversions. The hosts committed four turnovers one week after giving up none.

About North Miami: The Warriors are coming off a 55-0 home loss at Class 1A No. 4-ranked Southwood. That followed a 40-30 home win over Taylor. … North Miami sophomore QB Austin Smith has been limited to 22-of-71 through the air for 217 yards through three games with one touchdown and five picks. Darian Hanley has rushed 24 times for 210 yards and three TDs. Defensively, Smith and fellow soph Bradyn Fennell have each been in on 21 tackles to share the team lead.

Valley coach Steve Moriarty:

On last week — “Peru was a good team and capitalized on our turnovers, but I was proud of our kids for fighting hard. … (On the late field goal try)l we had a breakdown in our blocking, but that will be fixed.”

On North Miami — “Hanley’s a very good, explosive player. Their offense has the ability to put up a lot of points quickly. We’ll have to play sound defense, and we’ve got to take care of the ball.”

On injuries — “Braden (Shepherd, sidelined the last two games with a shoulder injury) will be out again. We’re a little bumped and bruised right now. Alex Craft went out late in the game (against Peru) with an injury, but I think we’ll have him Friday.”



Maconaquah (0-1 overall, 0-1 TRC) at Whitko (2-1, 1-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Huff Stadium.

Series: Maconaquah leads 4-2.

Last meeting: Maconaquah won 44-7, Sept, 13, 2019.

Last Whitko win: 36-7, Sept. 2, 2016.

John Harrell’s prediction: Whitko, 31-24.

About Maconaquah: The Braves, after their first two games were canceled for COVID-related reasons, finally made their debut last week, losing 39-13 to visiting Northfield. … Mac running back Carter Little set a school record with his 10th straight 100-yard rushing game. He finished at 106 on 19 carries, with 76 of those yards coming on one first-half touchdown run. … Maconaquah is in its first year under Brad Purcell after going 16-6 over the previous two under Austin Colby, who left in December to take over at Kokomo. Purcell spent 12 seasons as an assistant with stops at Indianapolis Chatard, Guerin Catholic and Indy Scecina before landing in Bunker Hill. ... The Braves have outscored the Wildcats 125-14 in the three meetings since Whitko’s last win of the series in 2016.

About Whitko: With their 28-7 victory over Rochester last Friday, the 2-1 Wildcats doubled their win total over the previous three years combined. Whitko, 1-29 over those three seasons, went 7-4 in 2016, getting off to a 5-0 start. … QB Ethan Schuh figured in both of Whitko’s first-quarter TDs against the Zebras, tallying from a yard out and hooking up with Isaiah Kyles for a 54-yard aerial score. Cade Berg, accompanied by Austin Kreps’ fourth extra point in four tries, stretched the Wildcats’ lead to 28-0 with a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter, after also running for a second-quarter score.

Whitko coach Phil Jensen:

On last week — “I think we made another real step in how we face adversity. We popped up the opening kick and recovered. Then we go down and score, but get it called back on a penalty. Score again, get called back on a penalty again. A year ago, that’s something we wouldn’t have recovered from. But we scored again, so three times for seven points. Then in the third quarter, we turned the ball over deep in our own territory, but made a nice stand defensively. So mentally, the kids are just getting so much better.”

On Maconaquah — “They’re tough to read. They’ve just played the one game and they’ve got a brand new coach. Northfield jumped on them early, but they’ve got a lot of kids on their roster (59 listed), and I’m sure they’ll make improvements in their second game.”

On team health — “The injury bug’s really getting us. We’ll probably only have 25 kids. (Cameron) Sapp’s still out (Week 1 concussion). Grayson Ulshafer, our middle linebacker, is out now with an injury. Blayne Stump has a severe ankle sprain. He’s out. That’s three defensive starters, and probably a couple backups.”



Rochester (0-1 overall, 0-1 TRC) at Manchester (1-2, 1-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Burk Field.

Series: Rochester leads 42-18.

Last meeting: Rochester won 24-13, Sept. 13, 2019.

Last Manchester win: 28-26, Oct. 6, 2017.

John Harrell’s prediction: Manchester, 38-7.

About Rochester: The Zebras, after being idle the first two weeks due to a COVID-related athletics shutdown at Rochester, opened last Friday, falling 28-7 to visiting Whitko. … Alex Deming’s 2-yard run midway through the fourth quarter accounted for the Zebras’ lone TD against the Wildcats, who led 21-0 by halftime.

About Manchester: The Squires play at home for the fourth straight week — thanks in part to last Friday’s game against Wabash being moved because renovations to the Apaches’ field were not ready. Manchester, slated to visit Northfield next week, last played four consecutive home games within the same season in 1984. … The Squires fell 44-29 to Wabash despite junior running back Braxton Ream’s dazzling display. Ream rushed for 294 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries, putting his season totals at 582, six and 102. Each of his scores — covering 1, 30 and 73 yards — came in the second quarter, leaving Manchester down 28-21, before the Apaches stretched their lead to 41-21 through three periods.

Manchester coach Alyx Brandewie:

On last week — “It was a tough night, but I’m proud of the way the kids competed. We didn’t do a good enough job taking away some great athletes that Wabash has.”

On Ream — “He ran really well, but any time you get a performance like that, it starts with the guys up front. Coach Bell (assistant coach Shawn Bellinger) does a fantastic job with that line.”

On Rochester — “We watched them on film and it looked like they haven’t had much time to get their rhythm down, but Coach (Sean) Kelly will have them playing hard. … Every team takes a big step forward from Week 1 to Week 2, and I expect Rochester to do that.”

On four straight at home — “It’s been kind of a weird deal. You don’t usually have a homestand in football, but it’s been nice for our players to play in front of the community and their friends.”



Triton (2-0) at Bremen (2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m., Don J. Bunge Field, Bremen.

Series (last 35 years): Bremen, 32-2.

John Harrell’s prediction: Bremen, 35-10.

Last meeting: Sept. 13, 2019, Bremen 27-6.

Last time Triton won: Sept. 11, 2009, 30-21.

About Triton: Coach Rodney Younis’ Trojans won 14-12 at Caston on Sept. 4 … Hunter McIntyre (42 carries for 274 yards) and Trace Schuh (24 carries for 130 yards and three touchdowns) pace Triton in rushing. Cole Shively (3-of-12 for 29 yards and one TD) is the team’s leading passer. Total tackle leaders are Nate Amsden (14 with three sacks), Caleb Lemler (13), Lucas Cabrera (10) and Jeremiah Farrell (10) … The Trojans will try for the program’s first 3-0 start since 2017.

About Bremen: Coach Jordan Leeper’s Lions lost 49-26 at Mishawaka Marian on Sept. 4 … Bremen beat South Bend St. Joseph 21-7 in Week 1 and South Bend Washington 41-6 in Week 2 … Lance Moser (eight carries for 46 yards and one touchdown) was the top rusher, Ethan Nunemaker (8-of-14 for 98 yards and one TD) the leading passer and Hunter Bennett (four catches for 73 yards and one TD) the best receiver against Marian … Bremen has a 10-game winning streak against Triton.

Triton coach Rodney Younis:

On Bremen — “It’s just such a quality program. They do things the right way. It’s going to be a challenge. They’re strong in every aspect of their game. We’re going to have to play a near-perfect game to stay with them … They’ve got a nice running game and a nice passing game.”

Improvement — “Defensively, we’ve improved the most. We had just a few plays we were out of position (against Caston). Overall, our defense has been pretty solid. Defending an option team, it was extremely important we ready our keys, did our assignments and trusted our teammates.”

On Caston game — “I was proud of the way we hung in there. The first half we were flat. The second half, our kids picked it up and pulled it out. I was proud of their effort.”