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GAMEDAY - Football Travels To #10 Lafayette Central Catholic

By Scot Shearer | Nov 10, 2023 2:36 PM

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LAFAYETTE - LaVille has been here before in recent history. This is the second Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 2A sectional championship in the last three years for the Lancers. But as LHS moves on to the regional round, the team they are playing this week has a tradition-rich run in the state tournament. It's #5 LaVille (11-1) at #10 Lafayette Central Catholic for the right to play in the final four.  Kick for the 2A Regional Title is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kick from Larocca Field in Lafayette, IN. The game will be live-streamed by clicking Max 98.3FM will provide the call of the game, while LVH1 will have the broadcast on the IHSAA Champions Network. You can also follow along on Twitter (X) @LVAthletics "This week's preparation has been very solid," said LaVille coach Jeff Kaiser.  "The guys are locked in for the opportunity ahead of them." The Knights are led by quarterback Bobby Metzger.  The 5'10" junior has thrown for 2,578 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. His top target is Ray Clayton, who has 887 yards receiving and 7 TDs.  Other receivers in the scheme are Hudson Gutwein and Jackson Cain. "We've put in a couple things this week, but it is going to start up front," said senior Michael Good.  "We've got to get some pressure and there will be times we'll throw some blitzes in there. We just have to trust our secondary that they are going to do their job and we are going to do our jobs upfront.  We'll see where it will take us." One thing is for sure, LaVille has been steady all season. With an 11-1 overall record and a six-game winning streak, the Lancers only loss came against Hoosier North rival Knox midway through the season. On Friday, Kaiser's club has a chance to make history against a team that has been successful, especially in the state tournament. "I think it's been a lot being consistent all year," senior Erik Bedock said . "And this game definitely means a lot. This would be our first regional championship since 1982. That's a long time since we've won a regional championship.  But to do it against such a tradition-rich program would definitely mean a lot." Central Catholic has won five straight sectional titles, won its last regional in 2020, it's last semi-state ini 2019, and has eight state titles, of which the last was in 2019. "Offensively they run a spread offense and want to throw the ball all over, then try to sting you with a run," Kaiser said of the LCC attack.  "(Their) QB is one of the better ones we have seen up to this point and to go along with that they have some tall WR's."Defensively they run a 3 front and will drop a 4th guy down at times.  Very similar to our defense." LaVille is 5-0 when scoring 30 points or more and is 5-1 in games decided by eight points or less.  On defense, the Lancers allow 13 points per game and have the fifth-best defense in 2A and 27th-best in the state regardless of class. "The best part about our offense is it is diverse," Bedock said when asked about the Lancer 'O'.  "If people start to pack the box, it opens up our passing game. We need to execute the game plan."As LaVille prepares for a length bus trip, both Bedock and Good, along with the rest of their teammates keep with the routine."It can be hard especially when it's a two-hour bus ride to Lafayette," says Bedock.  "My routine doesn't change. I put my earbuds in, listen to music, and just keep to myself.  I don't really talk a whole lot.  That's the key." As for Good, pretty much the same. "Throw my earbuds in, keep to myself also, and stay in the zone," Good said of the bus ride.  "It's like coach Kaiser says, it starts when you get in the locker room, starts when you get on that bus ride. Just get locked in." Both teams have shown to be very strong on defense - LCC is sixth-best in Class 2A and 32nd best in the state regardless of Class, averaging 13.8 ppg.  The Knights are 7-0 when teams score 14 points or less. "I think what is special about our defense is our grit and toughness," explained Bedock.  "Specifically tonight it is going to start on the d-line. We are going to have to get pressure upfront, limit his time to throw. Force him to scramble and get him uncomfortable . . . That's really where it starts if we want to have success tonight." We closed our time with some keys to a Lancer victory. "I think we pound the rock tonight," said Good. "Keep playing Lancer Football.  Limit the big plays on defense." According to Bedock, limiting the pass, playing LaVille Football, controlling the clock, and controlling the game. Kaiser knows both teams have the ability to score and play good defense.  The game is really won on the line of scrimmage. "In order to execute what we want to do on both sides of the ball we must win the trench war for 48 minutes," concluded Kaiser. "Keys to win defensively - we must create turnovers, tackle well in space and get 3rd down stops. "Keys to win offensively we must limit mistakes, move the sticks consistently and end drives with points.  We hope to see Lancer Nation in full force to witness and cheer the team on to another BIG victory!" Game On . . . . . G A M E D A Y IHSAA CLASS 2A REGIONAL #5 LaVille (11-1) at #10 Lafayette Central Catholic Site: Larocca Field, Lafayette, IN. Kick: 7:30 p.m. Coaches: Jeff Kaiser (11-1 in 1st year at LaVille). Brian Nay (48-26 in 6th year at Central Catholic) Last Outing: LaVille defeated Bremen, 28-14. Central Catholic defeated Seeger, 33-3 All-Time Series: First Meeting All-Time State Tournament Series: First Meeting

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