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KNEE SPORTS CALENDAR *Bold = Home game WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19 ❚ PCHS Boys' Varsity Tennis — North Posey — 5:30 p.m. at North Posey ❚ PCHS Girls' JV Volleyball — Washington — 6 p.m. at Washington HS ❚ PCHS Girls' Varsity Volleyball — Washington — 7:15 p.m. at Washington HS THURSDAY, AUG. 20 ❚ PCHS Girls' Varsity Golf — Tri-Meet– Washington and Vincennes Lincoln — 4:30 p.m. at Country Club of Old Vincennes ❚ PCHS Co-Ed Varsity Cross Country — Forest Park Invite — 6 p.m. at Cedar Crest Intermediate ❚ PCHS Girls' JV Volleyball — Evansville Central — 6:30 p.m. at Pike Central HS ❚ PCHS Girls' Varsity Volleyball — Evansville Central — 7:45 p.m. at Pike Central HS FRIDAY, AUG. 21 ❚ PCHS Boys' Varsity Soccer — River City Classic – Bosse — 6:30 p.m. at EVSC Soccer Complex ❚ PCHS Boys' Varsity Football — Brown County — 7 p.m. at Weathers Field SATURDAY, AUG. 22 ❚ PCHS Boys' Varsity Soccer — River City Classic – Reitz — 10 a.m. at EVSC Soccer Complex MONDAY, AUG. 24 ❚ PCHS Girls' Varsity Golf — North Knox — 4:30 p.m. at Prides Creek Golf Course ❚ PCHS Boys' Varsity Tennis — Gibson Southern — 5:30 p.m. at Pike Central HS ❚ PCHS Girls' JV Volleyball — Southridge — 6 p.m. at Southridge HS ❚ PCHS Girls' Varsity Soccer — Evansville Bosse — 6:30 p.m. at Old Petersburg Gym Soccer Field ❚ PCHS Girls' Varsity Volleyball — Southridge — 7:15 p.m. at Southridge HS TUESDAY, AUG. 25 ❚ PCHS Co-Ed Varsity Cross Country — Southridge Invitational — 5 p.m. at Southridge HS ❚ PCMS Co-Ed Cross Country — Southridge — 5:30 p.m. at Southridge MS By Andy Heuring Pike Central's football sea- son begins Friday night as they host Brown County at 7 p.m. Head Coach Dave Ste- phens is feeling good about his Chargers after a strong per- formance in their scrimmage with Cloverdale Clovers last Friday. "A lot of people played well," said Stephens of his Chargers in the scrimmage. Stephens said he had Pike Central run- ning a scripted series of plays they were running regard- less of Cloverdale's defense in the first series. In the Indi- ana scrimmage format, each team gets a set number of of- fensive plays. Then they do a goal line series and then a se- ries from the 35 -yard line. "When we got up for the goal line and second series, we called it a little bit differ- ent and more like we would on a Friday night. Once we called things like we would on Fri- day, then our boys were able to have their way at that point. They did really well," said Ste- phens. Stephens pointed out the play of interior defensive line- man Cory Goeppner. "He played really well." "Brayden Howald got an in- terception and played well in the secondary." "I tell you what, I felt like we played with an intensity on defense, with our pursuit and we played with a chip on our shoulders. We had confi- dence, effort and speed. Offen- sively, our guys did a great job regardless what they (Clover- dale) were doing against our front. Our line did great sche- matically, making their calls to Cloverdale's adjustments," said Stephens. Stephens had a long list of kudos for his offense. "I was very impressed with Lars Ut- terback, how he played. He looked for his receivers and went through his read pro- gression, and threw accurate and ran well." He also called out freshman receiver Julian Gish, who had two touchdowns and was tack- led just short of the goal line on another. "He probably had close to 100 yards of receiv- ing even in the scrimmage for- mat," said Stephens of Gish. "Wyatt Frasure had sever- al big runs." "I was really pleased with our receiver's ability to release off of press coverage." He add- ed he was pleased with Fra- sure's decisive running. "He would see daylight and go. I can't say how well he did." Stephens said the Chargers only having two negative plays on the night was an example of how well they executed. "They were just ideal, where we flubbed up the execution of our scheme. We stepped a lit- tle too wide or took a wrong step. I was very happy with the laser focus all our guys played with blocking schemes and running routes." "I'm happy with the excite- ment and momentum and to- getherness we have, just the joy they are demonstrating. I have been here since 2015 as a coach and head coach since '18. I don't know if I have been in the locker room where I have experienced this much joy from the kids. Maybe af- ter the North Posey game we won 50 to 49 in 2015. It was just great to see their faces and see them compete and do well," said Stephens. "That was one of the things when I took the job, is I wanted to change the culture and how football is perceived in the community," said Stephens. He is hoping a win on Friday against Brown County will be another step in that direction. Brown County beat the Chargers twice last year in the first game of the year and the last in the first round of the sectional. "They (Brown County) have a wonderful head coach in Randy Minniear. They are a spread team like we are. They will look to spread it out with bubble screens and moving the ball outside some and in- side some." Stephens said Brown Coun- ty's quarterback is an athletic kid. "He is a serviceable throw- er and a very good scrambler. He has some speed." Ethan Huck falls to Mt. Vernon Monday's home match with Mt. Vernon ended up a road trip for Ethan Huck, the only player for Pike Cen- tral varsity Tennis this sea- son. Huck played number one singles for the Char- gers at Mt. Vernon, falling in two sets 3-6, 6 -7. Huck is in his seventh year of Pike Central ten- nis, but this year will be dif- ferent. He and coach Brent Beck will be traveling for every match. Mt. Vernon is followed by North Posey tonight ( Wednesday) and then Gibson Southern on the Aug. 24. Eight of the matches on the schedule are away and eight were set for home, including Mt. Ver- non, North Posey and Gib- son Southern. If Huck is successful as the first singles player for the Chargers, there is a question about advancing as an individual in post-sea- son play without a team, as defined by IHSA A rules. Bird Hunter Youth Day canceled The 2020 Pike Coun- ty Bird Hunter Youth Day outing has been postponed until October 10, 2021 due to the coronavirus pan- demic. The Youth Day fea- tures muzzle loader shoot- ing, darts, archery, BB gun shooting, a 22 rifle range, clay bird trap range and hunting chuckar over dogs for the older kids. A fter a free breakfast and lunch, and day of outdoor activi- ty, there is a random draw- ing for about 20 firearms and archery sets. The club members host the event at the new club house just south of Petersburg off Di- vision road. Strong performance at Cloverdale scrimmage leaves Coach Stephens feeling positive Charger quarterback Lars Utterback readies a completion while running out of the pocket in Friday's scrimmage against Cloverdale. James Capozella photos Pike Central's Wyatt Frasure (9) runs for a good gain against Cloverdale in a scrimmage last Friday night. See POSITIVE on page 6

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