CAYUGA, Ind. — There is nothing the North Vermillion Falcons would want more than to win their third consecutive sectional title with an opportunity to get their hands on that elusive regional trophy. It’s all they’ve been thinking about since their season ended a year ago.
But they are focused. Regardless of who their opponent is, the Falcons realize that if they don’t take care of business from week-to-week, that opportunity might never come. And that is the approach they are taking as they prepare for Friday’s sectional semifinal game against the Attica Red Ramblers.
“We want to get back there,” North Vermillion senior linebacker Abbott Dowers said. “We’ve got to play football, though, to get back there. You take it one week at a time. We’re not looking forward to regionals. We’ve still got to win this week and then win next week.”
North Vermillion won the regular season meeting with Attica 51-16. The Red Ramblers’ only points were scored in the fourth quarter against the Falcons’ second team defense. But that doesn’t mean they are taking anything for granted.
“Sectionals are totally different,” Dowers said. “It’s a new season. Everyone wants to win. You win or you go home. It hits you when you’re down by seven or up by 20. You want to come out on top.”
The Red Ramblers (7-3) have lost only three games this season, all coming in consecutive games against Rockville (6-4), Fountain Central (9-1), and North Vermillion (10-0). Since the loss in Cayuga, Attica has won four straight games by an average score of 50-5. Consider a relatively healthy squad, and the Red Ramblers are primed for redemption.
“I just think that they’ve got some guys back from injury,” North Vermillion coach Brian Crabtree said. “They’re pretty healthy for this time of year. I think they’ve had a couple weeks where they kind of were able to rest guys earlier in the game the last couple of weeks so I expect them to be fresh.