The FOX19 Friday Prep Rally wraps up its regular-season tour with a stop at Indian Hill, where the Braves welcome their Cincinnati Hills League rivals, the Wyoming Cowboys.
Wyoming is looking on their magical 2009 playoff run, but needs to take care of business in its finale against Indian Hill to secure a spot in the playoffs and an outright conference title.
It has been a tough year for a rebuilding Indian Hill program, but several underclassmen have developed experience along the way leaving hope for the future.
Let's take a closer look at the match-up:
WYOMING (8-1, 6-0) AT INDIAN HILL (3-6, 3-3)
7:30 p.m. kickoff
TV: LIVE Pregame Show FOX19 (6:30 – 7:00)
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Quarterback Kyle Seyfried is in his third-year under center for Wyoming. He helped guide the Cowboys to the Ohio Division semi-finals while leading the city with 3,452 passing yards as a junior, but missed seven games this season due to a foot injury. During his two games back in the lineup Seyfried has thrown for 635 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Defensively, Tony Davis and Eric Price (seven DI offers) provide great senior leadership. The duo has combined for 119 tackles and six sacks.
TEAM TRENDS: Indian Hill has won three of the last four meetings between the two teams, but Wyoming escaped with a 50-49 victory a year ago. The Cowboys have won 13 straight games inside of the Cincinnati Hills League with the last defeat coming in their previous trip to Indian Hill (10/28/08). The Braves lost three CHL games total from 2003 to 2009, but have already equaled that number in 2010. Wyoming has averaged 40.6 points per game in conference play this season while only allowing 13 points per contest. Conversely, Indian Hill has ceded 23.3 points per contest while putting up 29.8 points per tilt against CHL opponents.
INDIAN HILL'S KEYS TO VICTORY: It is going to take inspired football for the Braves to take down Wyoming. If head coach Mike Theisen can get his team to buy into the role of spoiler and get a big effort from his seniors on Senior Night, the Braves could pose a threat. The team's chances lie squarely in the hands of quarterback Tyler Maars. The junior has evolved each week of the season since taking over and has four touchdowns against just two picks over the last three games. Classmate Teddy Kremcheck was on the receiving end of two of those scores and leads Indian Hill with 418 receiving yards. Keeping Wyoming honest with a passing game will help the rushing attack, led by Kyle Combs. The senior has seven touchdowns over the past three weeks. If there is going to be any chance of upset, the defense must step up and make plays. Austin Trout leads the Braves with three interceptions and 51 tackles. Linebackers Jake Thomas and Jake Schaub will need to turn in big efforts.
WYOMING'S KEYS TO VICTORY: The Cowboys can't get caught looking ahead. With another CHL title in the bag, the team must stay focused on securing a return trip to the postseason. Finding balance in the offense has been a big factor in team's success. Jonathan Teague is the league's top receiver and anchors a solid stable of weapons in Wyoming's passing game. Running back Drew Parry has averaged 6.8 yards per carry and rushed for 11 touchdowns. Senior offensive lineman Matt McCoy and his teammates up front must continue to open holes in the running attack and provide solid pass protection. Classmate Tommy Campbell is the CHL's co-leader with 11 sacks. If the Cowboys' defensive front can get to the Braves' young quarterback it should equal turnover opportunities for junior defensive back Chris Campbell and the Cowboys' talented secondary.
FINAL TAKE: This series has always provided plenty of Week 10 drama, but the cards appeared to be stacked against Indian Hill in this year's edition. Wyoming is getting healthy and clicking on all cylinders and a coaching veteran like Bernie Barre is not going to let his team take their eyes off the prize. Look for the Cowboys to control the game for all four quarters as they get a final tune-up before it is win-or-go-home time starting next week…WYOMING 41, INDIAN HILL 14
Written by: Dan Clasgens, TriStateFootball.com