PC vs. Cougars: Different styles, similar results

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Sports Editor

LEOPOLD—Looking at their records and scores, Perry Central and North Daviess appear to be very similar football teams.
But the two, who will meet in Friday’s second-round sectional game at 7 p.m., have used different styles on offense.
Each is 8-2. Perry Central averages 33.8 points per game while giving up 14.3 points per game. North Daviess averages 39.1 points and gives up 23.5 per game.
They have also had similar scores against their common opponents. Perry Central beat Wood Memorial 40-6 and Springs Valley 55-12; North Daviess defeated Wood Memorial 45-8 and Springs Valley 67-24 and 50-18.
But while Perry Central relies on a speedy running game complemented by a strong passing game, North Daviess is fueled by a power running game with little passing.
“They run power a couple of different ways,” said Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson. “Other times they will run counters with the wingback.”
Colton Lengacher, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound senior, is the Cougars’ top running back.
“He’s not a speedster by any means,” said Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson. “But he’s a big back. He has good balance and good power on north and south running. If we can make him bounce (side to side) all night, I’ll be happy.”
He also has a big offensive line to run behind.
“Their line is huge—probably the biggest we’ve faced since Tell City (one of Perry Central’s two losses),” said Gibson.
Their tackles each weigh 270 pounds, their center 260, their guards 250 and 240, and their tight end 255.
Brady Helms, a 6-2, 208-pound senior, quarterbacked the Cougars in their 55-0 loss to Linton Sept. 27 but Tyler Smith, a 5-10, 170-pound sophomore, was their quarterback in last week’s first-round sectional win over Springs Valley.
Gibson said he doesn’t know exactly when or why they switched quarterbacks but “we’re going to prepare for both of them.”
He said Smith “throws a little better ball.”
The Cougars usually use double tight ends with a wingback. But when they do split one end out, it’s usually Nate Gingerich, a 5-10, 165-pound senior who Gibson said is probably their top receiver.
Wingback Logan Turpin, a 5-11, 160-pound senior, “is probably their fastest kid,” said Gibson.
Turpin and Helms are defensive standouts at linebacker. And Turpin plays cornerback, where “he does a pretty good job coming up on the run,” said Gibson.
The Cougars use 5-3 and 4-4 defenses and Gibson expects to see both Friday.
As for what the Commodores will try to do against each, Gibson said, “We’re going to play our game. We want to get our running game going. And if they want to bottle it up and try to stop it, we can throw.
“Our passing game has come along pretty well.”