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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: November 26, 2016, 10:58:17 pm »
Congrats to Wabash grad & former asst. Jake Gilbert on his first Indiana State Championship. His Westfield Shamrocks beat Columbus East tonight to win the 5A title.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: November 17, 2016, 12:57:47 am »
Some DePauw folks I'm friends with on various social media platforms posted some videos from campus where the Bell was on display today.

All the kids looked at it like it was some kind of Ripley's exhibit. I guess that's what happens when you actually get to see it for the first time.  ;D ;D ;D

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: November 13, 2016, 08:59:02 pm »
A couple of observations after I re-watched the game today:

- DePauw clearly thought they had an advantage in the run game. Almost 7 a carry shows they were right. I thought the DPU OL was the difference, frankly. They ran QB split zone a TON. The dropped snap and the first long Hunt TD came on that play. Love, love that play. Nowadays, pretty much everybody runs some type of read play on the defensive ends. Those edge rush guys get a TON of coaching on how to handle being read. Wabash's guys have historically been very good that. Keep your shoulders square, squeeze down in the B gap as the tackle over you crosses your face, and then read & react to the mesh. So, instead of reading them, DePauw chose to block them with the back. Kirchhoff did a great job cut blocking the backside end. It became apparent that those Wabash DEs hadn't spent a ton of time working on defeating cut blocks, because they ended up with their cleats in the air quite a bit. DePauw also ran QB power quite a bit. That's another way to handle those edge guys that do a good job handling being read - pull a guard and kick them out. DePauw ran a little bit of a different look than a traditional power. Usually your guard pulls & leads up on the LB and then you have the block back the end. DePauw flipped it. They kicked out with the guard and sent the back through almost like a traditional iso block. That was the second long Hunt TD run. Again, clearly they wanted to get physical with those DEs. Overall, I can't remember the last time I saw that many pancakes in a Bell game by the DPU OL.

- DePauw had the post route pretty much anytime they wanted. TD to go up 14-0 was post from the inside guy in the trips. Outside fade, #2 & #3 switched but both ran post. TD went to the deeper of the 2 posts. I'm very surprised that the Wabash D did not make an adjustment to post during the course of the game. The final drive was pretty much all post routes until the TD, which was a smash concept (curl/corner) to the field. Whip & a wheel to the boundary. That's a great play in the red zone, honestly. It's good against just about any coverage. Throw your smash if it's 1 high safety, which it was. Looked like Cover 1 w/ no blitz. Andy Hunt 1 on 1 with a corner route against pretty much any D3 linebacker is probably a win. If they're in 2 high safeties (which is certainly some type of Cover 2 that close to the goal line) or if they're bringing some type of boundary blitz, then you've got the wheel from the boundary #2. Great call by Dietz. I thought he called it great all day, honestly. DePauw's coaching staff had a great game plan. They found Wabash's defensive weaknesses and repeatedly attacked them.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: November 12, 2016, 09:31:43 pm »
You can't ask for anything more out of two arch rivals. I have to say that while I hate the loss, I'm glad that the rivalry is back. It's better to have this than whatever the Knox / Monmouth thing has become.

Loved this football game regardless of the result. A thriller from start to finish. That's what this thing is supposed to be about.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: November 12, 2016, 04:48:25 pm »
SOMEBODY HUG ME.

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: September 27, 2016, 11:53:33 pm »
We seem to be reasonably on the same page, except for DePauw - anywhere from 3rd to off the ballot! 

SOMEBODY isn't invited to my Monon Bell party.

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: September 20, 2016, 12:27:44 am »
Sorry for holding everyone up. I finally got my ballot in.


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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: September 08, 2016, 12:57:04 am »
Here's a what if. What if this week's top 10 were a conference, full round robin schedule. Does Mount Union go undefeated?  9 straight weeks against those 9 teams- would they get all 9?

I say yes, and maybe only challenged once or twice in the process.

Here's the other thing. The next best team in this scenario is probably, at best, 7-3 or 6-4.

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:34:35 am »
Here's a what if. What if this week's top 10 were a conference, full round robin schedule. Does Mount Union go undefeated?  9 straight weeks against those 9 teams- would they get all 9?

I say yes, and maybe only challenged once or twice in the process.

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:34:09 am »
Whoever Column 5 is... that is certainly one way to order it.

Since that is the only voter who left DePauw off, I'm gonna assume your post is a complaint.  But, of course, it is also a statement of obvious fact.  After all, 1. Hope, 2. Wilmington, 3. Defiance, etc., is also 'one way to order it'! ;D

I am surprised they aren't in everybody's poll, but it's not really a complaint. Just curious on a method.

I don't think Franklin is better than Wabash, although as the resident President of the Mike Leonard Fan Club, I was pleasantly surprised they won on Saturday. Albion deserves to be in, I think. If Wabash is really that good, then Albion is also good.

All bias aside, I can't really see Witt being ahead of DePauw at this point. I personally don't know what Witt has done to reverse the result from last year.

Like I said, just curious. And trying to be humorous, which I'm not always great at.

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: September 06, 2016, 11:55:36 pm »
Whoever Column 5 is... that is certainly one way to order it.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: September 06, 2016, 11:50:51 pm »
     Credit Albion.  I, too, think, they are very good offensively.  Adequate defensively. 

#ShallowCross4Life

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: September 02, 2016, 12:46:46 am »
We've got ourselves a mini Monon Bell game on Indy's north side tonight.

DePauw '01 Pat Echeverria's 6th-ranked Zionsville Eagles play at Wabash '98 Jake Gilbert's 3rd-ranked Westfield Shamrocks.

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North Region football / Re: North Region Fan Poll
« on: August 30, 2016, 11:00:20 pm »
I would have put RHIT in and Franklin out, personally.

I would have no clue on 2-5. Seems awfully interchangeable to me at the moment.

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North Region football / Re: FB: North Coast Athletic Conference
« on: August 23, 2016, 12:07:33 am »
Hiya Wes, I don't believe we've ever capped the # of football recruits.  As noted a few posts before, Coach Lynch has done a great job of building interest in the program, which the numbers reflect.

Not what I was told, but you would certainly know better than me.

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