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A football helmet decorated half Forest Park and half Southridge is presented to the family of Charles Fuhs of Huntingburg, who passed away in July. His son, Forest Park head coach Ross Fuhs, left, his wife Cindy Fuhs, daughter-in-law Cassandra Fuhs, and grandchildren Ralston Fuhs, 7 months, and Carly Fuhs, 2, accepted the football helmet in his honor.
By TRAVIS DAVID
Through three weeks of the gridiron season, there has been plenty of headlines.
There’s been come-from-behind wins, end of rivalries, and plenty of great individual and team performances.
Here’s a few news and notes which did not make their way into our game coverage from Week 3:
Southridge hosted Pocket Athletic Conference foe and county rival Forest Park Friday night in a game that meant much more than just who came out on top.
Moments before kickoff, longtime Southridge Superfan Charlie Fuhs was honored and remembered.
Ross Fuhs, a Southridge graduate, is in his eighth season in charge of the Rangers, so his father adopted Forest Park as another favorite.
The elder Fuhs passed away during the summer.
It was only fitting the avid follower of Forest Park football and all things Southridge be honored before Friday’s game.
“It was really tough [to get the game started],” Ross said. “He was the guy who taught me football, so him not being here this year is tough. I know that he is still looking down on us, and I am just trying to make him proud, and I am doing the things I know he would want me to do.”
Southridge coach Scott Buening added, “I didn’t grow up here, but in the seven years I have been here, I was blessed to get to know Charlie, and you will never meet a nicer man. So to have the opportunity to give their family a little token of appreciation for what they have done and let them know how important Charlie was to our school, athletic programs and our community, it was just a very deserving moment.”
No official word on Southridge quarterback Chase Taylor, but it is believed the Raider quarterback suffered a broken collarbone.
Carson Niehaus played under center for the Raiders in the second half. He completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Cole Calvert on a screen pass.
Although Calvert had a wall of blockers in front of him on the play and all he had to do was decide if he wanted to score from the left or right, Niehaus made a nice read on the play.
The play came on a 3rd and 23, and the Rangers brought a heavy blitz. Niehaus was alert enough to dump it off to Calvert a split second before being hit.
Heritage Hills did not have its dual-threat signal caller against Pike Central Friday night.
Cole Sigler sat out to rest what Patriots head coach Todd Wilkerson described as “minor discomfort in his left shoulder.”
Wilkerson admitted Sigler most likely could have played, but they wanted to be more cautious than anything.
“We were going to have him suit up and be a gametime decision, but we decided it would be best just to give him the extra rest,” the coach stated. “If we leave it up to him, he’s of course going to play. But we just did not want him to take any added shots if we didn’t have to.”
Sigler banged up his shoulder early in the Patriots’ 42-6 romp over Tell City in Week 2.
Luke Rickelman filled in for Sigler, on Friday, completed two passes on two attempts for 17 yards and a touchdown. The back-up quarterback also ran for a touchdown.
Heritage Hills, who was ranked No. 3 in last week’s AP Poll, plays host to Jasper Friday night, with No. 2-ranked Gibson Southern and Southridge lurking on the schedule in weeks to come.
The Patriots have outscored their opponents 147-12 through the first three games.
After getting all but run off the field in its opener against a tough Evansville Memorial team, Jasper has rebounded nicely.
Large in part to a new option offense coach Tony Lewis installed starting in Week 2.
The Wildcats now have three viable options in the form of Joe Wood, Lance Dawkins and Nathan Rillo. All three players have gained more than 100 yards on the ground, led by Dawkins’ 199, and the trio have combined for seven rushing scores.
They will be tested against the Patriots defense this Friday.
On the flip side, the Wildcats are expected to be the first real challenge of the season for Heritage Hills.
Looking at the box score, one would think Forest Park quarterback Cooper Uebelhor had a bad game Friday night.
His final line was 3 for 16 with 43 yards and two interceptions.
But that’s not the whole story.
Uebelhor placed the ball right where it needed to be several times, only to have passes fall incomplete.
One of the two picks bounced off his receivers’ hands first.
It was good to see him finish the game with three completions over his final four attempts.