Cats, Alices to tangle at Lucas Oil Stadium this fall

From Herald Staff Reports

JASPER — Twelve years after capturing its first state championship, it’s back to Indianapolis for the Jasper football team.

Jasper High School has accepted an invitation to play Big Eight Conference foe Vincennes Lincoln on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Lucas Oil Stadium in the state capital.

The game, slated for 4:45 p.m., will be one of three contests played at the Indianapolis Colts’ home facility that Saturday as part of an event funded by Compton Solutions. Lawrenceburg will clash with Franklin County in the day’s first game while Ben Davis and Pike will battle in the day’s final bout.

This year’s Wildcat-Alice matchup was originally set to be played at Vincennes Lincoln as part of the typical home-road rotation. One of the chief benefits for the game is the rare chance for Jasper to sell tickets to an away contest, Wildcat athletic director Andy Noblitt said, which in turn will help offset travel costs for the team. In addition, Noblitt said, the Circle City exposure will provide less quantitative benefits as well.

“It opens the door for Jasper football to be on a bigger stage and be seen by more people throughout the state,” Noblitt said.

“Whenever people see that … they see how special Jasper and Jasper athletics can be.”

The Wildcats, who clipped Vincennes Lincoln 7-0 last season, will still retain their home game in 2014 with the Alices. The Cats lead the all-time series against Lincoln 28-14.

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