Four Downs: Regional Final

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Cole Sigler and Heritage Hills are scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday to play at Lawrenceburg for regionals.

Here's a rundown of this Saturday’s regional final football action.

Patriots @ Tigers

Teams: Class 3A No. 2 Heritage Hills (12-0) at Class 3A No. 9 Lawrenceburg (11-1), 6 p.m.

Series: This is the first time the teams have ever met.

1. Heritage Hills’ confidence is at an all-time high following run through sectional over the past three weeks. The Patriots had to face two high-powered conference opponents again in the form of Class 3A No. 8 Gibson Southern and then-No. 7 Southridge in back-to-back weeks, but they persevered and made good on their goal to win a sectional championship. Heritage Hills coach Todd Wilkerson said the 27-7 victory against the Raiders in the sectional final was one of the team’s best defensive efforts of the season. The Patriots held the Raiders to 268 yards of total offense (76 yards rushing) and shut them out through three quarters.

2. Lawrenceburg is perhaps the most daunting offensive team that Heritage Hills has encountered all season. The Tigers have averaged more than 433 yards and 41 points per game, and they’re coming off of a 35-14 sectional triumph against Greensburg. They totaled almost four hundred yards of offense and shut out the Pirates in the first half. Junior running back Adam Burd, who has rushed for 1,685 yards and 27 touchdowns, finished with 159 yards and three scores on 27 carries against the Pirates.

3. Wilkerson said that Lawrenceburg sophomore quarterback Garrett Yoon provides a unique challenge with his dual-threat playmaking ability. Yoon has thrown for 2,243 yards and 28 touchdowns, but is also featured heavily in the Tigers rushing attack, where he’s rushed for 959 yards and another 12 touchdowns. Wilkerson’s biggest area of concern is Yoon being able scramble and make plays with his feet if his receivers can’t get open, so he tasking his line with getting pressure on Yoon and making sure he goes down when then they get chances to tackle him. Yoon was 10-of-12 passing for 226 yards and two touchdowns against the Pirates.

4 “Every week we get to come out on Monday, we celebrate that,” said Wilkerson. “We enjoy the time together. I’m very happy this group of players gets to play another week.”


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