North Huskies vs TH North Vigo - at Carl S. Riddle Stadium Oct 31, 2014

Game Stats    Game Recap   


Oct 31 NORTH vs North Vigo VARSITY Offensive Stats
Player Att Com % Yards TD INT Notes:
PATE 9 3 33% 17 0 1  
TURI 1 0 0% 0 0 0  
TOTAL 10 3 30% 17 0 1  
Player Att Yds Avg TD Long Fum Notes:
JOHNSON, F. 20 101 5.1 0 33 0  
WARGEL 7 37 5.3 0 9 0  
WHITLER 5 21 4.2 0 21 0  
PATE 14 2 0.1 0 7 2 sacked once
JENKINS 1 2 2.0 0 2 0  
TOTAL 47 163 3.5 0 33 2  
Player Rec To " Yds Avg TD Long Notes:
WHITLER 3 5 17 5.7 0 7  
WINCHELL   2   ####      
HIRSCH   1   ####      
WARGEL   1   ####      
JOHNSON, B   1   ####      
TOTAL 3 10 17 5.7 0 7  
  * thrown to        
Player Type No. Yds Avg. TD Long Notes:
WHITLER KO 2 23 11.5 0 14  
JOHNSON, F KO 1 22 22.0 0 22  
TOTAL   3 45 15.0 0 22  
Player Type No. Yds Avg. Long   Notes:
TURI KO 3 146 48.7 60   1-touchback
WHITLER Punt 2 78 39.0 61   1-inside 20
TOTAL   5 224 44.8 61    
Player Total TD rush TD rec TD ret 2pt XP XP kick Special
JENKINS 6 0 0 1 0 0  
TURI 3 0 0 0 0 0 1-43yd Field Goal
TOTAL 9 0 0 1 0 0 0


Team Stats

Oct 31 NORTH vs North Vigo Team Stats (Sectional)
11 Rushing 14  
1 Passing 0  
0 Penalty 1  
47 Rushing attempts 42  
3.5 Avg yds per rush 8.0  
10 Attempts 2  
3 Completions 1  
30% Completion % 50%  
5.7 Avg yds per completion 6.0  
1 / -5 Sacked / Yards Lost 1 / -3  
180 TOTAL YARDS 342  
57 Plays 44  
3.2 Avg yds per play 7.8  
2 Fumbles lost 1  
1 Passes HAD intercepted 0  
6 Points scored off turnovers 14  
4 / 20 PENALTIES / YARDS 8 / 48  
6 / 13 3rd down conversions 1 / 5  
2 / 4 4th down conversions 2 / 2  
1st 6:21 L.Grim 20yd TD run 0 - 6  
    Potter XP kick 0 - 7  
  0:49 Turi 43yd Field Goal 3 - 7  
  0:21 Barrett 1yd TD run 3 - 13  
    Potter XP kick 3 - 14  
2nd 8:39 Billberry 45yd TD fumble return 3 - 20  
    Potter XP kick 3 - 21  
  6:08 L.Grim 1yd TD run 3 - 27  
    Potter XP kick 3 - 28  
  3:38 Jenkins 47yd TD fumble return 9 - 28  
    XP kick failed 9 - 28  
  0:39 L.Grim 1yd TD run 9 - 34  
    Potter XP kick 9 - 35  
3rd 8:01 Potter 47yd Field Goal 9 - 38  
4th 4:11 L.Grim 46yd TD run 9 - 44  
    Potter XP kick 9 - 45  


Defensive Stats

CAGE STREET 4 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 17
RYAN WARGEL 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
MASON JENKINS 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 10
BUDDY WAELDE 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
CHASE WHITLER 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
AUSTIN CURTIS 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
ZAC TURI 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
BRYCE BROWN 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
TRAIS LOWE 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
CODY SMITH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
TRE NEIGHBORS 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
TASHAWN HAZELWOOD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
TREVOR McDOWELL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
RILEY FIDLER 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TOTALS 32 18 2 1 0 1 0 0 90


Game Recap


The 2014 Huskies ended their season with a disappointing 45-9 loss on the road at Terre Haute North Vigo Friday night.  Playing in conditions that included wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour and temperatures that hovered just above freezing, the weather was the worst of the season.

After having played some of their best football during the month of October, the Sectional match up against the 4-5 Patriots looked to be the best possible draw for North.   From the outset, however, it was evident that the Husky lines on both offense and defense were overmatched.


The Husky offense lost yardage on five of the first six plays it ran from scrimmage.  The sixth play was an incomplete pass.  Blocks were not crisp, assignments were missed, and reads were incorrect.

The defense was only marginally better.  The Husky front line faced an opportunity to halt the Patriots on their first drive during a fourth-and-one situation at the North Vigo 47.  A quarterback sneak picked up the first down.  North got another break when the Patriots were called for holding on the ensuing first down and faced first-and-twenty from their 39.  Two run plays later, the home team had a first down at the North 29.  Two plays after that a Patriot runner made the score 7-0.

Senior Chase Whitler’s wind-aided punt went 61 yards and rolled dead inside the Terre Haute 10.  Sophomore Cage Street nailed a runner for a loss on second down and then nailed the quarterback for a sack on third down.  Punting into the overwhelming wind, the Patriot punter could only get the ball to the North Vigo 18.  The Huskies lost yardage on three straight plays and had to settle for the record extending thirteenth field goal of senior Zac Turi’s stellar career. 

Trailing 7-3, Turi then boomed the kickoff out of the end zone for a touchback and the Husky faithful that the defense would rise to the occasion after yielding an 11 play, 72 yard drive on the first possession.  It wasn’t to be the case as the Patriots went eighty yards in just three running plays to make the score 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.


If the first quarter was disappointing, the second quarter decided the game.  On North’s first possession of the period, the Huskies strung together a pair of first downs and moved the ball into the opponent’s end of the field.  As tailback Ford Johnson trailed North’s quarterback on an option play down the line, the ball was pitched back to him, and the wind played a fateful role.

A blast of air swept the ball away from the runner and left it bouncing on the field.  A Patriot linebacker scooped up the ball in stride and ran 50 yards for a touchdown.  North now trailed 21-3.

Following a touchback on a wind aided kickoff, North took over at their 20.  On the second play from scrimmage, a similar pitch from the quarterback to the running back was blasted by the surging winds.  The same linebacker fell on the loose ball and North Vigo had the ball at the Husky 19.  Less than two minutes after their last score, the Patriots scored again and it was a 28-3 ball game.

North’s next possession was a ‘three-and-out’ and the punt into the ferocious wind went just 17 yards.  The Huskies finally benefited from the weather when Terre Haute North suffered a similar fate on a pitch and senior captain Mason Jenkins scooped up a loose ball near midfield and rambled 50 yards to garner North’s only touchdown of the evening.

What followed on the point-after-touchdown was typical of the game.  Kicking the extra point, Turi lined up and booted the ball square between the uprights--midway to their top.  The officials initially signaled the extra point as good, but a gust of wind stopped the ball’s forward progress and actually blew the ball all the way back through the uprights until it landed near the line of scrimmage.  The attempt was then called no good and North trailed 28-9.

Terre Haute North generated five first downs running the ball on their next possession, scored another rushing touchdown, and the score was 35-9 at halftime.


The Patriots had deferred to the second half and chose to take the wind at their back in the third quarter.  That decision proved fortuitous when North faced fourth-and-one a the 29 on the opening possession.  Knowing that a punt into the wind would likely yield very few net yards, the Huskies went for a first down instead.  The Patriot defensive line got off the ball better and stuffed a runner for no gain.  Although the Husky defense rose to the occasion and stopped the opponent without a first down, it was no problem for the Patriot kicker to produce a wind-aided 47 yard field goal to make the score 38-9.

North reverted to their ‘Power I’ formation in the second half with Turi at quarterback and experienced some success moving the ball.  Johnson managed runs of 33 and 23 yards but ultimately the drive stalled out in the red zone and the terrible winds precluded a field goal attempt.

The Patriots took over at their 11 and drove the ball out to the 30 before the defense forced them to punt away as the third quarter ended.  The Huskies, with the wind at their back for the final quarter, re-inserted Zach Pate at quarterback and moved the ball down inside the North Vigo ten yard line.  Unfortunately an interception at the two yard line ended that scoring opportunity.

The Patriots then drove 98 yards on 9 plays and scored the final points of the night on a 46 yard touchdown run.  The Huskies, playing against the North Vigo jayvee defense drove the ball inside downfield steadily and the game ended with North inside the Patriot ten yard line.


Lost in the disappointment of another drubbing in Terre Haute was the remarkable achievement of senior linebacker Ryan Wargel.  Wargel entered his senior season with 106 career solo tackles and needed just 25 to break the all-time North record.

Ryan did that and then some.  By the time the game ended on Friday, the senior had crushed SIXTY-THREE runners this season with solo unassisted tackles.  He broke the career record by an amazing 38 tackles and set a record that will not be easy for anyone to break.  The 63 solo tackles in 2014 ranks in the Top 10 all-time for a single season (he had 67 in 2013).  Throughout his career, Wargel has consistently been wherever his team needed him to be whenever his team needed him to be there.  A quick records search yielded no sign that he had ever committed a penalty on his way to achieving one of North’s greatest all-time records.  He has been a leader by example, a competitor with a ferocious will to win, and a role model for the players around him. 

He is the latest in a long line of great middle linebackers at North high school and is arguably one of the best to ever play the position for the green and white. 

TURI’S MARK has often commented on the accomplishments of senior Zac Turi as a kicker for North.  His accomplishments in that role are unparalleled in Husky history.  He broke the school’s career  kick-scoring record this season by 27 points.  His 14 career field goals nearly TRIPLED the next highest total.  He has made four of the six longest field goals in school history.  He has managed to put nearly 20% of his kickoffs out of reach for opponents to return.  He made kicks in terrible weather and under incredible pressure to win games, protect leads, and sustain threats.

He has also made his mark as a player who was willing to accept any new position or any change of assignment that his team needed him to make.  As a junior, the Huskies needed a linebacker with range and tenacity.  Turi filled the role with 37 tackles (23 solo and 5 for loss).  As a senior, he was asked to switch from quarterback to defensive end and add pressure to a sagging pass rush.  In just 7 games, he recorded 30 tackles (22 solo) with three quarterback sacks and six tackles for loss. 

Turi is a multi-sport athlete and a competitor with a knack for winning.  He, too, is arguably one of the best to ever play his position for the green and white.


The statistics accumulated by senior Chase Whitler over the course of his career in no way capture his all-round contribution to North football.  Gifted with outstanding quickness and sensational ball awareness, Whitler plays like an athlete of bigger stature.  Certainly his receiving numbers will mark him among the school’s all-time leaders in receptions, yardage, and touchdowns, but that hardly quantifies his value as a player.

Whitler contributed in every facet of the game that a player could contribute to his team’s success.  During his amazing career he has run for touchdowns and he has caught touchdown passes.  He has thrown touchdowns.  He has returned kicks for touchdowns.  He has intercepted passes.  He has run down City 100 meter dash champions from behind to prevent touchdowns.  He has punted so many ‘coffin corner’ kicks out of bounds and inside the opponent’s 20 yard line that it is difficult to count them all.  He has caused and recovered fumbles at pivotal moments.  He has converted critical third downs on offense and made just as critical stops on defensive third down situations.

In the opinion of, Chase Whitler is the finest all-round football player we have seen wear the green and white in the last 15 years.

We will not see his like again at Bundrant Stadium for quite some time and will have to savor the memories of his remarkable career for seasons to come.