Fishers learns a lot about themselves after first game comeback

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Fishers prepares for their second game of the season against Pike.

FISHERS – What could have been a disparaging start to the 2014 season may actually have been something to rally around for a team developing it’s identity.

With strong play all around, Fishers raced out to a 19-0 lead on North Central in their season opener in Nora last Friday night. But a late touchdown drive by the Panthers got them within 19-7 at the half.

Then in the third quarter a turnover setup another touchdown as the lead dwindled to six. Early in the fourth quarter the lead was gone for the Tigers who watch Milton McClain run into the endzone to give North Central a 20-19 lead.

But  Rick Wimmer’s team regrouped in the final minutes, scoring the final 13 points of the game to salvage the 32-20 victory to start the season 1-0-and in the process showed the coach something about his ninth team at the school.

“We found out we could compete. I thought our kids played very hard especially at the end when we went down 20-19. I was very proud of the way that we responded to that,” said Wimmer of his team. “Mistakes can be fixed but it’s good to see that you’ve got guys who will compete in tough situations and I think we learned that we could do that.”

Not a bad lesson to learn or a bad way to learn it for the Tigers-who enter the season ranked fifth in Class 6A-as they continue their quest for the school’s second state football championship.

“We learned we were a better team than we thought we were,” said senior receiver Simeon Foster. “We’re stronger than we think. When it comes down to it and adversity is in the game, we can play as a team and overcome mistakes.”

They’ll have to make fewer of those in their next game of the season, especially considering what they did in their opener at home last Friday. In an impressive display of offense, Pike rolled past Brownsburg 59-19 to open the season as their offense scored all of their points in two-and-a-half quarters.

Red Devils quarterback Beau Trudeau threw for six touchdowns in the victory that helped Pike rise to No. 6 in the Class 6A rankings.

“Your not going to keep a team like Pike completely out of the endzone, they’re going to score some points. The defense has got to make it difficult for them and not give them the long easy touchdown that they were able to get last week,” said Wimmer of Pike. “We’ve got to make them work for them, make them use the clock.

“Offense is part of the defense too. We have to control the football and not give the ball up, not have any three-and-outs, not have turnovers, things like that.”

Foster hopes his team’s offense can rise to that challenge.

“We have a strong offense. We’ve learned a lot since last week and put in some new stuff so I think that we’re ready and we’re ready for Pike’s defense,” said Foster. “I know that they’re tough and our defense is tough. So offense is going to be hard and defense is going to be strong both sides.”