There are two things Andrean quarterback Matt DeSomer won't do tonight. But Niner Nation can relax. Neither have anything to do with football.
He joked that he wouldn't go to the school dance and 59ers coach Phil Mason said the senior will not jump over the fence going out on the field like he has all season.
DeSomer had a leg injury in last Friday's Class 3A regional against Jimtown. He played in the second half but did not move like he did in the first.
Expect him to be on the field tonight when West Lafayette comes to town for the Northern Semistate. You'll have to buy a ticket to see how close to 100 percent he is.
Third time's the charm?: This is the third time in history Da Region has had three teams still alive in Semistate Weekend. In 2005, Griffith (3A), Lowell (4A) and Merrillville (5A) got this far.
The Red Devils were the only team to win, beating Fort Wayne South, 16-14. In 2009 it was Rensselaer (2A), Lowell (4A) and Merrillville (5A) getting this far.
Lowell, again, was the only winner, beating Fort Wayne Dwenger 24-21.
Tonight it will be Rensselaer (2A), Andrean (3A) and E.C. Central (4A). Can we get two? Three? One?
The 4A Ringer: Dwenger should be used to playing teams from Northwest Indiana this time of year. In 1997 Griffith beat the Saints, 35-21. In 2007 Lowell beat them, 10-7. In 2008 Dwenger beat Lowell, 38-22.
In 2010 Dwenger beat Morton, 48-12. So the series is tied at 3. But Griffith was the only area team over that time to beat the Saints in Fort Wayne.
"They're a great program," E.C. coach Stacy Adams said. "We're an up-and-coming program. We'll go there and play our game and see what happens."
Regional debate?: There is always debate as to whether Rensselaer is really a "Region" team. Being in Jasper County so far south from the Steel Mills takes them off the "Region" map in most eyes.
Bombers coach Chris Meeks came north this summer and scrimmaged at East Chicago and said it helped his team get better.
"Stacy's done a great job," Meeks said. "Playing them was great for our kids and I think it helped them, too."
Weather oh no: Snow is forecasted in Fort Wayne tonight. The Cardinals will also play their first game on natural grass since Oct. 18th. E.C. practiced at Clark this week to get ready.
But on Nov. 11 the Cards practiced as hard snow and cold wind blew all around them. They enjoyed it.
"Hey, it was cold but we hadn't played this late in the season in a long time so we loved it," senior Anthony Hunt said. "Football and snow, you gotta love it."
Change of plans: West Side senior Lonnie Johnson has committed to play football at Western Michigan, as he said on his Twitter account. He had recently decommitted from Ohio State.