Week 5: Five area players to watch tonight on the gridiron

Woodlan’s Joe Reidy warms up before an August 27 game against Central Noble.

Week 5 is headed your way tonight and as always, we talk about five players that you should keep an eye on. Maybe they did well last week? Maybe they have a favorable or intriguing matchup?

Here are the players to keep on watch:

JOE REIDY, WOODLAN at Southern Wells

If you didn’t know Joe Reidy was back in pads this fall before, then Week 4 was an awakening. He is a big target and he makes himself known on the field. The hands of Reidy have always been underestimated and he had a really good sophomore season before taking last year off. This year he has been back and been solid on both sides of the ball. He has helped be a pass stopper on defense and on offense, plugged in often at tight end, he has been a really quality blocker to try and buy his quarterback more time. Solid…that is the way to describe weeks 1-3 Joe Reidy. Week 4 Joe Reidy was a man among boys. He hauled in a team high nine catches for a team high 176 yards while also leading the defense with seven tackles and a sack. Something in Reidy turned up quite a bit last week and with another winnable game on the horizon, expect him to maintain that level of play.


We will get to see two teams push back at each other in this game with heavy handed running backs. With both teams very much in the conversation for the NECC Big Division crown, Angola has the edge because of experience. Hasselman has long been one of the best backs in the conference and knowing that this game has potential title implications, look for him to push through even harder than he has in previous weeks. Save for a struggled effort opposite Leo, Hasselman has been an absolute stud for the Hornets. Hasselman had two big yardage touchdowns last week in the win against West Noble to once again remind people that he isn’t just a heavy handed grinding back, that he can burst out with speed and make you pay too.


Is he the best back in the SAC? Is he extra hungry for yardage after not getting to go last Friday night with Snider’s game being cancelled? Will it matter? Brown is going to go to work on Friday and really challenge Homestead’s run defense to step up for a second straight week. Brown is very slippery at that position because he cuts so well away from defenders and creates space for himself. While Homestead saw a run game that came right at them last week, Brown will differ himself by being elusive and making the Spartans play chase on Friday night. This is a pivotal game in the conference, watch for Brown to take control every chance he gets.


Bellmont sits 0-4, but it is fair to say that things have trended a positive way for them much more than they did in 2020. This team has already scored more points than last season. While Rumple may not factor into that offense a ton at all, he is on the flip side of that on a defense that needs to get critical stops and have a real chance against a like opponent this week to show up. Rumple gets around everywhere on defense as Bellmont’s leader in tackles. Last week in a loss to Norwell, he showed up all over the field. He registered three solo tackles, but had seven assists, meaning that he is getting to the ball hard. With a better understanding weekly of where he can raise the play of the Braves, Rumple’s defense is big to lead them into a very winnable game, something that Bellmont has not done since October 26, 2018 and not done in the regular season in four years.


He was one of the breakout stars of week 4, but he has been very consistent all season for the Chargers. But, his 162 yards on just 12 rushes with four of those going for 20-plus yards. Now Carroll’s leading rusher, Carmody is also second on the team in receptions so he is showing how many tools he has to work with. As teams have keyed in on the likes of Jeff Becker and Jameson Coverstone, Carmody has really stepped up and helped keep this offense flowing week after week. Against a small than normal Dwenger line, could Carmody have another big week? Look for him to make moves to bounce out away from the defense and, like others in the SAC, try to take the reigns of a game that is must win if Carroll is going to stay in the title race.

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