Here are some things we know and don’t know about the 2019 Indiana high school football season after the first four weeks:

Will the current Noblesville football team post a win this season?

The crystal ball is still a bit foggy, says my friend the Football Wizard who has watched a lot of Noblesville football over the years.

Right now, all that seems certain is that you don’t win if you can’t score points.

And the Millers haven’t scored many points. Not so far, anyway. They’ve scored 14 points twice; 7 in another; and have been shut out in yet another.

They are averaging 8.8 points per game . . . and their defensive average is 35.3 points. In addition, Noblesville has rushed for only 292 yards, passed for 124 and produced 130 reception yards. 

In all fairness to coach Justin Roden and his staff, Noblesville lost a nucleus of good players from the 4-6 team in 2018, and the 2019 team is young and inexperienced in several spots.

And keep in mind that the Millers started the season 0-4 against a murderous schedule, featuring Cathedral, Carmel, Fishers and Westfield, all ranked teams.

Regardless, due to Hamilton Heights’ rousing, 36-0 victory over Northwestern last week, Noblesville now finds itself as the lone winless football team in Hamilton County. 

Can Noblesville turn the tables on Zionsville (2-2) this week? That’s Homecoming for the Millers. Certainly all of the hoopla surrounding that could, and likely should, help the cause.

Can the Millers defeat Franklin Central or Hamilton SE in road games? Possibly, but keep in mind that those teams have shown much improvement so far this season, and they’re certainly much better, more competitive than they were in 2018. Senior QB Andrew Hobson passed for 259 yards against Fishers.

What about Brownsburg on the Millers turf on Oct. 11 and then the regular-season finale on Oct. 18 against Avon?

Those last two are likely much taller orders.

Noblesville must win its final five games to go 5-4 and secure a rare regular-season winning record. A lot of good things must happen for that to happen. And posting the school’s first winning season since 2001 obviously remains a long shot.

So back to the crystal ball: All the Football Wizard can see is a shadow of someone scratching his head in all of that fog.

TWO COUNTY TEAMS REMAIN UNBEATEN

*—Fishers and Westfield boast 4-0 records, best in Hamilton County after four games. 

The Tigers have already won as many games as they did a year ago, and last week’s 27-6 decision over rival Hamilton Southeastern provided a rare accomplishment, marking the first time in 10 seasons that they have started the season 4-0.

They’re also flexing their muscles in a big way, allowing only 6.5 points per game. They also allow a meager 53 rushing yards and 183-plus totala yards per game, and they’ve picked off 10 passes.

The Tigers face another big test this week at Brownsburg, then they get Avon at home the next week.

*—The Rocks, powered by a high-octane offense, average 44.0 points per game, directed by senior QB Camden Simons.

Simons has passed for 823 yards (47 of 64) and 10 TDs. He has a .734 passing percentage and a 148.4 QB rating. Pretty impressive, indeed.

Another big test for Westfield is the HCC matchup at HSE on Friday. The Royals (1-3) have lost three consecutive games. One of their losses was a 1-pointer to North Central. They also came within 8 points of No. 1 Avon.

BLACKHAWKS ON THE MOVE

The running game has been electrifying since being held to 16 yards in the season opener by then 2A No, 1 Western Boone.

The Blackhawks, now 3-1, have roared back to post games of 415, 430 and 407 yards rushing. They’ve garnered 1,268 yards on the ground so far.
Junior Cameron Hovey is the Sheridan Workhorse. He rushed for 318 yards on an incredible 48 carries in last week’s one-point victory over Delphi. 

Hovey, who rushed for 733 yards as a sophomore, has churned for 866 yards on 124 carries, averaging 216.0 yards per game. According to MAXPREPS.com, that ranks him No. 1 in Indiana after four games, and he’s  No. 5 in scoring with 83 points, 13 of which are PATs.

CIRCLE CITY CONFERENCE SHOWDOWNS

There’s an interesting scenario looming in the Circle City Conference that could produce a three-way tie for the football title.

Brebeuf’s 20-15 comeback win over previously unbeaten Guerin Catholic last week set the stage for a huge encounter on Sept. 27 when Bishop Chatard visits the Golden Eagles.

Bishop Chatard already owns victories over Brebeuf and Roncalli.

A Guerin Catholic win over a solid Bishop Chatard squad and then a Golden Eagles victory on Oct. 18 at Roncalli , coupled with a Brebeuf win on Sept. 27 at Roncalli, would produce a three-way tie for the conference title among Chatard, Brebeuf and GCHS.

So, yeah, such a possibility exists.

BRETT LAW STILL RECORD HOLDER

Yes New Palestine senior Charlie Segal set the all-time state rushing record, but there’s at least one record that Hamilton County can still hang its hat on.

Remember Brett Law? I’m sure you do.

I would rate the former Sheridan high school great as one of the best and most prolific running backs and punt returners in high school that I ever saw.

Law scored a record 453 points in 1988 while scoring 66 touchdowns. That still stands as a single-season Indiana and national high school record. 
Law, who was simply a scoring machine, also established a state record with his 34 points in that 1988 state finals.

He was just an exceptional athlete, a major talent who brought a small-school program win back-to-back Class A state championships.

Segal, who transferred in from Delta, scored 422 points in 2018, his junior year in leading the Dragons to the Class 5A state title. He’s already scored

90 points (15 TDs) in four games this season. Still a long way from challenging Law’s record.

*—Mark Morrow, a Hall of Fame Indiana sportswriter, has resided in Hamilton County since 1989. You can follow him in The Times, and on Twitter at mmediamarko12. He can be reached at mediamarko5@gmail.com or by calling 317 460-8018.