Mouhamed Konate, MV forward
MoKo (above, at left) has four more scores (14) than Greenfield-Central’s Enrique Ferrara and has nearly equaled his 2011 total of 17. The forward is also tied for second on Mt. Vernon with four assists.
“The majority of teams follow him around with an extra guy. He gets that kind of treatment and everybody’s aware of him,” MV coach Aaron Britt said. “To still get his goals … he’s just really dangerous all the time.”
Enrique Ferrara, G-C forward
With his four-goal explosion against Yorktown Wednesday, the freshman has inserted himself into the Player of the Year race with 10 goals and three assists.
“He’s tenacious. He doesn’t give up. His knowledge of the game as a freshman is unbelievable,” G-C coach Jared Manning said. “With him playing up front, he’s got knack for blind-siding, sneaking around guys and then all of the sudden he’s got the ball.”
CJ Coleman, MV midfielder
The Mt. Vernon junior actually has more balanced numbers than Konate, with seven goals and a county-best eight helpers.
“The beginning of year he was scoring a lot of goals with the attention Konate was getting,” Britt said. “When teams start to realize, ‘Oh crap, he’s going to score a goal or score again,’ then he dishes it off.”
Bryson Basaran, NP midfielder
Basaran’s been the hottest scorer in the county lately, with all seven of his goals coming in the past two weeks. The senior (above, at right) paced the county with 23 scores in 2011. NP coach Bobby Holden said Basaran’s role has been similar to that of Lauren Joray’s on the girls’ team.
“It’s one of those things that happened that his year,” Holden said. “They’re playing their roles perfectly.”
Breaking Down the HHC Race
When Greenfield-Central and Mt. Vernon’s 1-1 tilt that was bound for overtime became postponed on Sept. 6, it further muddled the picture that is the quest for boys’ Hoosier Heritage Conference championship. After G-C’s 5-0 blanking of Yorktown Wednesday, the Cougars improved their league record to 4-1, the same as the Marauders. New Palestine, having beaten both of its county rivals, is also in the thick of the race at 3-1. G-C and NP shared the title last season.
Sept. 26: Greenfield-Central at Mt. Vernon. The game will pick up in overtime with the teams level at one goal apiece. The loser is likely knocked out of the HHC race.
Sept. 27: New Palestine at Pendleton Heights. With winnable home conference against Delta and Rushville preceding Pendleton, a victory against the Arabians would probably give the Dragons a share of their second straight HHC title.
When: Semifinals Oct. 3 at 5:30, 7:30 p.m.; Championship Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
What: Winner advances to Mt. Vernon regional to be played on Oct. 11 (semifinals) and Oct. 13 (championship).