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Carmel Greyhounds are dogging the competition, leaning on stellar defense in playoff run

By: Scott Burnstein, November 13, 2018, 12:50 pm

The Carmel Greyhounds are trying to ride an elite defense to a second IHSAA Class 6A state football title in last three seasons this fall. And boy is that D downright nasty. Maybe the best the program has ever produced.

Carmel (10-2) tangles with Valparaiso in a semi state matchup later this week on the road. The Greyhounds have allowed just a touchdown or less in half their games. Last week, they bounced Ft. Wayne Snider, 20-6, and the defense didn’t surrender a single score (Snider scored on a fumble recovery).

Seniors Joey Schmidt, Beau Robbins and Nate Frey are the unit’s heart and soul, each having started as sophomores on the 2016 state championship squad. Schmidt is one of the top linebackers in the state and possesses a gridiron IQ that is off the charts. Robbins, committed to Indiana, is as lethal as they come in terms of rushing the passer. Frey flies around the secondary from his position at safety with ball-hawking tenacity — he had two picks and a blocked extra point against Snider in the regionals.

Juniors Cole Brevard and Ty Wise knock your socks off too getting busy on D. Brevard, a menacing presence on the line, is the most sought-after college prospect in the state’s whole Class of 2020. Wise wows with his speed and natural instinct next to Schmidt in the Greyhounds’ crew of linebackers.

As the old song said, “Who let the dogs out?” What we do know is that this pack of canines is running wild and possibly towards the history books.