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September 26, 2013

GREG'S FOOTBALL PICKS: BOUNCE BACK WEEK

Local teams looking for redemption in Week 6

JEFFERSONVILLE — Every team in the News and Tribune coverage area — with the exception of Floyd Central and Charlestown — is looking to bounce back after losses in its last outing.

Even Providence, which won by forfeit over an Indianapolis Manual squad that didn’t have enough varsity players to bring to Clarksville in Week 5, is really coming off of a 41-21 loss at Indian Creek.

So for Jeffersonville, New Albany, Silver Creek, Clarksville, Eastern and even Providence, Week 6 is a chance at redemption — and for most, there’s a good opportunity for a win in front of them.

For Floyd and Charlestown, it’s a chance to stay hot. For one of them, there’s a good opportunity for another win in front of them.

Here’s a look at the Week 6 slate:

JEFFERSONVILLE AT PROVIDENCE

The forecast for Friday night in Clarksville is mid-70s and sunny.

That’s bad news for Providence.

As much credit as Floyd Central deserves for its win over the Red Devils last week, there’s no doubt that Jeff’s Kryptonite is rain.

Last year, the Devils thought they could end Columbus East’s reign as Hoosier Hills champions. The Olympians were probably the better team, but probably not 35 points better ... expect in the rain.

On Friday, a Jeff offense that had averaged more than 50 points through four games managed just 14 against the Highlanders. None after the first quarter.

Floyd’s defense played a role. The rain probably played a bigger one.

Last time Jeff faced Providence in a downpour, the Pioneers won 2-0. That was probably their only chance on Friday.

Now Providence is getting an angry Jeff team on a fast surface. It’s probably not going to end well for the Pioneers.

THE PICK: Jeffersonville 49, Providence 8.

MADISON AT NEW ALBANY

Most seasons in the past decade, there hasn’t been a greater shot at redemption than New Albany going from 10-time HHC champion Columbus East one week to Madison, which has spent most of the past three decades at the bottom of the HHC, the next week.

However, last week’s stunning 13-9 loss in the rain at Jennings County aside, Madison has been pretty impressive this season. It has beaten Charlestown and played Floyd Central and Jeff tougher than expected.

The Cubs are playing against a New Albany team with something to prove after being shut down by East in the second half last week. Madison knows it will see a lot of Tuwan Payton. Behind the Bulldogs’ powerful offensive line, it won’t matter if the Cubs know he’s coming.

THE PICK: New Albany 41, Madison 14.

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