News and Tribune

September 26, 2013

GREG'S FOOTBALL PICKS: BOUNCE BACK WEEK

Local teams looking for redemption in Week 6

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

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.



SILVER CREEK AT CLARKSVILLE

Every week, Clarksville gets a little better.

Over the past two weeks, the winless Generals have played pretty good Corydon and Salem teams even for much of the game.

Silver Creek, on the other hand, had its worst outing last Friday — at least offensively. In the downpour, the Dragons’ superior athleticism was held in check by a superior Charlestown defense.

On Friday, the Dragons will be looking to run wild and free. If it’s anything like last year’s 53-41 game, they’ll get their chance.

THE PICK: Silver Creek 40, Clarksville 20.



NORTH HARRISON AT EASTERN

There’s no doubt that Eastern will improve on last year’s one-win season. With Crawford County coming up in three weeks, that’s a virtual guarantee.

However, with North Harrison and Salem on the schedule the next two weeks, the Musketeers have a chance to make a statement in 2013.

This should be the most competitive game of the week between two improved teams without the records to show it.

The physical Musketeers may have enough to win this one at home.

THE PICK: Eastern 26, North Harrison 18.



FLOYD CENTRAL AT COLUMBUS EAST

I don’t think Floyd Central is as good as New Albany, so I’m not expecting a close game here. However, I didn’t think the Highlanders were as good as Jeffersonville.

So what do I know?

THE PICK: Columbus East 42, Floyd Central 14.



SALEM AT CHARLESTOWN

There are going to be a lot of low-scoring games from here on out for Charlestown. This one is no exception. This could be the Pirates’ third shutout win in four weeks (and their fourth straight overall).

The Sectional 31 can’t be excited about watching the Pirates get on a winning streak.

THE PICK: Charlestown 20, Salem 0.

 

FRIDAY’S GAMES

COMPILED BY KEVIN HARRIS

 

JEFFERSONVILLE AT PROVIDENCE

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Murphy Stadium.

• RECORDS: Jeff 4-1, Providence 2-3.

• SERIES RECORD: Jeff leads 38-15.

• SERIES STREAK: Jeff has won two in a row and five of the last six meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Sept. 21, 2012 at Blair Field — Jeff 50, Providence 13.

• KEY FACTS: With his four receptions in last Friday’s 28-14 loss to Floyd Central, Jeff tight end Dionte Allen became the first-ever Red Devil to have 100 receptions in his high school career. … Jeff has won its last seven trips to Murphy Stadium, with its latest victory coming at Providence in 2011 (40-20). The last time the Pioneers defeated the Red Devils at home was in 1997, 17-14.

• ANALYSIS: Jeff should be motivated after getting upset by the Highlanders last week. The Red Devils need to get their offense back in high gear after tallying 172 total yards last Friday. As for the Pioneers, it will be interesting to see how they respond after not playing last Friday because its scheduled opponent, Indianapolis Manual, had to forfeit due to a lack of players. Will Providence be rusty?

 

FLOYD CENTRAL AT COLUMBUS EAST

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Stafford Field.

• RECORDS: Floyd Central 4-1, 3-0 Hoosier Hills Conference; Columbus East 5-0, 3-0.

• SERIES RECORD: East leads 21-15.

• SERIES STREAK: East has won nine in a row.

• LAST MEETING: Sept. 21, 2012 at Ron Weigleb Stadium — East 31, Floyd Central 7.

• KEY FACTS: The Highlanders have not defeated the Olympians since 2003 at East, 24-13. That was the last season that Floyd Central won the HHC championship. … The Highlanders extended their winning streak to four games last Friday with a 14-point victory at Jeff. It was the first time Floyd Central has won four in a row since it did that at the tail end of the 2011 campaign.

• ANALYSIS: The Highlanders have to employ a similar strategy against East that they did last week versus the Red Devils. Floyd Central needs to keep the ball on the ground and limit the chances for the Olympians’ offense to make big plays. Plus the Highlanders’ defense has to force turnovers like the unbelievable eight takeaways they caused versus the Red Devils last week. But executing those two things is easier said than done against an East team that looks poised to win a Class 4A state title this year.

 

MADISON AT NEW ALBANY

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Buerk Field.

• RECORDS: New Albany 3-2, 2-1 HHC; Madison 2-3, 0-3.

• SERIES RECORD: New Albany leads 33-13-1.

• SERIES STREAK: New Albany has won three in a row and 13 of the last 14 meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Sept. 21, 2012 at Cub Field — New Albany 10, Madison 0.

• KEY FACTS: According to maxpreps.com, Bulldogs’ senior running back Tuwan Payton currently leads the nation in rushing with 1,278 yards. Payton is averaging 11.1 yards per carry and has 16 rushing touchdowns. … New Albany’s shutout of the Cubs last year was the first time the Bulldogs have blanked them since 2006, 35-0. New Albany has blanked two opponents already this season.

• ANALYSIS: Even though Madison has shown improvement on defense this year, its offense has been struggling as of late. The Cubs’ offensive struggles come at a bad time when it faces a formidable New Albany defense, which should be motivated after giving up 48 points to East last week.

 

SILVER CREEK AT CLARKSVILLE

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Clarksville High School.

• RECORDS: Silver Creek 2-3, 1-3 Mid-Southern Conference; Clarksville 0-5, 0-4.

• SERIES RECORD: Clarksville leads 2-0.

• SERIES STREAK: Clarksville has won two in a row.

• LAST MEETING: Sept. 21, 2012 at Silver Creek — Silver Creek 53, Clarksville 41.

• KEY FACTS: The Generals have outscored the Dragons in both of their meetings by a combined score of 97-59. Clarksville won the first meeting with its Clark County foe in 2011 (44-18), followed by its 12-point victory versus Creek last season. … Silver Creek is 0-5 against fellow Clark County teams Charlestown and Clarksville since it restarted its varsity program in 2011.

• ANALYSIS: The Dragons need to revitalize their offense after scoring in single digits in two of the last three contests. That includes getting shut out by Charlestown last week. The Generals are a good team for Silver Creek to get its offense going. Clarksville has yielded 48.8 points per game in 2013.

 

SALEM AT CHARLESTOWN

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Dutch Reis Field.

• RECORDS: Charlestown 3-2, 3-1 MSC; Salem 3-2, 3-1.

• SERIES RECORD: Charlestown leads 23-21.

• SERIES STREAK: Charlestown has won four in a row and five of the last six meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Sept. 21, 2012 at Paul Graves Field — Charlestown 48, Salem 0.

• KEY FACTS: The Lions’ last victory over the Pirates occurred on Oct. 3, 2008 at Salem, 18-13. The Lions scored more points in that contest than they have in their last four matchups with Charlestown. Salem only tallied 11 points in those four games combined. … The Pirates have won 10 consecutive conference home games. During that stretch, the Pirates have averaged 50.8 points per game. Charlestown’s last MSC loss at Dutch Reis Field was Sept. 24, 2010 versus Corydon Central, 22-13.

• ANALYSIS: In the past three games, the Pirates’ defense has been living up to the high expectations Charlestown coach Jason Hawkins gave the unit in the preseason. Charlestown has surrendered 4.7 points per game in the last three contests. The Pirate defense must keep it up if it is to beat an improved Salem squad on Friday.

 

NORTH HARRISON AT EASTERN

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Eastern High School.

• RECORDS: Eastern 1-4, 1-3 MSC; North Harrison 1-4, 0-4.

• SERIES RECORD: 3-3 tie.

• SERIES STREAK: North Harrison won last year’s game; Eastern has won three of the last four meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Sept. 21, 2012 at North Harrison — North Harrison 28, Eastern 7.

• KEY FACTS: The Musketeers scored 55 points in their lone win this season at Clarksville, but in their four setbacks, Eastern has recorded a combined 30 points. … The Musketeers have lost their last five MSC home games. Their last home conference victory was Sept. 23, 2011 versus the Cougars, 27-12.

• ANALYSIS: One of Eastern’s goals this year was not to duplicate its 1-9 record from a season ago. Friday’s game against North Harrison is a great opportunity for the Musketeers to achieve that goal. Plus they need some momentum heading into their rivalry game next week with Washington County foe Salem.