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October 16, 2013

WEEK 9 PICKS: Is it really Week 9 already?

The 2013 regular season has gone way too fast


> SOUTHERN INDIANA — No area teams are going to win a conference championship. None are on the line in Week 9 (unless anyone believes 1-7 Bedford North Lawrence is going to knock off No. 1 Columbus East).

There isn’t a juggernaut among the eight teams.

Still, the 2013 has been anything but dull. Jeff looked like it might be that juggernaut during a 4-0 start before stunningly losing four games in a row. Providence looked like it might be lost during a 1-3 start and now looks unbeatable. Charlestown 2013 isn’t quite Charlestown 2012, but it’s been an interesting season for the Pirates. New Albany has its best team in a long, long time and Floyd Central seems to put up a touchdown once every three plays.

It’s been a really entertaining, unpredictable football season, but it’s gone really, really fast. Way too fast. I love basketball season, but is anybody ready for football season to end?

Here’s hoping for two or three teams to make long runs in the postseason. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Providence … and Floyd Central … and Charlestown

Here’s a look at my final regular-season picks of 2013:



This should be Friday’s best game and its for the coveted second-place spot in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

It should be a high-scoring game, as well. The Bulldogs and Highlanders can both put up points in a hurry.

New Albany senior Tuwan Payton is challenging Elwood’s Sammy Mireles and Yorktown’s Chandler Carroll as Indiana’s best running back. Floyd Central junior Gaige Klingsmith may be the next Tuwan Payton.

Here’s where New Albany has the edge. The Highlanders allowed 376 yards rushing to Jennings County in last week’s 54-30 victory. If Preston Teltow can run for 232 yards and Dakota Bott another 118 against Floyd, what’s Payton going to do to them.

New Albany will finish the regular season with seven losses, its most since the sectional championship team of 2002. The sad thing is that if the sectional fields were the same as last year, the Bulldogs may have added the program’s third sectional title.

THE PICKS: New Albany 48, Floyd Central 28.



Providence coach Larry Denison made one change after a 1-3 start and the Pioneers have been a different team since.

Owen Mattingly’s move to quarterback has benefited not only Mattingly, who seems to rush for 200 yards every week, but it has opened the field for the Pioneers’ other talented backs.

What looked like a lost season just a few weeks ago suddenly looks like a potential championship season.

After taking back the city championship against Clarksville this week, look for Providence to make a long run in the Class 2A tournament.

THE PICK: Providence 57, Clarksville 6.




It’s been an interesting year at Jeffersonville. High expectations have gone unfulfilled, but as I’ve been saying for weeks now, I still believe in Lonnie Oldham and the Red Devils.

It will be exciting to watch Jeff the next three years as Cam Northern develops into an elite quarterback. There have been some great quarterbacks at Jeff, including a Big Ten starting quarterback in Edward Wright-Baker, but Northern has a shot to be the best of them all.

For now, the Red Devils need to get back on track. They’ll do that in a big way this week against Jennings County and next week against Columbus North. Then Center Grove will come to town and show why it has perhaps the best team in the entire state.

THE PICK: Jeffersonville 55, Jennings County 15.



Eastern is coming off of its second win of the season. Charlestown is coming off of its first loss since Week 2 and arguably its most disappointing performance of the season.

The loss of Darren Taylor will certainly hurt the Pirates. They’re still going to be sectional contenders and the Musketeers may see them at their best in Week 9.

THE PICK: Charlestown 41, Eastern 0.



Lawrenceburg doesn’t have quite the team it had last year when it rolled to the programs incredible 16th sectional title.

However, the Tigers are on par with many in the Dragons’ Class 4A Sectional 24 field. Competing with Lawrenceburg would go a long way toward proving that the Dragons belong on the same field with 4A teams like Boonville.

THE PICK: Lawrenceburg 32, Silver Creek 20.






• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Buerk Field.

• RECORDS: Floyd Central 6-2, 5-1 Hoosier Hills Conference; New Albany 6-2, 5-1.

• SERIES RECORD: New Albany leads 22-21.

• SERIES STREAK: New Albany won last year; Floyd Central has won four of the last five meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 12, 2012 at Ron Weigleb Stadium — New Albany 28, Floyd Central 27, OT.

• KEY FACTS: Four of the last seven meetings between the Floyd County rivals have each had a one-point final margin. The Highlanders have won three of those four matchups. … Both New Albany and Floyd Central each have a shot to win a share of the HHC title on Friday night. The winner of the rivalry clash will tie for the conference title if Class 4A No. 1 and HHC leader Columbus East gets upset by Bedford North Lawrence at Stafford Field on Friday.

• ANALYSIS: The Highlanders’ offensive line must win the battle of the trenches against New Albany’s solid defensive line if Floyd Central wants to regain bragging rights in the rivalry.


• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Clarksville High School.

• RECORDS: Providence 5-3, Clarksville 0-8.

• SERIES RECORD: Providence leads 41-11.

• SERIES STREAK: Clarksville won last year; Providence has won four of the last five meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 12, 2012 at Murphy Stadium — Clarksville 24, Providence 20.

• KEY FACTS: The Pioneers’ four-game winning streak is their first since coach Larry Denison took the Providence helm in 2011. In fact, it is Providence’s first four-game victory streak since it started the 2007 season with a 4-0 record. … The Generals have been shut out twice this season, which includes last week’s 33-0 loss at North Harrison. Clarksville has not been blanked two times in one campaign since 2005 when it posted a 7-4 mark.

• ANALYSIS: The Pioneers have got to keep doing what they have been doing, which is run the ball down the opponent’s throat and play great defense. As for the Generals, they hope seeing their town rivals across the field on Friday will inspire them during a dismal 2013 season.


• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Blair Field.

• RECORDS: Jeff 4-4, 3-3 HHC; Jennings County 3-5, 3-3.

• SERIES RECORD: Jeff leads 21-5.

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

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 12, 2012 at Jennings County — Jeff 67, Jennings County 47.

• KEY FACTS: Jeff senior defensive back Damin Smith ranks third in Red Devil history in career unassisted tackles with 165. He had 10 solo tackles last week in Jeff’s 41-0 loss to Columbus East. … The Red Devils’ shutout setback last week was the first time they have been blanked in 39 games and the first time in coach Lonnie Oldham’s three-year tenure at Jeff. Prior to last Friday, the last time the Red Devils were shut out came in the 2010 season opener versus Bloomington North, 28-0.

• ANALYSIS: Jeff has got to get its running game going again, as it has averaged only 61.5 yards per game during its four-game losing streak. A lot of that will depend on if Austin Hines first plays, and second how effective he will be after batting a turf toe injury the past few weeks. The senior running back did not play against East because of  the injury.


• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Dutch Reis Field.

• RECORDS: Charlestown 5-3, 5-1 Mid-Southern Conference; Eastern 2-6, 1-5.

• SERIES RECORD: Charlestown leads 6-0.

• SERIES STREAK: Charlestown has won six in a row.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 12, 2012 at Eastern — Charlestown 62, Eastern 7.

• KEY FACTS: The Pirates have held the Musketeers to single digits in five of their six meetings. From an offensive standpoint, Charlestown has averaged 49.7 points per contest in its brief series with Eastern. … The Pirates have a shot to clinch a piece of the MSC championship on Friday. They must beat the Musketeers, and MSC leader and Class 3A No. 5 Brownstown Central must lose at home to Corydon Central. If Charlestown and Corydon both win on Friday, then the Pirates, the Panthers and the Braves will each end up in a three-way tie for the conference title.

• ANALYSIS: Charlestown should be motivated after suffering a disappointing loss at Providence last Friday. Eastern needs to be ready and match the Pirates’ intensity.


• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• PLACE: Neary Memorial Field.

• RECORDS: Silver Creek 3-5, Lawrenceburg 6-2.

• SERIES RECORD: First meeting.

• KEY FACTS: If the Dragons prevail at Lawrenceburg on Friday, they will have a winning road record for the first time in the regular season. Entering the 2013 campaign, Silver Creek was 1-14 in road games the past two seasons. … After suffering three straight losing seasons from 2009-2011, the Tigers have gone 17-4 and won last year’s Class 2A Sectional 31 championship since the end of 2011.

• ANALYSIS: Lawrenceburg always has some athletes and playmakers, so the Dragons must be wary of these players if they are to end the regular season on a positive note.