NEW ALBANY —
SALEM AT SILVER CREEK
It’s only the first game of the Mid-Southern Conference season, but Silver Creek has a chance to do something it’s never done — stand on top of the MSC standings, if only for a while.
The Dragons have weapons all over the place and their defense was probably better than expected in last week’s 46-30 win over Springs Valley, forcing seven fumbles and recovering five.
Bobby Haines and Brad Graham scored three times apiece, future star Austin Hasting added a score. Wide receiver Drew Sherrow didn’t have a big night, which he’s capable of doing, and Creek still nearly put up a ton of points.
I’ve covered a lot of high school football players in my time as a sports reporter and few have had the heart for the game equal to R.J. Hartsfield, who is now the head coach at Salem. With the help of former Lions head coach Brian Motsinger, Hartsfield will turn the Salem program around in time.
On Friday, however, Silver Creek simply has too many weapons for a Lions’ team that is obviously on the rise.
THE PICK: Silver Creek 35, Salem 20.
CHARLESTOWN AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
As big as the news that Silver Creek is on top of the MSC would be, this is the game with serious conference implications.
Last week, Brownstown beat Mitchell 74-0 and Charlestown was embarrassed by a Madison squad that won one game a year ago.
However, last time similar results happened in the opening weekend, Brownstown had to hold off a game Pirate team that then won eight-straight games.
We could be looking at a very similar circumstance in 2013. It would be foolish to count Charlestown out after one week. The Pirates are going to win this season; it’s just a matter of when their offense turns a corner.
I’m predicting it will this week. It just won’t be enough against another strong Reed May-coached Braves’ squad.
Come late October or early November, however, it may be a different story.
THE PICK: Brownstown 21, Charlestown 13.