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August 28, 2013

GREG'S FOOTBALL PICKS: Bulldogs can take another big step Friday

Creek can move to top of MSC for first time

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NEW ALBANY — PROVIDENCE AT FLOYD CENTRAL

The two sides lost by a combined 74 points a week ago. Both played very good teams. Neither is that bad.

However, that’s all I am sure of. This game is a complete mystery.

Here’s what I can tell you about Friday’s News and Tribune Game of the Week: Providence won a year ago and seems to be a better team in 2013.

So I’m leaning Pioneers in a game I could see going one of any number of directions.

Read more on the Game of the Week in Friday’s News and Tribune.

THE PICK: Providence 27, Floyd Central 22.

EASTERN AT CLARKSVILLE

This is another game that should be ultra-competitive with the winner moving to the top of the standings with the Brownstown-Charlestown winner and the Creek-Salem winner.

My gut tells me that Clarksville may have just one or two too many athletes. If the Generals can get the ball in the hands of guys like Marquise Parrish and Nate Knight, they could make up for last week’s 53-point loss.

THE PICK: Clarksville 26, Eastern 18.

SEYMOUR AT JEFFERSONVILLE

One coach told me earlier this summer that Seymour was one of the worst teams he’d ever seen for a school its size.

Jeffersonville, meanwhile, scored 60 points against Bosse with a quarterback in his first game under center and its All-State tight end nursing an injury.

Let’s hope the Red Devils don’t embarrass the Owls by reaching triple digits.

THE PICK: Jeffersonville 68, Seymour 14.

 

FRIDAY’S GAMES

COMPILED BY KEVIN HARRIS

PROVIDENCE AT FLOYD CENTRAL

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Ron Weigleb Stadium.

• RECORDS: Providence 0-1, Floyd Central 0-1.

• SERIES RECORD: Floyd Central leads 22-19.

• SERIES STREAK: Providence won last year; Floyd Central has prevailed in four of the last five.

• LAST MEETING: Aug. 24, 2012 at Murphy Stadium — Floyd Central 27, Providence 19.

• KEY FACTS: The Pioneers have not started the season 0-2 since the 2008 campaign. They went 5-5 that season, prevailing in five of their final seven regular-season games. … If the Highlanders drop to 0-2 on Friday night, it will be the second consecutive year that they have lost their first two games. The last time Floyd Central had back-to-back 0-2 starts was in 2006 and 2007.

• ANALYSIS: For Providence to be more productive on offense, it must run the ball better. The Pioneers failed to do that against New Albany last Friday, resulting in a 28-0 setback. They might have a better shot at establishing the ground game versus the Highlanders, whose defense has struggled the past few seasons. The Providence defense had a tough time slowing down Bulldog running back Tuwan Payton last week and will face another formidable rusher this week in Floyd Central’s Garry Posey.

 

SEYMOUR AT JEFFERSONVILLE

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Blair Field.

• RECORDS: Jeff 1-0 (0-0 HHC), Seymour 0-1 (0-0 HHC).

• SERIES RECORD: Jeff leads 29-24-3.

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

• LAST MEETING: Aug. 24, 2012 at Bulleit Stadium — Jeff 52, Seymour 14.

• KEY FACTS: Red Devil senior running back Austin Hines tied the school record with six rushing touchdowns in last Friday’s 60-48 home win over Evansville Bosse. Hines shares the record with former Jeff back MacArthur Lee, who set the mark in 1968 against Martinsville. … Red Devil quarterback Jamal Britt broke a sophomore school record with 183 passing yards last week against Bosse.

• ANALYSIS: Jeff’s offense did not miss a beat last Friday with 60 points and 543 total yards. The Red Devils will try to keep their offense rolling against a Seymour defense that gave up 59 points in its loss last week at Franklin. Jeff’s defense needs some work though, after giving up 48 points and 354 passing yards to Bosse.

 

CHARLESTOWN AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Blevins Stadium.

• RECORDS: Charlestown 0-1 (0-0 MSC), Brownstown 1-0 (0-0 MSC).

• SERIES RECORD: Charlestown leads 23-22.

• SERIES STREAK: Charlestown has won two in a row and five of the last seven.

• LAST MEETING: Nov. 2, 2012 at Blevins Stadium — Charlestown 62, Brownstown 10, Class 3A Sectional 23 championship.

• KEY FACTS: The Pirates’ 24-7 loss to Madison last Friday was the first time they have scored in single digits in 35 games. Prior to the setback to the Cubs, Charlestown’s last single-figure output was in a 47-8 loss at Brownstown on Aug. 27, 2010. … If the Pirates lose on Friday, it will be the second time in three seasons they have started a campaign 0-2. In 2011, Charlestown produced an 8-3 record after dropping its first two games.

• ANALYSIS: The Pirates showed they have a long way to go on offense while breaking in several new starters. Charlestown compiled seven points and only 136 total yards against a Madison defense that showed some improvement from last year. The Pirates’ offense will have a difficult task of bouncing back against Brownstown, which will be looking to avenge each of its two 2012 losses to Charlestown by a combined score of 103-13.

 

SALEM AT SILVER CREEK

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Silver Creek High School.

• RECORDS: Silver Creek 1-0 (0-0 MSC), Salem 0-1 (0-0 MSC).

• SERIES RECORD: Salem leads 3-0.

• SERIES STREAK: Salem has won three in a row.

• LAST MEETING: Aug. 24, 2012 at Paul Graves Field — Salem 28, Silver Creek 14.

• KEY FACTS: In the Dragons’ four victories since they resurrected their varsity program two years ago, they have averaged 48.5 points per game. That includes their 46-30 win in their season opener at Springs Valley last Friday. … The Lions have won only six games the past three seasons. Three of those wins were against Silver Creek.

• ANALYSIS: It seems the Dragons have answered one of their biggest preseason questions, which was who will pick up the slack left by graduated running back Layne Taylor? That person is senior Bobby Haines, who had a 49-yard touchdown run and a 79-yard TD reception from quarterback Brooks Howell last week. Haines has showed early he can be a difference-maker for Silver Creek and Salem will definitely need to keep an eye on him on Friday night.

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