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LOUISVILLE MALE AT FLOYD CENTRAL
Floyd expects a bounce back season after two wins a year ago. The Highlanders will certainly be improved. They have too many weapons not to.
While Male may be down a little this season, it is still one of the premier programs in all of Kentucky.
It will closer than last year’s 41-point loss, but the Bulldogs should still roll to a victory.
THE PICK: Male 27, Floyd Central 13.
SOUTHRIDGE AT CLARKSVILLE
It’s hard to figure what to expect from Clarksville.
On the one hand, they have so much speed at the skill positions that they may just run past opponents at times. On the other, they are small in stature and numbers.
The loss of quarterback Aidan McEwen, who really made Clarksville go during last year’s 6-5 campaign, also hurts a lot.
Southridge has a great program and should pull away for the victory.
THE PICK: Southridge 33, Clarksville 19.
WEST WASHINGTON AT EASTERN
Here’s another team that’s hard to figure. Eastern should improve from last year’s 1-9 season, but the loss of Kaleb Nicholson hurts. Where are the Musketeers, who struggled on offense a year ago, going to get their production?
There could be a few wins out there for the Musketeers, but making up 35 points from a year ago seems to be a stretch.
I hope I’m wrong.
THE PICK: West Washington 34, Eastern 14.
COMPILED BY KEVIN HARRIS
PROVIDENCE AT NEW ALBANY
• TIME: 7 p.m.
• PLACE: Buerk Field.
• LAST YEAR’S RECORDS: Providence 3-7, New Albany 5-5.
• SERIES RECORD: Providence leads 23-22.
• SERIES STREAK: New Albany won last year; Providence has won the previous three meetings.
• LAST MEETING: Aug. 17, 2012 at Murphy Stadium — New Albany 28, Providence 15.
• KEY FACTS: Since the Providence-New Albany series restarted in 2007, the Pioneers have a 4-2 record against the Bulldogs. … New Albany has not beaten Providence at home since 1990. The Pioneers have prevailed in their last six trips to Buerk Field.
• ANALYSIS: Unlike last season when they were pretty banged up, the Pioneers enter the season opener healthy. Therefore, they should be running the ball better out of their Wing-T offense against the Bulldogs’ experienced defense. The big question for Providence will be if it has enough gas in the tank left in the fourth quarter against a deeper New Albany team. The biggest question mark for the Bulldogs is how will junior quarterback Zach Donan perform in his first varsity start.