> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
MADISON AT CHARLESTOWN
• TIME: 7 p.m.
• PLACE: Dutch Reis Field.
• LAST YEAR’S RECORDS: Charlestown 12-1, Madison 2-8.
• SERIES RECORD: Charlestown leads 17-12.
• SERIES STREAK: Charlestown won last year and has won six of the last seven.
• LAST MEETING: Aug. 17, 2012 at Cub Field — Charlestown 67, Madison 14.
• KEY FACTS: The Pirates have a nine-game regular-season home winning streak. Their last regular-season loss at Dutch Reis Field happened to the Cubs in the 2011 season opener, 37-29. … Charlestown has scored more than 40 points in each of its last 13 contests. The last time the Pirates tallied under 40 was in the 2011 Class 3A Sectional 23 semifinal, which was a 33-28 home setback to Corydon Central.
• ANALYSIS: The Pirates have several new players on offense, so it will be interesting to see how they improve as the season goes on. On paper, Charlestown’s young offense should have it a little easier against a Madison defense that gave up 36.5 points per game last season. The Cubs have a new coach in Patric Morrison and usually when you have a new coach, there are going to be new schemes and wrinkles on defense that opponents will have to figure out quickly.
SOUTHRIDGE AT CLARKSVILLE
• TIME: 7:30 p.m.
• PLACE: Clarksville.
• LAST YEAR’S RECORDS: Clarksville 6-5, Southridge 6-4.
• SERIES RECORD: Southridge leads 2-0.
• SERIES STREAK: Southridge has won two in a row.
• LAST MEETING: Aug. 17, 2012 at Raider Field — Southridge 48, Clarksville 14.
• KEY FACTS: The Generals have lost their last five season openers. The last time they prevailed in an opener occurred in 2007 at Floyd Central, 14-12. … The Raiders have recorded seven consecutive winning seasons and had an above-.500 record in eight of the past nine campaigns.
• ANALYSIS: Former Jennings County coach Scott Buening is the new boss at Southridge. During his time at Jennings, Buening liked to run the ball down the opponent’s throat. That was especially the case when he had ex-Panther running back Iyan Bass at his disposal. Expect the Raiders to employ the same strategy against the Generals, who have depth concerns. Clarksville currently has 34 players on its roster, and most of its top players will be playing both ways.