> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
NEW ALBANY AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
If there was any doubt New Albany was for real, the Bulldogs put any doubt to rest with a 55-6 dismantling of Jennings County last Friday.
Bedford is the warmup for the big one next week in Columbus.
• THE PICK: New Albany 41, Bedford North Lawrence 14.
JEFFERSONVILLE AT MADISON
Madison “beat” Jeffersonville for the first time in over 40 years last year despite the scoreboard reading: Red Devils 36, Cubs 7.
Jeff used an ineligible player that became eligible the following week. It wouldn’t have made a difference, but I’m sure Madison will gladly claim the victory.
The Cub defense appears stout. It held Charlestown to one touchdown and Floyd Central, which exploded for 60 points the previous week, to 20.
Jeffersonville is a beast of a different color. It’ll be a couple of weeks before the state’s second-leading scoring team (60.3 points per game) is truly tested.
• THE PICK: Jeffersonville 48, Madison 13.
PROVIDENCE AT INDIAN CREEK
This is one game that past results don’t give a strong indication of a winner.
One week, you think Providence’s defense is pretty good and its offense is struggling. Then the Pioneers play in a game in which 94 points are scored. The week after giving up 60 points, they toss a shutout.
Indian Creek has beaten the bad teams on its schedule and lost to the good ones.
Once again, these teams appear to be about even, but I think last Friday’s win over Louisville Holy Cross may propel the Pioneers into a strong second-half showing.
• THE PICK: Providence 27, Indian Creek 20.
EASTERN AT SILVER CREEK
Last week, I said Silver Creek wasn’t quite ready to make a jump this seaso, but the Dragons showed up big against unbeaten Corydon Central.
After that performance — without quarterback Brooks Howell (in a 15-6 loss) — I may have misjudged the Dragons.
A lot rides on Howell’s return because Eastern can be physical and can at least slow down the Dragons’ running game.
Either way, I have to side with Creek, which beat the Musketeers 44-18 for the program’s first win last year.
• THE PICK: Silver Creek 27, Eastern 16.