News and Tribune

October 11, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Week 9 capsules

By KEVIN HARRIS
kevin.harris@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — FRIDAY’S GAMES



NEW ALBANY AT FLOYD CENTRAL

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Ron Weigleb Stadium.

• RECORDS: New Albany 4-4, 3-3 Hoosier Hills Conference; Floyd Central 2-6, 2-4.

• SERIES RECORD: Tied 21-21.

• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Tied 6-6.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 14, 2011 at Buerk Field — Floyd Central 28, New Albany 14.

• KEY FACTS: The Highlanders have a four-game winning streak in their rivalry with the Bulldogs. It is the longest win streak in the series for Floyd Central since it won four in a row from 1996-1999. … The Floyd County rivalry has had its share of tight ballgames recently. From 2008-10, the Bulldogs and the Highlanders met five times with the average final margin being 2.4 points per game. Four of those five matchups had a winning margin of two points or less.

• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Floyd Central’s running game vs. New Albany’s running game — Led by running back Garry Posey, the Highlanders are averaging 270.1 rushing yards per contest this season. With running back Tuwan Payton leading their rushing attack, the Bulldogs have compiled 170.5 yards per game in 2012. Most likely, the team that gets the most out of its running game and can control the line of scrimmage will win.



CLARKSVILLE AT PROVIDENCE

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• PLACE: Murphy Stadium.

• RECORDS: Clarksville 4-4, Providence 3-5.

• SERIES RECORD: Providence leads 41-10.

• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Providence leads 7-4.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 14, 2011 at Clarksville — Providence 43, Clarksville 28.

• KEY FACTS: The Pioneers have won four consecutive games in the town rivalry with an average victory margin of 25 points per game. The Generals’ last win in the rivalry came in 2007 at Clarksville, 14-13. The win was the final victory in a four-game win streak in the series for Clarksville. … On Friday night, Providence will name the field at Murphy Stadium after former Pioneers’ coach Gene Sartini. During his 40 years at PHS, Sartini compiled a 35-8 record against Clarksville.

• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Clarksville’s offense vs. Providence’s defense — The Generals’ offense has been on a roll as of late. Clarksville has won three of its last four games, averaging 31.8 points per game. Meanwhile, the Pioneers have been struggling on the defensive side of the ball. They have surrendered 37.8 points per game in the last five games. Providence has lost four of those five contests.



JEFFERSONVILLE AT JENNINGS COUNTY

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Jennings County High School.

• RECORDS: Jeff 5-3, 4-2 HHC; Jennings County 1-7, 1-5.

• SERIES RECORD: Jeff leads 20-5.

• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Jeff leads 8-3.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 14, 2011 at Blair Field — Jeff 43, Jennings County 24.

• KEY FACTS: In the Red Devils’ 20 victories all-time over the Panthers, Jeff has held its HHC rival to single digits 16 times. The Red Devils have shut out Jennings eight times in their history. … In the Red Devils’ 41-6 loss to Columbus East last Friday, they were held to single figures for the first time in 17 games. Prior to last Friday, the last time Jeff was held under 10 points was in the 2011 season opener at Louisville Eastern in a 26-3 loss.

• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Jeff quarterback Tyler Fridley vs. Jennings County’s defense — Fridley had a rough game last week against the Class 4A No. 1 Olympians. But Fridley should have an easier time getting the Red Devils going this week as the Panthers are giving up 36.8 points per game this year.



CHARLESTOWN AT EASTERN

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Eastern High School.

• RECORDS: Charlestown 8-0, 6-0 Mid-Southern Conference; Eastern 1-7, 0-6.

• SERIES RECORD: Charlestown leads 5-0.

• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Charlestown leads 5-0.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 14, 2011 at Dutch Reis Field — Charlestown 40, Eastern 7.

• KEY FACTS: If the Class 3A No. 2 Pirates win on Friday night, they will clinch their first outright MSC championship since 2009. Charlestown has won the MSC 15 times in its history, which includes collecting a share of the conference title this season. … The Pirates have averaged 47.2 points per game in their five meetings against the Musketeers. In addition, Charlestown has held Eastern to 8.8 points a contest in those matchups.

• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Charlestown’s defense vs. Eastern’s offense — The Pirates’ defense has been just as impressive as their offense lately. Charlestown has not allowed a point in the last 12 quarters. The Pirates now rank sixth in the state in scoring defense at seven points per game. Even though the Musketeers are averaging a modest 17 points per game this season, they have been held to single digits three times this season.



CRAWFORD COUNTY AT SILVER CREEK

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Silver Creek High School.

• RECORDS: Silver Creek 2-6, Crawford County 0-7.

• SERIES RECORD: Crawford County leads 1-0.

• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Crawford County leads 1-0.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 14, 2011 at Crawford County — Crawford County 41, Silver Creek 40.

• KEY FACTS: The Dragons suffered a 35-0 loss last week at Brownstown. Not only was it the first time Silver Creek has been held to single digits since it restarted playing varsity games again, it was the first time it has been shut out. … The Wolfpack have averaged 4.6 points per game this season as they have posted single digits six times this season. Of those six single-figure performances, four have been shutouts.

• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Silver Creek’s offense vs. Crawford County’s defense — The Dragons’ offense is the strength of their team, averaging 25.4 points per game this season. Silver Creek should find a way to score some points against a Wolfpack defense that has yielded 45.3 points a clip in 2012.