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October 16, 2013

WEEK 9 PICKS: Is it really Week 9 already?

The 2013 regular season has gone way too fast

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — No area teams are going to win a conference championship. None are on the line in Week 9 (unless anyone believes 1-7 Bedford North Lawrence is going to knock off No. 1 Columbus East).

There isn’t a juggernaut among the eight teams.

Still, the 2013 has been anything but dull. Jeff looked like it might be that juggernaut during a 4-0 start before stunningly losing four games in a row. Providence looked like it might be lost during a 1-3 start and now looks unbeatable. Charlestown 2013 isn’t quite Charlestown 2012, but it’s been an interesting season for the Pirates. New Albany has its best team in a long, long time and Floyd Central seems to put up a touchdown once every three plays.

It’s been a really entertaining, unpredictable football season, but it’s gone really, really fast. Way too fast. I love basketball season, but is anybody ready for football season to end?

Here’s hoping for two or three teams to make long runs in the postseason. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Providence … and Floyd Central … and Charlestown

Here’s a look at my final regular-season picks of 2013:

 

FLOYD CENTRAL AT NEW ALBANY

This should be Friday’s best game and its for the coveted second-place spot in the Hoosier Hills Conference.

It should be a high-scoring game, as well. The Bulldogs and Highlanders can both put up points in a hurry.

New Albany senior Tuwan Payton is challenging Elwood’s Sammy Mireles and Yorktown’s Chandler Carroll as Indiana’s best running back. Floyd Central junior Gaige Klingsmith may be the next Tuwan Payton.

Here’s where New Albany has the edge. The Highlanders allowed 376 yards rushing to Jennings County in last week’s 54-30 victory. If Preston Teltow can run for 232 yards and Dakota Bott another 118 against Floyd, what’s Payton going to do to them.

New Albany will finish the regular season with seven losses, its most since the sectional championship team of 2002. The sad thing is that if the sectional fields were the same as last year, the Bulldogs may have added the program’s third sectional title.

THE PICKS: New Albany 48, Floyd Central 28.

 

PROVIDENCE AT CLARKSVILLE

Providence coach Larry Denison made one change after a 1-3 start and the Pioneers have been a different team since.

Owen Mattingly’s move to quarterback has benefited not only Mattingly, who seems to rush for 200 yards every week, but it has opened the field for the Pioneers’ other talented backs.

What looked like a lost season just a few weeks ago suddenly looks like a potential championship season.

After taking back the city championship against Clarksville this week, look for Providence to make a long run in the Class 2A tournament.

THE PICK: Providence 57, Clarksville 6.

 

 

JENNINGS COUNTY AT JEFFERSONVILLE

It’s been an interesting year at Jeffersonville. High expectations have gone unfulfilled, but as I’ve been saying for weeks now, I still believe in Lonnie Oldham and the Red Devils.

It will be exciting to watch Jeff the next three years as Cam Northern develops into an elite quarterback. There have been some great quarterbacks at Jeff, including a Big Ten starting quarterback in Edward Wright-Baker, but Northern has a shot to be the best of them all.

For now, the Red Devils need to get back on track. They’ll do that in a big way this week against Jennings County and next week against Columbus North. Then Center Grove will come to town and show why it has perhaps the best team in the entire state.

THE PICK: Jeffersonville 55, Jennings County 15.

 

EASTERN AT CHARLESTOWN

Eastern is coming off of its second win of the season. Charlestown is coming off of its first loss since Week 2 and arguably its most disappointing performance of the season.

The loss of Darren Taylor will certainly hurt the Pirates. They’re still going to be sectional contenders and the Musketeers may see them at their best in Week 9.

THE PICK: Charlestown 41, Eastern 0.

 

SILVER CREEK AT LAWRENCEBURG

Lawrenceburg doesn’t have quite the team it had last year when it rolled to the programs incredible 16th sectional title.

However, the Tigers are on par with many in the Dragons’ Class 4A Sectional 24 field. Competing with Lawrenceburg would go a long way toward proving that the Dragons belong on the same field with 4A teams like Boonville.

THE PICK: Lawrenceburg 32, Silver Creek 20.

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