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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








• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Buerk Field.

• RECORDS: Floyd Central 6-2, 5-1 Hoosier Hills Conference; New Albany 6-2, 5-1.

• SERIES RECORD: New Albany leads 22-21.

• SERIES STREAK: New Albany won last year; Floyd Central has won four of the last five meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 12, 2012 at Ron Weigleb Stadium — New Albany 28, Floyd Central 27, OT.

• KEY FACTS: Four of the last seven meetings between the Floyd County rivals have each had a one-point final margin. The Highlanders have won three of those four matchups. … Both New Albany and Floyd Central each have a shot to win a share of the HHC title on Friday night. The winner of the rivalry clash will tie for the conference title if Class 4A No. 1 and HHC leader Columbus East gets upset by Bedford North Lawrence at Stafford Field on Friday.

• ANALYSIS: The Highlanders’ offensive line must win the battle of the trenches against New Albany’s solid defensive line if Floyd Central wants to regain bragging rights in the rivalry.


• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Clarksville High School.

• RECORDS: Providence 5-3, Clarksville 0-8.

• SERIES RECORD: Providence leads 41-11.

• SERIES STREAK: Clarksville won last year; Providence has won four of the last five meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Oct. 12, 2012 at Murphy Stadium — Clarksville 24, Providence 20.

• KEY FACTS: The Pioneers’ four-game winning streak is their first since coach Larry Denison took the Providence helm in 2011. In fact, it is Providence’s first four-game victory streak since it started the 2007 season with a 4-0 record. … The Generals have been shut out twice this season, which includes last week’s 33-0 loss at North Harrison. Clarksville has not been blanked two times in one campaign since 2005 when it posted a 7-4 mark.

• ANALYSIS: The Pioneers have got to keep doing what they have been doing, which is run the ball down the opponent’s throat and play great defense. As for the Generals, they hope seeing their town rivals across the field on Friday will inspire them during a dismal 2013 season.

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