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September 5, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PICKS: Victories needed

Three proud programs searching for first win

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — JEFFERSONVILLE AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: BNL Stadium.

• RECORDS: Jeff 2-0, 1-0 Hoosier Hills Conference; Bedford 0-2, 0-0.

• SERIES RECORD: Jeff leads 26-11.

• SERIES STREAK: Jeff won last year; Bedford has won four of the last five meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Aug. 31, 2012 at Blair Field — Jeff 41, Bedford 26.

• KEY FACTS: Already after two games this season, Jeff senior running back Austin Hines has rushed for 383 yards and scored 60 points on 10 touchdowns. That has moved Hines up to seventh on the Red Devils’ all-time rushing list (2,478 yards) and third on Jeff’s all-time scoring list (282 points). … Jeff has scored 60-plus points in four of its last six contests. Along with their back-to-back 60-plus point outings to start the 2013 season, the Red Devils tallied 67 points in a 20-point victory at Jennings County in last year’s regular-season finale and 62 points in their Class 5A Sectional 8 first-round win over New Albany in 2012.

• ANALYSIS: If the Red Devils maintain their high intensity level on offense, then no team can stop them right now in the HHC, except for Columbus East. The Stars should have their hands full on Friday night.

JENNINGS COUNTY AT NEW ALBANY

• TIME: 7 p.m.

• PLACE: Buerk Field.

• RECORDS: New Albany 1-1, 0-0 HHC; Jennings County 0-2, 0-0.

• SERIES RECORD: New Albany leads 26-12.

• SERIES STREAK: New Albany won last year; Jennings has won three of the last four meetings.

• LAST MEETING: Aug. 31, 2012 at Jennings — New Albany 42, Jennings County 13.

• KEY FACTS: The Bulldogs have given up only 14 points after two games this season. They shut out Providence in the season opener on Aug. 23 (28-0), followed by a 14-7 loss at Castle last week. The last time New Albany allowed less than 20 points in back-to-back contests came in its final two regular-season games in 2009. … The Panthers are off to their second consecutive 0-2 start. In fact, it is the fourth time in the last six campaigns that Jennings has begun a season with two straight losses.

• ANALYSIS: New Albany’s defense must remain focused and keep the Panthers, who have averaged only 13 points per game, from gaining some confidence on offense. As for the Bulldog offense, it must find a way to score in the red zone, which hurt the team in last week’s setback at Castle.

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