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September 12, 2013

GREG’S WEEK 4 FOOTBALL PICKS: Football landscape coming into focus

Jeff, New Albany clearly becoming area’s two most dominant teams

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Final scores don’t always tell the story of a game.

Results don’t always paint a perfect picture.

But we are getting to that time of year where comparing scores makes prognosticating just a little bit easier.

Of course, teams will get better and, particularly in football, injuries can change anything.

After three weeks of high school football, we have learned a few things. For example:

• Jeffersonville and New Albany are both really good. I’ve lived in Southern Indiana for 11 years now, and honestly, it’s the first time we can say they’re both this good in more than a decade. Oct. 4 is going to be fun despite it being my 40th birthday.

• The Bulldogs and the Red Devils are clear contenders in the Hoosier Hills Conference with a chance, although ending Class 4A No. 1 Columbus East’s decade-long dominance of the league won’t be easy. The Olympians have outscored their opponents 158-27 despite letting up in the second half of each game.

• Brownstown also is very good. The Braves opened the season with a 74-point win against a Mitchell team that just held a decent West Washington squad to 18 points. Charlestown still has hope of repeating as sectional champions, but unless something drastic happens, the Mid-Southern Conference race is over.

• Providence is going to be in a lot of close games unless its offense becomes more consistent.

• Madison’s stunning rise appears to be legitimate. Easy wins over Charlestown and South Dearborn were nice, but playing Floyd Central to within a touchdown was the clincher. The Cubs should be favored in three more HHC games and that would give them a 5-4 record. In case you’re new to the area, that makes first-year Madison coach Patric Morrison an automatic genius.

• There appears to be a large gap between the top teams in the HHC and the MSC. After Brownstown and Charlestown at the top of the MSC, there’s a gap to Corydon. After that, it’s wide open. There will be a ton of competitive games down the stretch.

• Is it time to declare Salem coach R.J. Hartsfield a better coach than legendary coach Mo Moriarty? Moriarty won two games in his first year at Salem and finished 4-7 in his second and final year. Hartsfield has the Lions a legit 2-1 after three games running the program. Salem could finish the regular season with five or six wins.

• My final observation is that high school football is unbelievably entertaining. If you’re not out at a game on Friday nights, it’s your loss.

On to the Week 4 picks:

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