By KEVIN HARRIS
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 8
NEW ALBANY AT JEFFERSONVILLE
• TIME: 7 p.m.
• PLACE: Blair Field
• RECORDS: New Albany 5-4, Jeffersonville 6-3.
• SERIES RECORD: New Albany leads 48-34-5.
• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: New Albany leads 9-4.
• LAST MEETING: Sept. 28, 2012 at Blair Field — Jeff 49, New Albany 12.
• KEY FACTS: The Red Devils have won four of their seven postseason meetings with New Albany. The Bulldogs prevailed in their last sectional matchup with Jeff, winning 32-13 at Buerk Field in the Sectional 8 first round in 2010. Friday’s game will be only the second time Jeff and New Albany have met in a postseason game at Blair Field. The first instance was in 1986, which the Bulldogs won 23-20. … Junior tight end Dionte Allen became the Red Devils’ all-time leader in receiving yards last week against Jennings County with 77 yards on two catches. Allen, who currently has 1,368 career receiving yards, passed former Jeff wide receiver Tony Moore for the top spot.
• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Jeff running back Austin Hines vs. New Albany’s defense — Hines had an unbelievable game against the Bulldogs in the regular-season matchup. The junior compiled 153 total yards, 121 of them on the ground, and scored five touchdowns (three rushing, two receiving). The New Albany defense must be more aware of Hines’ whereabouts on Friday night if it wants to advance to the sectional semifinals next week.
CASTLE AT FLOYD CENTRAL
• TIME: 7:30 p.m.
• PLACE: Ron Weigleb Stadium.
• RECORDS: Floyd Central 2-7, Castle 9-0.
• SERIES RECORD: Castle leads 4-1.
• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Castle leads 2-1.
• LAST MEETING: Nov. 5, 2010 at Ron Weigleb Stadium — Castle 45, Floyd Central 44, OT, Class 5A Sectional 8 championship.
• KEY FACTS: All of the five meetings between the Highlanders and the Knights have occurred in Sectional 8. Floyd Central’s lone victory versus Castle happened in the 2009 Sectional 8 final, 42-32. That was the Highlanders’ second sectional championship. … The Knights currently have an 18-game regular-season winning streak. They have scored more than 40 points in 11 of those 18 wins. Castle’s last regular-season loss came on Oct. 16, 2010 at Evansville Memorial, 35-21.
• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Castle quarterback Mitch Gilles vs. Floyd Central’s pass defense — The Highlanders’ pass defense has been respectable this season, allowing 147.9 yards per game. But Floyd Central faces a huge challenge against Gilles, who has a completion percentage of 63 percent this season and averages 263.1 passing yards per contest, which ranks sixth in the state. He is second in the state in passing touchdowns with 29. Gilles threw for 346 yards in the Knights’ 56-17 win last Friday at Evansville Memorial.
CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 23
MITCHELL AT CHARLESTOWN
• TIME: 7 p.m.
• PLACE: Dutch Reis Field.
• RECORDS: Charlestown 9-0, Mitchell 2-7.
• SERIES RECORD: Charlestown leads 13-5.
• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: N/A.
• LAST MEETING: Sept. 18, 1998 at Mitchell — Mitchell 44, Charlestown 20.
• KEY FACTS: The Pirates have not beaten the Bluejackets since 1996, which was a 35-14 triumph at Mitchell. That win was the final victory in a five-game winning streak in the series. The Bluejackets won back-to-back meetings in 1997 and 1998. … Charlestown quarterback Aaron Daniel ranks third in the state in rushing touchdowns with 21. He also is seventh in Indiana in passing touchdowns with 25.
• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Daniel vs. Mitchell’s defense — Daniel is the player that makes Charlestown’s top-ranked offense go. Along with his impressive touchdown numbers, Daniel has 1,422 passing yards and 1,201 rushing yards in 2012. His rushing yards rank 22nd in the state, while his passing yardage is 26th. As for the Bluejackets’ defense, it has given up 40 points per contest and surrendered 39-plus points six times this year.
SILVER CREEK AT CORYDON CENTRAL
• TIME: 7 p.m.
• PLACE: Corydon Central High School.
• RECORDS: Silver Creek 3-6, Corydon 7-2.
• SERIES RECORD: Corydon leads 2-0.
• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Corydon leads 2-0.
• LAST MEETING: Aug. 31, 2012 at Silver Creek — Corydon 70, Silver Creek 27.
• KEY FACTS: Ever since Silver Creek started playing Mid-Southern Conference varsity teams last season, the Panthers have scored 124 points against the Dragons, which is the second-most points versus Creek among MSC teams. The conference team that has tallied the most points against Creek is Charlestown with 137. … Corydon has been shut out twice this year, as it got blanked 47-0 by Charlestown on Sept. 28 and 20-0 by Brownstown Central last Friday. The last time the Panthers endured two shutouts in one season was 2009 when coach Darin Ward returned to the Corydon helm after a five-year hiatus.
• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Corydon quarterback Chase Burton vs. Silver Creek’s defense — Burton had a stellar performance against the Dragons in the regular season. The senior signal-caller completed 14-of-16 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns. The Dragons, who have allowed 40.6 points per contest, need to find a way to slow Burton down if they intend to pick up their first sectional victory.
CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 31
CLARKSVILLE AT EASTERN
• TIME: 7 p.m.
• PLACE: Eastern High School.
• RECORDS: Clarksville 5-4, Eastern 1-8.
• SERIES RECORD: Clarksville leads 4-1.
• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Clarksville leads 4-1.
• LAST MEETING: Aug. 24, 2012 at Eastern — Clarksville 42, Eastern 20.
• KEY FACTS: Last Friday’s 24-20 victory at archrival Providence sealed a winning record for the Generals in the regular season. The last time that happened at Clarksville was in 2007 when the Generals posted a 5-4 mark in the regular season before losing in the first round of Sectional 31 at Paoli, 23-20. … Clarksville has won four of its last five games. The Generals have not had a successful stretch like that since they won six in a row during the 2006 season.
• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Clarksville wide receiver Brandon Hardin vs. Eastern’s defense — The Musketeers could not contain Hardin in the regular-season matchup. The senior caught four passes for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns during the Generals’ 22-point victory at Eastern. Hardin has been very productive ever since that game and should present problems for the Musketeers again.
PROVIDENCE AT PAOLI
• TIME: 7 p.m.
• PLACE: Cook Field.
• RECORDS: Providence 3-6, Paoli 7-2.
• SERIES RECORD: Paoli leads 1-0.
• SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Paoli leads 1-0.
• LAST MEETING: Oct. 30, 2009 at Cook Field — Paoli 8, Providence 7, Class 2A Sectional 31 semifinal.
• KEY FACTS: The Pioneers have dropped their last three sectional games and four of their last five. Providence’s last sectional win came in 2009, defeating Triton Central in the Sectional 31 opening round 21-14. … The Rams’ defense ranks 14th in the state and second in Class 2A at 10 points per game. Paoli has shut out three opponents this season and held five foes to single digits.
• MATCHUP TO WATCH: Providence’s offense vs. Paoli’s defense — The Pioneers have struggled against formidable defenses all season. They scored only 15 points against New Albany’s improved defensive unit and got shut out by Charlestown’s defense, which ranks fifth in the state and third in Class 3A. Providence will now face a Rams defense that has recorded 17 shutouts the last four seasons.