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October 11, 2012

H.S. FOOTBALL PICKS: Rivalry games should be interesting

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — CLARKSVILLE AT PROVIDENCE

Little was expected of Clarksville before the season. Wes Rittman was gone as the signal caller, and he was just one of several valuable Generals to leave after the 2011 season. They were blown out 48-14 in the season opener against Southridge and failed to score an offensive touchdown in the defeat.

Providence, on the other hand, split with 5A rivals Floyd Central and New Albany and then went across the river and dismantled Holy Cross.

In Week 2, Aidan McEwen Took over as quarterback in Clarksville and the General offense has never looked back, reaching at least 28 points in all four of their victories. Steve Cooley’s defense has been equally impressive. The Generals have two shutout wins in their last four games, three of which have been triumphs as Clarksville has even its record after a 1-3 start.

The Pioneers have lost four of their last five games and had to hold off winless Evansville Bosse for that one win. The Providence D has surrendered at least 50 points and two of its last three games. Granted, a lot of teams are giving up 50 points to Charlestown and Jeffersonville.

Again, I wouldn’t be surprised by either team winning this game. However, I’d be less surprised by a Clarksville win.

THE PICK: Clarksville 26, Providence 21.

CRAWFORD COUNTY AT SILVER CREEK

Crawford County has won one game in the past four years. It was a 41-40 win over first-year Silver Creek a year ago.

It won’t happen again.

Unfortunately, Crawford County, a fairly new program itself, appears to be on the verge of extinction. The program barely had enough players to field a team this year. After scoring fewer points (32) than they give up on a per-game basis (45.3) through eight weeks, it’s going to be hard to find kids who want to be part of a program like that.

The Dragons are a different story. It’s hard to express just how impressive the 2012 campaign has been in Sellersburg. It is where for a football program to win three games in just its second full varsity season. The reason has been an offense -- led by an outstanding running back in Layne Taylor — that clicked from Day 1, But the Dragon defense has come on of late as well.

This will be Silver Creek easiest win yet. As many of its games have been in the other direction in the past two years, this game will be over by halftime.

THE PICK: Silver Creek 54, Crawford County 6.

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