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September 5, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PICKS: Victories needed

Three proud programs searching for first win

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Through two weeks, Jeffersonville is the only one of our eight local football teams that is unbeaten. Three are still winless.

It’s time to turn this ship around. This is the week to do it.

After starting last season 12-0, of course Charlestown is the surprise winlessless team. Providence opened the season against two much larger schools and Clarksville is battling small numbers — apparently leading to second-half fatigue — after last year’s winning season.

It should be a winning week for area teams against non-local teams. Here’s a look at all seven of Friday’s local games:

HOLY CROSS (KY.) AT PROVIDENCE

With the expectations Providence had coming into this season, an 0-3 start would seem almost tragic.

Sure, the Pioneers’ schedule gets a bit easier in a few weeks. There are games on the schedule they should win and some they will win, but this week’s game could become about momentum.

Providence has to beat Holy Cross if its going to roll into Indian Creek, and later host Jeffersonville and Charlestown with any confidence.

Holy Cross appears to be better than it was a year ago. That’s apparent after last week’s win over Fort Knox.

However, I can’t see how the Cougars are 21 points better — and that 28-7 loss was against a Providence team that is not as good a it is now.

Don’t let last week’s 60-34 loss to Floyd Central fool you. The Highlanders are much better than their Week 1 performance and, clearly, the Pioneers are certainly better than the results have shown.

This is — or at least will be — a good Providence team. The Pioneers are 0-2 for the first time since 2008. They won’t be 0-3.

THE PICK: Providence 41, Holy Cross 21.

CLARKSVILLE AT CHARLESTOWN

Well, one team is going to get its first win.

The last time Charlestown started 0-2, it won eight straight and played for a sectional championship. The way the Pirates played in the second half of last week’s 40-26 loss at MSC-favorite Brownstown Central, history could repeat itself.

On the other hand, Clarksville has some things to get straight. But it’s a known fact that two-way players get stronger as the year goes on. As long as the Generals stay healthy, they should get stronger.

It won’t matter Friday.

THE PICK: Charlestown 47, Clarksville 6.

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