Providence at Floyd Central

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: Scott Field.


SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Floyd has won five of nine meetings.

LAST MEETING: Aug. 18, 2006 at Murphy Stadium — Providence 48, Floyd 13.

KEY FACTS: The home team has won the last six matchups in this series. The last time the road squad won was in 2000 when the Highlanders edged the Pioneers at Murphy Stadium, 17-13. … Floyd Central head coach Brian Glesing is 3-0 against Providence in his coaching career. All three victories came as the head coach at Clarksville.

KEY MATCHUP: Glesing vs. Providence head coach Gene Sartini — During his 37 years at the Pioneers’ helm, Sartini has come out on top against some of the best coaches in Southern Indiana. But he has not found a way to beat Glesing. Glesing’s Clarksville teams outscored Sartini and the Pioneers the last two years, 48-21. That includes a rare shutout of Providence in the 2006 Class 2A Sectional 31, 16-0. But Sartini might have the upper hand this time. This year’s Pioneers are more experienced and more seasoned than in the past, while the Highlanders are still trying to learn Glesing’s system.

Seymour at Jeffersonville

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: Blair Field.

SERIES RECORD: Jeff leads 25-22-3.

SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Seymour has six of 10 meetings.

LAST MEETING: Aug. 25, 2006 at Bulleit Stadium — Jeff 21, Seymour 19.

KEY FACTS: The Red Devils have lost their last four home openers and six of their last seven. The last time they started their home campaign with a “W” was in 2002, beating Bedford North Lawrence 28-7. … In last Friday’s season opener at Columbus North, the Owls were shut out for the first time in 23 games, 55-0. The Bull Dogs also blanked Seymour in the 2004 opener, 40-0.

KEY MATCHUP: Jeff’s defensive line vs. Seymour’s offensive line — The Red Devil D-line struggled against Evansville Reitz in last week’s 38-12 loss. The linemen helped the Panthers rush for 357 yards and recorded no sacks and two hurries against Reitz quarterback Paul McIntosh. But they should be licking their chops this week against an Owl offensive line that has just two returning starters. They need to put pressure on Seymour quarterback Chad Moore to help Jeff get that first win.

New Albany at Castle

TIME: 8 p.m.

PLACE: Castle Stadium.

SERIES RECORD: Castle leads 5-3.

SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Castle has won all three meetings.

LAST MEETING: Aug. 25, 2006 at Buerk Field — Castle 13, New Albany 10.

KEY FACTS: Bulldogs’ head coach Kevin Roth is 2-11 against Evansville-area opponents in his eight-year tenure at New Albany. Both victories came in the 2002 Class 5A Sectional 8, defeating Evansville Harrison in the first round 59-34 and Evansville Reitz in the championship 32-6. … After recording seven consecutive winning seasons from 1996-2002, the Knights have had three losing seasons the last four years.

KEY MATCHUP: Castle running back Spencer Charlton vs. New Albany’s defense — Charlton, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound senior, rushed for 242 yards last Saturday in the Knights’ 30-7 win at Northview. This could spell trouble for a Bulldog defense that has been less than spectacular the past couple of seasons. New Albany’s defensive line and linebackers are going to have to step up their games and plug holes consistently in order to pull out a road victory.

Charlestown at Brownstown

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: Blevins Stadium.

SERIES RECORD: Brownstown leads 21-18.

SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: Brownstown has won all 13 meetings.

KEY FACTS: Charlestown has lost 17 consecutive games to the Braves. All of those setbacks have been to veteran Brownstown head coach Reed May. The Pirates’ last victory over the Braves was 1992, the season prior to May’s arrival at Brownstown. … Charlestown’s 32-7 triumph over Madison last Friday was the first time in 58 contests it has scored 30-plus points. The last time the Pirates cracked the 30-point barrier was 2001, prevailing at North Harrison 45-19.

KEY MATCHUP: Charlestown’s experience vs. Brownstown’s youth — The Pirates have 30 players on their roster who are either seniors (12) or juniors (18). The Braves have only five seniors and 33 of their 52 players are either freshmen or sophomores. With all those veterans, Charlestown should not be intimidated and know what to expect when it enters Blevins Stadium Friday. However, May thinks his team’s overall talent will overcome its inexperience and the Braves should be in the running to win their 12th consecutive Mid-Southern Conference title.

Pekin Eastern at Clarksville

TIME: 7 p.m.

PLACE: Clarksville High School Stadium.

SERIES RECORD: First meeting.

SERIES LAST 10 YEARS: First meeting.

KEY FACTS: This is not the first time in recent history that the Generals have taken on a first-year program. In 2003, they defeated Eastern Greene 64-12 at home in the Thunderbirds’ first season as a varsity program. … Clarksville has won its past two home openers after dropping five in a row from 2000-04. The Generals have also won their past two MSC openers. From 2001-04, they lost their conference opener four straight times with all the setbacks coming against Corydon.

KEY MATCHUPS: The Generals vs. an emotional letdown — At the start of the season, first-year Clarksville head coach Brad Troutman knew this would be a week when his troops would be tested mentally. The Generals have to be feeling pretty good after defeating their former coach Brian Glesing at Floyd Central last week. Now they face an opponent that will be playing its first road and MSC contest in school history. It should be a cakewalk, right? Well, not so fast because nothing is guaranteed in high school football. Clarksville must fight off those cakewalk thoughts. If the Generals do that, they should win easily.

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