Four Downs: 8/22

Tigers @ Wildcats

Teams: Evansville Memorial (4-8 last year) at Class 4A No. 4 Jasper (11-1 last year), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium
Series: Jasper leads 21-16.
Last meeting:Jasper notched a 21-7 win in last season’s opener at Enlow Field.

1. Jasper has won eight straight over Memorial, the longest streak by either team in the clash of old enemies. Since the series resumed in 1997, Jasper is 13-3.

2. Since Memorial dropped Jasper 45-20 in 2004 — the most points the Cats have ever surrendered — Jasper has limited the Tigers to 13 or fewer points in seven of eight meetings. In the last three clashes, Memorial has managed a total of 14 points.

3. Moises Valenciano (Sr., NT), Spencer Otto (Sr., DE), Braydon Betz (Sr., DB), Courtland Betz (Sr., DB) and Austin Alles (Jr., DE) all notched 22 or more tackles last season and return to lead the Cat defense.

4. Memorial’s McKinley Warren (Sr., RB) amassed 1,105 rushing yards and caught 21 passes last fall, though Jasper limited him to 89 total yards. Veteran QB Dane Hurley graduated from a squad that returns starters at just eight spots. Among them is top tackler Kelsey Coslett (Sr., LB).

Raiders @ Generals

Teams: Southridge (6-4 last year) at Clarksville (6-5 last year), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Clarksville Field
Series: The Raiders have won both games.
Last meeting: Last August, Southridge forced the Generals to surrender in a 48-14 demolition at Raider Field.

1. Southridge has opened its seasons with a variety of opponents — Jasper (1972-1996), Paoli (1997-2004), Evansville Central (2005-07), Sullivan (2008-10) and Clarksville (2011-present) — and is 14-27 all-time in season debuts.

2. Of Southridge’s first 10 coaches, none have won their first game with the program. First-year Raider leader Scott Buening could be the first.

3. Brett Nordhoff (Jr., LB) is back to anchor a defense with five returnees — Nordhoff, Jacob Mundy (Sr., LB), Cody Thompson (Sr., DB), Alex Householder (Sr., DB) and Aidan Michel (Sr., LB) — who totaled 341⁄2 or more tackles last fall.

4. Last season marked Clarksville’s first winning campaign since 2006. Marquise Parrish (Sr., WR) returned two kickoffs for TDs in the first quarter last year at Southridge.

 

Rangers @ Titans

Teams: Forest Park (1-9 last year) at Gibson Southern (11-3 last year), 7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Jack Jewell Memorial Field

Series: Forest Park leads 3-2.

Last meeting: Gibson Southern opened its breakout season with a 56-10 victory last August in Ferdinand.

1. Forest Park has won both of its games at Jewell Field, beating Gibson Southern 21-16 in 2011 and 35-21 in 2009.

2. Josh Voegerl (Sr., RB) needs 59 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for his career. He paced the Rangers with 760 yards on the ground last season. His 5.8 yards per carry were the most by a lead Ranger back since Craig Voges netted 8.5 yards per tote in 2009. A back injury could prevent Voegerl from playing Friday.

3. Jared Wilgus (Sr., DE) is one of just three returning Rangers who totaled double-digit solo tackles last year.

4. Gibson Southern won its first sectional and regional crowns last fall but QB Jordan Scheller and RB David Anguish graduated. Linebackers Gabe Steinmetz (Sr.), Cody Higgins (Sr.) and Daulton Armstrong (Jr.) return. The Titans’ core of offensive linemen averages 252 pounds per player.

Wildcats @ Patriots

Teams: Class 2A No. 3 Evansville Mater Dei (11-3 last year) at Heritage Hills (5-5 last year), 7 p.m. CDT Friday, Patriot Field
Series: Mater Dei leads 7-3.
Last meeting: Mater Dei rolled 34-7 last season, spoiling Heritage Hills coach Todd Wilkerson’s debut a year ago.

1. Heritage Hills is 29-12 all-time in season openers, with those wins scattered among Vincennes Lincoln, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), Boonville, Tell City, Wood Memorial, Gibson Southern and Perry Central.

2. Heritage Hills has a losing records against only four opponents — Mater Dei (3-7), Evansville Memorial (6-9), Indianapolis Chatard (1-6) and Andrean (0-1).

3. Andy Sickbert (Sr., C) and Ryan Baker (Sr., T) lend experience to block for Gabe Konerding (Sr., RB) who ran for 812 yards last season.

4. Mater Dei won its fourth consecutive sectional and third straight regional last fall as Nolan Goebel (Sr., RB) piled up 1,711 rushing yards. Jacob Fleming (Sr., WR/DB) snared two TD passes against Heritage Hills last year and steers the defense with Logan McCann (Jr., LB). Four Mater Dei offensive linemen weigh 260 or more pounds.




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