Football frenzy: What to watch for this seasonAugust 16, 2018
By HENDRIX MAGLEY and JONATHAN SAXON
While many of the fall high school sports have already started their respective seasons, area football teams will kick off their 2018 campaign this Friday evening.
Jasper, Southridge, Forest Park and Heritage Hills all have postseason aspirations of sectional championship glory — and beyond.
Here’s a look at some of the top games to watch for this season, and what the implications may possibly be in each battle.
Get ready folks, this season should be a fun one.
Jasper at Southridge, Week 2: Every year the battle for the Goal Post Trophy brings fans from both teams packing the stands of either Raider Field or Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium.
This year, the battle will take place in Huntingburg on Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. where the Raiders last defeated the Cats in 2016 with a thrilling 28-21 victory.
While the Cats have a 39-7 all-time record over the Raiders, this year’s home-field advantage plays to Southridge’s favor.
Forest Park at Perry Central, Week 2: The battle between the Rangers and Commodores is known as the “Border Bowl,” and has sparked some pretty close games over the years, including Perry squeaking out a 26-21 win at Ferdinand in 2015.
This year’s battle will take place in Leopold on Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and even though the Rangers are coming off of a 35-0 victory against the Commodores last season, the overall series is tied at 4-4. The winner this year will get bragging rights between the Perry County/Dubois County rivals well into next year.
Vincennes Lincoln at Jasper, Week 4:
The rivalry between the Alices and the Wildcats runs deep, and it sticks out as one of the dates to circle on the calendar every year. Vincennes Lincoln travels to Jasper on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The Cats have a 31-16 all-time record against the Alices, but every matchup between these teams is guaranteed to include a lot of jawing, hard hits and some old-fashioned student section rivalries.
North Posey at Heritage Hills, Week 5:
Both the Vikings and Patriots have a plethora of talented, athletic players, which makes this battle between the two Pocket Athletic Conference rivals very intriguing.
While Heritage Hills holds a huge advantage in the all-time series standings (35-11 in favor of the Pats), the Vikings won last year’s battle 37-23 and have been a team that’s been on the rise as of late.
This year’s matchup will take place at The Jungle on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.
Heritage Hills at Southridge, Week 7: When you look at the overall record of this series, it may not look like the most exciting of battles due to the Patriots’ 34-14 advantage.
But, the Raiders have won the last three matchups between the two teams, including a thrilling 37-34 double overtime victory at Lincoln City during the opening round of sectionals in 2016.
The two schools are just 15 minutes apart and they’ve been rivals in other sports, such as boys basketball and baseball as well.
This year’s battle will take place at Raider Field as Southridge looks to make it four wins in a row on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Southridge at Gibson Southern, Week 9: While the Titans and Raiders might not necessarily be considered “rivals,” the two squads have had a lot of close games over the years, and often-times their end-of-the-season matchup has conference championship implications.
While Southridge hasn’t won since 2012 (a 35-21 victory in Fort Branch) and has had several large defeats since then (41-0 in 2014, 50-0 in 2015), this year’s game is shaping up to be a whole new ballgame, with new quarterbacks for both teams involved.
The Raiders will travel to Fort Branch on Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. to conclude the regular season.
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