Four Downs: 10/24

Wildcats @ Warriors

Teams: Class 4A No. 6 Jasper (8-1) at Evansville Harrison (1-7), 7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Romain Stadium
Series: Tied at 1.
Last meeting: In the 2011 sectional, Jasper pocketed a 35-7 win in Evansville.

1. Prior to Jasper’s win at Harrison in 2011, the only other meeting was in the 1986 sectional title game, when the Warriors won 21-7 to secure their first sectional title. They have not had a winning season since 2004.

Nick Hale (Sr., RB) is out after injuring a foot in Friday’s rout of Mount Vernon. But Ben Moore (Jr., RB), who missed Friday’s game because of an injury, will return.

3. Jasper runs for 207 yards per game and has allowed only four sacks thanks to an offensive line of Ryan Hopf (Sr., C), Neil Rose (Sr., G), Craig Sander (Sr., G), Collin Bowlin (Jr., T) and Dylan Persohn (Jr., T).  

Harrison coach Cory Brunson, a former player and offensive coordinator at Evansville Reitz, replaced Jasper alum Brian Lewis. The Warriors beat West Vigo but have held only two foes to fewer than 40 points. In a 42-41 OT loss to Evansville Memorial two weeks ago, Lawan Rollins (Sr., QB) ran for 163 yards as Ryan Hales (Soph., QB) sat out with a broken collar bone. Kyndrick Hancock (Sr., RB) runs for 103 yards per game.


Raiders @ Marksmen

Teams: Class 2A No. 6 Southridge (7-2) at Tell City (6-3), 7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Legion Field
Series: Southridge leads 17-2.
Last meeting: A month ago at Raider Field, Southridge nipped Tell City 24-21.  

1. Southridge and Tell City have met six times in the postseason. The Marksmen won in 1985 and ’86 but the Raiders have won each of the rest — 1999, 2006, ’07 and ’11 — by at least 14 points.

Connor Craig (Jr., RB) missed the second half last week against Gibson Southern with an injury but will return Friday.  

3. Defensive linemen Luke Siddons (Sr.), Ethan Schwoeppe (Sr.),  Alex Merkel (Sr.) and Jeremiah Mundy (Jr.) helped hold Tell City to 86 rushing yards — 3.4 yards per carry — when the teams met Sept. 27.

4. Tell City needs another win to secure its first season since 2000 with at least seven victories. The Marksmen losses have come to Southridge, Gibson Southern and South Spencer — teams that are a combined 23-4. In the regular-season game at Southridge, Brennan Malone (Sr., QB) completed only two passes but both went for TDs. Elliott Brown (Jr., RB) managed just 39 yards on 17 carries a year after slashing the Raiders for 202 yards on 12 tries.


Rangers @ Wildcats

Teams: Forest Park (2-7) vs. Class 2A No. 1 Evansville Mater Dei (9-0), 7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Enlow Field
Series: Mater Dei has won both meetings.
Last meeting: Mater Dei won a sectional matchup 48-14 in 2010 in Ferdinand.

1. Forest Park will play its sectional opener on the road for the fourth straight year. The Rangers opened the postseason at home once — 2008 against South Spencer.

With 1,335 career rushing yards, Josh Voegerl (Sr., RB) is 82 yards from Travis Schnell, who is second in program history.

3. Bryce Bettag (Sr., DB), Josh Franchville (Soph., LB) and Alec Hassfurther (Sr., LB) all have 30-plus tackles for a defense that has allowed foes to complete only 44 percent of passes.

Mater Dei capped its first perfect regular season since 2001 by nipping Evansville Reitz 16-14 as Jacob Fleming (Sr., K/WR/DB) booted three field goals. Nolan Goebel (Sr., RB) missed the second half with a leg injury but has 1,177 yards this year. Drayke Richardt (Soph., RB/DB) led Mater Dei with 52 rushing yards and also picked off a pass and recovered an onside kick to seal the win. Four Mater Dei offensive linemen weight 260 pounds or more. The Wildcats have won four straight sectionals.


Tigers @ Patriots

Teams: Evansville Memorial (2-7) at Heritage Hills (2-7), 7 p.m. CDT Friday, Patriot Field
Series: Memorial leads 9-6.
Last meeting: Memorial prevailed 28-20 in a 2009 regional clash at Enlow Field in Evansville.

1. Every game between Heritage Hills and Memorial has come in the postseason. The Tigers won the first six and the last two. In a stretch from 1996 through 2003, Heritage Hills won six of seven.

2. The Patriots finishing with minus-18 rushing yards Friday. Logan Wilkerson (Jr., QB) and Kenton Crews (Soph., WR) sustained the offense. Crews has accrued 828 all-purpose yards this season, while Wilkerson averages 16.9 yards per completion and 178 passing yards per game.  

3. Zack Jones (Sr., LB) racked up 11 tackles last week and Sam Collins (Sr., DB) collected two of the Pats’ season-best five tackles for loss.

4. Five of Memorial’s losses are by eight or fewer points. None have come to a team with a losing record. Jordan Scheessele (Jr., QB) throws for 133 yards per game. McKinley Warren (Jr., RB) leads the team in rushing yards (625) and receiving yards (404). Kelsey Coslett (Sr., LB) has 102 tackles. Nobody else has more than 43.

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