Four Downs: 8/29August 29, 2019
From Herald Staff Reports
Southridge @ Jasper
7:30 p.m at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium
Series: Jasper, 40-7
Last Meeting: Jasper, 35-7 in 2018
1. Keep emotions in check. With the storied rivalry coming to a close at the conclusion of Friday night’s game, emotions are bound to be running wild on both sides.
2. Take care of the football. The Wildcats turned the ball over four times last week in their loss to Evansville Memorial. The Tigers cashed those turnovers into 21 points — all in the first half as they built a 35-0 lead. Southridge also shot itself in the foot with a slew of turnovers, although it made enough big plays in the end to defeat Linton-Stockton.
3. Playing physical. New Jasper head coach Tony Lewis mentioned his team did not play a physical enough brand of football last week. The Wildcats will need to establish themselves on both sides of the ball if they wish to pick up their 41 win in the series.
4. Finishing strong. After getting blown out in the first half, the Wildcats gained some much needed momentum over the final 24 minutes by scoring 20 points against the Tigers’ second-string defense. Quarterback Nathan Rillo accounted for all three scores as he passed for two long scores, including a heave on the final play of the game and breaking off a long run for a score. After blowing a 12-0 first-half lead, the Raiders scored the final 16 points over the last eight minutes of the game for a come-from-behind 28-20 win over the Miners at Roy Williams Field.
Perry Central @ Forest Park
7:30 p.m. at Forest Park
Series: Perry Central, 5-4
Last Meeting: Perry Central, 45-0 in 2018
1. No Brady Allen. Forest Park ran into a buzzsaw in Week 1, as Gibson Southern’s sophomore quarterback Brady Allen — already being heavily recruited by several Division I programs including Indiana University and Purdue University — completed 13 of 14 passes for 318 yards and six touchdowns. Perry Central scored just six points in a 12-6 loss to Tell City.
2. Get back to the basics. Rangers coach Ross Fuhs mentioned, no matter who his team is facing, they will need to tackle and block significantly better than they did against the Class 3A No. 3 ranked Titans.
3. Win the battle in the trenches. According to Fuhs, Gibson Southern lived in the Rangers backfield last week stuffing the run and causing three fumbles. The Rangers will look to get a good push up front on offense to try and establish their running game early. Forest Park was limited to just 54 rushing yards on 27 totes last week.
4. Capitalize in passing game. The Rangers lone touchdown last week came on a Cooper Uebelhor 36-yard strike to Jared Schipp. The Rangers completed three passes out of 14 attempts for the game. Fuhs mentioned he hopes the offense can connect with the passing game over the top when the opportunities present themselves.
Heritage Hills @ Tell City
8 p.m. at Legion Field
Series: Heritage Hills, 29-8 (last 35 years)
Last Meeting: Heritage Hills, 49-0 in 2018
1. How many ways can Cole Sigler touch the football? In last week’s opening romp over Mt. Vernon, Sigler did a little bit of everything. The two-way starter passed for 100 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown to go along with two interceptions — one which he returned for a touchdown.
2. Patriots will have to get a hat on defensive players Nigel Kaiser and Bren Miller. In Tell City’s 12-6 win over Perry Central last week, Kaiser recorded nine tackles and forced a fumble, while Miller finished with six tackles including three sacks.
3. Establish the run early. Heritage Hills rushed 39 times last week while attempting just six passes. Seven different Patriot ball carriers recorded at least two rushes and gained 10-plus yards for the game.
4. Suffocating defense. The Patriots held Mt. Vernon to just 125 yards from scrimmage last week on 36 plays. The Wildcats finished with minus-4 yards rushing, while 82 of their total yards came in the second half. The second half was played with a running clock as the Patriots led 36-0 at halftime.
Herald sports editor Travis David and sports reporter Jonathan Saxon will be covering the Jasper and Southridge and Forest Park and Perry Central football games on Friday. On Twitter, follow the Herald sports department's new account @DuboisCoSports for live tweets from the sidelines. Full coverage from these games and more will be posted to DuboisCountyHerald.com late Friday and in Saturday’s Herald.
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