Four Downs: 9/26

Tigers @ Wildcats

Teams: Princeton (3-2, 1-1 Big Eight) at Class 4A No. 3 Jasper (5-0, 2-0), 8 p.m. Friday, Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium
Series: Jasper leads 50-7-2.
Last meeting: Jasper rolled 48-14 last year for its 20th consecutive win in the series.

1. Jasper coach Tony Ahrens needs one win to reach 100 for his career. Of the state’s active coaches with 100 or more wins, only three — Reed May of Brownstown Central, Brian Moore of Fountain Central and Cory Yeoman of Penn — have a better winning percentage than Ahrens’ .798 clip.  

2. Zach Wood (Sr., WR), Ben Moore (Jr., RB), Austin Alles (Jr., TE) and Philip Huebschman (Sr., TE) give Jasper four players with 11 or more catches for the first time since 2008.  

Cal Krueger (Soph., K) has boomed nine of his 26 kickoffs for touchbacks. The Cats’ foes have booted just one touchback.

4. Princeton scores 41.4 ppg but allows 32.4 ppg. Its wins are over teams with a combined 1-14 record. The Tigers yielded 523 yards to Mount Carmel in a 47-35 loss and 611 yards to Gibson Southern in a 51-7 rout. Deon Hardiman (Sr., RB) ran for 267 yards in those games. Austin Clark (Sr., WR) holds most school receiving records, and Colton Wilder (Sr., QB) is a four-year starter.


Marksmen @ Raiders

Teams: Tell City (4-1, 2-1 Pocket Athletic) at Class 2A No. 9 Southridge (4-1, 3-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Field
Series: Southridge leads 16-2.
Last meeting: Southridge tallied the final 14 points to win 39-31 last fall at Legion Field.

Four PAC teams have one or zero league losses. Southridge still has to play the other three — Tell City, Heritage Hills and Gibson Southern.

Southridge is surrendering 8.2 ppg. The 1974 team owns the record at 6.8 ppg. The Raiders, aided by defensive linemen Ethan Schwoeppe (Sr.), Alex Merkel (Sr.), Luke Siddons (Sr.), Tim Butler (Sr.), Andy Fischer (Sr.), Logan Sollman (Sr.), Jeremiah Mundy (Jr.), Jonathan Schum (Jr.) and Javi Canales (Jr.) are looking for three straight shutouts for the first time since 1979.

Luke Stetter (Jr., QB) throws just 7.4 passes per game but hasn't throw an interception.

Tell City lost just three seniors from last year, has lost only to South Spencer (14-7) and allows 9.6 ppg. In Friday’s 34-0 romp of Perry Central, Elliott Brown (Jr., RB) darted for 250 yards. He hit Southridge with 202 yards last fall, but Southridge limited Brennan Malone (Sr., QB) to 4-of-16 passing while amassing 503 rushing yards.


Rangers @ Vikings

Teams: Forest Park (1-4, 0-3 Pocket Athletic) at North Posey (1-4, 0-4), 7:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Viking Field
Series: North Posey leads 4-1.
Last meeting: North Posey posted a 48-0 shutout last September in Ferdinand.

Forest Park’s next four opponents all score 18 or more ppg. Only North Posey hasn’t broken the 40-point barrier, but outside of a 40-0 loss at Southridge, the Vikings are scoring 23 ppg.

Forest Park has forced five turnovers over the last two games. That includes two interceptions and a fumble recovery by Alec Hassfurther (Sr., LB) and two fumble recoveries by Josh Voegerl (Sr., LB). Last week, the defense also got five tackles, including a sack, from Blake McCain (Soph., DL).

Voegerl (RB), Noah Braunecker (Jr., RB) and Josh Franchville (Soph., RB) have all run for 80-plus yards in a game this season. Franchville has accumulated 160 yards over the last two games.

First-year coach Paul Rynkiewich, a longtime Viking assistant, replaced Joe Gengelbach after the 42-year coach retired. North Posey, 1-4 for the first time since 2007, gives up 35 ppg. In Friday’s 30-22 loss to Heritage Hills, James Marshall (Sr., QB) passed for 136 yards and ran for 119. Lance Inkenbrandt (Jr., RB) ran for 64.

Titans @ Patriots

Teams: Class 3A No. 3 Gibson Southern (5-0, 3-0 Pocket Athletic) at Heritage Hills (2-3, 2-1), 7 p.m. CDT Friday, Patriot Field
Series: Heritage Hills leads 28-6.
Last meeting: Gibson Southern registered a 14-10 win last season in Fort Branch.

Heritage Hills’ next two foes are a combined 9-1. Gibson Southern has scored 45 or more points in every game and allows 9.4 ppg. Southridge has shut out its last two foes and netted 47 ppg in its four wins.

Gabe Konerding (Sr., RB), Zack Jones (Sr., RB), Kenton Crews (Soph., WR) and Caleb Mulzer (Soph., WR) raced for gains of 30 or more yards last week as Ryan Baker (Sr., T), Caleb Busler (Sr., G), Jacob Wilson (Jr., C), Zach Durham (Soph., T) and Peyton Nix (Soph., G) helped the Pats gain 6.2 yards per carry.

Colin Curtis (Jr., K) is perfect in 11 PATs and drilled his only field goal attempt. The Pats’ opponents are 10-of-14 on PATs.

Gibson Southern punished Princeton with 611 yards of offense Friday and ranks first among Class 3A teams in scoring at 52.4 ppg. Austin Peyton (Sr., RB), John Kissel (Jr., RB) and Daulton Armstrong (Jr., RB) all ran for 80-plus yards behind a line that averages 252 pounds. Jordan Sellers (Jr., QB) passed for 263 yards.

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