Four Downs: Week 2

Here's a rundown of our area football teams and their Week 2 matchups.

Wildcats @ Raiders

Teams: Jasper (0-1) at Class 2A No. 1 Southridge (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Field.
Series: Jasper leads 39-7.
Last season: After falling to the Raiders in 2016, the Goal Post Trophy returned to Jasper in 2017 as the Cats were victorious at home 28-21.
1.) Jasper is hoping to avoid something they haven’t done since 1999 — lose two consecutive games to start the season (Evansville Memorial and Southridge). During head coach Scott Buening’s tenure, the Raiders have won their first two games of the season just once, in 2016 (Corydon Central and Jasper).
2.) In last week’s loss to Evansville Memorial, the Wildcats had just one tackle for loss — a sack by Zach Rydberg (Sr., LB) for eight yards. In comparison, the Tiger defense had eight total tackles for loss for a combined 27 yards.
3.) Tucker Schank (Sr., RB/DB) had three touchdowns in the Raiders opening 35-7 victory over Linton and has now scored a total of 43 touchdowns through his high school career. However, only one of those has come against Jasper and that was a rushing touchdown in the 28-21 victory in 2016. With two rushing TD’s in the win last week, Schank now has 2+ rushing TD’s in 14 career games.
4.) The Raiders had a plethora of defenders make tackles in the victory last Friday as 18 different players had at least one tackle. Chanler Balsmeyer (Jr., DB/RB) and Matt Price (Sr., WR/DB) led the way with four and three solo tackles while Cole Calvert (Jr., LB/RB) had five assisted tackles. Logan Seger (Sr., DE/TE), Parker Kippenbrock (Soph., RB/LB0 and Sam Schroeder (Jr., OL/LB) all recovered fumbles in the win.

Rangers @ Commodores

Teams: Forest Park (0-1) at Perry Central (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Perry Central Football Field.
Series: Series tied 4-4.
Last season: Forest Park mollywhopped Perry Central at Ranger Field to the tune of a 35-0 victory. The Rangers struggled at the start but made a few big plays including an interception return for a touchdown by Braydon Voegerl.
1.) Forest Park’s shutout victory over the Commodores last season was the first of its kind in the Border Bowl between the Dubois County and Perry County neighbors. The series began in 2010, just three years after Forest Park’s first full varsity season.
2.) Garret Berg (Jr., QB) had some struggles in his first career varsity start at quarterback against mighty Class 3A No. 5 Gibson Southern last week but he did target a few different receivers. Three different Rangers had catches in the loss — Gavin Pierce (Sr., RB/LB) had three catches for 19 yards, Cory Uebelhor (Jr., WR/DB) had two for 13 and Drew Day (Jr., RB/LB) had two catches for three yards.
3.) Defensively, the Rangers had four players with at least four solo tackles — Pierce had seven, Jake Begle (Soph., RB/LB) had five while Zach Lueken (Sr., OL/DL) and Berg both had four each. Cole Mohr (Jr., WR/CB) recorded the first interception of the season for Forest Park.
4.) The Commodores started the season off with a 6-0 victory in overtime against county rival Tell City last week after neither team was able to score in regulation. After Perry Central finished over .500 from 2012 to 2015, the Commodores have now had back-to-back losing seasons. Two of their three victories in 2017 were by 20 or more points.

Marksmen @ Patriots

Teams: Tell City (0-1) at Heritage Hills (1-0), 8 p.m. Friday, The Jungle.
Series: Heritage Hills leads 28-9
Last season: The Patriots ran away for a 41-0 shutout at Legion Field on Aug. 25 to start the season 2-0.
1.) For consecutive seasons, Heritage Hills has now scored more than 40 points to kickoff the year. The Patriots scored 42 points on Mount Vernon in 2017 and upped that to 45 in their opening week victory this season. Before 2016, the Pats hadn’t scored more than 40 in a season opener since 2011 under Bob Clayton (a 48-3 victory over Vincennes Lincoln).
2.) The Patriots had four rushing touchdowns in their week one victory over the Wildcats — two from Cole Sigler (Jr., QB/DB) and one each from Phoenix Rodgers (Jr., RB) and Jacob Wetzel (Jr., RB). The most rushing touchdowns Heritage Hills had in a game last season was six in a 49-6 whopping of Pike Central. The Pats also had five rushing TDs in victories over Forest Park and South Spencer.
3.) 22 different Patriots made tackles in the victory over Mount Vernon last week with 12 of them having two or more tackles. Rodgers led the way with seven total tackles while Wetzel and Gavin Vaal (Jr., RB/DB) both had six total tackles. Tyler Litkenhus (Jr., OL/DL) led the way with four assisted tackles while Hunter Wetzel (Jr., OL/DL) had two total tackles for loss.
4.) Tell City intercepted Perry Central four times in their Week One loss. Dustin Hunt (Sr.) had two picks while Shane Braunecker (Soph.) and Hunter Sodrel (Jr.) both had one interception each.

More on