Four Downs: Week 4

Here's a rundown of our area football teams and their Week 4 matchups.

Wildcats @ Patriots

Teams: Class 3A No. 4 Heritage Hills (3-0) hosts Jasper (1-2), 8 p.m. at Patriot Field

Series: Heritage Hills leads 13-9

Last meeting: Heritage Hills won 14-12

1: Don’t expect Friday night’s game to be as low scoring as last season’s rain-soaked contest. The Patriots enter the game averaging 49 points per contest, while Jasper stunned Boonville last weekend with a 35-point outburst. The Wildcats appear to be comfortable running their new offense coach Tony Lewis installed after Week 1.

2: Mirror image? Heritage Hills coach Todd Wilkerson noted Jaspers’ new-look offense is a lot like what his Patriots run. “They are doing a lot of the same stuff with the wing backs in their offense now,” Wilkerson said of the Wildcats.

3: This game may come down to who receives the most production from the quarterback position. The Wildcat’s Nathan Rillo has passed for 251 yards on the season and rushed for another 173 with a combined five touchdowns. His counterpart, Cole Sigler has passed for 207 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for 103 with two more scores. Those numbers may not sound too impressive, but Sigler did not play last week against Pike Central as he nursed a sore shoulder.

4: Can the Wildcats breakthrough against the Patriots’ stingy defense? Through the first three games, Heritage Hills has allowed just two scores. However, Jasper will be by far the toughest test for the Patriots to date.


Vikings @ Raiders

Teams: North Posey (1-2) at Class 3A No. 9 Southridge (3-0), 7:30 p.m. at Raider Field

Series: Southridge leads 28-18

Last meeting: Southridge won 69-3

1: How will the Raiders respond with starting quarterback Chase Taylor on the sidelines with a broken collarbone? Carson Niehaus filled in for Taylor in the second half of the Raiders’ 42-7 win last week over Forest Park. He tossed a 32-yard touchdown in the game.

2: With a new player starting under center, look for Southridge to establish the running game early and often. They will need to start better on the ground this week, as Forest Park did a nice job of limiting the Raiders’ run game throughout most of the contest. For the season, Southridge has passed for 518 yards and rushed for 503.

3: Look for Austin Kaeck and Brad Springer to have big games. No doubt, with Taylor being out, teams are going to look to try and stop Cole Calvert (268 rushing yards, 6.4 yards per carry), so the Raiders will need someone else to step up. Kaeck broke off a 41-yard run last week, while Springer scored twice on receptions and once on the ground.

4: Getting defensive. The Raiders have registered 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, broken up 14 passes, intercepted four passes and recovered four fumbles. Springer leads the team with 32 total tackles, while Calvert has 29.


Braves @ Rangers

Teams: Tecumseh (1-2) at Forest Park (1-2), 7:30 p.m.

Series: Tecumseh leads 3-1

Last meeting: Tecumseh won 13-0

1: Ranger receivers will need to have a bounce-back game. Quarterback Cooper Uebehlor was tagged with 13 incomplete passes last week, with more than half being dropped. “Hopefully that barrell of stickum we brought in this week will help out,” Rangers coach Ross Fuhs said with a chuckle.

2: Win the battle in the trenches. Forest Park did a nice job of containing Southridge’s run game last week by plugging holes upfront. The Rangers will look to do more of the same Friday night as well as fire off the ball on the offensive side.

3: Run all “Day.” In the lone win of the season for the Rangers, Drew Day rushed for more than 200 yards. Look for Day to have another heavy workload Friday night, as the run game will open up its passing game.

4: Eliminate the big play. The Rangers’ defense gave up six plays of 25 or more yards last week — four of which resulted in touchdowns. “That’s been an issue for us all season,” Fuhs said. “We cannot give up the big plays like that and expect to be successful.”


On Twitter, follow The Herald’s Travis David at @TDavid_21 and Jonathan Saxon at @TheSleepyScribe for live game updates. Full stories from these games will be posted to and appear in Saturday’s Herald.

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