Four Downs: Week 5

Here's a rundown of our area football teams and their Week 5 matchups.

Alices @ Wildcats

Teams: Vincennes Lincoln (2-2, 1-1 Big Eight) at Jasper (1-3, 0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Joe Rohleder Field at Jerry Bery Alumni Stadium
Series: Jasper leads 31-16.
Last meeting: The Alices rolled to a 33-20 victory at home over the Cats last year.
1.) When Jasper last started 1-3 in 2016, the Wildcats pulled off a thrilling 45-42 victory in double overtime against the Alices and won three of their four remaining games on the schedule after that. Jasper has played a tough schedule so far as three of their first four opponents are ranked in the Associated Press polls and the four schools have a combined record of 15-1.
2.) In last week’s rain-soaked loss against Heritage Hills, a new backfield threat emerged as Lance Dawkins (Soph., RB/LB) had 16 rushing attempts for 100 yards including a 39-yard touchdown. Dawkins hadn’t rushed for more than 12 yards in a single game before last Saturday.
3.) With Jacob Ahlbrand (Sr., QB/DB) out with a leg injury, Nathan Rillo (Jr., QB/DB) made his first career start last Saturday. While the conditions weren’t ideal for passing the football, Rillo did connect with Phillip Noblitt (Sr., TE/DE) on two passes including a 12-yard touchdown reception right before the half. Noblitt has seven catches for 92 yards on the season.
4.) Lincoln started out the season by receiving votes in the Class 3A polls after defeating Owen Valley 44-11 but back-to-back losses to Boonville (26-40) and Lexington Christian (Ky.) (38-43) sent them without votes. While the Alices graduated their quarterback (Graham Toole) and top receiving target (Caden Kotter), they do return Spencer Corrona (Sr., WR) who had six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown reception in last year’s victory over the Cats.

Rebels @ Raiders

Teams: South Spencer (0-4, 0-3 Pocket Athletic) at Class 2A No. 5 Southridge (3-1, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Field.
Series: South Spencer leads 29-26, though Southridge has won the past nine matchups.
Last meeting: Southridge ran over South Spencer 46-7 in the opening round of sectional for their first victory en route to a state title.
1.) After falling 35-7 to Jasper in Week 2, the Raiders have outscored PAC foes Forest Park and North Posey 117-10 and have combined for and have rushed for 753 yards in that span with 546 of those yards coming against the Vikings.
2.) One of the younger players that’s emerged on the Southridge defense this season is Leyton Lauderdale (Soph., OL/DE). Lauderdale currently has 12 total tackles with seven of those coming for a loss of yardage. The Raider defense has also already forced seven fumbles and intercepted three passes this year.
3.) The Raiders have already rushed for a total of 1,119 yards this season and last week the Raiders had five individual players rush for at least 70 yards — Cole Calvert (Jr.) had 145, Colson Montgomery (Soph.) had 119, Seth Nunamaker (Sr.) hit 100, Parker Kippenbrock (Soph.) added 95 and Caden Harmon (Sr.) finished with 75.
4.) Under new head coach John Edge, the Rebels have struggled as they’ve been outscored 184-42 en route to an 0-4 start to the season. The Rebels had close battles with North Posey and Tell City but were defeated 73-0 by South Spencer and 50-0 by Owensboro Catholic, the school Edge had most recently coached at before South Spencer. The Rebels haven’t finished with a .500 record since the 2013 season when they ended with a 7-3 record.

Rangers @ Chargers

Teams: Forest Park (0-4, 0-2 Pocket Athletic) at Pike Central (1-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Weathers Field.
Series: The series is tied 5-5 but the Chargers have won the past two meetings.
Last meeting: Lost at home 46-26.
1.) Forest Park has struggled on the road in recent years as they are just 2-8 in their last 10 road games over the past two and a half seasons. Forest Park has won at Pike Central just twice — a 41-20 defeat in 2008 and a 51-7 rout in 2010.
2.) The Rangers had success on defense in last week’s 14-0 loss to Tecumseh but the offense has still been unable to get anything going as they’ve scored just seven points in the first four games. Leading the defense this season has been Gavin Pierce (Sr., RB/LB) with 371⁄2 tackles as the next leading tackler on the Forest Park defense, Garret Berg (Sr., QB/DB), is over 20 tackles behind with 15.
3.) On offense, the biggest support has come from Drew Day (Jr., RB/LB) as he’s been a threat in both the passing game and rushing game with 49 receving yards and 177 rushing yards. Day also has 13 defensive tackles and a sack. Berg has completed just 37 percent of his passes at the QB position and is searching for a rhythm as the season progresses.
4.) After a rough 0-3 start to the season, the Chargers finally found the win column with a 7-6 victory over PAC foe Tell City in a game that was played in a downpour last Saturday afternoon as it was rescheduled due to heavy lightning on Friday evening. Mario Fields (Jr., RB/DB) ran for 147 yards and three rushing touchdowns in last year’s victory over the Rangers. He also ran a fumble recovery 95 yards for a touchdown in the win.

Vikings @ Patriots

Teams: North Posey (1-3, 1-2 Pocket Athletic) at Class 3A No. 5 Heritage Hills (4-0, 2-0), 8 p.m. Friday, The Jungle.
Series: Heritage Hills leads 35-11.
Last meeting: North Posey recorded their first victory over Heritage Hills since 2012 with a 37-23 victory in Poseyville.
1.) The Associated Press poll voters are certainly catching notice of the Patriots after their 14-12 victory over Jasper as they moved up four spots to No. 5 in the AP poll. The Patriots have a few tough road tests coming up on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 as they play two ranked PAC foes in Gibson Southern and Southridge.
2.) Five Patriots have already accumulated over 100 rushing yards through the first four games while last year only four Patriots reached that mark all season. The Pats also finished with a total of 21 rushing touchdowns last season — they’re already at 17 with five games still left to go in the regular season.
3.) Heritage Hills has had a specatular special teams performance through the first four games as Carson Leibering (Sr., K) is averaging 53.1 yards per kickoff with six touchbacks and is 19 of 20 on point after attempts. Cade Jones (Sr., RB/P) has only had to punt four times this year but they’ve been good — he’s averaging 46 yards per punt and had a key 53-yard punt in last weekend’s rain-soaked win over Jasper.
4.) After opening their season with a 39-28 victory over PAC foe South Spencer, the following three weeks have been difficult for North Posey. They’ve given up over 60 points in all three losses — 64 to Mount Vernon, 63 to Gibson Southern and 69 to Southridge. Turnovers have been an issue along with the defense as Dalton Cox (Sr., QB) has thrown seven interceptions and has also lost two fumbles.

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