Four Downs: Week 6

Wildcats @ Tigers

Teams: Jasper (1-4, 0-2 Big Eight) at Princeton (3-2, 2-0), 8 p.m. Friday, Tiger Stadium.
Series: Jasper has won 25 straight and lead the overall series 55-7-2.
Last meeting: Jasper cruised to a 47-14 victory at home last season.
1.) This is the first season that Jasper has lost multiple Big Eight games since 2011 when the Wildcats finished 7-4 and lost to Vincennes Lincoln and Mount Carmel. The Cats are currently off to their worst start to a season since 1955 when they started with a 0-4-1 record. A loss to Princeton would be the first time since 1992 that the Cats have lost three conference games.
2.) The quarter that has doomed the Cats the most so far this season is the second quarter as Jasper has been outscored 32 to 13. Jasper has scored the majority of their points (34 of 91) in the third quarter. Last week, the Cats scored just six points in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth.
3.) Jasper has had two primary receiving targets this season as Reece Milligan (Sr., RB/DB) and Phillip Noblitt (Sr., TE/DE) recording 361 of the Wildcats 471 total receiving yards. Their currently averaging 5.3 yards per pass and 11.5 yards per catch for a total of 94.2 yards per game. Their opponents are averaging 17.1 yards per catch and 133.4 total yards per game.
4.) After winning just a total of three games last season, the Tigers have already reached that amount this year with victories over Evansville North, Washington and Mount Carmel. Darrion Madison (Jr., RB) and  Devonte Hardiman (Sr., RB) have led the way in rushing with 349 and 337 yards respectively while Joe Koberstein (Soph., RB/LB) has led the Princeton defense as an underclassman with 37 total tackles for an average of seven per game.

Raiders @ Marksmen

Teams: Class 2A No. 5 Southridge (4-1, 3-0 Pocket Athletic) at Tell City (2-3, 1-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Legion Field.
Series: Southridge leads 22-2.
Last meeting: Southridge ran away with a 55-6 victory at Raider Field last fall.
1.) The Raiders have only been defeated by the Marksmen twice and that just happened to come in the very first two meeting between the two schools. The Marksmen knocked out the Raiders in back-to-back sectionals in 1985 and 1986, winning 28-0 and 20-6. Southridge has defeated Tell City by 10 or more points in every meeting since 2014.
2.) Through the first five games of the season, the Raiders have rushed for 1,557 total yards while averaging 311 yards per game. Four players have broken out for runs of over 50+ yards this season — Seth Nunamaker (Sr., RB/DB), Cole Calvert (Jr., RB/LB), Parker Kippenbrock (Soph., RB/LB) and Colson Montgomery (Soph., QB/DB).
3.) In last week’s 55-21 victory over South Spencer, the Raider defense frustrated the Rebels early an often. Garrett Voegerl (Jr., WR/DB) had two interceptions in his first game of the season, Weston Allen (Soph., OL/DE) forced a fumble and Ben Hudson (Sr., OL/DL) had two tackles for loss.
4.) Tell City will enter Friday night’s matchup with some momentum as the Marksmen are coming off of a 22-0 shutout victory at Springs Valley. The shutout was Tell City’s first blanking of an opponent since a 34-0 defeat of Perry Central on September 20, 2013. Tell City is a predominantly rush-focused team (153 rushing attempts to nine passing attempts) with Devon Blake (Sr.), Mitchell Foster (Jr.) and Dustin Hunt (Sr.) getting the majority of attempts.

Vikings @ Rangers

Teams: North Posey (1-4, 1-3 Pocket Athletic) at Forest Park (1-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ranger Field.
Series: North Posey leads 9-2.
Last meeting: North Posey dominated in a 41-10 victory in Poseyville.
1.) The Rangers 41 points scored in last week’s victory over Pike Central was the highest scoring point total for Forest Park since a 49-14 victory over Crawford County in 2015. The most points the Rangers have ever scored in a game was 53 against Princeton in 2008.
2.) Under a completely new offense last week, the Rangers thrived as they attempted just one pass which was turned into a 40-yard touchdown on a throw from Garret Berg (Jr., QB/DB) to Jared Schipp (Jr, WR/DB). The Rangers went rush-heavy with Drew Day (Jr., RB/LB) going for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts while Jake Begle (Soph., RB/LB) and Gavin Pierce (Sr., RB/LB) both had over 75 yards and rushing TDs.
3.) After only recording one interception through the first four games of the season, the Rangers picked off two Pike Central passes last week as Schipp and Cory Uebelhor (Jr., WR/DB) got in on the fun. Defensively, the Rangers have been led by Pierce (28 solo tackles, 29 assisted tackles) and Berg (18 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles). Gavin Knust (Jr., TE/DE) has added three sacks.
4.) This season has been a struggle for North Posey as they’ve given up over 25 points in each game including four-straight games of allowing opposing teams to score over 60 points (all losses). The Vikings haven’t scored in double digits since the 64-49 defeat on Aug. 24 in a slugfest against Mount Vernon. Forest Park hasn’t scored more than 10 points on the Vikings since a 35-10 victory in 2015 at Poseyville. A win would drop North Posey to 1-5 for the first time since that same season.

Patriots @ Titans

Teams: Class 3A No. 5 Heritage Hills (5-0, 3-0 Pocket Athletic) at Class 3A No. 7 Gibson Southern (4-1, 3-0), 8 p.m. Friday, Jack Jewell Memorial Field.
Series: Heritage Hills leads 30-10.
Last meeting: The Titans cruised to a 48-7 victory in Lincoln City last year.
1.) This week’s battle between the Pats and Titans is being considered one of the top games to watch in Southern Indiana and rightfully so as it could play a big role in deciding the PAC champion. Gibson Southern, Heritage Hills and Southridge are all undefeated in conference play with a matchup between the Raiders and Pats looming next week.
2.) Cole Sigler (Jr., QB/DB) is well on pace for 1,000 all-purpose yards as he’s already at 679 total yards through the first five games. He leads the Pats with 451 rushing yards and 110 punt return yards. Caleb Keller barely eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark last season with 1,003 all-purpose yardage.
3.) The Patriots have had five total touchdowns this season that have come from something other than a reception or a rush. Gavin Vaal (Jr., RB/DB) recovered a fumble for a touchdown, Sigler and Cody Frakes (Jr., TE/DE) have interception returns for TDs and Vaal and Sigler both have punt return scores. Heritage Hills has finished with 500+ yards in three wins this season (Mount Vernon, Pike Central, North Posey).
4.) Gibson Southern’s 23-0 home shutout loss to Henderson County (Ky.) on September 7 was the Titans first shutout defeat since a 27-0 loss to Heritage Hills on September 23, 2011. Brady Allen (Fr., QB) has been the next in the line of successful Titan quarterbacks following in the footsteps of Isaac Sellers. Allen has completed 53 percent of his passes and has 13 touchdowns to just five interceptions on 973 passing yards.

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