Four Downs: Week 7

Here's a rundown of our area football teams and their Week 7 matchups.

Golden Aces @ Wildcats

Teams: Mount Carmel (3-2, 1-2 Big Eight) at Jasper (2-4, 1-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Joe Rohleder Field at Jerry Brewer Alumni Stadium.
Series: Jasper leads 11-4.
Last season: Jasper cruised past the Golden Aces 51-7 on the road — their largest victory at Legends Field.
1.) In Jasper’s last four victories over Mount Carmel, the Cats have scored 43 points or more. In their four total losses to the Golden Aces in the overall series, they’ve never scored over 30 points.
2.) Kadon Hurm’s (Jr., WR) fumble recovery touchdown in last week’s victory over Princeton was the first defensive touchdown scored by the Wildcats this season. Every other touchdown this year has come off of a reception or rush. The Cats also once again fell behind early in the first quarter against the Tigers — they now have been outscored 43 to 34 in the first quarter of games this season.
3.) In last year’s 51-7 rout of Mount Carmel, Jasper outgained the Golden Aces 319-41 on the ground. Ryan Ewing, who graduated last year, had the majority of scores for the Cats (three touchdowns) but Phillip Noblitt (Sr., TE) hailed in a 21-yard reception for a touchdown early in the first quarter in the victory.
4.) Mount Carmel enters Friday’s game fresh off of the heels of a 61-20 stomping over Big Eight foe Washington. In their three victories, the Golden Aces average 43.3 points a game but in their two losses they’ve mustered just a total of 18 points (12 against Mount Vernon, 6 versus Princeton). Last year, Kaleb Applebey (Soph., QB) threw for 227 yards against the Cats with one interception.

Patriots @ Raiders

Teams: Class 3A No. 4 Heritage Hills (6-0, 4-0 Pocket Athletic) at Class 2A No. 6 Southridge (5-1, 4-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Raider Field.
Series: Heritage Hills leads 34-14.
Last season: The Raider defense flexed its muscle in a 17-7 victory at The Jungle last season.
1.) Friday’s battle at Raider Field will essentially decide this year’s Pocket Athletic conference champion. The Raiders haven’t won the conference title since 2011 (co-champs with North Posey) while Heritage Hills last won it in 2014. Gibson Southern has won it the last three seasons but the Pats defeated the Titans 31-7 last week in Fort Branch.
2.) In last week’s 31-18 victory over Tell City, Southridge’s Cole Calvert (Jr., RB/LB) had a monster game on both sides of the ball. He paced the Raiders defensively with 12 total tackles (two for loss) while he finished with 166 rushing yards and two touchdowns (averaged 8.7 yards per carry).
Last year, Heritage Hills was able to muster just 72 rushing yards against Southridge’s stellar defense but the 3.) Pats running backs have given opposing defenses trouble this season. In five of their six games, the Patriots have rushed for over 300 yards — their lone sub-300 game was 248 yards against Jasper in a torrential downpour. Cole Sigler (Jr., QB/DB), Cade Jones (Sr., RB/LB) and Jacob Wetzel (Jr., RB/DB) all average over 50 yards per game on the ground.
4.) The last four games in this series have all been close battles with the biggest deficit being just 12 points (a 29-17 victory for Southridge during the 2016 regular season). The Raiders have won the past three meetings.

Rangers @ Rebels

Teams: Forest Park (1-5, 1-3 Pocket Athletic) at South Spencer (1-5, 1-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Fred Ayer Field.
Series: South Spencer leads 13-1.
Last season: In a high-scoring battle in Ferdinand, South Spencer outdueled Forest Park 41-34.
1.) The Rangers have defeated South Spencer just once since becoming a varsity football program. The lone victory was a 22-6 defeat over the Rebels in Ferdinand in 2015. The Rangers finished 5-5 that season while South Spencer was just 2-8.
2.) Turnovers have put a damper on Forest Park’s season and they harmed their chances of a victory last week at home against North Posey. The Rangers had five turnovers last week (four interceptions, one fumble) and have now thrown nine interceptions total this season. However, Cooper Uebelhor (Fr., QB) has shown some stride in the pocket as he hit Garret Berg (Jr., WR/DB) for a 27-yard touchdown pass and found Gavin Knust (Jr., TE/DE) for a 22-yard TD reception.
3.) After scoring just seven points through their first four games of the season, the Rangers have now put up 61 points in their past two outings. Forest Park scored 34 points against South Spencer last season but hadn’t ever scored that many against them prior to last year’s meeting. The Rangers have scored 20+ points just five total times against the Rebels.
4.) South Spencer’s defense has had some trouble this season as they’ve given up 50+ points three times (losses to Gibson Southern, Owensboro Catholic (Ky.) and Southridge). Their lone win came against Pike Central last week, 52-13.

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