Four Downs: Week 9

Here's a rundown of our area football teams and their Week 9 matchups.

Wildcats @ Wildcats

Teams: Jasper (4-4, 3-2 Big Eight) at Mount Vernon (5-3, 3-2), 8 p.m. EST Friday, Memorial Field.
Series: Jasper leads 60-2 — the last loss came in 1989.
Last meeting: Jasper ran away with a 54-21 victory at home to wrap up the season.
1.) Jasper hasn’t scored fewer than 27 points against Mount Vernon since 1999 and Mount Vernon has already given up over 27 points six times this season. However, Mount Vernon has also scored over 27 points six times this year. As a team, Jasper is currently averaging — you guessed it, 27 points this year.
2.) In last week’s 63-0 rout over Washington, five different players were able to get into the endzone for the Wildcats. Perhaps the most impressive was Lance Dawkins (Soph., RB/LB) who had four touchdowns on just five carries. Joe Wood (Jr., RB/DB) recorded his first touchdown of the season as well and totaled 58 yards rushing.
3.) The Cats held the Hatchets to a total of just 15 yards and four first downs — one of the team’s more impressive defensive performances on the season. Zachary Flynn (Sr., FB/LB) recoerded two sacks and three total tackles for a loss of 30 yards in the win while Isaac Bartley (Sr., WR/DB) recorded another interception for a touchdown in the win.
4.) Sam Thomas (Sr., WR/DB) has been on a roll this season for Mount Vernon as he has recorded 30 total touchdowns already this year (22 receiving, eight rushing) and has also passed for a touchdown while accumulating 1,889 all-purpose yards. Rhett Snodgrass (Jr., QB/LB) has thrown for 28 touchdowns and 2,000 yards to help pace the Wildcat offense. Defensively, Mount Vernon is led by Ben Varner (Sr., WR/CB) who has four interceptions and Theron Browning (Jr. RB/LB) who leads the way with 56 tackles.

Raiders @ Titans

Teams: Class 2A No. 10 Southridge (6-2, 5-1 Pocket Athletic) at Class 3A No. 8 Gibson Southern (6-2, 5-1), 7:30 p.m. EST Friday, Jack Jewell Memorial Field.
Series: Southridge leads 20-12 but Gibson Southern has won the last five meetings.
Last meeting: Gibson Southern rolled to a 55-14 victory to clinch the PAC title.
1.) For the first time since 2014, Gibson Southern will not come into this game with an undefeated record. The Titans have already lost twice at home in 2018 as they were blanked 23-0 by Henderson County (Ky.) and dominated by Heritage Hills, 31-7. A win for Southridge would be their first over the Titans since a 35-21 win in 2012.
2.) After missing six straight games with a lingering back issue, Tucker Schank (Sr., RB/DB) returned to the Raider lineup with authority in a 48-0 win over Pike Central. Schank finished with 114 yards and two rushing touchdowns on seven carries and also had a touchdown reception for 28 yards.
3.) Logan Seger (Sr., TE/LB) recorded 14 tackles (six solo, eight assisted) in last week’s win over Pike Central while Brad Springer (Jr., RB/DB), Austin Kaeck (Jr., WR/DB) and Sam Schroeder (Jr., OL/LB) all had pass deflections in the victory. Kaeck also recorded an interception in the win with a 24-yard return.
4.) While the Titans have lost two games this season, their six wins have been by an average margin of nearly 55 points. However, their six victories have came against teams with just 13 combined victories while their two losses have came to teams with eight wins (Heritage Hills) and six wins (Henderson County). Mitchell Spindler (Jr., RB) has recorded 15 rushing touchdowns so far this season along with 937 yards. He’s also had five games with over 100 yards rushing.

Marksmen @ Rangers

Teams: Tell City (2-6, 1-5 Pocket Athletic) at Forest Park (1-7, 1-5) at 7:30 p.m., Ranger Field.
Series: Forest Park leads 6-5.
Last meeting: Forest Park won a thriller at Legion Field, 40-34.
1.) Out of the nine regularly scheduled teams that Forest Park plays, the Rangers have winning records against two of them — Tell City (6-5) and Pike Central (6-5). The Rangers have won their past three meetings against the Marksmen by an average of 14 points.
2.) Forest Park’s defense held their own in last week’s 46-0 loss to Heritage Hills as they only allowed 199 rushing yards — it was just the third time the Pats had been held under 300 yards rushing this year. Gavin Knust (Jr., TE/LB) leads the Rangers with five sacks while Drew Day (Jr., RB/LB) has added three. Garret Berg (Jr., WR/DB) and Jake Begle (Soph., RB/LB) lead the way in solo tackles.
3.) So far this season, three Rangers have accumulated over 100+ rushing yards —  Day (524), Begle (185) and Gavin Pierce (Sr., RB/LB) has 172. However, only one Forest Park player has total over 100 receiving yards so far this season and that’s Jared Schipp (Jr., WR/DB) as he has nine receptions for 153 yards. Berg, who started out the season at the quarterback position before transitioning to a wideout, is second with 83 yards.
4.) Tell City’s two victories this season came at home against South Spencer (22-14 victory in overtime) and in French Lick against Springs Valley (22-0). The Marksmen have seen a solid season from Dustin Hunt (Sr., RB) who has totaled 432 rushing yards this year (he had over 200 in a 31-18 loss to Southridge earlier this season). Tell City has yet to score a receiving touchdown this year as nine of their 10 have came via a rush. The lone other score came from a fumble recovery.

Rebels @ Patriots

Teams: South Spencer (2-6, 2-4 Pocket Athletic) at Class 3A No. 3 Heritage Hills (8-0, 6-0) at 8 p.m. EST, The Jungle.
Series: Heritage Hills leads 35-12.
Last meeting: Heritage Hills dominated their way to a 52-21 victory in Reo for their fifth victory.
1.) In a battle that’s been dubbed the “Spencer County War”, Heritage Hills has won all but two of the meetings between the two county rivals since 2000. The lone losses came in 2011 (14-0) and 2013 (17-14). A win over South Spencer would mark a perfect undefeated regular season — a mark Heritage Hills has accomplished 12 times before, most recently in 2007.
2.) 12 different players had at least one carry in the Patriots 46-0 rout of Forest Park last Friday. Jacob Wetzel (Jr.), Gavin Vaal (Jr.), Noah Mundy (Jr.), Cade Jones (Sr.), Adam Guth (Soph.) and Jordan Mitchell (Soph.) all averaged over five yards per rush.
3.) The Patriot defense pressured Forest Park’s offense early and often last week as five players recorded sacks — Hunter Wetzel (Jr.), Gavin Vaal (Jr.), Dakoda Ebert (Sr.), Tyler Litkenuhs (Jr.) and Wes Fleischmann (Jr.). Seniors Aidan Rea and Kyndell Carter were both credited with quarterback hurries in the victory while Jacob Wetzel had a 12-yard interception return that set up a Cole Sigler rushing touchdown.
4.) South Spencer’s two victories this season came in back-to-back weeks as they defeated Pike Central 52-13 on September 21 and beat Forest Park 49-16 on Sept. 28. Kobe Bartlett (QB) has thrown for 1,579 yards this season and 14 touchdowns. He’s reached the 200-yard mark four times and the 300-yard mark once. Matthew Crabtree (WR) has recorded 484 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

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