The Red Devils showed improvement on the defensive end last week in a 29-15 win at Seymour after allowing 56 points in Week 1. The hosts will look to avenge a 37-34 last-minute loss last season to a BNL team that lost key starters but has outscored its opponents 85-0 thus far this season, albeit opponents that are a combined 0-4.
On offense, the Red Devils (1-1) are likely to continue to rely on the two-man rushing duo of senior Jordan Barnett and junior Kameron Fuller while senior quarterback Cameron Northern’s young receivers adjust to the demands of varsity football. The two have rushed for 502 yards and eight touchdowns in the first two games.
New Albany at Jennings County, 7 p.m.
New Albany held a 21-point lead against Jennings County last season before dropping a 43-36 decision at home – just one of several finishes that’s still fresh on the Bulldogs’ minds as Sean Coultis’ bunch aims to pull through in close games this year.
Although that goal fell just short in a 35-32 loss to Castle last week, the Bulldogs (1-1) showed resolve. The Knights ranked fifth in the latest Class 5A AP poll. Junior running back Darquan Richardson has been a workhorse for the Bulldogs, amassing more than 328 yards on 60 carries.
The Panthers, who started last season 6-2, have lost their first two games by a combined score of 62-13.
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Salem at North Harrison, 7 p.m.
North Harrison walloped county rival Corydon last week 49-0 while senior quarterback Seth Hobson and the Lions outlasted Silver Creek 24-21. Both unbeaten, the Cougars and Lions have been impressive this season in executing their respective game plans.
North Harrison totaled 396 yards on the ground last week and its stout rushing attack aided a 38-8 win over Crawford County in Week 1. Hobson’s been the catalyst for the Lions, completing 14 of 23 passes for 419 yards and six touchdowns to two interceptions. He’s also rushed for 238 yards on 27 carries.
Corydon at Silver Creek, 7 p.m.
Both teams dropped its respective Week 2 Mid-Southern matchup and will look to right the ship in Week 3, especially the Panthers, who aim to avoid a 0-3 start.
Corydon’s Austin Kopp has been held to 244 yards and one touchdown this season after tallying 2,083 yards and 31 touchdowns a season ago. The Dragons’ plan is to continue that trend Friday – despite Kopp’s career-high performance against Silver Creek last season. He totaled seven touchdowns in a 46-13 win.
It’s much of the same for Silver Creek (1-1) on offense. Its rushing attack has yielded more than 265 yards per outing thus far, spearheaded by juniors Jacob Garrett and Brannon Russell.
Madison at Floyd Central, 7 p.m.
The Cubs led the Highlanders 7-0 last season when both teams’ 2015 Hoosier Hills Conference opener was suspended due to lightning. But Floyd Central responded with 13 unanswered points to top Madison 13-7 the following morning. The Highlanders (1-1) are fresh off a rout of Providence while the Cubs earned their first win since the 2014 season in Week 2.
Of its 115 offensive plays this season, 104 have been on the ground for the Highlanders. Junior Jason Cundiff and Floyd Central’s backs have allotted 429 rushing yards through two games and will look to do the same against a Madison team that allowed over 500 rushing yards to Charlestown in its opener.