Week 4 of the high school football season is full of big games. Don’t believe us? There are eight games this week pitting ranked teams against each other. That qualify?
Here are five names to keep an eye on this big Friday night:
• Clayton Barber, Lebanon: The senior receiver has been Mr. Big Play for the Tigers in a 2-1 start. Barber has 13 catches for 401 yards and five touchdowns, averaging a staggering 30.8 yards per catch. Lebanon is at 2-1 North Montgomery on Friday.
• Daveon Bell, Lawrence Central: The 5-7, 145-pound senior might be small in stature, but he’s been big in the Bears’ 3-0 start. Bell had 11 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win over Lawrence North and has five touchdowns (four receptions, one punt return) on the season. Warren Central’s defense will have to track him.
• Bailey Bennett, Center Grove: The senior linebacker has been all over the place for Center Grove, racking up 32 tackles in three games. He even rushed for a 3-yard touchdown in last week’s win over Carmel. Bennett will be counted on as the Trojans travel to Class 6A second-ranked Ben Davis.
• Hunter Johnson, Brownsburg: The Clemson recruit helped the Bulldogs to an upset win over Avon two years ago, but lost twice to the Orioles last year. A win here would establish Brownsburg as a legitimate contender in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference. Johnson has passed for 745 yards and six touchdowns in three wins.
• Ben Slaton, Plainfield: The sophomore quarterback passed for 171 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 38-14 win over Mooresville, a week after passing for five touchdowns in a win over Terre Haute North. Slaton and the Quakers (2-1) face a big challenge as Class 4A second-ranked Roncalli visits.
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