If you’re looking for a few difference-makers in area high school football games this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Here are five:
• DuRon Ford, New Palestine: The 5-8, 170-pound senior transferred from Pike last spring and has made an immediate impact. Ford will be a player to watch as New Pal faces Yorktown in its home opener on Friday. Ford has rushed for 369 yards and seven touchdowns (8.6 yards per carry) in wins over Whiteland and Richmond.
• Judd Grubbs, Tri-West: The Bruins play their home opener vs. Frankfort on Friday. Grubbs, a senior receiver and cornerback, played a key role in Tri-West’s 30-13 win at Evansville Mater Dei on Saturday with seven catches for 163 yards. Grubbs hasn’t found the end zone yet but has 16 catches for 301 yards in two games. He’s also intercepted a pass.
• John Lux, Shelbyville: For the Class 4A ninth-ranked Golden Bears (2-0) to win their Hoosier Heritage Conference opener at Delta (2-0) on Friday, it will likely take a big game from Lux. The senior was 25-for-49 last week for 481 yards and five touchdowns in a 38-26 win over Franklin. Shelbyville ended a seven-game losing streak to Delta last year but hasn’t won on the Eagles’ home field since 2007.
• Evan Manley, Westfield: The 5-11, 160-pound senior receiver is one of the most exciting players in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference. Zionsville’s defense will need to track him on Friday. Manley, who caught 51 passes for 781 yards and seven TDs last year, had three catches for 83 yards last week in a 27-0 win over Southport.
• LeShaun Minor, Ben Davis: The Giants have allowed just seven points through two games and the big defensive tackle is a major reason. Minor, an Indiana recruit, made six tackles last week in a 38-7 win over Avon. Pike may present the Ben Davis defense with its toughest test to date on Friday at Pike.
Call IndyStar reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.