Southern Indiana players to watch in Week 3

Southern Indiana players to watch in Week 3

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Southern Indiana players to watch in Week 3

A look at local standouts with favorable matchups this week

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A look at local standouts with favorable matchups this week

Darquan Richardson, New Albany

Richardson is making the most of his first year as the go-to guy for New Albany. A junior, the running back has allotted 328 yards and seven touchdowns on 60 carries in his team’s first two games.

It’s safe to say Richardson and the Bulldogs are aiming for a little revenge against a Jennings County team that earned a 43-36 last-minute win at New Albany last season. Richardson carried the ball eight times for 21 yards in the loss.

Jordan Barnett and Kameron Fuller, Jeffersonville

It’s been all backfield for Jeffersonville early this season as the team’s young receivers adapt to Friday night lights. Luckily for the Red Devils, senior Jordan Barnett and junior Kameron Fuller are more than capable shouldering the load.

Barnett has tallied 300 yards and five touchdowns in two games for the Red Devils, while Fuller, who also poses a threat as a receiver, has gone for 202 yards and three scores.

Cameron Northern, Jeffersonville

Northern’s supporting cast isn’t what it was last season, but the 6-foot-3 quarterback completed 17 of 30 passes for 310 yards and a touchdown last time out against BNL in a last-minute loss.

The senior, who lost his entire receiving core from last season, has thrown for 233 yards in two games so far this year. If a coming-out party is in store for Northern and his young receivers in 2016, now’s as good a time as any.

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Brendan Lawler and Antonyo Gaddie, Charlestown

The Pirates’ duo turned in impressive performances in a losing effort last week, with Lawler going for 202 yards passing and 150 rushing for four touchdowns and Gaddie totaling 169 yards and two scores – despite both nurturing injuries.

It gets easier for Charlestown in Week 3 as it travels to Clarksville, loser of its first two games by a combined 111-7. Lawler and Gaddie, assuming they don’t sit out for rest, should have a field day against the Generals’ defense.

Gavin Bane and Gus Hogan, Brownstown

The Brownstown rushing attack only starts with Bane and Hogan, a senior and junior, respectively. While Bane totaled 112 yards and three touchdowns – all in the first half – and Hogan 70 yards and the game-winning score in Brownstown’s 52-48 win at Charlestown last week, the team garnered a total of 354 yards on the ground.

Senior Devin Stuckwisch had seven carries for 54 yards and a touchdown while senior quarterback Kyle Kramer and senior Derek Rieckers provided some production on the ground as well. It’s likely a combination of Braves will overwhelm Eastern’s defense on Friday.

Floyd Central backfield

Floyd Central boasts another backfield by committee, led by junior Jason Cundiff, who had 62 yards and two touchdowns in the Highlanders’ Week 2 win at Providence. Cundiff has 147 yards rushing this season, while junior Devon Stikes, senior Colt May and junior Zach Rodgers are used frequently as well.

The Highlanders have a favorable matchup in Week 3 – a home meeting with 1-1 Madison, which allowed over 500 yards rushing to Charlestown in Week 1.

Brett Rudolph, North Harrison

A junior, Rudolph is the go-to option in North Harrison’s strong backfield, and he went for 114 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the Cougars’ 49-0 rout of Corydon last week. Five other players gained at least 23 yards. North Harrison looks to make it 3-0 against a Salem team that allowed 267 yards on the ground in Week 2.

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