The final week – one last chance to prepare for the state tournament. And on top of that, two area teams have an emotional face-to-face battle.
North Decatur, coming off an emotional victory over South Decatur in the Bucket Game last week, will travel south a few miles to take on Greensburg.
The Chargers enter the game at 3-5 and the Pirates are 5-3 and are coming off a tough loss on the road to East Central last week.
The match-up also brings former Pirates head coach Jim Louder back to Shriver Field, but this time on the opposite sideline.
The key could be which team is able to do what they do best (run the ball) and which team can limit the opposing team in that same category.
The Pirates have multiple weapons out of the backfield including James Ogle and quarterback Derrick Karazsia.
North’s rushing attack is led by Kevin Wallpe. He rushed for 232 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win over South. Wallpe has rushed for 1,411 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. Those stats put him at No. 8 in the state.
The Pirates will be hungry to get rid of the memory of last week’s loss and try to get back on the winning track with a win over a county rival and to get ready for next week’s big sectional match-up with Batesville.
As we have seen in recent history, any team can win — the last six meetings have been split with three wins to each school.
South returns home for Senior Night as the Cougars (2-6) host Indian Creek (5-3).
The Braves are coming off a big victory over Triton Central last week, 54-22. Quarterback Matt Rogers passed for 344 yards and four touchdowns. His main two targets were Jeremiah Tworek (nine catches for 148 yards) and Mark Dillman (eight catches for 120 yards).
On the ground, the Braves were led by Justin Cave with 19 carries for 124 yards and Kyle Ray with nine carries for 57 yards.
For the year, Rogers has thrown for 1,786 yards and 21 touchdowns and is second in the state in passing on the year.
Sy MacTavish and Curtis Johnson lead the Cougars’ offensive ground game. Nick Anderson (76 tackles), Jordan Johnson (53 tackles) and MacTavish (40 tackles) spear-head the Cougar defense.
A new match-up will be seen at Batesville on Friday as the 5-3 Bulldogs host the 1-7 Connersville Spartans for the first time. The Bulldogs dropped Frankfort from last year’s schedule and picked up the Spartans.
Connersville has just one win on the year. The Spartans defeated Muncie South, which has not won a game this season.
North Decatur (3-5) at Greensburg (5-3)
Game time: 7 p.m., Shriver Field.
Coaches: Jim Louder, 4-14 in second year at North, 74-105 in 18th year overall. Eric Schreiber, 6-12 in second year at Greensburg, 22-29 in fifth year overall.
Last week: North defeated South, 41-7. Greensburg lost to East Central, 44-7.
Last year: Greensburg, 21-13.
Series last 10 years: Tied, 3-3.
Indian Creek (5-3) at South Decatur (2-6)
Game time: 7 p.m., Siebel Field.
Coaches: Mike Gillin, 45-9 in fifth year at Indian Creek, 211-81 in 27th year overall. Ken Wendling, 65-71 in 17th year at South.
Last week: Indian Creek defeated Triton Central, 54-22. South lost to North, 41-7.
Last year: Indian Creek, 54-0.
Series last 10 years: Indian Creek, 6-4.
Connersville (1-7) at Batesville (5-3)
Game time: 7 p.m.
Coaches: Scott Snodgrass, 4-23 in third year at Connersville. Eric Heppner, 67-46 in 10th year at Batesville.
Last week: Connersville lost to Anderson Highland, 21-7. Batesville defeated Franklin County, 14-0.
Series last 10 years: No meetings.
(Information courtesy John Harrell’s Indiana High School Football)
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