High School Football: Week 4 Preview



Franklin (3-0) at Whiteland (3-0)

Kick off: 7 p.m.

Live video: ihsaatv.org/MidState/WhitelandCommunity

Radio: KORN Country (100.3)

Recent history: The Grizzly Cubs’ 35-21 home win last year was their second in three tries after the Warriors won 22 in a row from 2004-2018.

Sagarin ratings: Franklin 87.99 (13th in Indiana), Whiteland 87.75 (14th)

Players to watch: Franklin — QB Clay Pinnick, RB/LB John Shepard, WR Luke Bechert, OL/DL Reece Byerly, DB Beau Baker; Whiteland – QB Kevin Denham, RB Peyton Emberton, RB/LB Jakarrey Oliver, RB/DB Nyrius Moore-Smith, WR/DB Brady Stanifer

What to look for: The stakes have probably never been higher, at least in the regular season, in this series. The Warriors are ranked No. 1 in Class 5A for the first time and see themselves as a legitimate threat going all the way; the No. 4 Grizzly Cubs, who have already picked up as many wins as they did a year ago, see this as another chance to hold off their longtime rivals while also establishing themselves as a contender for good faith. Both defenses were tough to break and showed a penchant for big plays, but tonight could provide the toughest challenge of the season for both units. Pinnick, a much improved passer, flexed his dual threat abilities in different ways each week; Moore-Smith is becoming a great playmaker on both sides of the ball for the Warriors. Who will become the hero of this one?

Center Grove (2-1) at Ben Davis (2-1)

Kick off: 7 p.m.

Live Video: ihsaatv.org/CGSportsNetwork

Recent history: The Trojans have won the last seven meetings between the two state powerhouses, most recently a 45-6 bombardment in last year’s Class 6A halfstate.

Sagarin Ratings: Center Grove 92.76 (eighth), Ben Davis 103.75 (second)

Players to watch: Center Grove — QB Tyler Cherry, RB Micah Coyle, WR Noah Coy, LB Owen Bright, DB Parker Doyle; Ben Davis – QB Thomas Gotkowski, RB Alijah Price, WR Marques Reese, DL Chris Green, LB Nylan Brown

What to look for: The Giants haven’t had much success against the Trojans in recent years, but they need to be about as confident as they have been in a while – and not just because that Center Grove finally showed signs of dying with its 30-game winning streak that ended in Louisville last week. Ben Davis opened the season with a narrow five-point loss to new No. 1 Brownsburg and followed that up with lopsided road wins over Avon (44-13) and Pike (38-0). With playmakers on both sides of the ball, this Giants team is capable of picking up a win; will the trojans have enough in the tank to survive the last ever brutal gauntlet stoppage of weeks 1-4?

Greenwood (1-2) at Mooresville (3-0)

Kick off: 7 p.m.

Live video: ihsaatv.org/MidState/Mooresville

Recent History: The Pioneers have won five straight against the Woodmen, including a 70-14 win at Greenwood last fall.

Sagarin ratings: Greenwood 61.23 (94th), Mooresville 87.35 (15th)

Players to watch: Greenwood – QB Brock Riddle, TE Carter Campbell, WR Ethan Pringle, LB Scott Raker, DB Joshua Amburgy; Mooresville – QB Nick Patterson, WR Hogan Denny, WR Levi Dorn, LB Landon Clements, LB Kellen Copeland

What to look for: The same explosive Pioneer attack we’ve seen in recent years. Patterson, perhaps the best quarterback in the state, leads a group that has scored exactly 38 points in each of its first three games. Greenwood’s defense has held up reasonably well in its first three games, but this will be its toughest challenge yet. Offensively, the Woodmen would prefer to keep the ball on the ground and out of Patterson’s hands, but if they fall behind, that becomes a tall order. Riddle showed promise last week by connecting with Pringle and Campbell over the air when needed.

Brown County (0-3) at Indian Creek (2-1)

Kick off: 7 p.m.

Recent History: The Braves pulled off a 13-12 road victory in the dying seconds last September, extending their winning streak to 19 games.

Sagarin Ratings: Brown County 6.73 (294th), Indian Creek 65.56 (80th)

Players to watch: Brown County — QB/DB Ethan Spiece, RB/LB Ben Wagler; Indian Creek – QB Arjun Lothe, RB/DB Jalen Sauer, RB/DB Malachi Mink, WR Jaxon Ramey, OL/DL Daniel Foster

What to look for: The Eagles have become progressively more competitive, at least in scoring terms, with each passing game, but the 77-7 Week 1 loss to Owen Valley might be the most accurate indicator of what’s to come. wait for tonight. Brown County had a great chance to end its drought in this series last season; that could be as close as they come for the foreseeable future. The Braves’ explosive spread offense – Lothe threw for 416 yards last week – should be far too much for the visitors to overcome, and Indian Creek should have an energetic crowd behind them as they christen their new grass pitch. artificial.

Edinburgh (3-0) at Switzerland County (2-1)

Kick off: 7 p.m.

Recent history: The Lancers picked up a 49-14 home win in 2020, capping a four-game winning streak from the Pacers.

Sagarin ratings: Edinburgh 16.48 (270th), County of Switzerland 21.84 (252nd)

Players to watch: Edinburgh – QB/LB Caleb Murphy, RB/LB Jarrett Turner, WR/DB Braylon Bryant, WR/DB Caleb Dewey, WR/DE Keegan Smith; County of Switzerland – QB/DB Matt Davis, RB/LB Gavin Reese, RB/LB Gabe Rose, WR/DB Tyler Hoskins

What to look for: The Lancers are trying to go 4-0 for the first time since 1961, long before the current players’ parents were born. Despite Sagarin’s tiny spread, DeSpain is confident his team will be up for the challenge. Turner, who had a career-best 183 rushing yards last week, gives Edinburgh the most attacking balance it has had in several years. His presence in the backfield could start to open things up more for Murphy, Dewey, Bryant and their friends in the passing game.

Roncalli (3-0) at Columbus North (2-1)

Kick off: 7 p.m.

Radio: CBS Sports 1430, roncallimedianetwork.com

Recent history: The Royals have won the last two meetings, including a 45-12 victory at home last season.

Sagarin ratings: Roncalli 88.52 (12th), Columbus North 76.30 (42nd)

Players to watch: Roncalli — QB Arik Moyers, RB Luke Hansen, OL Trevor Lauck, OL/DL Brady Neu, DB Andrew Baugh; Columbus North – QB Zac Horn, RB Tyler Blythe, WR Cooper Horn, OL/DL Savion Miles, LB Ian Calvert

What to look for: Lots of Hansen. The Royals have handed their workhorse 110 times in the first three weeks, including an absurd 47 runs last week against Bishop Chatard. It’s working so far – Hansen averages 250 yards on the ground. If he can continue to carry such a heavy load, Roncalli should be hard to stop. The Bull Dogs have had strong offensive performances over the past two weeks (39 and 47 points), but these have come up against much lighter competition. To at least get close to that tonight, they’ll need to keep Hansen and the Royals’ huge offensive line from controlling possession. Good luck.


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