Friday football preview: Week 3
September 5, 2013By Andrew Smith of Hancock County Sports
Pendleton Heights (2-0) at New Palestine (2-0), 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast: HancockCountySports.com, WEEM-91.7, 917weem.org
The Dragons and Arabians usually have a solid early-season matchup, and this proves to be the same. PH sports a solid special teams, led by HHC Player of the Week Chandler Wilson, who has returned both a punt and a kick for a score this season. PH has outscored its foes 67-12 on the season, with RBs Chris Clemons, Jim Arney and Noah Etchison each toting 100-yard games. NP has started with a cumulative 110-10 score, the best two-game start in school history, and the top-unit defense hasn’t allowed a point. A big reason why is LB Brian Wagner, who has seven sacks. Both teams are receiving poll votes, and NP has moved up to No. 10 in one.
Eastern Hancock (2-0) at Indian Creek (1-1)
The Royals make their debut in the top 10 this week, taking on a solid 3A team that took Greenwood to the wire last week before succumbing 33-28. EH's offense hasn't been slowed so far -- the Royals scored 47 against Tri-Central and topped that last week against South Decatur. Spencer Gilbert and Cooper Henderson each ran for 100 yards in the South Decatur win, showing an explosive offense. This is a HUGE game in the early MIFC race.
Yorktown (2-0) at Mt. Vernon (2-0), 7 p.m.
The defending HHC champion Marauders have impressed both offensively and defensively so far, with several different players stepping up. Freshman Pete Werner had a solid game last week in a 55-26 win over Marion, but the Marauders have been getting big performances on the line from Lucas Rice and Tristan Blanton, who have swept the HHC Defensive Player of the Week honors. Yorktown has outscored its foes 125-0 so far, including a 76-0 pasting of Indianapolis Northwest last week. Tigers QB Riley Neal and RB Chandler Carroll have each put up two big offensive games.
Delta (2-0) at Greenfield-Central (1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast: DelawareCountyVoice.com, WRGF-89.7
The Eagles are coming off a 42-40 victory over Fort Wayne North in which QB Cade Jones threw for four TDs and ran for another, and WR Jalen Robinson had 165 receiving yards. G-C rallied late but fell to Lebanon 30-13 in a solid tune-up for conference play. Delta is ranked No. 4 in the IFCA poll and No. 3 in the AP poll in Class 3A.