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Friday football preview: Week 5
September 20, 2013Hancock County Sports
Pendleton Heights (0-2/2-2) at Mt. Vernon (0-1/3-1), 7:30 p.m. (HancockCouontySports.com)
The resumption of a classic State Road 67 rivalry takes place this week, as the Arabians take on the Marauders. PH had two solid starts to open the year, but is looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to Shelbyville. QB Jesse Furrow has thrown for 200-plus yards each of the last two weeks for the Arabians. Mt. Vernon had a big offensive night against Muncie South, scoring 37 points in the first half and then continuing to add on in the second in a 65-13 victory over the Rebels in a non-conference game. MV won both of last year’s meetings.
Whiteland (3-1) at New Palestine (4-0), 7:30 p.m. (HancockCountySports.com)
This week’s non-conference game features the Dragons stepping out of play to face a Whiteland team ranked in the Class 5A top 10 polls. The Warriors have played a bunch of shootouts, while the Dragons have also been scoring a ton – the four straight 40-point games tie a school record. Blake Luker accounted for 330 yards of total offense last week and four touchdowns, as the Dragons topped 300 rushing yards and 500 total yards for the second straight week. The Dragons’ defense has also been solid, registering at least seven sacks in three of its four outings so far.
Shelbyville (3-1/1-0) at Greenfield-Central (1-3/0-2) (WSVX-1520, wsvx.com, WRGF-89.7)
The Golden Bears have had a strong season so far, especially with an offense that’s producing 39ppg in their three victories. Last week, DeShaun French had 197 rushing yards and a TD in the return game to help the Bears beat Pendleton Heights 38-21. G-C had a solid opening week against New Castle, but has faced two ranked teams in the last two weeks in Delta and Yorktown. This will mark the first time this season the Cougars will face a team with a loss on its record coming into the game. G-C has shown big play ability this season. G-C won last year’s meeting 42-27.
Knightstown (3-1, 3-1 MIFC) at Eastern Hancock (4-0, 3-0 MIFC)
For the first time since the WRAC dissolved a few years back, the Plow Share & Anvil trophy matchup is a conference game again. Knightstown has bounced back nicely after falling to Indian Creek in Week 1, winning three straight conference games under new head coach (and G-C grad) Kevin Miller. The Panthers have beaten Hagerstown, South Decatur and North Decatur in back-to-back weeks. But the Royals have been very good, averaging 45.5 points per game for their best start since the 1998 team started 8-0. Logan Splater threw for 186 yards and Spencer Gilbert ran for 214 and had 114 receiving in a 52-27 win over Milan last week. The Panthers have won five straight games in the series.