Jennings County at Columbus East
Game time: 7 p.m.
Records: Columbus East 2-1 (1-0 HHC), Jennings County 0-3 (0-1 HHC)
Last week: Columbus East beat Seymour 56-30, Jennings County lost to New Albany 42-7
Last year’s meeting: Columbus East won 33-0 at Jennings County
Coaches: Bob Gaddis is 279-132 in his 38th year, including 161-32 in his 16th year at East; Rick Zimmerman is 23-61 in his ninth year at Jennings County
Key players: Columbus East QB Caleb Voelker, RB Jamon Hogan, WR Cam Wilson, OT Jared Clark, C/DL Harry Crider, LB T.C. O’Neal, DB Ethan Summa, DB Wade Forman; Jennings County QB Justin Rennemier, RB Ramon Becker, WR Zane Beineke, WR/DB Tucker Marsh, OT/DE Brady Shepherd, DT Brendan Sutton
What to watch for: The Class 5A No. 6 Olympians will be without starting quarterback Josh Major for a second consecutive week while he recovers from a concussion. The Panthers likely also will be without their starting quarterback. Brock Ernstes was injured on the third play of Jennings’ season opener. The Panthers also have lost running back Victor Antunez for the season because of a hip injury.
Prediction: Columbus East 49, Jennings County 17
Franklin Central at Columbus North
Game time: 7 p.m.
Records: Columbus North 3-0 (1-0 CI), Franklin Central 1-2 (0-1 CI)
Last week: Columbus North beat Bloomington North 51-11, Franklin Central lost at Bloomington South 31-7
Last year’s meeting: Columbus North won 45-21 at Franklin Central
Coaches: Tim Bless is 119-86 in his 19th year, including 107-77 in his 17th year at North; Grant Lewis is 4-9 in his second year at Franklin Central
Key players: Columbus North QB Triston Perry, RB Mitchell Burton, OT David Redding, DT Coleman Tennyson, DT Hunter Wolford, LB Tucker Payne, WR/CB J.D. Harris, WR/S Harley Huser; Franklin Central QB Jon Arnold, RB Michael Pitz, WR Wilson Huber, LB Chris Ford
What to watch for: The Bull Dogs, who moved up to No. 6 in this week’s Class 6A rankings, are third in the state among 6A teams in scoring offense (44.33), sixth in scoring defense (10.33) and third in margin of victory (34.00). Since opening the season with a win at Decatur Central, the Flashes have fallen to 4A No. 2 Roncalli and 5A No. 7 Bloomington South.
Prediction: Columbus North 52, Franklin Central 14
Other area games:
Brown County at Indian Creek, 7 p.m.
Switzerland County at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.
Milan at South Decatur, 7 p.m.
Next week’s games:
Columbus East at New Albany, 7 p.m.
Jennings County at Madison, 7 p.m.
Southside HomeSchool Brown County, 7 p.m.
South Decatur at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.
Columbus North at Terre Haute South, 7:30 p.m.