Friday Night Lights

Seymour at Columbus East

Game time: 7 p.m.

Records: Columbus East 1-1, Seymour 0-2

Last week: Columbus East lost at Columbus North 30-13, Seymour lost to Jeffersonville 29-15

Last year’s meeting: Columbus East won 69-12 at Seymour

Coaches: Bob Gaddis is 278-132 in his 38th year, including 160-32 in his 16th year at East; Josh Shattuck is 25-46 in his eighth year, including 7-27 in his fourth year at Seymour

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; Seymour QB Alan Perry, RB Nathan O’Mara, OL/DL Nick Richert, LB/K/P Todd Kiewitt, S Evens Cribs

What to watch for: The Class 5A No. 7 Olympians will be without starting quarterback Josh Major, who sustained a concussion in last week’s loss at Columbus North. Senior Caleb Voelker takes over under center for the Olympians, who will face a Seymour team that for better every week last year after its loss to East until falling to eventual Class 4A state runner-up East Central in the sectional final.

Prediction: Columbus East 35, Seymour 13

Columbus North at Bloomington North

Game time: 7 p.m.

Records: Columbus North 2-0, Bloomington North 0-2

Last week: Columbus North beat Columbus East 30-13, Bloomington North lost at Greenfield-Central 52-35

Last year’s meeting: Columbus North won 42-6

Coaches: Tim Bless is 118-86 in his 19th year, including 106-77 in his 17th year at North; Scott Bless is 68-100 in his 17th year, including 53-70 in his 12th year at Bloomington North

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; Bloomington North QB Ben Freel, C/DL Ty Stephenson, DL Logan Calvin

What to watch for: This will be the 13th meeting between brothers Tim and Scott Bless. Tim, the youngest of three coaching brothers (oldest brother Mark coaches at Avon), owns an 8-4 record against Scott. The Cougars gave up 62 points to Columbus East in their opener and 52 to Greenfield-Central last week. The Bull Dogs are ranked No. 9 in Class 6A this week.

Prediction: Columbus North 56, Bloomington North 7

Other area games:

New Albany at Jennings County, 7 p.m.

Brown County at Cascade, 7 p.m.

South Decatur at Knightstown, 7 p.m.

Edinburgh vs. Oldenburg Academy at Mount St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

Next week’s games:

Jennings County at Columbus East, 7 p.m.

Franklin Central at Columbus North, 7 p.m.

Brown County at Indian Creek, 7 p.m.

Switzerland County at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5628.