Friday Night Lights

Columbus East at Bedford North Lawrence

Game time: 7 p.m.

Records: Columbus East 7-1 (6-0 HHC), Bedford North Lawrence 4-4 (2-4 HHC)

Last week: Columbus East beat Jeffersonville 56-14, Bedford North Lawrence beat Madison 38-7

Last year’s meeting: Columbus East won 56-21

Coaches: Bob Gaddis is 284-132 in his 38th year, including 166-32 in his 16th year at East; Steve Weber is 142-54, including 14-25 in his fourth at Bedford North Lawrence

Key players: Columbus East QB Josh Major, RB Jamon Hogan, WR Cam Wilson, OT Jared Clark, C/DL Harry Crider, LB T.C. O’Neal, DB Ethan Summa, DB Wade Forman; Bedford North Lawrence QB McCall Ray, RB Austin Jovanovich, WR/K Esteban Flores, WR Drew Shoufler, LB Jackson Bartlett, DB Joe Jackson

What to watch for: With everybody else in the Hoosier Hills Conference having at least two losses, the Class 5A No. 5 Olympians already have clinched the outright title. They have won 69 consecutive conference games since falling 33-30 at Bedford in the final game of the 2006 regular season.

Prediction: Columbus East 42, Bedford North Lawrence 14

Southport at Columbus North

Game time: 7 p.m. today

Records: Southport 5-3 (5-1 CI), Columbus North 7-1 (5-1 CI)

Last week: Southport beat Bloomington North 46-6, Columbus North lost to Bloomington South 42-28

Last year’s meeting: Southport won 49-41

Coaches: Tim Bless is 123-87 in his 19th year, including 111-78 in his 17th year at North; Brandon Winters is 5-3 in his first year at Southport

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; Southport QB Eddie Schott, RB Andrew Mappes, WR Blake Evans, LB Jalen Williams, DB Keaton Moore

What to watch for: If Bloomington South would happen to stumble tonight at Perry Meridian, the winner of the North-Southport game would earn a share of the Conference Indiana title. Otherwise, this game is for second place. The Cardinals’ losses are to Class 4A No. 1 Roncalli, 5A No. 6 Westfield and 5A No. 4 Bloomington South.

Prediction: Columbus North 42, Southport 35

Other area games:

Jeffersonville at Jennings County, 7 p.m.

Brown County at South Putnam, 7 p.m.

South Decatur at Rock Creek Academy, 7 p.m.

Southside Homeschool at Edinburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Next week’s sectional games:

Columbus East at New Palestine, 7 p.m.

Madison at Jennings County, 7 p.m.

Brown County at Brownstown Central, 7 p.m.

Edinburgh at North Decatur, 7 p.m.