Columbus East at Madison
Game time: 7 p.m.
Records: Columbus East 5-1 (4-0 HHC), Floyd Central 1-5 (0-4 HHC)
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Last week’s games: East beat Floyd Central 55-7, Madison lost at New Albany 37-0
Last year’s meeting: East won 49-0 at East
Coaches: Bob Gaddis is 295-134 in his 39th year, including 177-34 in his 17th year at East; Patric Morrison is 13-34 in his fifth year at Madison
Key players: Columbus East QB Josh Major, RB Jamon Hogan, TE Tyler Thomas, OT Zach Clark, CB Jonah Wichman, S Ethan Summa; Madison QB Bryce Foy, RB-LB Carson Howser, WR Hunter Ferris
What to watch for: Two teams going in opposite directions will meet. The Class 5A No. 4 Olympians have won four in a row. The Cubs have lost five in a row since a season-opening 54-22 win against Crawford County. Madison has scored only 41 points since that game. East, meanwhile, is averaging 64 points over its past three contests.
Prediction: Columbus East 63, Madison 0
Perry Meridian at Columbus North
Game time: 7 p.m.
Records: Perry Meridian 0-6 (0-4 CI), Columbus North 5-1 (3-1 CI)
Last week’s games: Perry Meridian lost at Bloomington North 34-24, Columbus North won 38-14 at Terre Haute North
Last year’s meeting: Columbus North won 41-13 at Perry Meridian
Coaches: Matt Henninger is 3-13 in his second year at Perry Meridian; Tim Bless is 130-89 in his 20th year, including 118-80 in his 18th year at Columbus North
Key players: Columbus North QB Trenton Kelley, RB Cortez Bandy, WR Jaylen Flemmons, WR Tristan Bailey, WR/CB J.D. Harris, OT/DT Logan Abbott; Perry Meridian QB Brooks Davis, RB Franklin Hammond, WR Dandre Miles, LB Tre Breazeil, K Nick Vaux
What to watch for: Bless, who tied Max Andress for the Bull Dogs’ all-time coaching victories record last week, can break it tonight against a Falcons team that is still searching for its first win of the season. Perry Meridian hasn’t had a winning season since 2003, but it has played close games with North most of those years.
Prediction: Columbus North 56, Perry Meridian 0
Other area games:
Seymour at Jennings County, 7 p.m.
Brown County at Edgewood, 7 p.m.
Eastern Greene at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.
Switzerland County at South Decatur, 7 p.m.
Next week’s games:
Columbus East at Jeffersonville, 7 p.m.
Jennings County at Floyd Central, 7 p.m.
Owen Valley at Brown County, 7 p.m.
Edinburgh at Wes-Del, 7 p.m.
Oldenburg Academy at South Decatur, 7 p.m.
Indianapolis Shortridge at Trinity Lutheran, 7 p.m.
Columbus North vs. Bloomington South at Lucas Oil Stadium, 8:15 p.m.