COACHES: Tony Sonsini, 4-9 in 2nd year at Richmond. James Bell, 2-2 in 1st year at Marion.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Marion, 54.65, 124th overall, 30th in 4A. Richmond, 34.92, 205th overall, 46th in 4A.
LAST OUTING: Richmond lost to Muncie Central, 47-41. Marion defeated Anderson, 49-0.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Richmond 8-2. Marion 8-8.
RECENT SERIES: Richmond, 18-17
LAST MEETING: Marion, 63-7, Sep. 20, 2019: Marion scored 42 first quarter points in routing the Red Devils 63-7. Giants QB Keshaun Taylor threw for three scores and 207 yards. RB Khalid Stamps averaged 18.9 yards per carry gaining 132 yards on seven attempts. RHS QB Drew VanVleet was about all Richmond had on offense with 105 passing yards and the only score through the air.
Heading into this game Richmond will look to snap a three game losing streak after dropping a 47-41 NCC contest at home against Muncie Central. VanVleet had a career night against the Bearcats throwing for six scores and 271 yards. WR Marquis Johnson had five receptions for 131 yards and two TD. John Carter also added two scores on five receptions. Richmond’s defense will have to step it up Friday night after giving up 548 yards of total offense against Muncie Central.
The Giants have won two straight after losses to Eastbrook 39-18 and Lawrence North 70-14. Marion got by Kokomo 7-6 and then beat Anderson last week 49-0. Khalid Stamps rushed for 262 yards and scored twice in the win. The Giants rushed for 347 yards. Richmond will have to slow down a Giants rushing attack that is averaging 202.5 yards per contest led by Stamps (169.0 yards per game). Zaimar Barnett will be another threat for the Giants (97.0) as will Malachi Silmon (5.6ypc and 3 TD).
ELSEWHERE IN THE NCC
Anderson (0-4) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (2-2)
COACHES: Ron Qualls, 4-21 in 3rd year at Anderson, 99-83 in 17th year overall. Terry Peebles, 40-29 in 7th year at Harrison.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Harrison, 73.32, 50th overall, 12th in 5A. Anderson, 22.75, 248th overall, 32nd in 5A.
LAST OUTING: Anderson lost to Marion, 49-0. Harrison lost to Lafayette Jeff, 76-55.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Anderson 10-5. Harrison 9-7.
RECENT SERIES: Harrison, 8-0
LAST MEETING: Harrison, 35-0, Nov. 1, 2019, sectional.
Kokomo (2-2) at Lafayette Jeff (4-0)
COACHES: Austin Colby, 2-2 in 1st year at Kokomo, 18-8 in 3rd year overall. Pat Shanley, 38-8 in 5th year at Lafayette Jeff.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Lafayette Jeff, 89.48, 12th overall, 10th in 6A. Kokomo, 50.38, 142nd overall, 24th in 5A.
LAST OUTING: Kokomo defeated McCutcheon, 28-23. Lafayette Jeff defeated Harrison (West Lafayette), 76-55.
VS. COMMON FOES: Kokomo 1-0; Lafayette Jeff 1-0.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Kokomo 6-10. Lafayette Jeff 5-11.
RECENT SERIES: Lafayette Jeff, 18-12
LAST MEETING: Lafayette Jeff, 55-3, Sep. 20, 2019.
Logansport (1-3) at McCutcheon (0-4)
COACHES: Mike Johnson, 14-30 in 5th year at Logansport, 228-108 in 30th year overall. Ken Frauhiger, 57-84 in 14th year at McCutcheon.
SAGARIN RATINGS: McCutcheon, 44.7, 164th overall, 27th in 5A. Logansport, 31.37, 219th overall, 50th in 4A.
LAST OUTING: Logansport lost to Indianapolis Tech, 14-6. McCutcheon lost to Kokomo, 28-23.
COACHES: Kyle Padgett, 22-22 in 5th year at Centerville. Andrew Tetheroh, 21-26 in 5th year at Tri.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Centerville, 57.47, 114th overall, 17th in 2A. Tri, 38.14, 194th overall, 19th in 1A.
LAST OUTING: Centerville defeated Winchester, 35-7. Tri defeated Wes-Del, 51-16.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Centerville 3-10. Tri 5-10.
SERIES LAST 35 YEARS: Centerville, 18-11
LAST MEETING: Tri, 34-21, Sep. 20, 2019: The Titans got off to a fast start leading the Bulldogs 21 – 7 at the half. Tri QB Syrus Butler helped lead a balanced attack with 95 yards passing and a touchdown. The Titans running game was effective all night long rushing for 254 yards and scoring for touchdowns, 3 by Butler. Tri finished the night with 349 yards of total offense while the Bulldogs could muster up just 169. Centerville running back Devin Frazier led the ground attack with 71 yards and two scores. QB Ryan Dickenson went 5 – 13 for 101 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Entering this contest both teams will look to run the football with Centerville averaging 206.8 yards per game led by Jamari Pamplin with 360 rushing yards this season. Dickenson is second on the team and rushing with 206 yards. Dickenson has been effective in the air averaging 85.3 yards per game and six scores. Meanwhile, the Titans have three running backs with over 200 yards rushing this season. They are led by Senior Vade Dishman with 423 yards and three touchdowns. Fellow Senior Tyler Kingery has added 415 yards and three scores. Senior Luke Hill is a nice complement with 216 yards and three touchdowns. The Titans are averaging 355.8 yards total offense per game this season. The Bulldogs have outscored their conference opponents this season 139-13.
Eastern Hancock (2-2) at Knightstown (3-0)
COACHES: Doug Armstrong, 13-12 in 3rd year at Eastern Hancock, 110-91 in 19th year overall. Chad Montgomery, 18-6 in 3rd year at Knightstown.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Eastern Hancock, 47.29, 154th overall, 24th in 2A. Knightstown, 26.88, 236th overall, 30th in 1A.
LAST OUTING: Eastern Hancock lost to Heritage Christian, 56-21. Knightstown defeated Union City, 13-8.
LAST MEETING: Eastern Hancock, 46-27, Sep. 20, 2019: In a game that wrapped up 907 yards of total offense, Eastern Hancock beat the Panthers 46 – 27. Royals quarterback Houston Swan threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Panthers were led on offense by running back Nick Walsh who rushed for 247 yards and three scores. Knightstown will rely on its rushing attack again in this matchup led by Ben Newby with 398 yards, averaging 132.7 yards per game. QB Chase Richmond has thrown for just 178 yards this season. Royals quarterback Houston Swan will look to put the football in the air once again averaging 294 yards passing in four games. Swan is already thrown for 15 touchdowns this season.
Hagerstown (0-4) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-1)
COACHES: Scott Snodgrass, 55-47 in 10th year at Hagerstown, 64-107 in 17th year overall. Phil Renforth, 55-131 in 19th year at Lincoln.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Lincoln, 19.65, 259th overall, 38th in 1A. Hagerstown, 11.2, 286th overall, 48th in 1A.
LAST OUTING: Hagerstown lost to Union County, 40-21. Lincoln lost to Centerville, 48-6.
VS. COMMON FOES: Hagerstown 0-1; Lincoln 0-1.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Hagerstown 9-4. Lincoln 3-1.
RECENT SERIES: Hagerstown, 37-7
LAST MEETING: Hagerstown, 20-0, Sep. 20, 2019: Hagerstown broke open a scoreless game at halftime by scoring all 20 points in the second half in the 20 – 0 win. Hagerstown quarterback Noah Snodgrass went 17 – 26 for 234 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Tigers outgained the Golden Eagles 337 – 138. Lincoln quarterback Alex Bertsch went 5-19 for 128 passing yards. Hagerstown has used two QB’s this season with Snodgrass throwing for 242 yards and Senior Dom Anderson with 314. Snodgrass has rushed or 256 yards. Senior RB Sam Houck leads the Tigers with 268 yards.
Lincoln last played on August 21 in a loss to Centerville 48-6. Alex Bertsch is 8-14-33yards on the season. RB Alex Hokey leads the Golden Eagles in rushing with 83 yards.
Northeastern (0-4) at Union City (1-2)
COACHES: Wes Oler, 7-7 in 2nd year at Northeastern. Keith Maloy, 41-46 in 9th year at Union City.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Union City, 19.16, 261st overall, 40th in 1A. Northeastern,-1.06, 306th overall, 58th in 2A.
LAST OUTING: Northeastern lost to Monroe Central, 49-0. Union City lost to Knightstown, 13-8.
VS. COMMON FOES: Northeastern 0-1; Union City 0-1.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Northeastern 8-5. Union City 6-5.
RECENT SERIES: Union City, 21-17
LAST MEETING: Northeastern, 28-17, Sep. 20, 2019: Union City attempted a 4th quarter comeback but fell short losing 28-17. Knights RB Shane Berry led the Northeastern offensive attack with 165 yards on the ground and Sophomore QB Ashton Martin threw for 120 yards and 2 scores. Northeastern outgained the Indians 371-206. Indians QB Hunter Reagan went 5-11 for 38 yards. RB Jayden Hindsley rushed for 93 yards and 2 scores. The Knights have struggled this season on both sides of the football. On offense, Northeastern is averaging only 205.0 yards per game (47.8 passing, 157.3 rushing). QB Carson Terrell is 13-45-191yards and 1 TD (6int). Terrell also has 121 yards on the ground. Ashton Martin leads the Knights on the ground with 182 yards. Alex Mikesell has 148.
Indians QB Hunter Reagan is one of the leaders in the TEC in passing with 281 yards. RB Blayne Daniels is the Indians leading rusher with 164 yards and 4 TD.
Union County (2-1) at Winchester (1-3)
COACHES: Joel Hofmann, 13-20 in 4th year at Union County. Mike Jones, 52-40 in 9th year at Winchester.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Winchester, 36, 202nd overall, 35th in 2A. Union County, 27.37, 234th overall, 42nd in 2A.
LAST OUTING: Union County defeated Hagerstown, 40-21. Winchester lost to Centerville, 35-7.
VS. COMMON FOES: Union County 1-0; Winchester 1-0.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Union County 3-8. Winchester 9-6.
RECENT SERIES: Winchester, 27-8
LAST MEETING: Winchester, 36-7, Sep. 20, 2019: Winchester opened a 24 – 0 lead at halftime and went on to beat the Patriots 36 – 7. The match-up this season could be much different with Patriots QB Zach Hill healthy and RB Mason Wicker leading the conference in rushing (513 yards, 171.0 ypg, 189.0 ypg total offense). Hill is averaging 112.3 yards passing per game (second in the TEC). The Golden Falcons are led by QB Brayden Tippett (331 passing yards) and RB Kollin Orr (309 rushing yards). Winchester will also rely on defensive standouts Trenton Edwards (9.8tpg) and Brayden Jenkins (8.8tpg). Edwards has 27 solo tackles on the season (Sixth in the TEC). Also look for Parker Sheets who has 16 assists (Sixth in the TEC).