Football games on Friday night
The high school football season reaches week six as all three local teams play on Friday night.
Greencastle (5-0, 2-0) at Sullivan (4-1, 1-1) — Sullivan will try to celebrate homecoming at the expense of Greencastle when the Tiger Cubs make their way to Sportland Field for a Western Indiana Conference game.
Last season, the teams split two meetings. Sullivan won 41-10 at home in the conference game, but Greencastle won the sectional game 14-0 on a muddy track in Putnam County.
The Tiger Cubs average over 200 yards rushing per game. They are led by Damon Moody, who has 905 yards on 142 carries and seven TDs.
Brayden Baxter has tossed for 420 yards, completing 27 0f 41 throws. He has four TDs and just one interception.
“We have to get ready to play a really good team," said Sullivan coach Blaine Powell. "Everybody remembers what happened in sectional, but that was last year.
"We have to prepare to be a tough, physical team."
The Arrows dominated last week, winning at South Vermillion 42-12.
Jack Conner was 23 of 30 for 331 yards and four scores. Jake Skinner rushed for two TDs and caught a 59-yard touchdown from Conner.
But it was the defense Powell was impressed with.
"Their varsity offense only had three yards on 11 carries," said Powell. "I was very happy with our defense.”
Homecoming festivities will take place before the game with the kickoff set for 7 p,m,
This series dates back to 1961, but includes a gap from 1993-2014.
GHS won the first meeting 41-10, but Sullivan has a 13-8 advantage.
The two teams have split four postseason meetings.
North Central (5-0) at Maconaquah (4-1) — For the second straight year, the Thunderbirds and Braves will face each other on the gridiron. Last year, North Central won 24-20 at Farmersburg.
This season, Maconaquah has started the season with a 4-1 record under new coach Austin Colby.
They are averaging 31.8 points per game, allowing 11.2.
Their only loss was a 22-20 decision at Lewis Cass. They have wins over North Miami, Whitko, Wabash and Peru.
Nolan Kelly is the quarterback in their run-first offense
Kelly has completed 18 of 38 passes, good for 252 yards. He has tossed one touchdown and three interceptions.
Zack Bullock leads a balanced attack with 346 yards rushing on 45 attempts with two scores.
Jared Blake has five TDs and 325 yards on 36 rushes.
Carter Little has 36 carries for 281 yards and five TDs.
Collin Silvers leads the Braves with seven rushing scores. He has 36 carries for 200 yards.
"They are a very big and physical team," said North Central coach Travis Nolting. "We are going to have to do a better job of being physical than we were at times with North Knox.
"We will have to deal with the long bus ride and being focused and ready to play."
The Thunderbirds, who score 44.5 points and allow 15, are rushing for 450-plus yards per carry.
Dawson Basinger is among the state leaders in rushing yards and TDs. He now has 1,418 yards and 20 total touchdowns.
He had over 300 yards on 24 carries in a 46-26 win over North Knox last week.
Quarterback Ty Thompson threw for two TDs — one to Basinger and the other to Isaac Bonacorsi.
"Who said we can't throw," said Nolting. "Ty is healthy after having some shoulder issues.
"He put the ball on the money a couple of times. That just makes us harder to defend."
Blake Chatman has missed the last two games after having bone chips removed from his ankle. He said his recovery is ahead of schedule and he hopes to play this week. Kegan Ennen has filled in for Chatman.
Kickoff in Bunker Hill is set for 8 p.m.
Riverton Parke (0-5) at Dugger Union (0-3) — The Panthers and Bulldogs are both looking for win No. 1 when Riverton Parke makes the trip from Mecca to Sullivan County.
Brad Sanders is in his second season in charge of the Panthers after posting a 3-7 mark last year.
Points have been at a premium for both squads. Riverton Parke scored six against Fountain Central and North Vermillion, 18 against Seeger and were shut out against Attica and South Vermillion.
The Bulldogs have been blanked twice and scored eight points against Anderson Prep Academy in starting 0-3. They had an open date when Wood Memorial dropped football this year and their game with Southside Home School was canceled because of torrential rainfall.
Dugger Union is coming off of a 57-0 loss at Parke Heritage last week.
Griffin Lyman leads the Panthers as he has rushed 96 times for 516 yards, a 5.4 average per carry.
He also has scored three TDs.
Quarterback Brandon Hazard has completed 14 of 39 passes for 55 yards.
He has yet to throw a touchdown and has seven interceptions.
Lyman and Keaton Allen each have seven receptions.
Riverton Parke won the last meeting 30-12 in 2013. The Panthers lead the series, which dates back to 1987, 9-6
Kickoff at Dugger is set for 7 p.m.