Royals face familiar foe

Eastern Hancock (0-0) at Northeastern (0-0)

GAME TIME: 7 p.m., Northeastern field.

COACHES: Jim O’Hara, 11-4 in 2nd year at Eastern Hancock, 98-52 in 14th year overall. Mike Roeder, 89-106 in 19th year at Northeastern.

LAST YEAR’S SAGARIN RATINGS: Northeastern, 58.12, 107th overall, 5th in Class 2A. Eastern Hancock, 54.46, 128th overall, 9th in Class 2A.

SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Eastern Hancock, 5-2.

LAST MEETING: Eastern Hancock, 21-20, Nov. 7, 2014, sectional championship.

NOTES: The Eastern Hancock Royals enter the 2015 season ranked No. 11 in Class 2A after being bumped up due to the tournament success factor … In 2014 Eastern Hancock finished 10-3 and 4-1 in the Mid-Indiana Football Conference … Northeastern beat the Royals 34-6 in the season-opener for both teams last year … Eastern Hancock lost quarterback Austin Lacy to graduation … Lacy threw for 1,490 yards and 13 touchdowns last season … Also gone is Royals running back Cooper Henderson, who ran for 1,057 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2014 … for Northeastern, quarterback Joey Claypoole graduated after throwing for 2,100 yards and 26 touchdowns … Defensively, Northeastern collected 28 sacks in 2014.