Week 9 Football Breakdown

New Castle (3-5) at Greenfield-Central (4-4)

GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m., Cougar Stadium

COACHES: Will Ragle, 6-33 in fourth year at New Castle, 6-43 in 5th year overall. Adam Sherman, 4-4 in first year at Greenfield-Central.

MOST RECENT OUTING: New Castle lost to New Palestine, 56-7. Greenfield-Central lost to Delta, 27-20.

SERIES PAST 30 YEARS: Greenfield-Central, 15-4.

NOTES: Greenfield-Central fell 27-20 to Delta last week despite a comeback effort that fell just short. … With a win against New Castle, the Cougars will secure their ninth winning season in school history, according to head coach Adam Sherman. … It also will be the team’s first since 2011. … Quarterback Andrew Leslie threw for 94 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Delta. … Senior running back Michael Sosnowski carried a bulk of the offensive load and finished with 187 yards and two scores. … He now has 1,062 yards this season. …Senior running back Skylar Gary (800 yards rushing) did not play last week. … New Castle lost to Class 5A No. 2 New Palestine last week in a blowout. … The Trojans have just two Hoosier Heritage Conference wins including victories against Yorktown (17-12) and Pendleton Heights (15-14). … New Castle junior quarterback Niah Williamson has thrown for 809 yards to go with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. … Junior Nic Broyles lead five running backs with more than 100 yards this season for the Trojans with 471 yards. … He also has five total touchdowns and is second on the team in receiving. … Sophomore Luke Bumbalough leads the team through the air with 536 yards and six scores.

Mt. Vernon (5-3) at Yorktown (2-6)

GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m., Tiger Stadium.

COACHES: Doug Armstrong, 42-22 in sixth year at Mt. Vernon, 94-78 in 16th year overall. Mike Wilhelm, 68-62 in 12th year at Yorktown.

MOST RECENT OUTING: Mt. Vernon defeated Shelbyville, 28-21. Yorktown defeated Pendleton Heights, 17-14, overtime.

SERIES PAST 30 YEARS: Mt. Vernon, 19-10.

NOTES: Mt. Vernon fell behind early to then Class 4A No. 10 Shelbyville last Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium but used a strong effort from junior quarterback Zac Montgomery to earn the win. … Montgomery finished with four passing scores, including two in the final three minutes of the game. … The Marauders defense held Golden Bears quarterback John Lux to just one passing touchdown in the second half. … Montgomery now has 1,332 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this year. … Senior running back Eric Jones paces the rushing attack with 627 yards. … Four different receivers have more than 100 yards receiving for the Marauders led by senior Alex Barnett (388). … Yorktown used overtime to defeat Pendleton Heights last week, 17-14, for the team’s first HHC win. … The Tigers also beat Anderson 35-33 this year. … Senior quarterback Brogan Miller has put up solid numbers in his final season. … He has 1,258 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions… Senior Dawson Allen leads a rather lackluster rush attack with 374 yards and four scores. … Junior Jordan Spangler has been a compliment to Allen and has over 300 yards, as well. … Junior Brandt Applegate looks to be the most dangerous Yorktown receiver with 650 yards this season to go with four touchdowns.

Delta (5-3) at New Palestine (8-0)

GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m., Kelso Stadium

COACHES: Chris Overholt, 5-3 in first year at Delta. Kyle Ralph, 49-2 in fourth year at New Palestine.

MOST RECENT OUTING: Delta defeated Greenfield-Central, 27-20. New Palestine defeated New Castle, 56-7.

SERIES PAST 30 YEARS: Delta, 14-8.

NOTES: New Palestine is in search of its fourth straight undefeated regular season under head coach Kyle Ralph. … Last week’s win against New Castle was the team’s 35th consecutive regular-season win, which is the 11th longest in state history. … Senior running back DuRon Ford leads the state with 28 touchdowns this season and has gained 1,593 yards on the ground. … Senior Gunnar Large leads all quarterbacks in Class 5A with a 132.9 rating at his position (QBR). … The Red Rage defense has 16 interceptions this season… Senior Brady Walden leads the team with four picks… Delta freshman Charlie Spegal gets the largest load on offense for the Eagles and has gained 1,225 rushing yards this season. … He has 12 scores on the ground, while quarterback Tanner Lambert, a senior, has 10. … Lambert has 765 passing yards and eight touchdowns this year. … He threw for 178 yards in the win against Greenfield-Central last week, which was his most this season. … One of Lambert’s favorite targets is 6-foot-5 senior wide receiver Adam Haynes… Haynes has 209 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

Eastern Hancock (4-4) at Lapel (5-3)

GAME TIME: 7 p.m., Boneyard.

COACHES: Jim O’Hara, 24-8 in third year at Eastern Hancock, 111-56 in 15th year overall. Tim Miller, 20-32 in fifth year at Lapel.

MOST RECENT OUTING: Eastern Hancock lost to Shenandoah, 30-25. Lapel defeated Knightstown, 61-6.

SERIES PAST 30 YEARS: Eastern Hancock, 22-7.

NOTES: Senior running back Devin Denny rushed for 151 yards and three scores at Lucas Oil Stadium last Saturday. … Eastern Hancock outscored Shenandoah 13-0 in the fourth quarter but fell just short. …Senior manager Michael Rumler, a special needs student, scored his first touchdown with the team at the end of the loss. … Junior quarterback Jarett Lewis threw for 132 yards and a touchdown. … He has 1,398 total passing yards and 15 scores this season. … Denny leads the team with 14 total touchdowns. … Lapel is on a two-game winning streak and beat Knightstown 61-6 last week. … Junior quarterback Levi Frazier has had a solid year in the passing game, throwing for 1,753 yards and 11 touchdowns. … Four players have over 200 rushing yards in a balanced attack led by junior Dawson Phillips. … He has 614 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground. … Four other players in addition to Phillips have four or more scores this season. … Shenandoah beat the Bulldogs 24-18 in Week 4. … Last season, Eastern Hancock won 26-0.

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Kris Mills is a sports reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 317-477-3230 or kmills@greenfieldreporter.com.