Eastern Hancock (2-4) at Wes-Del (1-4)
GAME TIME: 7 p.m., Paul Parker Field.
COACHES: Pat Echeverria, 5-11 in 2nd year at Eastern Hancock. Steve Yencer, 7-28 in 4th year at Wes-Del.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Eastern Hancock, 40.55, 199th overall, 18th in Class 1A. Wes-Del, 3.81, 308th overall, 54th in Class 1A.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Eastern Hancock 20-16, Wes-Del 13-17.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Eastern Hancock, 12-3.
LAST MEETING: Eastern Hancock, 27-6, Sep. 30, 2011.
OUTLOOK: Sometimes the sands of time work in funny ways. Last season, the Royals entered their tilt with Wes-Del losers of four in a row and responded with a 27-6 victory, limiting the Warriors to 115 yards of offense in the process. Fast forward a year, and the blue-and-white will have that same opportunity Friday in Delaware County. Look for EH running back Spencer Gilbert to play a prominent role — he rushed for a career-high 261 yards in last season’s meeting.
Greenfield-Central (3-3) at Mt. Vernon (5-1)
GAME TIME: 7:30 p.m., Mt. Vernon Field.
CONFERENCE RECORDS: G-C 2-2 HHC; MV 4-0 HHC
COACHES: Roger Dodson, 26-44 in 7th year at Greenfield-Central, 90-103 in 20th year overall. Doug Armstrong, 10-6 in 2nd year at Mt. Vernon, 62-62 in 12th year overall.
SAGARIN RATINGS: Mt. Vernon, 72.5, 52nd overall, 10th in Class 4A. Greenfield-Central, 44.51, 179th overall, 43rd in Class 4A.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Greenfield-Central 14-22, Mt. Vernon 17-19.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Mt. Vernon, 10-5.
LAST MEETING: Greenfield-Central, 6-0, overtime, Sep. 30, 2011.
OUTLOOK: Something has to give Part I: Mt. Vernon has scored 52, 55, 58 and 42 points in its first four HHC games. G-C shutout MV last season (6-0, OT) and surrerendered just six points in the team’s 2010 matchup, prevailing in both meetings. Something has to give Part II: The Cougars totaled for 212 passing yards last week against Rushville, by far the team’s highest total of the season. The Marauder defense has 11 interceptions in 2012, including a county-best four by defensive back Alec Lohman. Something has to give Part III: G-C has the HHC traveling helmet. MV wants it. The winner walks off the field with old school headgear.
New Palestine (2-4) at Shelbyville (2-4)
GAME TIME: 7 p.m. ET, McKeand Field.
CONFERENCE RECORDS: NP 1-3 HHC; 2-2 HHC
COACHES: Charlie Hill, 2-4 in 1st year at New Palestine. Patrick Parks, 90-98 in 18th year at Shelbyville.
SAGARIN RATINGS: New Palestine, 54.29, 128th overall, 31st in Class 4A. Shelbyville, 43.81, 182nd overall, 45th in Class 4A.
OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: New Palestine 19-17, Shelbyville 21-15.
SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Shelbyville, 8-7.
LAST MEETING: New Palestine, 49-13, Sep. 30, 2011.
OUTLOOK: Following its surprise victory over Pendleton Heights on Sept. 8 at Lucas Oil Stadium, Shelbyville has dropped consecutive games to Hancock County teams (Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon) by a combined score of 84-27. Meanwhile, New Palestine has already lost as many games this season as it did in past two seasons combined (three). The Dragons have won the past two meetings 49-13 and 31-6. Expect a much closer margin Friday.