TURNING THE CORNER Friday’s Week 5 matchups

Class 6A No. 1 Center Grove vs. North Central, 6 p.m., at Lucas Oil Stadium

Center Grove Trojans (4-0)

Head coach: Eric Moore, 17th season at Center Grove (151-54), 21st overall (199-59)

Last week: Won 31-19 against visiting Ben Davis

Conference: Metropolitan Interscholastic

Players to watch: Cameron Tidd, Sr., DL; Jovan Swann, Sr., DL; Devin Wilson, Sr., DL; Zach Wells, Jr., DL; Dan Root, Jr., DL; Connor Steeb, Sr., DB; Will Smithey, Sr., DB; Bailey Bennett, Jr., LB; Jackson Sodrel, Sr., LB; Nick Davis, Jr., OL; Clay Hadley, Jr., OL; Chris Barnett, Sr., OL; John Richardson, Sr., OL; Joey Siderewicz, Sr., QB; Zak Smith, Sr., WR; Quinten Stirsman, Sr., WR; Cory Heinrichs, So., TE; Titus McCoy, Jr., RB; Trevor Hohlt, Jr., RB; Nathanael Snyder, Sr., K; Drew Conrad, Sr., P.

North Central Panthers (0-4)

Head coach: Kevin Kreinhagen, second season (0-14)

Last week: Lost 34-21 against visiting Lawrence North

Conference: Metropolitan Interscholastic

Outlook: Center Grove lived up to its No. 1 ranking with last week’s convincing win against defending Class 6A state champion Ben Davis.

By contrast, North Central has lost 15 straight games, dating to 2013. The Panthers have lost the last three meetings against the Trojans.

Class 5A No. 6 Whiteland at Avon, 7 p.m.

Whiteland Warriors (3-1)

Head coach: Darrin Fisher, 11th season at Whiteland (77-43), 25th overall (138-115)

Last week: Won 48-20 at Franklin

Conference: Mid-State

Players to watch: Brandon Patterson, Sr., RB; Anthony Schantz, Jr., RB; Jace Carpenter, Jr., QB; Tyler Johnson, Sr., OL; Jake Sayer, Sr., OL; Austin Bates, Sr., OL; Chase Jones, Sr., DB; Djimmon Ogega, Sr., DB; Ryder Emberton, Jr., DL; Braxton Short, Sr., DL; Quetin Truex, Sr., LB; Jacob Walters, Sr., LB; Jacob Ballain, Jr., K/P.

Avon Orioles (2-2)

Head coach: Mark Bless, sixth season at Avon (42-20), 26th overall (191-87)

Conference: Hoosier Crossroads

Last week: Won 56-21 against visiting Brownsburg

Outlook: Coming off a convincing victory against Mid-State Conference and county rival Franklin, the Warriors enter on a two-game win streak but face a formidable challenge at Class 6A Avon.

The host Orioles are coming off a lopsided win against against Class 6A Brownsburg and won last year’s meetings against the Warriors, 38-12.

Directions: Take I-65 north to I-465 west. Take the U.S. 40/Washington St. exit (Exit 12) and turn left onto U.S. 40; follow to Ronald Reagan Parkway and turn right; follow to County Road 200/County Road 1050 and turn left; follow to County Road 200; enter roundabout and take first exit onto South Dan Jones Road; follow to Oriole Way and turn left; school is at 7575 E. County Road 150.

Franklin at Martinsville, 7 p.m.

Franklin Grizzly Cubs (0-4)

Head coach: Adam Reese, third season (8-16)

Conference: Mid-State

Last week: Lost 48-20 against visiting Whiteland

Conference: Mid-State

Players to watch: T.J. Ahlefeld, Jr., QB; Phoenix Campos, Sr., RB; Tyler Fromer, So., FB; Gabriel Terriquez, Sr., OL; Skylar Marshall, So., OL; Alex VanDyke, Jr., OL/DL; Gavin Eason, So., OL; Garrett Eason, So., C; Zach Dowell, Sr., LB; Alex Blackwell, Sr., DB; Jacob Lamping, Jr., DL; Lane Voris, Jr., DB.

Martinsville Artesians (0-4)

Head coach: Brad Rose, second season (7-8)

Conference: Mid-State

Last week: Lost 49-14 at Decatur Central

Outlook: Both teams have struggled and are looking for their first win of the season.

Martinsville has won 10 straight against the Grizzly Cubs

Directions: Take State Road 37 to State Road 252 west into Martinsville. Go into town and turn left on John Wooden Drive, which goes to the high school.

Greenwood at Plainfield, 7 p.m.

Greenwood Woodmen (3-1)

Head coach: Mike Campbell, 10th season (46-56)

Last week: Won 23-7 against visiting Mooresville

Conference: Mid-State

Players to watch: John Gallman, Sr., RB; Brandon Rosado, So., FB; Seth Gallman, So, QB; Kyle Nixon, Sr., OL; Thomas Bowling, Jr., C; Jackson Daugherty, Sr., WR/DB; Anthony Carver, Sr., WR/DB; Brayton England, Sr., LB; A.J. Montgomery, Jr., LB; Patrick Lowenstein, Sr., DL; Jordan Anderson, Sr., DL; Dylan Rosado, Jr., DB; Will Wolf, Jr., DB; Spencer Schmidt, Jr., K; Damon Maynard, Jr., P.

Plainfield Quakers (3-1)

Head coach: Brian Woodard, 10th season (61-43)

Last week: Won 21-17 at Roncalli

Conference: Mid-State

Outlook: Both teams are looking to stay unbeaten in the conference race. Whiteland is the only other undefeated team inside the Mid-State.

Greenwood, off to its best start since 2012, won last year’s meeting against the Quakers, 21-10.

Directions: Take Interstate 65 north to I-465 west to I-70 west to Plainfield exit, which is State Road 267. Go north on State Road 267 to first stop light, which is Hadley Road. Take a left onto Hadley, and the school is at the first stoplight to the right.

Indian Creek at Brown County, 7 p.m.

Indian Creek Braves (1-2)

Head coach: Mike Gillin, 15th season at Indian Creek (127-39), 37th overall (293-111)

Last week: Lost 52-21 at Clinton-Massie (Ohio)

Conference: Mid-Indiana Football

Players to watch: Gynson Robley, Sr., QB; Bryce Hogue, Jr., WR/DB; Austin Coy, Sr., WR/LB; Elijah Dunn, Sr., RB/WR; Isaiah Lacey, Fr., WR/DB; Brandon Dunn, So., RB/DB; Joey Willis, So., RB; Nick Clevenger, Sr., OL/DL; Noah Maness, Jr., OL/DL; Hunter Pottoroff, Sr., DL; Joe Clevenger, LB; Grant GoForth, So., LB; Austin Worth, So., LB; Jordan Summers, Sr., DB; Brad Trietsch, So., DB.

Brown County Eagles (1-3)

Head coach: Ethan Schreiber, third season (7-18)

Last week: Lost 59-7 at North Putnam

Conference: Western Indiana

Outlook: Braves, who are on a three-game losing streak, are looking for a spark after an uncharacteristic 1-3 start.

Brown County is also on a three-game skid and looking to break an 11-game losing streak against the Braves. The Eagles’ last win against Indian Creek was in 2003.

Directions: Take State Road 135/252 west to Morgantown and then follow State Road 135 south through Nashville. The school is on the left just before you get to the traffic signal at State Road 46.

Switzerland County at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.

Edinburgh Lancers (0-4)

Head coach: Derrick Ball, first season (0-4)

Last week: Lost 55-0 at South Decatur

Conference: Independent

Players to watch: Bobby Simpson, Sr., QB; Jentry Lange, Sr., QB/DB; Shane Smith, Sr., RB/DE; Marcus Ruch, Sr., WR/DB; Carigan St. Pierre, Sr., OL/DL; Sean Bacha, Jr., OL; Noah Martin, Jr., OL; Grant Godsey, Fr., DB; Zach Giles, Fr., DL; Bryce Burton, Fr., DB.

Switzerland County Pacers (0-4)

Head coach: Ryan Jesop, first year

Last week: Lost 28-14 against visiting Eminence (Kentucky)

Conference: Independent

Outlook: Lancers continue to look for traction, on both sides of the ball, as well as their first win. They have been shut out three straight weeks and give up 50 points per game on defense.

Roncalli vs. Class 2A No. 10 Scecina at Tech High School

Roncalli Rebels (1-3)

Head coach: Bruce Scifres, 26th season, 225-86

Last week: Lost 21-17 against visiting Plainfield

Conference: Independent

Players to watch: Nate Fries, Sr., RB; Robbie Strader, Sr., QB; Louie Hibner, Sr., OL; Garrett Shura, Sr., OL; Tyler Reed, Sr., DL; Tyler Lucas, Sr., DL; Jake Franklin, Sr., LB; Nate Eble, Sr., LB; Gabe Otley, Sr., LB; Caleb Bowling, Sr., DB; Justin Saylor, Sr., DB.

Scecina Crusaders (3-1)

Head coach: Ott Hurle, 24th season at Scecina (157-119), 26th overall (158-128)

Last week: Lost 28-21 at Beech Grove

Conference: Independent

Outlook: Roncalli began the year ranked No. 4 in Class 4A but, mired in a three-game losing streak, has fallen out of the top 10.

Directions: Take I-65 north to Market Street exit. Go right on Market Street to Arsenal Street (Market Street will run into Arsenal Street). Arsenal will lead directly into the front gate.