High school football kicks off with big numbers, expectations

Friday night football is back. We’ve got your complete guide to the games and the season ahead. Here are the highlights:

Center Grove has room for you

No more arriving an hour before kickoff to get a seat. Nearly 2,000 seats were added when the bleachers were replaced. The Trojans have room for 6,000 fans.

Big stage

Each year, teams are selected to play at Lucas Oil Stadium. Class 5A No. 10 Whiteland opens its season on the biggest stage in the state against No. 2 New Palestine, last year’s state runner-up.

Who to watch

Titus McCoy of Center Grove rushed for 1,912 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior, and he’s a Mr. Football candidate this fall. Whiteland has three Junior All-State picks from last year back on defense: DT Ryder Emberton, LB Logan Mullinix and CB Djimmon Ogega.

What’s in a number?

Center Grove starts the season ranked No. 1 in 6A, Roncalli is No. 3 in 4A, and Whiteland is 10th in 5A.

Milestone within reach

Indian Creek coach Mike Gillin is going for his 300th career victory tonight against Lawrenceburg.

We’ve got it all covered

We’ll bring you score updates and photos of the action tonight on our social media sites. Follow us on Twitter at @dailyjournalnet and on Facebook @DailyJournalNews. Grab Saturday’s newspaper for more photos and stories from the games.