High school football: Scouting this week’s matchups

North Central (0-4) at Center Grove (3-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: centergrovefootball.com (pregame 6:45 p.m.)

Recent history: Since a 14-7 loss in 2011, the Trojans have won the past four meetings in the series by a total of 143 points.

Sagarin ratings: North Central 75.64 (42nd), Center Grove 116.75 (second).

Players to watch: North Central — QB Cole Maguire, Jr.; RB George Stokes, Jr.; WR Tyronne Caldwell, Sr. Center Grove — RB/WR Russ Yeast, Sr., RB Triston Clark, Sr.; OL Clay Hadley, Sr.; LB Bailey Bennett, Sr.; LB Nick Arbuckle, Sr.

Keys to victory: By making a statement early, the Trojans can rest key personnel much of the second half in order to have a healthier team overall when Lawrence Central visits next week.

Notable: North Central has lost its last 25 games overall and also has a 19-game losing streak in Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference action.

Martinsville (0-4) at Franklin (0-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Broadcast: KORN Country 100.3 FM

Recent history: The Grizzly Cubs had lost to the Artesians for 10 straight years before pulling out a 10-7 victory last season.

Sagarin ratings: Martinsville 44.73 (156th), Franklin 53.08 (117th).

Players to watch: Martinsville — QB Jonathan Collier, Jr.; WR Greg Daniels, Sr.; WR Colton Tribby, Sr.; DL Chase Havlin, So.; DB Jaylin Johnson, Sr. Franklin — QB Jake Moore, Sr.; RB Tyler Fromer, Jr.; WR Jhett Cassel, Sr.; DT Thomas Reed, Jr.; DB Lane Voris, Sr.

Keys to victory: Franklin’s defense must show up against the pass-happy Artesians. The Grizzly Cubs are giving up just under 47 points a game, including the 51 they permitted last week at Whiteland.

Notable: Franklin’s win at Martinsville last September was its only victory in 2015. The Grizzly Cubs have lost nine consecutive games since.

Plainfield (2-2) at Greenwood (4-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: The Woodmen are just 4-6 in this series under head coach Mike Campbell, but they have won the past two meetings and four of the past five, including a 42-23 road win last fall.

Sagarin ratings: Plainfield 76.18 (40th), Greenwood 71.03 (55th).

Players to watch: Plainfield — QB Ben Slaton, So.; RB Dawson Anderson, Jr.; WR Gavin Ritter, Sr.; LB Herschel Blankenship, Jr. Greenwood — QB Seth Gallman, Jr.; RB Brandon Rosado, Jr.; LB Bryce Taylor, So.; K Damon Maynard, Sr.

Keys to victory: The Woodmen look to start 5-0 after having to go to overtime to win at Mooresville last week. Any scoring might go a long way in this one, as the two defenses have proven to be among the best in the Mid-State Conference.

Notable: Close games have not been a thing with these two schools — each of the past 13 meetings has been decided by more than 10 points.

Avon (2-2) at Whiteland (1-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: wchsradio.cpcsc.k12.in.us

Recent history: The series went on a lengthy hiatus after Avon’s 23-0 win in 1998, but the two meetings since have been more of the same — the Orioles won 38-12 in 2014 and 34-0 last year.

Sagarin ratings: Avon 88.00 (15th), Whiteland 74.26 (47th).

Players to watch: Avon — QB Cameron Misner, Jr.; RB Sampson James, Jr.; WR Luke Shayotovich, Jr.; LB Bryant Fitzgerald, Sr. Whiteland — WR Charlie Ogega, So.; RB Ryan Hammond, Jr.; RB Preston Phillips, Jr.; DL Ryder Emberton, Sr.; LB Logan Mullinix, Sr.; K-P Jacob Ballain, Sr.

Keys to victory: Whiteland, which has scored a total of 10 first-quarter points in its past three games, must get off to a faster start against an Orioles program looking to avoid its first two-game losing streak since Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2015 season.

Notable: Avon junior receiver Luke Shayotovich has already pulled down 22 receptions this season. This is twice as many pass completions as Whiteland has as a team.

Indian Creek (2-2) at Triton Central (3-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: This will be the first meeting between the teams since 2011, when the Braves earned a 35-14 home victory. Indian Creek is 8-3 against the Tigers under head coach Mike Gillin.

Sagarin ratings: Indian Creek 40.78 (175th), Triton Central 53.15 (116th).

Players to watch: Indian Creek — QB Taylor Voris, Jr.; RB Brandon Dunn, Jr.; WR Isaiah Lacey, So.; WR Bryce Hogue, Sr.; LB Grant Goforth, Jr.; DL Jimmy McCain, Sr. Triton Central — QB Jordan Crouse, Sr.; S Ethan Demaree, Jr.; S Ben Thacker, Sr.; DL Mikey Martin, So.

Keys to victory: Triton Central’s lowest scoring output all season came in last week’s 34-21 loss to Monrovia. The Braves’ offense must be able to sustain drives in order to keep Triton Central’s offense on the sidelines.

Notable: Triton Central has prevailed in 14 of its past 20 home games dating back to the start of the 2013 season.

South Decatur (2-2) at Edinburgh (1-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: The Lancers are 1-12 against the Cougars since 2005, with the lone victory a 20-14 sectional win in 2011. South Decatur won last season, 55-0.

Sagarin ratings: South Decatur 26.53 (237th), Edinburgh -13.41 (314th).

Players to watch: South Decatur — QB Kordell Meadows, Jr.; RB Damon Allen, Sr.; LB Brandon Farr, Sr.; S Brandon Mallot, Sr. Edinburgh — QB Jacob Atha, So.; RB Grant Godsey, So.; WR Parker Bryant, Jr.

Keys to victory: The Lancers’ defense must be able to contain South Decatur running back Damon Allen, who needs only 38 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season.

Notable: Throughout his career, Allen has rushed for 2,517 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Scecina (4-0) at Roncalli (4-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: portal.stretchinternet.com/roncalli

Recent history: Scecina hasn’t beaten the Rebels since 1994, dropping the last 20 meetings between the two teams. Roncalli was a 31-7 winner last season.

Sagarin ratings: Scecina 54.86 (107th), Roncalli 83.39 (23rd).

Players to watch: Scecina — QB Mac Ayres, So.; RB Darrell Johnson, So.; S Drew Lowery, Jr. Roncalli — RB Kenny Gillum, Sr.; RB Nate Fischer, Sr.; QB Derek O’Connor, Sr., Luke Smock, Sr.; LB Christian Brueggeman; DB Alex Kuntz, Sr.

Keys to victory: Two of the state’s more stubborn defensive units will be showcased, with the Rebels allowing 12.3 points a game and the Crusaders only 10.5. To win, the Rebels’ offensive line needs to flourish against Scecina’s defensive front.

Notable: Roncalli is 4-0 for the first time since 2004, when it won its most recent state championship.