High school football – Scouting this week’s matchups

Center Grove (5-1) at Pike (0-6)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

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

Recent history: The Trojans are 5-0 against Pike under head coach Eric Moore. Since escaping with a 14-13 victory in 2013, Center Grove has won the last two meetings handily by a combined score of 101-20.

Sagarin ratings: Center Grove 114.76 (second), Pike 75.52 (45th).

Players to watch: Center Grove — QB Jack Kellams, Sr.; RB Russ Yeast, Sr.; OL Nick Davis, Sr.; LB Nick Arbuckle, Sr.; DE Dan Root, Sr.; DB Sam Bolin, Sr. Pike — QB Jordan Garrett, Jr.; Cameron Peterson, Jr.; WR Jaylyn Crenshaw, Jr.; DB EJ Williams, Jr.

Keys to victory: Center Grove can’t afford to be tripped up by overconfidence simply based on Pike’s record. The Red Devils have the athletes, particularly on offense, necessary to make this a game.

Notable: Despite the seven-game losing streak dating back to last season, Pike is a program which recently achieved five consecutive winning seasons (2006-10).

Plainfield (3-3) at Franklin (1-5)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Broadcast: KORN Country 100.3 FM

Recent history: The Quakers won 14 meetings in a row before Franklin’s victory in 2011. The only other recent Grizzly Cubs win in the series was a 42-28 triumph in 2013, Adam Reese’s first year as head coach.

Sagarin ratings: Plainfield 75.15 (46th), Franklin 52.66 (121st).

Players to watch: Plainfield — QB Ben Slaton, So.; RB Dawson Anderson, Jr.; WR Gavin Ritter, Sr.; DB Andrew Zoss, Sr. Franklin — QB Jake Moore, Sr.; RB Tyler Fromer, Jr.; RB Riley McCann, Jr.; DL Jesse Johnson, Sr.; DB Alec MacLennan, Jr.; DB Lane Voris, Sr.

Keys to victory: Franklin must match Plainfield’s intensity. The Quakers will be out to atone for last week’s 48-7 loss to Decatur Central — the program’s biggest defeat since a 41-0 loss at Avon to open the 2015 season.

Notable: Plainfield’s last winning season came in 2010, when the Quakers finished 7-3.

Greenwood (4-2) at Decatur Central (5-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: The series has not been kind to the Woodmen since their 52-17 triumph in 2012. Decatur Central has won the last three matchups by a combined 102-19, with shutout victories the last two years.

Sagarin ratings: Greenwood 64.60 (73rd), Decatur Central 86.20 (19th).

Players to watch: Greenwood — WR Dylan Rosado, Sr.; WR Isaiah Drew, So.; RB Brandon Rosado, Jr.; RB Isaiah Borjas, So.; LB Bryce Taylor, So.; DL Jake Patton, Jr. Decatur Central — QB Bryce Jefferson, Jr.; WR Tyrone Tracy, Jr.; WR Nick Canavan, Sr.; LB Calvin Thomas, Jr.; DB Larry Tracy, So.

Keys to victory: This has the potential to be the biggest test the Greenwood defense faces all season. It must be able to pressure Jefferson, a gifted open-field runner, and at the same time not let him get to the corners.

Notable: Greenwood is trying to avoid its first three-game losing streak since the end of the 2014 season, when the Woodmen lost their final five games.

Mooresville (1-5) at Whiteland (3-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: wchsradio.cpcsc.k12.in.us

Recent history: The Warriors have won this matchup six years in a row, including a 38-7 victory last season. During those six games, Whiteland has averaged 40.7 points.

Sagarin ratings: Mooresville 51.64 (127th), Whiteland 78.23 (36th).

Players to watch: Mooresville — RB Cole Hawkins, Sr.;WR Zeke O’Dell, Sr.; LB Josh Bradford, Sr. Whiteland — WR Charlie Ogega, So.; RB Ryan Hammond, Jr.; RB Edwin Cisneros, Sr..; RB Preston Phillips, Jr.; LB Logan Mullinix, Sr.; LB Ryan Hahn, Sr.

Keys to victory: At some point this season, Whiteland must establish a passing attack in order to keep opposing defenses guessing. Maybe tonight is that night.

Notable: Mooresville, which posted a 77-25 record from 2001-09, has gone 20-47 since.

Cascade (1-5) at Indian Creek (3-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: As has been the case with several opponents during Indian Creek’s first year in the Western Indiana Conference, these two schools will be facing off for the first time.

Sagarin ratings: Cascade 10.51 (282nd), Indian Creek 39.19 (185th).

Players to watch: Cascade — QB Chase Edwards, Sr.;RB Tanner Fox, Sr.; LB Cameron Ginter, So.; LB Cole Edwards, Fr. Indian Creek — QB Taylor Voris, Jr.; RB Brandon Dunn, Jr.; RB Avery Welch, So.; RB Brandon Perkins, Jr.; WR Brad Trietsch, Jr.; DE Andrew Pierce, Sr.; LB Joe Clevenger, Sr.

Keys to victory: Indian Creek found its offensive groove last week and must again tonight, especially given the youth among the key personnel on the Cascade defense.

Notable: The Braves still have yet to lose a game in their new conference. A victory tonight will set up a date with Cloverdale next week for the WIC East Division title.

Edinburgh (1-5) at Traders Point Christian (3-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: Last year marked the first meeting between the two schools, and it went quite well for the Lancers, who rolled to a 43-0 victory.

Sagarin ratings: Edinburgh -13.84 (316th), Traders Point Christian -24.78 (323rd).

Players to watch: Edinburgh — QB Jacob Atha, Jr.; WR Parker Bryant, Jr.; DB Zach Smiley, Sr.; DB Grant Godsey, So. Traders Point Christian — QB Jake Johnson, Sr.; RB Thomas Johnson, So.; RB Abdul Ahmed, Sr.; LB Deandre Harakas, Sr.

Keys to victory: It’s all about the Lancers having a short memory after last week’s lopsided loss at home to Milan.

Notable: Traders Point, which scored a total of 120 points last season and a paltry 39 the year before, already has produced 157 in only six games this season.

Martinsville (0-6) at Roncalli (6-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: portal.stretchinternet.com/roncalli

Recent history: The Artesians hold a 5-3 series lead since the teams first met in 2008. The Rebels snapped a four-year drought with a 36-10 victory last season.

Sagarin ratings: Martinsville 47.22 (148th), Roncalli 83.41 (23rd).

Players to watch: Martinsville — QB Jonathan Collier, Jr.; RB Ben Balcerak, So.; WR Colton Tribby, Sr.; DB Jaylin Johnson, Sr. Roncalli — QB Derek O’Connor, Sr.; RB Kenny Gillum, Sr.; RB Nate Fischer, Sr.; RB Patrick McManama, Jr.; WR Luke Smock, Sr.; LB Christian Brueggeman; K Patrick Sandler, Sr.

Keys to victory: Nearly 86 percent of Martinsville’s yardage is gained through the air. The Rebels’ stingy defense (61 points allowed all season) knows it must put a stop to Collier and his favorite target, Tribby.

Notable: Martinsville posted a respectable 41-21 record between 2009 and 2014, but has since fallen on hard times. Beginning with its second-round sectional loss in 2014, the Artesians have dropped their last 17 games.