High school football // Scouting this week’s sectional matchups

Jeffersonville (4-5) at Center Grove (8-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

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

Recent history: The teams have faced off twice in sectional play and neither game has been particularly competitive, with the Trojans winning 35-0 in 2013 and 56-6 last season.

Sagarin ratings: Jeffersonville 45.84 (158th overall, 32nd in Class 6A), Center Grove 113.61 (second overall, second in 6A).

Players to watch: Jeffersonville — QB Cameron Northern, Sr.; WR D’Andre Rutherford, So.; LB Oscar Elliott, Jr.; DB Kam Fuller, Jr. Center Grove — QB Jack Kellams, Sr.; RB Russ Yeast, Sr.; RB Triston Clark, Sr.; OL Clay Hadley, Sr.; DE Dan Root, Sr.

Keys to victory: As a ninth-grader, Northern was the Red Devils’ quarterback in the team’s 35-0 postseason loss to Center Grove in 2013. The Trojans’ defense can’t afford to give Northern, a very capable passer, time in the pocket.

Notable: The most recent of Jeffersonville’s four sectional championships came in 2007.

Franklin (1-8) at Whiteland (5-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Broadcast: KORN Country 100.3 FM

Webcast: wchsradio.cpcsc.k12.in.us

Recent history: The Warriors have won 18 straight against the Grizzly Cubs, including a 51-21 home win Sept. 9.

Sagarin ratings: Franklin 50.31 (132nd overall, 24th in Class 5A), Whiteland 75.71 (44th overall, 11th in 5A).

Players to watch: Franklin — FB Tyler Fromer, Jr.; RB Riley McCann, Jr.; DB Alec MacLennan, Jr.; DL Manny Cheam, Jr.; DB Lane Voris, Sr. Whiteland — RB Ryan Hammond, Jr.; RB Edwin Cisneros, Sr.; WR Evan Hillman, Jr.; OL T.J. Singh, Sr.; DL Ryder Emberton, Sr.; LB Logan Mullinix, Sr.; LB Ryan Hahn, Sr.; LB Gared Kleyn, Sr.

Keys to victory: Whiteland can ill afford to overlook the Grizzly Cubs, who despite the disappointing won-loss record have played some good football. Franklin’s defense must be able to force turnovers in order to remain competitive throughout.

Notable: Franklin senior defensive back Lane Voris already has eclipsed the century mark in tackles this season with 101.

Mooresville (2-8) at Greenwood (7-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: The Woodmen eked out a 22-14 overtime win earlier this season and have won the last seven meetings in the series overall.

Sagarin ratings: Mooresville 47.36 (152nd overall, 40th in Class 4A), Greenwood 68.06 (65th overall, 10th in 4A).

Players to watch: Mooresville — QB Eli Bunch, Jr.; RB Josh Bradford, Sr.; WR Jon Eineman, So.; LB Andrew Sanders, Sr.; LB Ryan Spangler, Jr. Greenwood — QB Seth Gallman, Jr.; RB Isaiah Borjas, So.; WR Dylan Rosado, Sr.; DL Will Wolf, Sr.; LB A.J. Montgomery, Sr.; LB Bryce Taylor, So.

Keys to victory: Bunch is a proven commodity both as a thrower and a runner. With so much at stake, the Woodmen defense can’t let him put together his finest statistical game of the season.

Notable: Woodmen junior Brandon Rosado has rushed for 1,096 yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season.

Lawrenceburg (9-1) at Indian Creek (6-4)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: Lawrenceburg opened the season with a 42-21 victory on Indian Creek’s home field. The last meeting before that was a 42-7 win by the Braves back in 2006.

Sagarin ratings: Lawrenceburg 66.15 (70th overall, 10th in Class 3A), Indian Creek 38.75 (188th overall, 40th in 3A).

Players to watch: Lawrenceburg — QB Reid Strobl, Sr.; RB Austin Bowling, Sr.; WR Ben Murphy, Sr.; LB Mason Parris, Jr. Indian Creek — Taylor Voris, Jr.; RB Brandon Perkins, Jr.; RB Avery Welch, So.; WR Bryce Hogue, Sr.; DE Andrew Pierce, Sr.; DB Isaiah Lacey, So.

Keys to victory: Slow Bowling. Sounds simple, but it isn’t, considering the 6-foot, 220-pound Lawrenceburg running back averages 196 yards a game and 9.1 per carry.

Notable: Lawrenceburg has scored 60 or more points four times this season, including in each of its past three games.

Roncalli (10-0) at Lebanon (8-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: portal.stretchinternet.com/roncalli

Recent history: The Rebels have won both postseason meetings with the Tigers, pulling out a 28-14 win last year and posting a 28-0 shutout in 2013.

Sagarin ratings: Roncalli 85.08 (20th overall, first in Class 4A), Lebanon 67.52 (67th overall, 12th in 4A).

Players to watch: Roncalli — QB Derek O’Connor, Sr.; RB Nate Fischer, Sr.; RB Patrick McManama, Jr.; WR Luke Smock, Sr.; LB Christian Brueggeman; K Patrick Sandler, Sr. Lebanon — QB Evan Stambaugh, Sr.; RB Jaylen Washington, Jr.; WR Clayton Barber, Sr.; LB Trevor Adler, Jr.; LB Cameron Johnson, So.

Keys to victory: Roncalli’s offense has to be able to control the clock in order to keep the Tigers’ potent pass-run combination off the field. Lebanon averages a shade under 46 points a game after putting 62 on Beech Grove in last week’s sectional opener.

Notable: A Lebanon victory would mark the first time the program achieved nine victories since the 1997 Tigers completed a 10-3 season. That also was the season LHS posted its lone sectional championship.