week 5 caps – September 14

Center Grove (2-2) at North Central (3-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: centergrove football.com

Recent history: The Trojans have won the past five meetings, all by 27 points or more. Center Grove was a 51-14 victor at home last season.

Sagarin ratings: Center Grove 101.74 (fourth), North Central 86.00 (16th)

Players to watch: Center Grove — QB Jackson Moore, RB Carson Steele, WB Sam Hohlt, DL Austin Daming, LB Tommy Robinson; North Central — QB Liam Thompson, RB George Stokes, WR Tre’von Elliott, WR Cole Maguire, LB Ramon Stallings Jr.

Keys to victory: North Central used to mean an automatic win for the Trojans and almost everyone else, but the Panthers have impressed thus far under new coach Kevin O’Shea. Can Center Grove shut down another strong passing attack after being carved up by Ben Davis last week?

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

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: The Grizzly Cubs have just two wins since the start of the 2015 season — both against the Artesians. Franklin won at home last year, 44-42.

Sagarin ratings: Franklin 47.69 (152nd), Martinsville 50.77 (136th)

Players to watch: Franklin — QB Drew Byerly, RB Tyler Fromer, WR Riley McCann, LB Tommy Reed, S Clayton Coll; Martinsville — QB Travis Griffey, WR Darius Stillman, CB Seth Galyan

Keys to victory: The Grizzly Cubs have had a couple of close calls but still haven’t been able to get into the win column. This week presents possibly the best opportunity to do so, but will Franklin be able to close a game out after letting winnable contests against Shelbyville and Whiteland slip away?

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

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Radio: KORN Country 100.3

Recent history: Plainfield spoiled Greenwood’s homecoming with a 28-0 win last year; the Woodmen had taken the previous two meetings.

Sagarin ratings: Greenwood 74.14 (46th), Plainfield 75.34 (40th)

Players to watch: Greenwood — QB Seth Gallman, RB Brandon Rosado, TE Conner Battinau, DT Nick Young, DB Noah Compton; Plainfield — QB Ben Slaton, RB Dawson Anderson, LB/TE Chase Spears

Keys to victory: The Quakers come in battle-tested, and likely a bit angry, after a lopsided defeat at Roncalli last week. Greenwood, meanwhile, hasn’t really been challenged much at all over its first four games. Can the Woodmen rise to the occasion and keep themselves in the conference title hunt?

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

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: warriorbeat sportsnetwork.weebly.com

Recent history: The Orioles won the first two games of this series handily in 2014 and 2015 before the Warriors rebounded with a 22-21 triumph last season.

Sagarin ratings: Whiteland 60.37 (101st), Avon 99.98 (sixth)

Players to watch: Whiteland — QB Iyan Pelfree, RB Ryan Hammond, RB Preston Phillips, OL Garrett Curtis, LB Austin Cook; Avon — QB Cameron Misner, RB Sampson James, WR Isaac Guerendo, LB Camden Murrell, CB Nathan Conley

Keys to victory: The Orioles boast one of the most prolific offenses in Indiana. Misner already is over 1,100 yards passing, with Wisconsin-bound Guerendo accounting for about half of that total. Can the Warriors keep that lethal combo, not to mention a solid runner in James, reined in for 48 minutes?

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

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: The Tigers were a 23-18 winner when the series resumed last season. Indian Creek had taken the previous three meetings, the most recent in 2011.

Sagarin ratings: Triton Central 63.98 (84th), Indian Creek 51.06 (133rd)

Players to watch: Triton Central — RB Ethan Demaree, WR Matt Guhl, LB Mason Durrett, LB Silas Ratliff; Indian Creek — QB Taylor Voris, RB Avery Welch, WR/S Isaiah Lacey, WR/CB Brad Trietsch, LB Grant Goforth

Keys to victory: Something will have to give in this one — the Tigers have one of the state’s most effective defenses (26 points allowed in four games), while Indian Creek is averaging nearly 38 points in its three wins. Can the Braves maintain their offensive momentum after a big showing last week?

Edinburgh (0-4) at South Decatur (1-3)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Recent history: Since the Lancers’ sectional upset in 2011, the Cougars have won six matchups in a row by a combined 229-45 score. South Decatur won in Edinburgh last year 42-6.

Sagarin ratings: Edinburgh minus-14.27 (325th), South Decatur 16.66 (278th)

Players to watch: Edinburgh — QB Tyson Sackman, RB Austin Streeval, WR Dakota Balthazor, WR/DB Dillon Simpson, LB Zach Murphy; South Decatur — RB Devon Martin, OL/DL Bryce Lang, S Trent Nobbe

Keys to victory: Both teams come into the game reeling after one-sided defeats, and both have largely struggled to put points on the board. Turnovers have killed an otherwise improved Lancers offense; can they take better care of the ball tonight and finish off their drives?

Roncalli (4-0) vs. Scecina (4-0) at Tech

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: rebelmedia network.com

Radio: CBS Sports-1430 AM

Recent history: The Rebels own a 21-game winning streak in the series, including a 31-6 victory last season. Scecina last won in 1994 and has dropped every meeting since by double digits.

Sagarin ratings: Roncalli 97.09 (ninth), Scecina 64.38 (80th)

Players to watch: Roncalli — QB Conner Gore, RB Patrick McManama, WR Michael Dill, DL John Harris, LB Luke Hanley; Scecina — QB Mac Ayres, RB/S Cobie Dillard, WR David Baker, LB/RB Andrew Lowery, DB/RB Tyishaun Woods

Keys to victory: The Rebels have dominated this rivalry for a long time, and they enter tonight as a very heavy favorite. The toughest task for Scott Marsh’s squad will be guarding against a letdown after big games against Chatard and Plainfield the last two weeks.

— Compiled by Ryan O’Leary