High school football: Scouting tonight’s regional matchups


Center Grove (6-5) at Avon (9-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Webcast: centergrovefootball.com

Recent history: The teams’ lone meeting in the last 13 years was a good one, with the 2015 Trojans pulling out a 35-34 semistate victory in double overtime. Center Grove has won six consecutive regionals, while the Orioles are after their sixth overall title and second since 2005.

Sagarin ratings: Center Grove 103.78 (fourth overall and in 6A), Avon 106.54 (third overall and in 6A)

Players to watch: Center Grove — QB Jackson Moore, RB Carson Steele, WB Sam Hohlt, DL Austin Daming, S Keegan Gephart; Avon — QB Cameron Misner, RB Sampson James, WR Isaac Guerendo, WR Luke Shayotovich, LB Camden Murrell

What to look for: The Orioles possess an explosive and diverse offense, with Misner racking up 2,558 yards and 35 scores through the air and James adding 1,504 yards and 18 TDs on the ground. Guerendo and Shayotovich, who have combined for 101 catches, will test the Trojan secondary. Nobody has held Avon below 20 points, but Center Grove will need to control possession time and keep the score as low as possible.

Class 4A

Mississinewa (10-2) at Greenwood (10-2)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: KORN Country 100.3

Recent history: This will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Woodmen are seeking their third regional title and first since 1990; the Indians’ lone previous title came in 1985.

Sagarin ratings: Mississinewa 69.21 (56th overall, 11th in 4A), Greenwood 77.02 (34th overall, third in 4A)

Players to watch: Mississinewa — QB Cade McCoin, RB Heisman Skeens, RB Cade Campbell, RB/LB Kyler Funk; Greenwood — QB Seth Gallman, RB Nick Willham, TE Conner Battinau, DT Nick Young, DB Noah Compton

What to look for: Containing Skeens — a 1,000-yard rusher and receiver — will be the key for the Woodmen, but he’s not the only weapon the high-scoring Indians have. The bigger question is Mississinewa’s defense, which pitched four shutouts but did so against a pretty weak schedule that included seven games against Class 2A teams. Will the visitors wear down against a physical, and much bigger, Greenwood team?

— Compiled by Ryan O’Leary