High school football: Week 7 previews

<p><strong>Pike (1-5) at Center Grove</strong> <strong>(2-4)</strong></p>
<p><strong>Kickoff:</strong> 7 p.m.</p>
<p><strong><strong>Radio:</strong></strong> KORN Country (100.3 FM)</p>
<p><strong>Webcast:</strong> centergrovefootball.com</p>
<p><strong>Recent history:</strong> The Trojans are 7-1 in the series under coach Eric Moore, avenging the lone loss with a 51-30 triumph last season.</p>
<p><strong>Sagarin ratings:</strong> Pike 85.63 (22nd in Indiana), Center Grove 99.68 (ninth)</p>
<p><strong>Players to watch:</strong> Pike — QB Anthony Cialdella, WR Zavier Simpson, WR Elijah McLaughlin, DL Kyran Montgomery; Center Grove — QB Tayven Jackson, RB Daniel Weems, DL Austin Booker, DL Caden Curry, LB Gabe Boyd</p>
<p><strong>What to look for:</strong> The Red Devils have been able to move the ball through the air, but it hasn’t always translated into points, perhaps in part due to a ground game that averages just 2.1 yards a carry. That might not be a winning formula against a Trojan defense featuring a dynamic pass rush. Center Grove still needs to get better at consistently finishing off drives itself, but it shouldn’t take a 30-point output to get a homecoming win tonight.</p>
<p><strong>Franklin (5-1) at Plainfield (4-2)</strong></p>
<p><strong>Kickoff:</strong> 7 p.m.</p>
<p><strong>Recent history:</strong> The Quakers have won the last five meetings, but the past two have been close, including a 40-39 nail-biter last fall.</p>
<p><strong>Sagarin ratings:</strong> Franklin 69.69 (60th), Plainfield 67.75 (63rd)</p>
<p><strong>Players to watch:</strong> Franklin — QB Drew Byerly, RB Jalen Ward, WR Christian McClure, LB Brendan Couch, LB Noah Crow; Plainfield — QB Cael Vanderbush, RB Rickey Alsum, RB Jarrett Stephen, LB Jacob Platt, LB Mason Scott</p>
<p><strong>What to look for:</strong> Plainfield has been involved in shootouts the past few weeks, and tonight could bring another one. If that’s the case, Franklin’s offense — ranked 11th in the state at 45.8 points a game — is well equipped for the battle. Perhaps the most impressive part of the Grizzly Cubs’ offensive output is the lack of mistakes; the team has turned it over just four times, and Byerly has a 15-1 touchdown to interception ratio passing the ball.</p>
<p><strong>Decatur Central (4-2) at Greenwood (3-3)</strong></p>
<p><strong>Kickoff:</strong> 7 p.m.</p>
<p><strong>Webcast:</strong> woodmenbroadcasting.com</p>
<p><strong>Recent history:</strong> The last six meetings have gone to the Hawks, including last season’s 40-18 rout.</p>
<p><strong>Sagarin ratings:</strong> Decatur Central 77.24 (31st), Greenwood 60.04 (88th)</p>
<p><strong>Players to watch:</strong> Decatur Central — QB Peyton Horsley, RB Carreon Underwood, WR Javon Tracy, WR Kenny Tracy, DL Jordan Miles; Greenwood — QB Oliver Rau, RB Ethan Haessig, RB/LB Gavin Ruppert, WR/DB Tanner Allen, LB Joe Bassler</p>
<p><strong>What to look for:</strong> The Woodmen have had their ups and downs this season, including both last Friday in a comeback win over Perry Meridian. They can’t afford a slow start against the Hawks, whose big-play capability makes them a threat to score at any time. For Greenwood to pull off the upset, it will likely need to control the line of scrimmage and build a lead early.</p>
<p><strong>Whiteland (3-3) at Mooresville (5-1)</strong></p>
<p><strong>Kickoff:</strong> 7 p.m.</p>
<p><strong>Recent history:</strong> The Pioneers pulled out a 21-17 victory last year, ending an eight-year run of Whiteland dominance in the series.</p>
<p><strong>Sagarin ratings:</strong> Whiteland 69.81 (59th), Mooresville 79.38 (28th)</p>
<p><strong>Players to watch:</strong> Whiteland — QB Brant Kunz, RB Melvin Taylor, RB Desmen Singleton, DL A.J. Beil, LB Jacob Schultz; Mooresville — QB Kalija Perry, RB Breken Greene, RB Caden Robinson, WR/DB Brayden Evans, LB Adrian Diop</p>
<p><strong>What to look for:</strong> The pressure will be on Whiteland’s defense to slow the explosive Pioneers, and it’s certainly doable — the Warriors held Franklin to a season-low 15 points. The cause would be helped if Whiteland can eat up time running the ball when it’s on offense, something they’ve generally had success with. It’s been a bumpy season at times for the Warriors, but a victory tonight could give the team a huge boost entering the stretch run.</p>
<p><strong>Indianapolis Manual (0-6) at Indian Creek (4-2)</strong></p>
<p><strong>Kickoff:</strong> 7 p.m.</p>
<p><strong>Recent history:</strong> The teams have met in sectional contests the last two years, with the Braves rolling to a 44-8 triumph in 2017 and 33-0 last season.</p>
<p><strong>Sagarin ratings:</strong> Manual minus-0.39 (299th), Indian Creek 46.62 (140th)</p>
<p><strong>Players to watch:</strong> Manual — QB D’Fayebeon Pittman, RB/DB Keith Horton, WR/DB Robert Orkman, OL/DL William Hickman, DB John Bravo; Indian Creek — QB Roman Purcell, RB Connor Fruits, WR/DB Owen Neathery, LB Brett Barger, DB Jordan Gorham</p>
<p><strong>What to look for:</strong> Manual has a couple of big-play threats in Pittman and Orkman, but doesn’t pose much of an overall challenge to the Braves, who have been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks. It will be a surprise if the mercy rule doesn’t take effect in this contest, giving Indian Creek a chance to rest its starters for the bigger games ahead.</p>
<p><strong>Traders Point Christian (5-0) at Edinburgh (0-6)</strong></p>
<p><strong>Kickoff:</strong> 7 p.m.</p>
<p><strong>Recent history:</strong> The Lancers have won both meetings between the schools, with a 26-16 triumph in 2016 the most recent.</p>
<p><strong>Sagarin ratings:</strong> Traders Point 32.13 (195th), Edinburgh minus-5.18 (305th)</p>
<p><strong>Players to watch:</strong> Traders Point — QB/DB David Hart, RB/DB Kye Johnson, WR/DB/K Gabe Sink, OL/DL Blaine Reed; Edinburgh — QB Tyson Sackman, RB/LB Austin Streeval, WR/DB Caleb Dewey, WR/DB Darius Bennett, WR/DB Riley Palmeter</p>
<p><strong>What to look for:</strong> The Knights have improved substantially in the last two or three years and boast a high-powered offense led by Hart, a dual threat under center. The Lancers will need to put up more resistance than they did last week at Milan; though the game is at home, Traders Point is nearly as challenging of an opponent.</p>
<p><strong>Roncalli (1-5) at Bloomington North (5-1)</strong></p>
<p><strong>Kickoff:</strong> 7 p.m.</p>
<p><strong>Webcast:</strong> rebelmedianetwork.com (audio only; video available on Roncalli’s YouTube and Facebook pages)</p>
<p><strong>Recent hist</strong><strong>ory: </strong>The Rebels came into this game with a 1-5 record last year and earned a 31-14 home win.</p>
<p><strong>Sagarin ratings:</strong> Roncalli 60.27 (86th), Bloomington North 71.21 (53rd)</p>
<p><strong>Players to watch:</strong> Roncalli — QB Aidan Leffler, RB Baron Huebler, WR Kyle Lockard, WR Ryan Papandria, DE Jack Wardzala; Bloomington North — QB Reece Lozano, RB Xavier Trueblood, WR Bailen Murphy, WR Aaron Steinfeldt, LB Charlie Bless</p>
<p><strong>What to look for:</strong> The Rebels’ pass defense will be tested by Lozano and the receiving tandem of Murphy and Steinfeldt, who have a combined 65 receptions. The Cougars also have enough of a ground attack to keep defenses honest. Will Roncalli be able to get back up off the mat quickly after a lopsided loss to Brebeuf?</p>