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Local football teams to conclude regular season

Photo by B.J. HARGIS: North Central's Cody Curtis is shown grinding out a few more yards for the Thunderbirds in a win two weeks ago at Riverton Parke. The Class A No. 6 Thunderbirds will host Eastern Greene at 7 p.m. Friday.

The high school football campaign has reached the final week of the regular season for teams across Indiana.
Locally, all three teams will be playing at home on Friday night.    
Cascade (4-4, 3-2) at Sullivan (6-2, 3-2) — After being in the championship game and winning the Western Indiana Conference the past two seasons, Sullivan will be playing for fifth place when they host Cascade.
This is the first time the Cadets and the Golden Arrows have met on the gridiron.
Sullivan is coming off of a 27-24 win at West Vigo last week while Cascade suffered a 44-7 loss to Edgewood.
The Cadets are coached by Steve Spinks, who has a 10-19 mark in his third season in charge at Cascade.
The Cadets score 24 points per game on average while yielding 26.9.
Dylan Kottkamp, a 5-10 junior, has thrown for 692 and eight TDs.
Connor Horning has 596 yards rushing on 98 carries. He has scored three TDs.
Sullivan coach Blaine Powell said his team has been inconsistent of late.
“We still are searching to play 48 minutes of good football,” he said. “We had a good second half after West Vigo came out and punched us in the face.
“I was very happy with the way the kids responded in the second half, but we can’t continue to play just one half of football and expect to win.”
The Arrows rushed for 138 yards, led by 92 and a touchdown from Jakeb Skinner, against West Vigo.
Quarterback Jack Conner was 20 of 27 for 214 yards and two scores.
Karter Vernelson caught nine passes for 109 and two TDs.
The defense limited the Vikes to 22 yards rushing but West Vigo quarterback Dane Andrews threw for 216 yards and three TDs.
The only common opponent is Greencastle. The Arrows lost 29-28 to the Tiger Cubs while Cascade fell to GHS 49-26.
Kickoff at Sportland Field is set for 7 p.m.
Eastern Greene (5-2, 2-1) at North Central (6-1, 2-0) — The Southwest Conference championship, as well as the Traveling Thunderbird Trophy, will be on the line when Eastern Greene visits Sullivan County to face Class A No. 6 North Central.
But this is a different Eastern Greene team compared to last year’s state runner-up squad.
Blayne Campbell leads EGHS. He has rushed for 645 yards and four touchdowns.
Quarterback Jaysce Skinner has completed 40 of 68 passes for 538 yards. He has thrown four TDs and one interception.
Jaden Evans has 26 receptions for 441 yards and six TDs.
“Eastern Greene is a good program,” said North Central coach Travis Nolting. “They will look to get the ball in the hands of Campbell early and often.”
The Thunderbirds are coming off of a bye week after Wood Memorial dropped football this year.
The Thunderbirds are still paced by all-time leading rusher Dawson Basinger as well as quarterback Ty Thompson. On average, the T-birds rushed for 413 yards per game and have scored 42 touchdowns, six per game. They average almost 42 points per game and allow just under 17.
 “We have to play 48 minutes of smash mouth football in order to be successful,” said Nolting. “Having Blake Chatman back from injury this week will certainly help our offense and defensive attack.”
North Central leads the all-time series 10-6, but Eastern Greene won 22-14 at home in the 2017 regular season and 33-14 at North Central in the sectional championship game a year ago.
Kickoff at Farmersburg is set for 7 p.m.
Tecumseh (2-6) at Dugger Union (0-6) — This will be the second consecutive season that the Braves and Bulldogs have met on the gridiron. The Braves lead the all-time series 8-0.
Tecumseh is guided by coach Jeff Daming (35-46 in eight seasons). The Braves split their first four games before dropping four in a row.
They have a 28-6 win over Pike Central and a 13-0 victory over Forest Park. They have lost to North Daviess, North Knox, Perry Central, West Washington, Springs Valley and North Posey.
The Braves are averaging 14 points per game on offense while allowing opponents to score 25.3.
Travis Parker has rushed for 882 yards and over seven yards per carry.
It will be senior night for the Bulldogs, who will be concluding its season on Friday.
Dugger Union has scored 40 points in its last two games, raising its per game average to 9.0. The Bulldogs are allowing opponents just under 50 points per game (49.7).
They led Southside Home School 12-7 before losing 38-12 last week. Sebastian Camden recovered a fumble in the end zone and Bryar Marlow scored the other touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Jacob Cross ran for 41 yards and Grant Cox added 20 as the Bulldogs had 107 yards of total offense, including a 39-yard pass completion from Marlow to Camden.
“We showed some signs of improving,” said Dugger Union coach Jeff Griffith. “But we really had problems with tackling.
“Southside had some big plays after we either missed tackles or couldn’t wrap up.”
Griffith he expects a tough game from Tecumseh.
“They are an IHSAA team,” said Griffith. “They play a good schedule.
“It will be another tough test for us, but we are hoping to play well on senior night.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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