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Five local football games on tap for tonight

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

Four of our five local high school football teams host games tonight, and the other one has just a few miles to travel to play its contest. Unlike last Friday, no rain is forecast, so go out and support your team. All games are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Yorktown (2-2, 0-2 HHC) at New Castle (3-1, 1-1 HHC) 7:30 p.m.

The Trojans won 62-55 last year in overtime. Don’t expect that again tonight, but it should be a pretty good game.

The Tigers are undefeated against NCC opponents but have lost to two of the best teams in the HHC, New Palestine and Delta, the past two weeks by a combined 129-26 score. Because of that, Yorktown averages 20.8 ppg and gives up 29.5.

New Castle showed it could run with the pigskin last week in the sloppy conditions at Shelbyville. Look for the Trojans to be a little better balanced in passing and running tonight. New Castle has won two in row in this series.

Eastern Hancock (2-2) at Knightstown (3-1)

This is the only non-conference game that the Panthers kept on their schedule, and the reason is that it’s a big rivalry game for the anvil and plow.

The Royals have lost their past two games and this is the second of four in a row for them on the road. Eastern Hancock is not a high-scoring team, as it averages 17.3 ppg while giving up 21.8 ppg.

Knightstown returns to Don Willard Field after getting wins at Ball State and on the road the past three weeks. The Panthers are playing well and with enthusiasm for new Coach Chad Montgomery.

The Royals have won five in a row in this series, but that could change tonight.

Wes-Del (0-4, 0-1 MEC) at Shenandoah (3-1, 0-0 MEC)

On paper this appears to be a mismatch and it might turn out that way, but the Warriors played Eastern Hancock tough before losing 14-8. Wes-Del averages 9 ppg and gives up 30.3 ppg, much of that skewed by a 58-6 loss at home to Eastern (Greentown).

The Class 2A No. 10 Raiders, whose only loss was by two points to No. 1 Indianapolis Scecina in their opener, have rolled the past three weeks and are capable of defeating teams in a variety of ways. This is the final game of four straight home contests for the Raiders.

These two haven’t played each other on the gridiron since 2010 when Shenandoah won 68-0 at Dale Green Field.

Centerville (2-2, 2-1 TEC) at Tri (2-2, 1-2 TEC)

The Bulldogs have lost to Hagerstown and Shenandoah and average 22.8 ppg while giving up 22.5 ppg.

This is the first home game for the Titans at Dale Green Field this season and want to win for their home crowd. Vade Dishman continues to lead Tri in rushing.

Centerville won last year, but Tri won the year before.

Hagerstown (3-1, 3-1 TEC) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-4, 0-4 TEC)

The Golden Eagles average just 9.5 ppg while giving up 29 ppg.

The Tigers want to get back on the winning track after last week’s shutout loss at home to Union County.

Lincoln has lost four games in a row in this series since upsetting Hagerstown in the 2013 sectional.