Coming off a week that saw both Bloomington North and Bloomington South both lose, this week shapes up as a big week for the two schools. For North, they know another loss will end any hopes of a Conference Indiana championship. For South, two years of struggle means they just need a win to receive some reward for their work. Neither team will have an easy go this week as both face tough tests.
BLOOMINGTON NORTH VS. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
Last week Bloomington North looked awful in an emabarrassing defeat to Perry Meridian. The offense could never get going and the defense, which had been the best in the conference, couldn’t stop PM from scoring at will. This week the Cougars are on the road when they battle Franklin Central. North needs to get some production from their quarterback position which got next to nothing from Lorrell Williams and Rob McCoy. Williams hurt an ankle last week, but should be ready to go tonight. The run game will be necessary as well which was shut down against Perry Meridian.
Franklin Central will use a heavy dose of QB Kyler White who is a pretty accurate passer and Aaron Bruning who is a tough player to bring down. Both guys can hurt North if they aren’t contained.
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH VS. INDIANAPOLIS PIKE
Both teams enter the game 1-5, but with much different resumes. South has been inconsistent, to say it nicely, this year. They really have only been in two games other than their win. Pike, meanwhile, has been so close. Their five losses have been by a combined 26 points. Pike looks to be the better team, but South could view this one as a rare winnable game.
The Panthers will need a good running game tonight. Michael Bower and Nolan Rogers have been effective at times this season and will shoulder the load against Pike. If South can establish the run, sophomore Joe Crider will have some opportunites through the air.
Pike turns to backup quarterback Brent Lyles after starter Aloyis Gray injured his shoulder against Bloomington North two weeks ago. Lyles is an athlete like Gray and can hurt South with his legs and his arm. Pike knows they need to play much better than they did against North when they scored only one touchdown which only came when the defense recovered a fumble in the end zone.
It should be a good contest. South-Pike can be heard locally on 95.1 FM Spirit 95 beginning at 6:45.