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October 12, 2012

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Sullivan at West Vigo, 7 p.m.; TH North at Indianapolis North Central, 7 p.m.; Riverton Parke at Covington, 7 p.m.; Rockville at Fountain Central, 7 p.m.; Edgewood at South Vermillion, 7 p.m.; Casey at Robinson, 7 p.m.; Oblong at Marshall, 7 p.m.; Lawrenceville at Palestine-Hutsonville, 7 p.m.; Martinsville at Cerro Gordo, 7 p.m.; Lawrence North at TH South, 7:30 p.m.; Brown County at Northview, 7:30 p.m.; Union at Wood Memorial, 7:30 p.m.; Mattoon at Paris, 7:30 p.m.

Follow Andy Amey as he covers Sullivan at West Vigo: @TribStarAndy

Follow Craig Pearson as he covers Lawrence North at TH South: @TribStarCraig

Follow Andy Proffet as he covers TH North at Indianapolis North Central: @AndyProffet

A closer look at some of tonight’s games:

Sullivan at West Vigo

Kickoff — 7 p.m.

Airwaves — The game will be broadcast on WNDI-FM 95.3, with pregame starting at 6 p.m.

The action — Sullivan’s Golden Arrows (6-2, 5-0 Western Indiana Conference) bring a six-game winning streak to Jay Barrett Field where West Vigo’s Vikings (5-3, 4-1) still have a chance to share the conference championship. It’s a situation similar to the 2003 season, when undefeated West Vigo went to Sullivan and lost 14-0, enabling the Arrows to gain a share of the title. “Maybe we’ll have a role reversal this time,” coach Jeff Cobb of West Vigo — an assistant coach with the Vikings in 2003 — said hopefully this week. That 2003 season was the last share of the WIC championship for either team until this year, incidentally.

Last meeting — Sullivan won 59-35 last season.

Last time West Vigo beat Sullivan — West Vigo won 45-28 in 2009.

Coaches — Trent Olson is 28-30 in his sixth season at Sullivan, 46-54 in his 10th season overall. Cobb is 41-40 in his eighth season as head coach at West Vigo.

Outlook — West Vigo continues to evolve and improve offensively, but the Vikings still can’t match the firepower of a Sullivan offense led by quarterback Payne Fortner and running back Brooks Weszely. The Vikings may be a little stronger up front on both sides of the ball, however, which gives them a chance to control the ball and the clock offensively. Neither team can afford to turn the ball over.

Injuries, lineup changes — For Sullivan, offensive lineman Jon Sullivan has been out since the second week and will be tonight, although he has returned to practice. For West Vigo, linebacker Ethan Boatman and lineman Patrick McVey were lost for the season earlier in the year, and end/linebacker Derrick Bennett (knee) is questionable.

Words from Olson — “We’ve been on a little bit of a roll. We struggled early trying to put together an offensive line, but once we got that figured out we’ve been playing pretty well.

“[West Vigo is] a lot like us; they struggled early but they’ve come on strong — a physical defense and a very good running attack.”

Words from Cobb — “We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season. The kids are more confident, more players have stepped up and our young kids are now veterans, which gives us some depth.

“I’m happy for coach Olson. He’s a great guy and a friend, and he’s put together a great team, especially with his skill kids. They have huge receivers, a three-year starter at quarterback … they’re very solid from top to bottom.

— By Andy Amey

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