IHSAA Pick Six: Week five edition

Fox 59 Sports' Ken Sothman picks what he believes are the top six games of the upcoming weekend's high school football games.

As I write my "Pick Six" column tonight, I'm watching the cinematic masterpiece that my generation will forever judged upon for, Jersey Shore.

Is it Shakespearan? No. Do crazy things happen in it that are similar to what takes place Oedipus Rex? Yes. But as the IHSAA football season continues into week five, I can't help but think that maybe the teams from across the state could learn something from the cast members.

(Though note to the IHSAA athletes: You should learn nothing from them besides what I'm about to say. These low-lives shouldn't be used as your role models, unless you want to make millions of dollars doing nothing one day. Well, pretend like you didn't read that part, but I can guarantee you that you have a better chance making money playing in the National Football League compared to making money fist pumping.)

But what you can take away from these characters? Team unity.

No matter how rough it gets for the Situation, Ronnie, Snookie, or even time to time for Paully D, there is never a time where they all don't mold together to work towards a common goal. Even if Ronnie and the Situation are about to tear each other's heads off, leading to the Situation slamming his own head into a concrete wall, they always come back together to become one big gigantic family.

As the football season hits it's the halfway point, I'm sure there are teams across the state of Indiana that are having some difficulties. Maybe in the first four weeks you had a bad loss or you hit a small slump and you're getting tired of hitting the same teammate day in and day out.

But these are the types of trials and tribulations that every great squad goes through from one time to another, and it's how you react as a group that will define your season from there on out.

So as always, if you're wondering what games to check out, here are my picks for the top six games for week five of the 2011 IHSAA football season.

1. Brownsburg (4-0) vs. Avon (3-1)

Usually I like to argue against the idea of regular season games taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium, but when the potential Hoosier Crossroads Conference title is on the line, I'm going to have to make the exception. Avon enters Friday night coming off an impressive 30-21 victory over Fishers (coming back from down 14-0), and they will have the entire doing what HCC rooting them on as they attempt to give the Bulldogs their first loss.

Mark Bless' boys seem to have found themselves in a groove following the opening week loss to Hamilton Southeastern, and a lot of that can be traced back to the play of Senior quarterback Logan Haston. Last Friday Haston had a career day with three touchdowns and 285 yards over the Tigers, and if he can find his favorite target in Jalen Edwards, it could be a tough night for Brownsburg.

However the Bulldogs are undefeated for a reason, and Brett Comer's squad are onto their first 4-0 start since 2003. Last Friday the Bulldogs found many ways to score against Westfield, with a punt block, fumble recovery, and an explosive 73-yard touchdown run by Isaac Beverstock. The Bulldogs are currently doing whatever it takes to pull off victories, and the must know if they they can get past the Orioles on Friday night, they control their own destiny within the conference.

2. Pendleton Heights (3-1) vs. Mount Vernon (4-0)

Four games into his first season as head football coach in Fortville, Mount Vernon fans have learned rather quickly that Doug Armstrong has his Marauders running a track meet, and it's up to the opponents to keep up. So far Mount Vernon is averaging 40.3 points per game, and coming off a 42-14 victory over Rushville that could have been much more lopsided. Why do I say that? Because the Marauders sat starting quarterback Jordan Miller and Hancock County's leading rusher in Jordan Hicks, yet they still raised their season average in points.

Pendleton Heights is entering the Hoosier Heritage Conference match-up knowing that their hopes of a conference title are practically on the line, after receiving their only loss of the season to New Palestine two weeks back. The Arabians ran up the score on Shelbyville last Friday 55-6, where leading rusher Jacob Lyons continued to have a stellar year with a 151 yard, three touchdown performance.

When the two teams collide on the field in Fortville (where the Arabians knocked out the Marauders in a 27-10 Sectional round opener last season) you can definitely expect a lot of points to be put on the board.

3. Lawrence North (2-2) vs. Carmel (4-0)

Part of me is really starting to think that Kevin Wright and the rest of the Greyhounds squad are 100% okay with the boys at Warren Central getting all of the attention is Class 5A football. Because while everybody is paying attention and making a target out of the Warriors, the Greyhounds are quietly destroying their opponents in a business like fashion. Take a look at their four victories so far:

Aug. 19 at Columbus North {5A} W 58-17 Aug. 26 Valparaiso {5A} W 49- 0 Sep. 2 Center Grove {5A}‡ W 42-17 Sep. 9 at Terre Haute South {5A}‡ W 54- 7


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