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2020 Football Week 8 Recap + Indiana Football Playoffs Preview

By Steve Byrd - GLICOD Producer

With Indiana's football playoffs already set after the blind draw on Thursday, we'll start this week's recap by mentioning each area team's playoff prospects.

Let's begin with Silver Creek…the Dragons made history on Friday with a 42-14 home win over Brownstown Central to put them one win away from their first-ever unbeaten regular season.  For the second year in a row, the Dragons draw East Central in the 4A-Sec. 23 quarterfinals on October 23.  The Trojans, at 7-1, eliminated Silver Creek in last year's first round, but improvements on the Dragons' end may give this otherwise first round matchup more of a sectional title feel.

Over in 5A-Sec. 16, Floyd Central appears to be the favorite going in.  The 6-2 Highlanders, who host Jeffersonville (41-14 winners at Jennings Co.) in one semifinal game on October 30, won 42-14 at BNL, who are at home against New Albany (who escaped with a 47-41 victory over Madison) in the other semifinal.  A Highlanders-Bulldogs matchup for the title on November 6 wouldn't be a surprise.

Charlestown narrowly lost to Salem 35-34 in overtime on Friday, but the Pirates will host Greensburg [4-4] in a 3A-Sec. 31 quarterfinal on the 23rd.  Even if Charlestown wins, they'll have to get by Franklin Co., and then either Brownstown Central or the favorites, Lawrenceburg, to advance.

Unlike last year, crosstown rivals Clarksville and Providence don't have to face each other in the 2A-Sec. 39 quarterfinals.  The 3-5 Generals, who lost 57-30 to Corydon Central, host Paoli (5-3) in one of the October 23 matchups, while the 3-4 Pioneers, who came from an early deficit to defeat Milan 29-21, travel to Union Co. (3-4) in another.  A Pioneers win would give them an easy semifinal opponent in either Mitchell or Eastern (Pekin), but the favorite in this sectional is Triton Central, which defeated Providence last year for the title.

The Kentucky side on Friday was led by two quickly arranged matchups. In Louisville, St. Xavier got their first win of the season, 28-7 at DeSales, as Mekhi Smith caught a couple of touchdown passes.  Over in Lexington, what would have been a close matchup turned out to be a rout, as Douglass defeated Lexington Christian 40-6, with Broncos QB Samuel Cornett targeting the end zone by air 4 times, and Darius Neal adding a couple of scores on the ground.

Elsewhere, South Oldham was unbeaten until they went to North Bullitt, where the Eagles registered a 28-0 shutout.  Fairdale, however, remained undefeated after winning 47-12 at Doss.  And Bryan Station made it 4 in a row for the first time since 2015 after defeating GRC 35-21. 

This Friday's football fivesome consists of Fern Creek-Male, Eastern (Pekin)-Charlestown, PRP-Bullitt Central, N. Oldham-Central and Douglass-Great Crossing.  In addition to the live coverage, make sure to visit our ticker for constantly updating scores of other area games, on our homepage at GLICOD.com.