Updated: October 1, 2013 6:45AM
Andrean (1-0) at Merrillville (1-0), 7 p.m.
The skinny: The Battle of Broadway was renewed four years ago and the Pirates have won three of the four recent games played. It takes on a little more meaning this week with the schools a mile apart ranked 1 and 2 in the Post-Tribune top 10, as well as both being ranked in the state poll (Merrillville No. 9 in Class 6A; Andrean No. 2 in 3A). The Pirates pulled away last year in a 50-28 victory as both teams got better from that point on to reach semistate. It could be a battle of quarterbacks as Andrean’s Matt DeSomer (10-14, 149 yards) and Merrillville’s DJ Wilkins 178 yards) both had good first games.
Boone Grove at Bishop Noll, 7 p.m.
The skinny: The teams have met twice since Boone Grove started its football program a couple years ago with the teams splitting. The Wolves won last season in a barn-burner 21-19. These two teams are both improving over the last couple years, but one faster than the other Boone opened with a 1-9 campaign in 2011 and turned it around by going 7-4 last season with signature wins over Wheeler, North Judson and Lake Station in the sectional opener. The Warriors are crawling, going from 3-7 in 2011 to 5-6 last season and a sectional-opening win itself (over South Newton). Jake Morris had two rushing touchdowns last week in a second straight win over Wheeler.
Lowell at Morton, 7 p.m.
Radio: 88.5-FM, 92.7-FM
The skinny: The Red Devils have won five of the last six meetings between these non-conference foes that used to be in the same sectional. Morton came back to beat Griffith last week on the strength of 94 yards rushing from Torey Armstrong leading to 27 unanswered points. George Fields has 193 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a loss to Crown Point in the Old Leather Helmet rivalry game. With Morton’s newfound rushing attack and Lowell’s propensity to run the ball for years, this could be a quick, low-scoring game.
East Chicago at Lake Central
The skinny: The Cardinals have lost eight straight to Lake Central and 21 of the 24 times the two teams have met since E.C. Central opened in 1985. The last victory over the Indians came in 2001. But this is a different Cardinals’ squad, even since last year’s 49-6 loss to LC. Running back Martayveus Carter is a legitimate Division-1 prospect who had 90 yards on the ground last week, while the Indians had a disappointing loss at Munster last week in which the defense wasn’t as stout as advertised.