Updated: October 15, 2013 7:25AM
Andrean (3-0) at Munster (2-1), 7 p.m.
The skinny: Munster opened its Northwest Crossroads Conference schedule with a win over Highland last week in the Battle of the Bridge. The Mustangs used balance on offense with three different players scoring their four touchdowns — Seth Gutwein had one of the touchdowns, his third of the season to go with 183 yards rushing. It will be tougher on offense this week against Andrean, which opens its NCC schedule after three nonconference wins, including West Side last week. Andrean has won three straight against Munster, including a 30-15 win last year after Munster led at halftime.
Crown Point (2-1) at Lake Central (1-2), 7 p.m.
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The skinny: Crown Point’s 14-13 loss to Merrillville last week was a defensive battle. This week’s game at Lake Central could be much of the same. The Bulldogs probably should have beaten the Pirates, but five turnovers by the offense put the defense in a bad position much of the game. That defense, though, is holding up its end of the bargain by giving up 11.0 points per game so far. Lake Central is nearly as stingy, giving up just 11.7 points per game. Led by sacks leader Gelen Robinson, the Indians held Portage to eight points (six on offense) and shut out East Chicago.
Michigan City (2-1) at Valparaiso (1-2), 7 p.m.
The skinny: Michigan City had Chesterton down for most of last week’s game before the Trojans rallied in the final quarter for a 35-31 victory, while Valparaiso notched its first win of the year by having control of LaPorte from the start. Logan Kaletha had two TDs in helping the Wolves build a 17-point lead before the Trojans rebounded. The defense will need to get better down the stretch to hold off a Valparaiso team that has beaten MC 14 of the last 16 times in this longtime Duneland Conference series.
South Central (0-3) at Whiting (3-0), 7 p.m.
The skinny: There was a little more anticipation for this game last year when both teams looked like Greater South Shore Conference and sectional contenders. But so far this season, the Satellites are struggling with three straight losses while the Oilers have won 13 straight regular-season games, dating back to the end of 2011. They also have won 13 of 16 meetings with South Central. Whiting is ranked No. 4 in the state in both the Associated Press and coaches polls, thanks in part to quarterback AJ Veloz and his 235.7 average passing yards per game through three weeks. — Steve T. Gorches