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TC favored vs. Chargers

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY - Tell City's football team has struggled to score this year but will be favored to get its first victory Friday, according to the Sagarin computer ratings.

The Marksmen will host 0-2 Pike Central for a PAC game Friday at 6:30 p.m. Among 318 football teams in the state, Tell City is ranked 240th and Pike Central 269th by Jeff Sagarin.

Knowing they have a reasonable chance to win could be a morale boost to Tell City's young players.

"We're going to try to be competitive," Tell City Coach Don Hitz said Tuesday. "I'm not going to come out and say we can beat them, though, because we haven't proven we can beat anybody yet."

The two teams are similar in their lack of depth and experience.

Pike Central has only six seniors and 25 total players on its roster. Tell City had 29 players at practice Monday, including three sidelined by injuries. Both have had to cancel their reserve team schedule this season.

Hitz said the players on each team are also similar in size.

Pike Central will probably have the edge in quickness, though. "They look pretty quick," said Hitz. "They're not a bad looking team."

While Tell City has scored only one touchdown in three games, Pike Central has scored in both its games.

Scott Glispie, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound freshman running back, scored two touchdowns against Washington on runs of 22 and 46 yards.

But Hitz said Tell City's defense can't key on any one player because "they hand off to so many different people.

"They run a double-wing offense and do a lot of motion. . . . They make you really guess where the ball is.

"They will throw the ball out of it, and they try to freeze you with motion and counters."

The Chargers run a 4-3 defense and "cover it pretty well," said Hitz.

They have given up 39.5 points per game but that is less than the 45.0 per game Tell City has given up.

Asked what he thinks the Marksmen will be able to do best against the Chargers, Hitz said, "I've got to establish a running game. Until we do that and get better with the offensive line, we really can't do much more."

With Trent Gunn still sidelined with a knee injury, Hitz said four backs will get most of the carries this week: Andy Carter, Kyle Osborne, Dillon Hedinger and Trent Nelson.

Nelson is a freshman but "he's quick and he's a smart kid," said Hitz.