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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—Both teams are still doing the same things as they prepare for their rematch, but a few things have changed since Tell City and Southridge last met in football Sept. 27.
Tell City will host the Raiders in a first-round Class 2A sectional game Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The venue is one thing different, as their last meeting was at Southridge.
That may help the Marksmen a little, as Tell City Coach Ryan George said they like playing in front of large home crowds and are more comfortable playing on natural grass than Southridge’s artificial turf.
“We haven’t lost a home game yet,” George noted.
The Marksmen are also a little healthier for the rematch. Starting right tackle Justin Gunterman missed the previous game with mononucleosis but is back in the lineup now.
Tell City wide receiver and cornerback Malcolm Lincoln is also healthy after missing the previous game.
Connor Craig, Southridge’s top running back, left Friday’s game with Gibson Southern in the fourth quarter with an injury and did not return. But not knowing the extent of his injury, George said he assumes Craig will be ready to play this week.
Tell City completed 2 of 5 passes against Southridge in their regular-season meeting, but both completions went for long touchdowns.
So George said the Marksmen will not be afraid to pass more this week if the Raiders concentrate on stopping their running game.
The Marksmen did not throw a pass in Friday’s 47-7 win over Forest Park.
“Really I wanted to work on it a little bit Friday night,” said George. “But the game got out of hand so quick (Tell City led 26-0 in the first quarter) and we didn’t want to try to run up the score.”
The Raiders’ 24-21 regular-season win over Tell City was the closest of their seven victories.
After winning six in a row, Southridge lost to Gibson Southern 31-21 last week in a battle for the PAC championship.
Might the Raiders be mad about that loss and take it out on the Marksmen this week?
“I don’t know,” said George. “There are kind of two schools of thought. That’s one.
“The other is they were in a hard fought, physical game and our game with them should be a hard fought, physical one. Playing games like that two weeks in a row can take a lot out of you.
“It should be a good game.”