Tell City vs. Perry Central chapter three set Friday

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Tell City and Perry Central will meet in varsity football for the third consecutive year 7 p.m. Friday at Legion Field.

Prior to 2007 the two schools played each other in every level of football but varsity.

When they finally met in a Friday night game that year, it drew an overflow crowd.

Last year with Tell City having a small, young team and with some of the curiosity factor about how the teams would match up removed, the game drew a much smaller crowd at Perry Central.

But this year the 1-3 Marksmen are bigger and more experienced. And they’re coming off a 34-14 victory over Pike Central last week should help generate interest in this week’s game.

The Marksmen have a strong running game, led by third-year starters Trent Gunn at tailback and Kyle Osborne at fullback.

Both had their first 100-yard rushing games of the season Friday. Osborne rushed for 155 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns, bringing his team-leading touchdown total for the season to five.

Gunn rushed for 102 yards on 15 carries and also caught four passes for 50 yards.

Tell City’s passing game has improved dramatically. Nick Kleaving completed 10 of 14 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown last week.

Perry Central, 4-0, also has a strong running game, though, and has proved it can pass as well.

Senior T.J. Hall and junior Mikey Wilkerson share the running load nearly evenly. Each plays tailback at times and fullback at other times.

Hall has rushed for 453 yards on 72 carries. Wilkerson has gained 405 yards on 69 carries.

Commodore quarterback Dee Jay Shaw has completed 12 of 32 passes for 217 yards.

Perry Central still has more depth than Tell City in the backfield. Dakota Huff has had some big gains and has also seen some action at quarterback.

The Commodores probably also have the edge in overall quickness.

According to Jeff Sagarin’s computer ratings, Perry Central is nearly an 18-point favorite Friday. He gives Perry Central a 61.88 rating and Tell City a 41.24 rating and says the home-field advantage is worth three points.

A new traveling mar-com trophy in the shape of Perry County, designed by Gary Hay and built by William Tell Woodcrafters, will be presented to the winner of this year’s game and each future matchup of these two schools.