Familiarity breeds contempt. And it also makes for competitive rivalries on the football field.
Week 8 brings with it some traditional rivalries, conference rivalries and possible trap games that teams will have to be on their guard against.
In Central Indiana Confernce play, the Madsion-Grant Argylls (4-3, 4-1 CIC) travel to Alexandria (3-4, 2-3 CIC) for a 7 p.m. start. A week ago, the Argylls were dealt their first loss in league play by Eastbrook. Mississinewa defeated Elwood to remain perfect in the CIC standings.
To set up a shot at clinching a share of the CIC crown, Madison-Grant will have to beat a Tigers team who has shown they’re not afraid to roll the dice if things get close.
At Pendleton Heights, the Arabians chances of wining a share of the Hoosier Heritage Conferece are slim with Class 4A No. 1 New Palestine ahead of them. To have any shot at the HHC crown, Pendleton Heights will have to win out and keep the momentum built from four straight wins rolling.
PH has a home date with conference/sectional rival Greenfield-Central to finish off the regular season next week, but first on the docket is a home HHC game against the Rushville Lions. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Anderson’s Indians will look to keep their chances at winning a piece of the North Central Conference alive when the Indians travel to Muncie Central tonight.
Anderson (5-2, 4-1 NCC) has won its last two outings. The Indians watched a 22-point lead nearly disappear in a 35-33 win over Marion a week ago.
Tonight’s game at their traditional rival has all the signs of a potential trap-game with it being on the road and against a big rival that would make its season by beating the Indians.
Also NCC leader Kokomo comes to Collier Field for the regular season finale next week.
The Shenandoah Raiders welcome their biggest rival, the Eastern Hancock Royals to Dale Green Field tonight.
Both were members of the former White River Athletic Conference and both have been responsible for blemishes on the other’s season in the past.
The 7-0 Raiders know that the Royals would love to be the first to put an “L” on the Shenandoah ledger for 2011.
Also in CIC play, Elwood travels to Oak Hill and Frankton heads north to Blackford. Both are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The Lapel Bulldogs will travel to Knightstown for a7 p.m. kickoff.