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Teams are still looking to build momentum as we end the first half of the season. Here's a look at the Best Bets this weekend:
Campbell County (3-1) @ Conner (2-1) – 7 PM: The fighting Camels have only seen one offense as potent as Conner’s and they gave up 50 points to Highlands in that affair. Campbell County will try to establish the run game. The longer they can keep Cougars quarterback Drew Barker off the field the better their chance of winning. Conner will need help in the run game from backfield mates Evan and Ryan Romey to keep pressure off of their signal-caller.
Cooper (2-2) @ Simon Kenton (3-0) – 7 PM: Cooper plays everyone tough, so the Pioneers can expect a dog fight in their quest to remain unbeaten. This could turn into a defensive struggle as both teams are allowing just 15.75 points per game. This will be nip-and-tuck.
NewCath (1-3) @ Dixie Heights (2-1) – 7 PM: The one thing that Dixie Heights has lacked over the past several years is consistency. The Colonels get a chance to break that trend with a road win at NewCath. The slow start for the Thoroughbreds is reminiscent of last fall. A pattern of losing is a habit that NCC would like to break Friday night. In the long run, it just isn’t good for the players' psyche.
Lloyd Memorial (2-2) @ Gallatin County (3-1) – 7:30 PM: This game has all the ingredients for a high-scoring shootout despite the fact that Gallatin County has already posted two shutouts. The Wildcats are averaging 35 points per game behind the arm of Austin Chapman. Lloyd is putting up 36 points per contest. Look for a close but high-scoring affair.
East Central (1-3) @ Batesville (4-0) – 7 PM: We are going to find out just how good Batesville and its defense really are. The Bulldogs, allowing just 6.75 points per game, will face an East Central team that posted a season-high 35 points in last week’s win over Franklin County. The Trojans have averaged 39.5 points per game in their past two victories over Batesville.
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