Week six action in the Wabash River Conference is highlighted by a clash of 3-2 teams as the Fountain Central Mustangs go on the road to face the Seeger Patriots.

Seeger is riding a three-game winning streak where they have outscored their opponents by a margin of 159-7 and they have won eight straight over Fountain

Central

The Patriots are ranked third in Class 2A, averaging 44 points per game, but Seeger coach Brian Moore knows his team will be facing a challenging Mustang defense that has recorded two shutouts this season.

“Fountain Central is where they are this season because they play great defense,’’ he said. “We will have our work cut out for us but offense is our strength and I’m confident we will still be able to move the ball.

“This game will be a good test for our offense.”

Moore saw intensity as the key to the game.

“Defensively, we will have to continue to improve our tackling and intensity which is something we are getting better at each week,’’ he said. “They are as young across the board as I can recall in a long time but Fountain Central will be ready to go after their loss last week and our guys will have to come ready to play.

“We had one of our best practices of the year this week and I am pleased and confident we will play well this Friday. I am proud of our guys and the overall effort they have been showing.’’

Coming off a 25-14 loss to Attica, Fountain Central will be looking to avoid a repeat of 2007 when a loss to the Ramblers started a slide where the Mustangs lost four of their five games.

“We have looked at the film, saw what we needed to see and we will put the Attica game behind us,’’ Fountain Central coach Rick Malone said. “That game came down to four big plays we didn’t do a good job on.’’

Defensively, the Mustangs will be looking to stop the Patriots running game.

“We didn’t stop the run against Attica very well. We only had three plays in the first quarter in that game and we just didn’t get the job done up front,’’ said Malone, who is back at the helm of the Mustang program. “Seeger isn’t a fancy team. They line it up and come after you. Ethan Cronk is a very strong runner. They can make big plays from the run but they will also grind you down if they have to.

“When they pass, it’s very effective with a lot of high percentage throws. Very simply, we are going to have to make stops.’’

Offensively, the Mustangs are a work in progress.

“We continue to make some progress but we weren’t able to throw the ball with much effectiveness against Attica,’’ Malone said. “We continue to need to react more on offensive to the situations as opposed to thinking through things.

“Overall, we need to do more of the little things to become a more effective

offense.’’

Friday’s matchup features Moore in his 16th season at Seeger taking on his alma mater and his former coach.

Malone directed the Mustangs, including Moore, to the 1983 Class A state football championship.

Moore is among the top-10 coaches in the state with a .826 winning percentage (147-31).

In other action Attica (2-3) looks to build on last week’s win as the Red Ramblers travel to North Vermilion to take on a resurgent North Vermillion squad.

The Falcons (3-2) have tripled last year’s win total and are coming off a 45-14 win over Riverton Parke.

The Covington Trojans (1-4) will be traveling to Indianapolis to face off with Indiana School for the Deaf (3-2). The Deaf Hoosiers won last year’s game 58-6 over the Trojans.

All games will kickoff at 7pm EDT and the Fountain Central at Seeger contest can be heard locally on WKZS-FM 103.1.

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