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Friday’s Big Cat Classic could be like last year’s game

Both Corydon Central and North Harrison will find themselves in familiar territory Friday night in Ramsey for the annual Big Cat Classic.
Before last year’s 40-0 blowout by the host Panthers, Corydon was heavily-favored at 6-1, with its only loss being to Brownstown. This year, Corydon (6-1) is again the even-money bet with a 19-5 effort against the Braves being the only loss.
Meanwhile, North Harrison was winless coming into the 2002 version of Big Cats. The Cougars’ lone victory this season came in a 38-28 slug-fest against Paoli.
For the host Cougars to be successful, they’ll have to slow the rushing attack of senior running backs Corey Thatcher (960 yards, 15 touchdowns) and Zac Robson (749 yards, eight TDs) while also keeping an eye on the receiving corps of Brandon Wood, Kyle Savely, David Bradstock and tight end Eric Haub, who should make a return to the field after suffering a hand injury in practice two weeks ago.
Corydon will likely put its money its offensive and defensive linemen, who have completely worn down opponents thus far.
The Cougars, who have several injuries, will bank on quarterback Cody Mitchell to find receivers and evade the rush.
North’s Tony Frederick and Lance Mitchell are both nursing wounds suffered over the past couple of weeks.
‘In order to beat Corydon we will have to play the best game we ar capable of playing,’ Cougars coach Dan Haskell said. ‘We have some walking wounded from last week and a few weeks prior so how healthy we are on Friday will determine a lot about the outcome of the game.
‘Still, upsets occur and we are working to win on Friday.’
North Harrison leads the overall series, 19-8, and is up 17-8 on the Panthers in Big Cats.
Kick-off is set for 7:30.

Football pairings released
Class 3A’s Sectional 23 draw, which was held last night at Galyan’s in Greenwood, set up nicely for teams that are struggling and just plain awful for the top dogs. Play begins Oct. 24.
Corydon Central (6-1) will host Salem (5-2) in the first round and the winner faces off against whoever advances between host Brown County (5-2) and Batesville (4-3).
On the top bracket, North Harrison (1-6) received the bye and will play a second-round game against the winner of Greensburg (0-7) and Edgewood (1-6).
Ticket information will be released at a later date.