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Mishawaka at Crown Point 6:30 p.m. at the Dog Pound
After capturing the Leather Helmet, from Lowell with a 16-12 week one victory, the Bulldogs welcome defending state runner-up Mishawaka to Crown Point for the home opener.  The Cavemen, who were depleted by graduation, are coming off a 20-7 season-opening loss to Portage.  Mishawaka is a new addition to the Crown Point schedule as the Bulldogs will not play Hobart for the first time in over two decades.

Andrean at Merrillville 7 p.m. at Demaree Stadium
After smashing South Bend Clay in week one 41-7, the Pirates will attempt to upend PFR No. 1 Andrean in the Battle of Broadway.  The 59ers are coming off a lopsided victory of their own, downing Hammond Noll 51-14.  Since the crosstown rivalry was renewed in 2009 after a 13-year hiatus, Merrillville has won three of the four meetings including a 50-28 triumph a year ago.

East Chicago Central at Lake Central 7 p.m. at the Burial Grounds
The pressure will fall on the Lake Central Indians this week as they attempt to bounce back from a surprising 27-9 defeat to Munster last week.  The Indians are 20-1 against the Cardinals in the last 21 meetings with E.C.’s only victory coming in 2001.  However, the Cardinals defense was sharp in last week’s 36-12 victory over Hammond.  East Chicago is looking to build on a 9-2 season in which its only regular season loss was a 49-6 defeat at the hands of L.C.

Portage at Penn 6:30 p.m. at Freed Field
Last week, the Indians were one of the biggest surprises in the Region, downing defending state runner-up Mishawaka for the program’s most lopsided win against a team other than Roosevelt or Michigan City since 2010.  The Indians meet Penn in the regular season for the first time.  The Kingsmen ended Portage’s season in the regional in 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2003. Penn pounded Valpo 49-7 last week.

Valparaiso at Homestead 6:30 p.m. at Dave S. Walters Memorial Stadium
Looking to bounce back from last week’s game against Penn, the Vikings trek to Fort Wayne for a meeting with Homestead.  The Spartans topped Huntington North 37-28 to open the season and hold a 25-game regular season winning streak that dates back to Sept. 3, 2010.  Homestead is a new addition to Valpo’s schedule after the Vikings played Carmel in week two each of the last two seasons.

LaPorte at Hobart 7 p.m. at the Brickyard
The Brickies will look to make it back-to-back home victories to start the season as they meet LaPorte for the first time since 2002.  The Slicers suffered a 48-7 defeat to New Prairie in the first week of the season.  The road gets no easier for LaPorte as they take on Hobart before embarking on the Duneland Athletic Conference gauntlet.

Munster at Chesterton 7 p.m. at Trojan Field
Chesterton took a late lead but could not seal the deal in a 22-17 defeat to South Bend St. Joseph.  Now, the Trojans will try to fend off a Munster team that upstaged Lake Central 27-9 last week.  The Mustangs, who earned head coach Leroy Marsh’s 200th career win last week, are expected to be one of the most improved teams in the Region after going 2-8 last season.  Chesterton has taken both games against the Mustangs since the two squads start playing one another in 2011 by the combined score of 70-17.

Boone Grove at Bishop Noll 7 p.m. at Bishop Noll High School
The host Warriors were drilled 51-14 in a week one showdown with PFR No. 1 Andrean.  The visiting Wolves will look to stay hot after downing Wheeler 27-7.  Boone Grove has split its two all-time meetings with Noll, capturing a 21-19 victory a season ago.

Griffith at Wheeler 7 p.m. at Wheeler High School
Many Northwest Indiana teams are facing new opponents in week two this season and this match-up is no exception.  Griffith and Wheeler will hook up for the first time in recent history.  Both teams are in need of a victory after Wheeler lost its week one game 27-7 to Boone Grove and Griffith dropped its opener 27-13 at Hammond.  Both schools had down years by the programs’ standards in 2012 and both have second-year head coaches.

Calumet at Clark 7 p.m. at Hammond Clark High School
While many teams in the area are facing off with new opponents, Clark and Calumet will be picking up a rivalry that dates back over 20 years.  Clark has dominated the match-up in recent years, holding a seven-game winning streak over the Warriors that dates back to Oct. 20, 2006.  Both teams struggled to put points on the board last week as the Pioneers dropped the Battle of 119th Street against Whiting 31-6 and Calumet was on the losing end of a 14-8 game against Gavit.

Lowell at Morton 7 p.m. at Zlotnik Field
One of the highlights of this week’s local slate is the game between Lowell and Morton.  The host Governors knocked off Griffith 27-13 last week, while the visiting Red Devils came up on the losing end of the Leather Helmet Game against Crown Point, 16-12.  Last year, the Red Devils topped the Governors 26-14.

Highland at Hammond 7 p.m. at Bernie Krueger Field
The Hammond High Wildcats started the 2013 season the same way they ended 2012, with a loss to East Chicago.  After last week’s 36-12 defeat, they will look to bounce back on their home field with 1-0 Highland in town.  The Trojans blasted Lake Station 33-13 in week one, but have not beaten Hammond since 2010.

Bowman Academy at Lake Station 7 p.m. at Eagle Field (*location changed)
The Bowman Academy Eagles lost their first game under new head coach David Nelson 32-14 to Indianapolis Marshall last week.  This week, they will visit another program with a first-year head coach in Lake Station.  The Eagles fell 33-13 to Highland in their first game under Rich Lunsford.  Bowman took the first-ever meeting between the two teams 68-20 on Aug. 24, 2012.

Rensselaer at North Newton 7 p.m. at Dick Gilbert Field
The host Spartans are hoping to make this the year they finally bring their losing skid in games against Rensselaer to a halt.  The Rensselaer Central Bombers have taken each of the last 19 meetings between the two teams.  The Bombers won last year’s game 56-7 after a close call in 2011 when they came out on top by the score of 9-6.

South Bend Washington at Michigan City 7 p.m. at the Wolves Den
It may not be out of the question for the Michigan City Wolves to move to 2-0 for the first time since 2010.  South Bend Washington suffered a 42-6 loss to Concord in week one, while M.C. held its annual rout of Roosevelt, 55-0.

Whiting at Gavit 7 p.m. at Gladiator Arena
The Whiting Oilers are fresh off christening their new field turf with a blowout of Clark.  Whiting appears to be poised to extend its winning streak against Gavit, which is already at eight games dating back to Oct. 3, 2003.

Culver at South Central 6:30 p.m. in Union Mills
The second year of the Dan Klimczak era got underway in unfavorable fashion as South Central was blanked by LaVille, 31-0.  Week two pits the Satellites against a Culver team that had offensive issues of its own in the season-opener, an 18-6 loss to West Central.  Last year, when the two teams hooked up offense was not hard to come by, as South Central recorded a 46-21 win.

Kankakee Valley at Indianapolis Manual 6:30
Kankakee Valley has already matched its loss total from the 2012 regular season.  However, the Kougars will have an opportunity to bounce back from a 20-6 loss to Rensselaer this week against the Redskins of Indianapolis Manual, a program that is playing its first full varsity season since 2009 after going 1-2 in 2012.

Brandywine (Mich.) at River Forest 6:30 on Thursday
After a season-opening 47-8 win over Elkhart Christian, the Ingots will look to stay unbeaten as they welcome Brandywine, Mich. before starting Greater South Shore Conference play next week.

Roosevelt at Chicago Vocational 1 p.m. on Saturday
After last week’s 55-0 loss to Michigan City, the Panthers will look for their first points of the 2013 season and their first win under first-year head coach Ronald White as they visit Chicago Vocational on Saturday afternoon.

-Brandon Vickrey

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