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Boone Grove (3-1) vs. Bowman Academy (2-2) at Valparaiso High School’s Viking Field, 6 p.m.
The Boone Grove Wolves suffered their first loss of the season last weekend, going down 44-17 against North Judson. Bowman Academy is fresh off a 41-0 blanking of LaPorte LaLumiere. The two teams have split their only two prior meetings with one another, with Boone Grove coming away with a 34-12 victory a season ago.

Crown Point (2-2) at Portage (1-3), 7 p.m. at the Warpath
After a week one victory over Mishawaka, the Portage offense has sputtered through the duration of a tough stretch of four straight road games to start the season. Crown Point is also in need of a victory after back-to-back losses to start Duneland Athletic Conference play to Merrillville and Lake Central. The Bulldogs have won four straight over the Indians, including dominating 42-0 and 42-7 wins in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The 2013 Portage softball team will receive its state championship rings at halftime.

E.C. Central (3-1) at Clark (0-4), 7 p.m. at Clark High School

The Clark offense is looking to rebound after mustering up only 105 yards last week in a 33-0 loss to Highland. The Pioneer rushing attack was particularly limited as it totaled just 20 yards in 20 rushing attempts in the first half. East Chicago Central has won three of its first four, including a 55-0 rout of Gavit last week. The Cardinals forced five Gladiator turnovers and rushed for 255 yards on their way to the win.

Gavit (1-3) at Roosevelt (0-4), 7 p.m. at Roosevelt High School
Both teams will be in much need of a victory when Gavit and Roosevelt square off on Friday night in the city of Gary. The Gladiators have been shutout in two of their three losses, while the Panthers have scored just 17 total points over four games. Roosevelt has dropped five straight meetings between the two foes.

Hammond (1-3) at West Side (1-3), 1 p.m. on Saturday at West Side Stadium

West Side blitzed Riverside-Brookfield 76-49 last week to record its first win of the season, while Hammond will attempt to recover from a 45-0 defeat to Morton. The Wildcats’ passing game accumulated just 16 yards and two complete passes while tossing two interceptions in last week’s defeat.

Highland (3-1) at Lowell (2-2), 7 p.m. at the Inferno

The Lowell Red Devils have strung together back-to-back victories after starting the season 0-2. They will look to extend a streak of 11 straight wins in head-to-head matchups with Highland that dates back to Sept. 13, 2002. The Trojans downed Clark 33-0 last week.

Hobart (4-0) at Andrean (4-0), 7 p.m. at Father Eckert Field
The game of the night in Northwest Indiana will feature a battle of unbeatens as Andrean and Hobart compete in a pivotal game in the Northwest Crossroads Conference standings. The Brickies are off to their best start since rapping off five straight wins to start the 2008 season under head coach Wally McCormack. The last time the 59ers began the year 4-0, they completed the 2011 regular season undefeated. The potent Andrean offense is averaging 47.8 points per game this season. The 59ers are ranked first in Class 3A by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

Kankakee Valley (1-3) at Griffith (1-3) 7 p.m. at the Boneyard
Kankakee Valley and Griffith are both in search of their first NCC win after dropping the first two conference games. The Kougars came within a point of upsetting Hobart last week, but came up just shy in a 28-27 defeat.

Lake Central (3-1) at LaPorte (0-4), 7 p.m. at Kiwanis Field
Sophomore quarterback Colin Studer completed 11 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns last week as Lake Central bested Crown Point 23-0. The Indians will look to remain undefeated in conference play as they visit LaPorte. The Slicers are winless through four weeks for the second time in as many years after finishing the 2012 season 1-9.

Lake Station (0-4) at Calumet (2-2) at Arrowhead Stadium
The Lake Station offense is averaging just 11 points per game through the first four contests under first-year head coach Rich Lunsford. The Eagles will attempt to notch their coach his first career win. The Warriors have already put together their highest win total since 2010 after two straight one-win campaigns.

Merrillville (3-1) at Michigan City (2-2), 7 p.m. at the Wolves’ Den

The Wolves are back in familiar territory as the underdog in a Duneland Athletic Conference tilt this week. Michigan City lost 17-7 to Valparaiso last week in a game that many expected them to win. The Pirates topped Portage 31-17, withstanding three lost fumbles to move to 2-0 in conference play. Merrillville has won 13 consecutive meetings between the two schools dating back to Sept. 15, 2000 when Jeff Yelton’s Pirates lost to Ken Bye’s Wolves.

Munster (2-2) at Morton (4-0), 7 p.m. at the Governors’ Mansion
The Morton defense has been stingy so far this season, surrendering just 7.5 points per game. The Mustangs have already matched their win total from a season ago, but fell to Andrean 41-27 last weekend. Munster has captured each of the last two meetings between the two teams, including a 21-7 victory in 2012.

River Forest (3-1) at North Newton (1-3), 7 p.m. at Dick Gilbert Field
The North Newton defense has scuffled in the early going, surrendering an average of 44 points per game. Conversely, the River Forest defense has been solid, allowing just 9.3 points per contest and posting shutouts each of the last two weeks, wins over Lake Station and Calumet. The Ingots have already surpassed their win total from a season ago.

Twin Lakes (3-1) at Rensselaer (4-0), 7 p.m. at Emory Harrison Complex
The Rensselaer defense has been stifling thus far, allowing seven points or fewer in three of the first four games. The Bombers had a five-game winning streak in head-to-head matchups entering last season, but suffered an 18-0 defeat to the Indians.

Valparaiso (2-2) at Chesterton (3-1)
After opening the season with a loss to South Bend St. Joseph’s, the Chesterton Trojans are winners of three straight. Both Valparaiso and Chesterton are included in a four-way tie with Lake Central and Merrillville atop the conference standings. The other four Duneland schools are all 0-2 in conference play, while the four frontrunners are 2-0.

Wheeler (1-3) at South Central (0-4)
Something has to give as the Klimczak Bowl features matchup between two struggling teams. The Satellites are winless through the first four and have scored just 12 points per game. Wheeler picked up its first win last week by downing North Newton. Former Wheeler coach Dan Klimczak saw his South Central team fall to his brother Tony’s squad in the first ever Klimczak Bowl last season. Overall, the Bearcats have won seven straight between the two teams dating back to Sept. 28, 2011.

Whiting (4-0) at Bishop Noll (2-2)
The Whiting Oilers moved back a spot in the IFCA Class 1A State poll, dropping from fourth to fifth despite a 20-14 victory over winless South Central. Both Whiting and Noll have started Greater South Shore Conference play with two straight wins, joining River Forest in a three-way deadlock atop the standings. The Warriors have dropped three straight in the head-to-head series.

-Brandon Vickrey

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