The 6-4 Connersville Spartan football team will travel to New Castle to take on the 3-7 Trojans in the second round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association class 4A sectional 22 tournament on Friday. Both teams received favorable draws in the October 9 football sectional selection show. Connersville defeated the 0-9 Richmond Red Devils 56-18 in last weekend’s first round at Spartan Field. New Castle hosted the 4-6 Beech Grove Hornets last Friday and came away with a 21-13 victory.

Statistically speaking, both teams are exceptionally similar. The Spartans are averaging 250 yards on offense for the year. Senior Spartan quarterback Gavin Pearson is averaging 91 passing yards per game and 14 yards per game rushing with 12 total touchdowns. Senior New Castle quarterback Quintin Boatright took over play calling duties for the Trojans in week 5 following a 22-20 New Castle loss at Shelbyville. In his 6 games as quarterback, Boatright is averaging 134 passing yards per game with 4 touchdown passes.