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Bulldogs in search of first win; Eagles look to get revenge against S-V-W

  • (Top) Kody Cavender and Harrisburg travel to Boonville, Indiana Friday night, while (bottom) Jace Jenkins and Eldorado will welcome Sesser-Valier-Waltonville to Boz Adams Field.

    (Top) Kody Cavender and Harrisburg travel to Boonville, Indiana Friday night, while (bottom) Jace Jenkins and Eldorado will welcome Sesser-Valier-Waltonville to Boz Adams Field.

 
By Spyder Dann mdann@dailyregister.com
updated: 9/6/2018 10:20 AM

If the Bulldogs want a win against Boonville, Ind., they're going to have to do it this year.

The Pioneers (3-0) won't be on the schedule after this season as the two schools contract expires following Friday night's game and the Big Eight Conference school has already told Harrisburg officials they aren't going to resign.

A series that started in 2015 after Harrisburg ended its contract with Marion, the Bulldogs have four wins over the Pioneers, most recently scoring 21 unanswered points in last year's second half to win 21-14.

Boonville's only victory came in 2016 when the Hoosier school won 29-22. The Bulldogs have wins in 2015 (34-20), 2000 (47-20) and 1999 (18-0).

This season, Boonville has scored 120 points in three games, while giving up just 47.

The Pioneers beat Washington 52-7 to start the season and then picked up wins against Vincennes Lincoln (40-26) and Jasper (28-14).

Harrisburg has stumbled out of the gate to an 0-2 start with losses to Mt. Carmel and Du Quoin to start the season. The Bulldogs have scored 27 points in two games and surrendered 55 points.

Eldorado and Sesser-Valier-Waltonville find themselves in similar positions as they were last year.

Both teams were 2-0 to start the year and the Red Devils took bragging rights, snapping a four-game losing skid to Eldorado and hold a 13-9 advantage in a series that has been going on since 1996.

Eldorado, S-V-W and Fairfield are the only other unbeaten teams left in the Black Diamond Conference and it's Eldorado that has scored the most points of any team the first two games with 46, but its S-V-W that has given up the least, allowing just six as the Red Devils have a 8-0 shutout win over Carmi-White County to start the season and then beat Edwards County 24-6 last week.

Sesser-Valier-Waltonville parlayed last year's win against Eldorado to who 8-0 before falling to eventual conference champion Fairfield (18-6) in the season finale. S-V-W then lost to Greenville (39-20) in the first round of the IHSA Class 2A Playoffs.

The Red Devils have since dropped its co-op with Woodlawn, which many believe will make S-V-W a 1A team come postseason this year.

Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois Local Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.