When: 7 p.m. Friday.
Radio/Internet: WTMK-FM (88.5), rrsn.com, WRTW-FM (90.5), Facebook.com/Regionsports, Regionsports.com, www.broadcastsport.net.
What to watch: This is the matchup fans started to anticipate — former Griffith coach Russ Radtke facing a former Northwest Crossroads Conference foe — when the unbeaten and top-ranked Red Devils and Cougars, winners of 11 in a row since an opening loss to LaPorte, began storming through their schedules. "It's exciting to get play someone outside of the Region," Lowell coach Keith Kilmer said. "Griffith was a little unknown, but we still knew them from last year. (New Prairie) beat Andrean (42-3) in week three, but everybody's different in week 13. We won't know how we match up until we kick the ball off." At first glance, it's a clash of the Cougars' mighty running game (418 yards per game) against the stone wall Red Devils' defense, which leads the state in scoring defense (5.17). Quarterback Nick Wilson has run for 1,871 yards, averaging more than 10 yards per carry, and while he doesn't throw the ball a lot, he averages nearly 22 yards for each of his 28 completions. Sophomores Chase Ketterer and Chris Mays are also more than 1,000 yards rushing. "They're well-coached, big, physical," Kilmer said. "(Wilson) is phenomenal. They're going to shot gun snap and he's going to run until he finds a hole. They're going to run it, run it, run it until they break big one, then run it, run it, run it and skip a pass out." Lowell's defense has 19 sacks, 26 takeaways and 80 tackles for loss. "Hobart's new offense was a nice look for us," Kilmer said. "The difference is Hobart's linemen were 5-11, 240, New Prairie's are 6-1, 320. Our defense is excited about the test." The Lowell offense dialed it up aganst Griffith, putting up 42 points, its second highest total of the season. Tyler Wildman leads a balanced rushing attack with 799 yards. Jusevtich, Gill and Mitch Wildman all have more than 200 yards receiving. Ethan Igras went over 1,000 yards passing last week. "Our offense has to find a way to help the defense out by scoring some points, eating some clock, shortening the game," Kilmer said. "They're going to try to make us one dimensional. The big thing is we won't know until Friday night who they're more afraid of, Tyler, Gill or Jusevitch. They're physical up front. We'll have to maintain control of the line of scrimmage and go from there."