Welcome to another year of my weekly high school football predictions. Please feel free to make your own picks and compare them.
(All times CDT)
REITZ at HENDERSON COUNTY, 7 p.m.
Welcome to Tony Lewis vs. Reitz, year 2, and perhaps a little less hype. After leading the Panthers to four successive victories over Henderson County, Lewis turned the tables in his first season on the other side of the bridge as the Colonels pulled out a 24-21 victory in the final minute, ruining Andy Hape’s debut as Reitz head coach. Expect another close game; Malik Higgins’ all-around excellence could prove to be the difference. The Panthers are ranked No. 10 in preseason AP Class 4A poll, coach Hape was not pleased with their effort in practice earlier this week.
Prediction: Reitz 27, Henderson County 21
JASPER vs. MEMORIAL at Harrison, 6:30 p.m.
Not since the Chad Rupp era in 2004 have the Tigers beaten Jasper. I don’t see any reason for the streak to end this year, unless Memorial has drastically improved. The Wildcats, who are always solid no matter what their talent level may be that season, are ranked No. 6 in Class 4A.
Prediction: Jasper 28, Memorial 14
JEFFERSONVILLE at BOSSE, 6:30 p.m.
After going 7-4 last season, the Bulldogs lost a wealth of talent and will be hard-pressed to beat Jeff, a Class 6A school, which outlasted Bosse 60-48 in last year’s season opener.
Prediction: Jeff 42, Bosse 27
TERRE HAUTE NORTH at CASTLE, 6:30 p.m.
It was an unhappy bookend of sorts for Castle, which lost to THN in its season opener and also in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. However, the Knights started 10 sophs last season and we’ll see right off the bat how much they have improved. THN is ranked No. 4 in Class 5A while Castle just missed cracking the top 10.
Prediction: Castle 28, Terre Haute North 27
CENTRAL vs. NORTH OLDHAM, Ky., Vision Works Bowl, 7 p.m.
North Oldham is a Class AAAA team that won 9 games and returns all-state running back, Arien Beasley, who scored 30 TDs last year. Central lost a host of talent to graduation and should eventually be another above .500 team, but the opener could be a learning experience.
Prediction: North Oldham 35, Central 34
HARRISON at WEST VIGO, 7 p.m.
This is an excellent opportunity for the Warriors to get the season started on the right foot in Cory Brunson’s second season as head coach.
Prediction: Harrison 38, West Vigo 21
MATER DEI at INDIANAPOLIS NORTHWEST, 7 p.m.
Versatile Mater Dei running back-wide receiver-defensive back Julian Weidner is ready for a breakout season. Wildcats coach Mike Goebel was unhappy with his team’s effort in their scrimmage against Reitz last Friday, but will have them prepared for the bus trip to Indy and to play Northwest, a 4A school that finished 1-9 last season. MD is tied for No. 3 in Class 2A.
Prediction: Mater Dei 42, Indy Northwest 14
NORTH at TERRE HAUTE SOUTH, 6:30 p.m.
While Castle lost twice to THN last season, North beat THS twice. The Huskies, who have a strong senior class, hope to continue their mastery of THS.
Prediction: North 34, Terre Haute South 27