Engelhardt’s AP football selections entering Week 7

Below are my selections for The Associated Press Indiana high school football poll entering Week 7. The overall poll, which includes writers and broadcasters from throughout the state, will appear on the Scoreboard page in Wednesday’s Courier & Press.

Class 6A
1. Carmel
2. Warren Central
3. Ben Davis
4. Penn
5. Southport
6. Carroll (Allen)
7. Jeff
8. Fishers
9. Center Grove
10. Noblesville
Class 5A
1. Concord
2. FW Snider
3. McCutcheon
4. Indy Cathedral
5. Mishawaka
6. TH South
7. Westfield
8. Munster
9. Bloomington South
10. FW Wayne
Class 4A
1. Columbus East
2. Indy Chatard
3. Reitz
4. New Pal
5. Plymouth
6. Jasper
7. FW Dwenger
8. SB St. Joe’s
9. New Haven
10. Indy Roncalli
Class 3A
1. Andrean
2. Indy Brebeuf
3. Brownstown
4. Gibson Southern
5. Vincennes Lincoln
6. Heritage Hills
7. FW Luers
8. W Lafayette
9. Tri-West
10. Indian Creek
Class 2A
1. Rensselaer
2. Mater Dei
3. Laf Cen Cath
4. Southridge
5. Monrovia
6. Triton Central
7. Cass
8. Indy Scecina
9. Shenandoah
10. Oak Hill
Class A
1. Winamac
2. Northeastern
3. N Vermillion
4. Whiting
5. Linton-Stockton
6. Tri-Central
7. Pioneer
8. Fountain Central
9. Indy Lutheran
10. Attica

Boys’ and girls’ soccer sectional pairings involving SIAC teams

IHSAA SOCCER PAIRINGS
(Sectionals involving SIAC teams)
BOYS
Class 2A
North Sectional
Monday, Oct. 6
Castle vs. Jasper, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8
North vs. Washington, 5 p.m.
Boonville vs. Castle-Jasper winner, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Championship, noon

Harrison Sectional at EVSC Fields
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Reitz vs. Mount Vernon, 5:30 p.m.
Central vs. Harrison, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8
Reitz-Mount Vernon winner vs. Central-Harrison winner, 5:30 p.m.
Memorial vs. Bosse, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Championship, 1 p.m.

Class A
North Posey Sectional
Monday, Oct. 6
Day School vs. Princeton, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8
Gibson Southern vs. North Posey, 5:30 p.m.
Mater Dei vs. Day School-Princeton winner, 7:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Championship, 6 p.m.

GIRLS
Class 2A
Castle Sectional
Tuesday, Oct. 7
Boonville vs. Washington, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9
Jasper vs. Castle, 5 p.m.
North vs. Boonville-Washington winner, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Championship, 2 p.m.

Reitz Sectional at EVSC Fields
Monday, Oct. 6
Harrison vs. Bosse, 5:30 p.m.
Central vs. Reitz, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8
Harrison-Bosse winner, 5:30 p.m.
Memorial vs. Mount Vernon, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Championship, 11 a.m.

Class A
Princeton Sectional
Tuesday, Oct. 7
Mater Dei vs. Day School, 5:30 p.m.
North Posey vs. Princeton, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 9
Mater Dei-Day School winner vs. North Posey-Princeton winner, 5:30 p.m
Gibson Southern vs. Wood Memorial, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11
Championship, 1 p.m.

Mater Dei should edge Castle in Game of the Week

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREDICTION BLOG FOR SIAC – WEEK 6

CASTLE (3-2, 2-1) vs. MATER DEI (5-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Reitz Bowl, Game of the Week
Castle could be the only thing that stands between Mater Dei and an unbeaten record entering its regular-season finale against Reitz on Oct. 17. To hear Wildcats coach Mike Goebel tell it, Castle is stronger and faster. But, as you probably know, Mater Dei has made a habit out of beating more physically talented teams through the years. And many of those teams did not have game-breaker such as Julian Weidner, who returns after missing last week’s 28-10 victory over North with a muscle strain in his right leg. This could be the best SIAC matchup of the season, so far. Last year, Mater Dei prevailed, 31-24. The ‘Cats are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. I’m picking MD, primarily because the game is at the Bowl, not John Lidy Field.

Prediction: Mater Dei 28, Castle 27

BOSSE (1-4, 0-3) at NORTH (1-4, 1-2), 7 p.m. Friday
North has improved in the past couple of weeks while the Dawgs are treading water, at best. Bosse has to stop hurting itself – it committed 13 penalties for 107 yards in its 35-14 loss to Memorial last week.

Prediction: North 28, Bosse 21

HARRISON (2-3, 0-3) at CENTRAL (3-2, 1-2), 7 p.m. Friday
After back-to-back losses, the Bears plan to get back on the winning track against Harrison, which has probably lost quarterback Ryan Hales for the season with a leg injury. Earlier in the year, MD coach Mike Goebel said Hales may be the best QB in the league.

Prediction: Central 35, Harrison 21

REITZ (5-0, 3-0) vs. MEMORIAL (2-3, 2-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Owen Stadium
After a slow start, the Tigers have improved the past couple of weeks. QB Will Durchholz threw three scoring passes in last week’s 35-14 victory over Bosse. But Memorial was dogged by 10 penalties for 73 yards. The Tigers will have to play mistake-free football in order to have any hopes of staying in the game against Reitz, up to No. 4 in Class 4A.

Prediction: Reitz 35, Memorial 17

Last week: 4-0
Overall: 23-3.

Thanks for reading

–Gordon Engelhardt

Hopkins latest to step into Loogootee pressure cooker

Michael Hopkins, welcome to the pressure cooker that is Loogootee boys’ basketball.
Hopkins, who posted a 4-39 record as coach of the rebuilding Washington Catholic High School girls’ basketball program the past two seasons, was named Loogootee’s new boys’ coach at a special board meeting on Thursday night.
Hopkins, a Barr-Reeve graduate, replaces former coach Mike Wagoner, who resigned earlier this month and later became an assistant at South Knox.
Reading between the lines it was obvious that Wagoner tired of the pressure swirling around his alma mater. He coached at Loogootee for 29 seasons, including the last six as head coach, before resigning earlier this month. He posted a six-year record of 90-44, including the 2012 Class A state championship, but it was never enough because he wasn’t Jack Butcher. There were even rumors that Butcher would become the new coach. C’mon, already. Butcher, the winningest coach in Indiana prep history, is 84 years old.
Loogootee athletic director Josh Mullis released the following statement to the media: “The Loogootee Community School Board accepted the recommendation of Michael Hopkins to be the next Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at the heralded program. The appointment for Hopkins is for the 2014-15 season only. The Lions will begin the 2014-15 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 29th versus Irvington Prep.”
I wonder if Hopkins knows what he is getting into. Nothing is ever enough for the Loogootee fans. Wagoner played on Butcher’s 1975 team that advanced to the single-class state championship game. But wake up, people. Those days are long gone.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Mater Dei remains 2A No. 1, Reitz up to No. 4 in 4A

The Associated Press Top 10 Indiana high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through games of Tuesday, rating points and previous rankings:

Class 6A

Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs

1. Carmel (14) 5-0 424 1

2. Warren Central (7) 5-0 408 3

3. Penn (1) 5-0 330 4

4. Ben Davis – 4-1 306 2

5. Southport – 5-0 270 5

6. Fishers – 4-1 212 6

7. Carroll (Allen) – 5-0 166 7

8. Jeffersonville – 5-0 100 9

9. Noblesville – 4-1 92 NR

10. Center Grove – 2-3 34 NR

Others receiving votes: Lake Central 30. Pike 18. Lawrence Central 14. Avon 10. Crown Point 4. Brownsburg 2.

Class 5A

Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs

1. Concord (17) 5-0 412 1

2. Ft. Wayne Snider – 4-1 372 2

3. McCutcheon – 5-0 316 5

4. Terre Haute South – 5-0 286 6

5. Cathedral (5) 1-3 260 3

6. Mishawaka – 4-1 190 9

7. Westfield – 3-2 168 8

8. Munster – 4-1 140 10

9. Bloomington South – 4-1 122 7

10. Ft. Wayne Wayne – 4-1 118 4

Others receiving votes: Martinsville 18. Terre Haute North 10. Bloomington North 8.

Photos JASON CLARK / COURIER & PRESS Malik Higgins of Reitz looks upfield on the punt return with help from teammate Tanner Duran of Reitz during the second quarter of their game against Castle at the Reitz Bowl in Evansville Friday.
Photos JASON CLARK / COURIER & PRESS Malik Higgins of Reitz looks upfield on the punt return with help from teammate Tanner Duran of Reitz during the second quarter of their game against Castle at the Reitz Bowl on Sept. 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 4A

Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs

1. Columbus East (20) 5-0 434 1

2. New Palestine – 5-0 376 2

3. Bishop Chatard (2) 4-1 346 4

4. Ev. Reitz – 5-0 298 6

5. Ft. Wayne Dwenger – 4-1 250 3

6. S. Bend St. Joseph’s – 4-0 204 7

7. Plymouth – 5-0 176 8

8. Jasper – 4-1 116 5

9. New Haven – 4-1 112 9

10. Roncalli – 3-2 74 10

Others receiving votes: New Prairie 18. Hammond Morton 12. Beech Grove 2. Greenwood 2.

DOUG MCSCHOOLER Gibson Southern’s Nick Sellers (15) drops back for a pass during the first half of action in the IHSAA 3A Semi-State football game at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory in Indianapolis Saturday.
DOUG MCSCHOOLER | Gibson Southern’s Nick Sellers (15) drops back for a pass during the first half of action in the 2013 IHSAA 3A Semi-State football game at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory in Indianapolis on Nov. 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 3A

Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs

1. Andrean (21) 5-0 438 1

2. Brebeuf Jesuit (1) 4-1 368 2

3. Gibson Southern – 5-0 354 3

4. Brownstown – 5-0 276 4

5. W. Lafayette – 4-1 256 5

6. Ft. Wayne Luers – 4-1 182 8

7. Indian Creek – 5-0 166 7

8. Tri-West – 4-1 98 9

9. Vincennes Lincoln – 5-0 84 NR

10. Western Boone – 5-0 64 NR

Others receiving votes: Yorktown 52. Batesville 38. Guerin Catholic 12. Heritage Hills 10. Charlestown 8. Jimtown 8. Mishawaka Marian 2. Corydon 2. Ft. Wayne Concordia 2.

JASON CLARK / COURIER & PRESS Mater Dei's Julian Weidner cuts around the outside corner while scoring his second touchdown of the game as Memorial's Isaac Hoffman tries to tackle him during the second quarter of their game at the Reitz Bowl in Evansville Friday.
JASON CLARK / COURIER & PRESS Mater Dei’s Julian Weidner cuts around the outside corner while scoring his second touchdown of the game as Memorial’s Isaac Hoffman tries to tackle him during the second quarter of their game at the Reitz Bowl in Evansville on Aug. 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class 2A

Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs

1. Ev. Mater Dei (15) 5-0 424 1

2. Rensselaer (7) 5-0 404 2

3. Lafayette Catholic – 4-1 358 3

4. Monrovia – 4-1 268 4(tie)

5. Southridge – 4-1 262 4(tie)

6. Triton Central – 4-1 218 7

7. Cass – 4-1 142 9

8. Scecina – 3-2 92 6

9. Oak Hill – 4-1 76 10

10. Shenandoah – 4-1 60 NR

Others receiving votes: Woodlan 42. Winchester 22. Cardinal Ritter 22. Alexandria 14. Providence 10. Paoli 4. Eastside 2.

Class A

Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs

1. Winamac (17) 5-0 430 2

2. Northeastern (3) 5-0 330 5

3. N. Vermillion – 5-0 328 4

4. Whiting (1) 5-0 222 7

5. Tri-Central – 4-1 190 1

6. Linton – 4-1 176 6

7. Pioneer – 4-1 152 8

8. Fountain Central – 4-1 130 3

9. Attica – 5-0 128 NR

10. Lutheran (1) 3-2 114 9

Others receiving votes: Monroe Central 108. W. Central 94. Eastern Hancock 10. Rockville 6. W. Washington 2.

Engelhardt’s AP votes for poll entering Week 6

Below are my votes for the AP football poll entering Week 6. The overall poll from writers and broadcasters from around the state should be on the Scoreboard page in Wednesday’s Courier & Press.

Class 6A
1. Carmel
2. Warren Central
3. Ben Davis
4. Penn
5. Southport
6. Fishers
7. Carroll (FW)
8. Jeff
9. Noblesville
10. Brownsburg
Class 5A
1. Concord
2. FW Snider
3. McCutcheon
4. Indy Cathedral
5. Westfield
6. TH South
7. FW Wayne
8. Mishawaka
9. Munster
10. Bloomington South
Class 4A
1. Columbus East
2. Indy Chatard
3. Reitz
4. New Pal
5. FW Dwenger
6. Jasper
7. New Haven
8. SB St. Joseph’s
9. Plymouth
10. Roncalli
Class 3A
1. Andrean
2. Indy Brebeuf
3. Gibson Southern
4. FW Luers
5. Vincennes Lincoln
6. Brownstown Central
7. W Lafayette
8. Indian Creek
9. Batesville
10. Tri-West
Class 2A
1. Rensselaer Central
2. Mater Dei
3. Laf Cen Cath
4. Monrovia
5. Triton Central
6. Southridge
7. Indy Scecina
8. Cass
9. Oak Hill
10. Indy Ritter
Class A
1. Winamac
2. Tri-Central
3. N Vermillion
4. Fountain Central
5. Linton-Stockton
6. Northeastern
7. Indy Lutheran
8. Pioneer
9. Whiting
10. Rockville

Upstart Vincennes Lincoln not about to claim favorite’s role in Big Eight

While Vincennes Lincoln’s football team was stunning host Jasper 35-34 in overtime on Friday night in a battle of unbeatens, previously undefeated Mount Carmel lost a nonconference game 40-32 to Breese (Illinois) Mater Dei.

The Alices, 3-0 in the Big Eight, will play at Mount Carmel (3-1 overall, 2-0 Big Eight) on Oct. 10. Jasper, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, is 4-1, 1-1.

Vincennes Lincoln coach Jon Heiden wasn’t about to label the Alices the league favorite.

“Jasper and Mount Carmel are always the teams to beat,” Heiden said. “I wouldn’t put us at that level. We still have a long way to go.”

–Gordon Engelhardt

Castle should handle Central in Game of the Week – Week 5

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREDICTION BLOG FOR SIAC – WEEK 5

CENTRAL (3-1, 1-1) at CASTLE (2-2, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Castle sophomore quarterback Dayne Keller is growing up. After throwing four picks – at least a couple of which were not his fault – in a 35-14 loss to Reitz – Keller tied Mitch Gilles’ school-record of seven TD passes in the Knights’ 60-0 romp over Bosse. Central is still trying to recover from the shock of Reitz’s big-play onslaught which resulted in a 56-16 Panther win. Led by running back Isaiah Kemper and a solid offensive line, the Bears should move the ball consistently against Castle, but won’t be able to stop the Knights, either, in the Game of the Week. Knights have won last three in series.

Prediction: Castle 38, Central 24

HARRISON (2-2, 0-2) at REITZ (4-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Led by Malik Higgins, one of the best game-breakers in the state, the Panthers’ big-play capabilities are devastating. Just ask Central. Harrison should be quaking in its boots. Reitz has won 18 in a row in this series, dating to 1998. Panthers are still No. 6 in Class 4A.

Prediction: Reitz 56, Harrison 14

MATER DEI (4-0, 2-0) at NORTH (1-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday
I’ve said a couple of weeks ago that the Wildcats needed to improve their passing game to be able to beat an outstanding opponent. Lo and behold, sophomore Kurtis Wilderman is beginning to blossom. Junior Rob Bow, who started at QB last week, has outstanding running ability. Hmm, maybe Mater Dei being ranked No. 1 in 2A isn’t so far-fetched, after all. ‘Cats have won six in a row over North, which routed Harrison 37-6 last week to earn its first win.

Prediction: Mater Dei 35, North 14

MEMORIAL (1-3, 1-1) at BOSSE (1-3, 0-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Tigers get the edge in this East Side rivalry. Both teams are seeking their second win. Bosse struggles defensively and that should continue. Dawgs won’t be able to contain McKinley Warren and Ja’Von Langley.

Prediction: Memorial 28, Bosse 21

Last week: 3-1.
Overall: 19-3.

Thanks for reading.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Southridge’s Connor Craig out for season

Southridge High School senior running back Connor Craig injured his knee and is sidelined for the rest of the season. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the third quarter of the Raiders’ 28-20 victory over North Posey last Friday night.

He was averaging 7.8 yards per carry in gaining 297 yards rushing. The Raiders (3-1) are tied for fourth in the latest Associated Press Class 2A poll, released Tuesday.

Craig hopes to return sometime during basketball season; he also plays baseball. He rushed for 1,781 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading Southridge to a 10-3 record and a sectional title last fall. Craig was a Prime Time 25 cover boy of the 2014 Indiana Football Digest.

–Gordon Engelhardt

Engelhardt’s AP ballot entering Week 5

Following are my selections for this week’s AP prep football poll. The overall poll, which includes sportswriters and broadcasters from throughout the state, will be on Wednesday’s Courier & Press scoreboard page.

Class 6A
1. Indy Ben Davis
2. Carmel
3. Warren Central
4. Penn
5. Southport
6. Fishers
7. Carroll (Wayne)
8. Indy Pike
9. Brownsburg
10. Crown Point
Class 5A
1. Concord
2. Fort Wayne Snider
3. Indy Cathedral
4. Westfield
5. FW Wayne
6. McCutcheon
7. TH South
8. Bloomington South
9. Mishawaka
10. Munster
Class 4A
1. Columbus East
2. Indy Chatard
3. Reitz
4. Jasper
5. FW Dwenger
6. New Pal
7. New Haven
8. SB St. Joe’s
9. Plymouth
10. Indy Roncalli
Class 3A
1. Andrean
2. Indy Brebeuf
3. Gibson Southern
4. Brownstown Central
5. W Lafayette
6. Batesville
7. FW Luers
8. Indian Creek
9. Yorktown
10. Tri-West Hendricks
Class 2A
1. Rensselaer Central
2. Mater Dei
3. Laf Cen Cath
4. Indy Scecina
5. Southridge
6. Triton Central
7. Monrovia
8. Indy Ritter
9. Cass
10. Alexandria
Class A
1. Tri-Central
2. Winamac
3. Fountain Central
4. N Vermillion
5. Northeastern
6. Linton-Stockton
7. Indy Lutheran
8. Pioneer
9. Whiting
10. Rockville

–Gordon Engelhardt