HIGH SCHOOL PREDICTION BLOG FOR WEEK 11
SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL ROUND
CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 16
NORTH (3-6) at TERRE HAUTE NORTH (4-5), 6:30 p.m.
The Huskies lost 47-15 to THS in Week 1. THS is the better Terre Haute school this year, but THN is still probably way too strong for North.
Prediction: Terre Haute North 38, North 14
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (8-1) at CASTLE (6-3), 6:30 p.m.
The Knights enter the playoffs riding a three-game winning streak and are playing at home. But THS is ranked No. 4 and better than THN, which beat Castle 24-14 in Week 1.
Prediction: Terre Haute South 34, Castle 17
CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 24
JASPER (9-1) at CENTRAL (5-5), 7 p.m.
The Bears’ streak of posting at least a .500 record is in peril. Central has finished at least .500 or better every year since 2004, when it ended 4-6. The Bears have a potent offensive line, but Jasper is solid up front and everywhere else. The Wildcats are ranked No. 6.
Prediction: Jasper 28, Central 14
OWEN VALLEY (8-2) at REITZ (9-1), 7 p.m.
The Panthers bounced back from a regular-season ending loss to MD with a wild 59-35 win at Seymour. Don’t’ be fooled by Owen Valley’s 8-2 record. The Patriots only beat Boonville, 28-21, in the first round. Reitz is ranked No. 5.
Prediction: Reitz 35, Owen Valley 14
CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 32
BOSSE (2-8) at HERITAGE HILLS (9-1), 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs have struggled this season, but are coming off a 41-20 win over Pike Central. But No. 6 Heritage Hills ain’t Pike Central.
Prediction: Heritage Hills 28, Bosse 14
CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 40
MATER DEI (10-0) at SOUTHRIDGE (7-3), 6:30 p.m.
After the Raiders beat Mater Dei 21-19 last year for the sectional title, the city of Huntingburg celebrated as if had won the Super Bowl. The top-ranked Wildcats have not forgotten that and are gunning for revenge. There are three distinct differences from last season: Mater Dei is better at quarterback, is mentally tougher (if smaller) on defense and Connor Craig is injured. Craig, who gained 126 yards rushing on 17 attempts, including two TDs in Southridge’s win over MD last season, tore his ACL and MCL in the Raiders’ 28-20 win over North Posey on Sept. 12 and was lost for the season. Southridge has employed several backs in his absence. The Raiders use a wing-T and full-house T formation, in which fakes and misdirection are paramount. MD coach Mike Goebel said if his players follow the ball instead of staying in their lanes and reading their keys, they’ll be in trouble. Don’t bet on it.
Prediction: Mater Dei 28, Southridge 14.
Last week: 4-1.
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