Reitz picked to edge Jasper in Class 4A sectional semifinal showdown


NORTH (1-8) at CASTLE (5-4), 7 p.m. Friday
Castle coach Doug Hurt has remarked that he likes the bye before the first round 5A sectional game, so his team can smooth out some kinks and heal up a bit. In the Knights’ last meeting with North on Oct. 9 at John Lidy Field, Dayne Keller threw for a season-high six touchdowns in the first three quarters of a 51-0 victory. I don’t think the rematch will be quite that lopsided, but Castle should again win in a walk.

Prediction: Castle 45, North 7

BOONVILLE (7-3) at HARRISON (8-2), 7 p.m. Friday
The Warriors will try to contain Boonville running back Camdon Cartwright, who gained 230 yards on 33 carries, including three TDs, in the Pioneers’ 53-40 victory over Bosse. Boonville might be able to score against Harrison, but simply won’t be able to contain the Warriors’ speed. Harrison has a habit of playing up or down to the level of the competition, can’t wait to get another possible shot at Reitz in the final, so it won’t be overlooking the Pioneers.

Prediction: Harrison 42, Boonville 28

NO. 5 JASPER (9-1) at NO. 4 REITZ (9-1), 6:30 p.m, Friday
Some say Jasper is a little down this season, despite its gaudy record. The Wildcats no longer have an Ahrens at quarterback, a 6-foot-5 Austin Alles at tight end and their offensive line isn’t as dominant as usual. But Jasper still has that swagger and play tough, physical defense and run its typical ball-control offense. Although WR-DB Grant Theil is a game-breaker and has been offered a scholarship by Air Force, Reitz has a game-breaker of its own in RB-DB Kerrion Ringo. Every year since 2007, either Reitz or Jasper has won this sectional, with the exception of Central in 2011. Expect Reitz to beat the Wildcats in a close one, as long as it doesn’t fall behind 14-0 for the third week in a row and uses its overall speed advantage.

Prediction: Reitz 28, Jasper 21

NO. 1 MATER DEI (10-0) at CLARKSVILLE PROVIDENCE (4-6), 6:30 p.m.
The only other team that had a winning record in this sectional was Forest Park, which was stunned by North Posey in the first round. Expect Mater Dei to continue to roll through this sectional, barely breaking a sweat.

Prediction: Mater Dei 42, Clarksville Providence 14.

Last week: 5-0.
Overall: 40-7.

Thanks for reading.

–Gordon Engelhardt

2 thoughts on “Reitz picked to edge Jasper in Class 4A sectional semifinal showdown”

  1. 3A #1 GIBSON Southern hosts Sullivan tonight to advance in the tourney. How about some coverage? Do you seek subscriptions in Gibson County or just Warrick?

    1. I am aware of Gibson Southern’s undefeated run. But it clearly states at the top of my blog that it is a SIAC prediction blog, games involving league teams. Maybe you are right, as the playoffs continue perhaps I should include more teams in my predictions. Thanks for your interest and good luck to the Titans.

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