In recent seasons, picking prep football games involving SIAC teams wasn’t all that difficult because the top teams often towered above the rest.
Not this year. I’m limping along with a 14-5 record because there is lots of parity and that makes it interesting and unpredictable for everybody.
Feel free to make your picks for Week 4.
MEMORIAL (1-2, 1-0) vs. MATER DEI (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Reitz Bowl
Steve Ford and I discussed on Memorial’s (The Score) video (on courierpress.com) last week that maybe the Tigers weren’t really a bad team despite their 0-2 record. They had faced arguably the toughest nonconference schedule of any SIAC team. We were perhaps proven correct when they beat North in their SIAC opener. But Memorial will, for the third time in four weeks, be facing yet another elite team in Mater Dei. The Wildcats, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, have won three in a row in the series.
Prediction: Mater Dei 28, Memorial 14
CASTLE (2-1, 1-0) at BOSSE (1-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Talk about contrasting styles. Castle, which has often struggled to score points, pitched a shutout against Reitz. Bosse, on the other hand, has scored 148 points and given up 131. Something’s got to give. Knights’ offensive and defensive lines should prove to be the difference. Castle is ranked No. 7 in the AP Class 5A poll (artificially high, I ranked the Knights No. 9).
Prediction: Castle 31, Bosse 17
REITZ (1-2, 0-1) at CENTRAL (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
After doing a good job of showcasing its skill players out in space against Paducah Tilghman, Reitz was shut out by Castle as the Knights’ line manhandled the Panthers up front. It marked the first time Reitz had been blanked since 2004. Central is the third-highest scoring team in the state with a 59-point average, but is allowing 41.3. Loser of this regular-season game went on to win the local Class 4A sectional the last two years.
Prediction: Central 42, Reitz 35
HARRISON (1-1, 0-1) at NORTH (1-2, 0-1)
Sophomore QB Ryan Hales threw for 225 yards and three TDs, but had two intercepted in Harrison’s 51-25 loss to Mater Dei. North let a winnable game against Memorial slip away. The Huskies, who ended 5-5 the past two seasons, need this victory badly if they want to at least finish .500 yet again.
Prediction: North 28, Harrison 21
Last week: 2-2
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