Castle-Central game could be high-scoring

WEEK FIVE

CASTLE (2-2, 1-1) at CENTRAL (3-1, 1-1), 7 p.m., Friday
Whoever picks up the pieces after a tough loss will prove to be the winner. After blanking Reitz, Castle was stunned 40-33 by Bosse. It marked the Knights’ first loss to Bosse since 2006 and first SIAC loss since Memorial in 2010, which snapped a 15-game league winning streak. Central, on the other hand, was pounded 48-28 by Reitz after a 3-0 start. The Bears are averaging 51.2 points, but surrendering 41.0, so look for another high-scoring affair.

Prediction: Castle 42, Central 35

BOSSE (2-2, 1-1) vs. MEMORIAL (1-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday, Enlow Field
High-scoring Bulldogs are riding high after their first win over Castle since 2006. This is a rivalry game like week 9, with Bosse and Memorial located about 4 blocks away from each other and teams sharing same stadium. Tigers led Mater Dei 13-7 early in the third quarter, but couldn’t hold on. Look for Bosse’s big plays to prove too much for their East Side rival.

Prediction: Bosse 31, Memorial 27

NORTH (2-2, 1-1) vs. MATER DEI (4-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Reitz Bowl
On paper, this looks like a mismatch, but not much has gone according to form this season, except for the Wildcats continuing to win. They are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A AP poll, but I rated them No. 3, behind Lafayette Central Catholic and Indy Cardinal Ritter.

Prediction: Mater Dei 35, North 21

REITZ (2-2, 1-1) at HARRISON (1-2, 0-2), 7 p.m. Friday
After being shut out by Castle, Reitz responded with a decisive 20-point win over previously undefeated Central. Look for the Panthers to vault over .500, but Harrison is no longer a pushover. Just ask North, which struggled to beat Warriors 16-13.

Prediction: Reitz 42, Harrison 28

Last week: 2-2.
Overall: 16-7

Thanks for reading.

–Gordon Engelhardt

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