Make your picks for rivalry week – last week of regular season

MATER DEI (8-0, 6-0) at REITZ (6-2, 5-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Mater Dei is seeking its first unbeaten regular season since 2001 while Panthers hope to win City title outright and tie MD for SIAC championship. Don’t count on the latter two happening. MD should control Panthers’ ground game and forced them to pass.

Prediction: Mater Dei 28, Reitz 21

HARRISON (1-6, 0-6) at BOSSE (4-4, 3-3), 7 p.m. Friday
Bulldogs hope to bounce back from two losses to finish the regular season above .500. LaWan Rollins stepped in admirably as Harrison QB after Ryan Hales went down with a broken collarbone last week in practice. But it’s doubtful Warriors can rebound from devastating 42-41 OT loss to Memorial in which they blew a 35-7 halftime lead.

Prediction: Bosse 42, Harrison 34

CENTRAL (5-3, 3-3) at NORTH (2-6, 1-5), 7 p.m. Friday
Same old story – Bears have scored 345 points, but have allowed 312. It’s doubtful North has the firepower to keep up.

Prediction: Central 45, North 28

MEMORIAL (2-6, 2-4) at CASTLE (5-3, 4-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Memorial is riding high after overcoming a 35-7 halftime deficit to stun Harrison, 42-41, in OT. Injury-plagued Castle hopes to close regular season with a win, then heal up as it gets a first-round Class 5A playoff bye.

Prediction: Castle 31, Memorial 21

Last week: 4-0
Overall: 32-7.

Thanks for reading.

–Gordon Engelhardt

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