Will Central stun Jasper?

IHSAA SECTIONAL SEMIFINALS
CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 24
CENTRAL (7-3) AT JASPER (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 6 Jasper hasn’t faced an electric running back like Central’s Avion Sullivan all season, although Princeton’s Deon Hardiman is pretty formidable. He has more than 2,000 yards rushing and 30 TDs. Bears QB Austin Fuchs has more than 1,000 yards rushing and passing, proof that Central is not one-dimensional. Proud Jasper, which has not won a sectional title since 2008, is sick and tired of losing to Evansville schools.

Prediction: Jasper 35, Central 31

REITZ (7-3) vs. SILVER CREEK (4-6), 7 p.m., Reitz Bowl
The most interesting thing about this game is the site. Silver Creek, a third-year program, has no visitor’s seating section, so it will play at the Bowl instead. Reitz is still considered the visiting team. Other than that puzzling tidbit, it’s another blowout for the Panthers, which could meet Jasper for the sectional title for the second straight year the following week. Silver Creek QB Brooks Howell threw 4 TD passes in 49-41 shootout win over Boonville. But Reitz ain’t Boonville.

Prediction: Reitz 42, Silver Creek 14

CLASS 5A SECTIONAL 16
TERRE HAUTE NORTH (7-2) at CASTLE (6-3), 6:30 p.m. Friday
Plagued by five turnovers in a 44-14 loss to TH North at Lucas Oil in the season opener, Castle hopes to prove to the No. 2-ranked Patriots that they are vastly improved. Star LB Clay Seitz returned from a broken hand in regular season finale vs. Memorial, but RB Christian Peach is still hobbling.

Prediction: TH North 28, Castle 21

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (2-7) at NORTH (2-7), 6:30 p.m. Friday
If you believe in comparative scores, check this out: North beat TH South 37-20 in a season opener that wasn’t that close, yet TH South turned around later and beat No. 2 TH North. I know it was a rivalry game, but still puzzling. Which TH South team will show up against the Huskies?

Prediction: TH South 27, North 24

CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 32
PRINCETON (7-3) at BOSSE (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday
You could call this the battle of the backs: Deon Hardiman vs. Carrington Crutcher. Will Bulldogs wake up after narrowly beating Pike Central (which had one win)? Princeton coach Waylon Schenk will try to beat his alma mater.

Prediction: Bosse 42, Princeton 35

GIBSON SOUTHERN (10-0) vs. MEMORIAL (3-7), 7 p.m. Friday, Romain Stadium
If this game looks like a mismatch, think again. Memorial took the Titans to OT in sectional title game last year. John Hurley, who led the Tigers to a sectional championship berth in his first five seasons, is in danger of seeing that streak end.

Prediction: Gibson Southern 28, Memorial 21

CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 40
MATER DEI (10-0) at SULLIVAN (7-3), 6:30 p.m. Friday
No. 1 MD didn’t need ailing RB Nolan Goebel against Forest Park, won’t need him against Sullivan, although he will probably see some action. The Wildcats appear headed for a sectional championship showdown at No. 6 Southridge.

Prediction: Mater Dei 42, Sullivan 17

Last week: 6-0
Overall: 42-7.

Thanks for reading.

–Gordon Engelhardt

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