Make your picks for week 2 of high school football

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS INVOLVING SIAC TEAMS
WEEK 2

Friday
(All times CDT)
MEMORIAL (0-1) vs. MATER DEI (1-0), 7 p.m., Reitz Bowl
Jasper’s physical offensive line simply manhandled Memorial last week in a 45-14 romp at Romain Stadium. Tigers coach John Hurley said his team couldn’t adequately handle Jasper’s pressure and noted that pressure is MD’s M.O. The Wildcats breezed past Indianapolis Northwest, 61-0. Julian Weidner gained 84 yards rushing on just three carries, including touchdown runs of 56 and 36 yards. Memorial hasn’t beaten MD since 2009. In an odd twist, teams meet Friday in a nonconference game at the Bowl, then meet in SIAC play on Sept. 12 at Owen Stadium.

Prediction: Mater Dei 28, Memorial 14

BOSSE (0-1) at WASHINGTON (0-1), 7 p.m.
Both teams are coming off blowout losses. This might be Bosse’s best chance to secure a win early in the season, so Dawgs need to take advantage. Washington was pounded by Boonville, 50-13.

Prediction: Bosse 42, Washington 28

PAOLI (0-1) at CENTRAL (0-0), 7 p.m.
Paoli was pounded by Brownstown Central 38-0 while Central’s game last Friday was canceled vs. North Oldham, Kentucky. Central was snubbed in trying to reschedule game the next night at Southridge, a neutral site. Strange days, indeed. Bears should take out their frustrations on Paoli.

Prediction: Central 35, Paoli 21

INDIANAPOLIS HOWE (0-1) at HARRISON (1-0), 7 p.m.
Harrison has an excellent chance to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2004.
Howe lost its opener, 27-10, to Indianapolis Tech.

Prediction: Harrison 35, Howe 28
HENDERSON COUNTY (0-1) at NORTH (0-1), 7 p.m.
Coming off a 34-13 loss to Reitz, the Colonels can’t wait to get a crack at North. Huskies are reeling after falling behind Terre Haute South 47-0, before putting 15 points on the board in the final period to make the score a little more respectable. North has not beaten Henderson County since 2007.

Prediction: Henderson County 35, North 17

REITZ (1-0) at PADUCAH TILGHMAN (0-1), 7 p.m.
Panthers were impressive in season-opening win at Henderson. Reitz looks to improve to 2-0, but it won’t be easy making the 2-hour trip to play against a perennial Western Kentucky powerhouse. However, the Blue Tornado suffered several self-inflicted errors in losing opener 49-21 to rival McCracken County, Kentucky.

Prediction: Reitz 35, Paducah Tilghman 21

CASTLE (0-1) at NEW ALBANY (0-1), 7 p.m.
After failing to avenge a pair of 2013 losses to Terre Haute North last week, the Knights are gunning for their first victory. New Albany, which lost 15-14 to Class 2A Clarksville Providence, will be the victim.

Prediction: Castle 31, New Albany 17

Last week: 5-2
Overall: 5-2.

–Gordon Engelhardt

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