Castle should handle Central in Game of the Week – Week 5

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREDICTION BLOG FOR SIAC – WEEK 5

CENTRAL (3-1, 1-1) at CASTLE (2-2, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Castle sophomore quarterback Dayne Keller is growing up. After throwing four picks – at least a couple of which were not his fault – in a 35-14 loss to Reitz – Keller tied Mitch Gilles’ school-record of seven TD passes in the Knights’ 60-0 romp over Bosse. Central is still trying to recover from the shock of Reitz’s big-play onslaught which resulted in a 56-16 Panther win. Led by running back Isaiah Kemper and a solid offensive line, the Bears should move the ball consistently against Castle, but won’t be able to stop the Knights, either, in the Game of the Week. Knights have won last three in series.

Prediction: Castle 38, Central 24

HARRISON (2-2, 0-2) at REITZ (4-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Led by Malik Higgins, one of the best game-breakers in the state, the Panthers’ big-play capabilities are devastating. Just ask Central. Harrison should be quaking in its boots. Reitz has won 18 in a row in this series, dating to 1998. Panthers are still No. 6 in Class 4A.

Prediction: Reitz 56, Harrison 14

MATER DEI (4-0, 2-0) at NORTH (1-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. Friday
I’ve said a couple of weeks ago that the Wildcats needed to improve their passing game to be able to beat an outstanding opponent. Lo and behold, sophomore Kurtis Wilderman is beginning to blossom. Junior Rob Bow, who started at QB last week, has outstanding running ability. Hmm, maybe Mater Dei being ranked No. 1 in 2A isn’t so far-fetched, after all. ‘Cats have won six in a row over North, which routed Harrison 37-6 last week to earn its first win.

Prediction: Mater Dei 35, North 14

MEMORIAL (1-3, 1-1) at BOSSE (1-3, 0-2), 7 p.m. Friday
Tigers get the edge in this East Side rivalry. Both teams are seeking their second win. Bosse struggles defensively and that should continue. Dawgs won’t be able to contain McKinley Warren and Ja’Von Langley.

Prediction: Memorial 28, Bosse 21

Last week: 3-1.
Overall: 19-3.

Thanks for reading.

–Gordon Engelhardt

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