Reitz, Mater Dei seeking sectional championships

HIGH SCHOOL PREDICTION BLOG
SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 24
JASPER (10-1) at REITZ (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Mater Dei won its revenge game last Friday at Southridge, now it’s Reitz’s turn. Or so the Panthers hope. Losing 17-9 last year at Jasper in the sectional title round, Reitz will get the ‘Cats at the Bowl. There are two major factors in play. 1. Jasper probably hasn’t seen anybody with the game-breaking skills of Malik Higgins. 2. Reitz has proven vulnerable to the run; Central gained 305 yards rushing and North 295 vs. the Panthers. But Reitz still won both games. Jasper will be one of the most physical teams the Panthers have played and a Ben Moore-led ground attack should eat up yards and the clock. And Nolan Ahrens gives the ‘Cats a potent passing game, when necessary. Austin Alles, at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds is an imposing target at TE and a quality DE. Still, it’s Reitz in a close one. Panthers are ranked No. 5 and Jasper No. 6.

Prediction: Reitz 28, Jasper 21.

CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 40
MATER DEI (11-0) at NORTH POSEY (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday
While the ‘Cats avenged their sectional championship game loss to Southridge last year last week in the semis, their mission is far from over. Mater Dei is looking for a sectional title, and much, much more. Lance Inkenbrandt leads North Posey’s solid ground game. The Vikings have lost their last six playoff matchups to Mater Dei, dating to 1994, including championship games in 2009, 1998 and ‘94. Wildcats are ranked No. 1.

Prediction: Mater Dei 31, North Posey 14

Last week: 6-0.
Overall: 44-8.

Thanks for reading.

–Gordon Engelhardt

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