Intrigue abounds as Lewis, Henderson visit Reitz

Below are my selections for Week 1. Please feel free to make your own picks.

It’s ironic that Tony Lewis is making his Colonels’ debut against his former team, Reitz, at the Bowl. Lewis was also a Reitz assistant under Bob Gaddis when current Panthers coach Andy Hape was an all-state offensive lineman. Lewis and Hape insist the talk should center around the players, not themselves. Reitz has won four in a row in this series, but the last two have been close. The Panthers should have a slim edge because it’s at the Bowl.

Prediction: Reitz 28, Henderson County 24

CASTLE vs. TERRE HAUTE NORTH, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil, Horseshoe Classic at Indianapolis
This game has extra impact because they could meet again in the revamped Class 5A Sectional 16. Knights are ranked No. 3 in AP’s Class 5A preseason poll while THN is No. 8. Castle lost a ton of talent from last year’s team, but coach Doug Hurt has more than 90 players out and is confident his team is reloading. THN returns two starters on offense and seven on defense from a 6-5 team.

Prediction: Castle 34, Terre Haute North 24

BOSSE at JEFFERSONVILLE, 6:30 p.m. Friday
Bosse returns Carrington Crutcher, one of the finest running backs in the state, but he needs help for the Bulldogs to become more well-rounded. They have struggled in the past on defense and Jeff scored 50 points or more six times last year. Red Devils moved up to Class 6A; Bosse is a 3A school.

Prediction: Jeffersonville 45, Bosse 21

CENTRAL at NORTH OLDHAM, Ky., 20/20 Bowl, 7 p.m. Friday
Like Bosse, Central has an exceptionally talented back in Avion Sullivan, who should get more help from his teammates than Crutcher. Bears only return two starters on defense from a 6-4 team, but coach Andy Owen is confident in their replacements.

Prediction: Central 38, North Oldham 21

WEST VIGO at HARRISON, 6:30 p.m. Friday
Harrison cannot wait for this rematch. Last year, the Warriors routed West Vigo 52-7 on the field, but had to forfeit for using an ineligible player. It also marks the debut of new Harrison coach Cory Brunson, former offensive coordinator at Reitz. Brunson has gotten about 50 guys out, but Warriors will still be a work in progress.

Prediction: Harrison 38, West Vigo 20

This used to be one of the better city vs. area matchups, but Mater Dei had begun to dominate the Patriots even before Bob Clayton retired as coach. Wildcats, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, are seeking their third successive trip to semistate. Heritage Hills quarterback Logan Wilkerson, son of coach Todd Wilkerson, tore his ACL playing basketball last winter and isn’t expected to return until the third or fourth week.

Prediction: Mater Dei 35, Heritage Hills 17

MEMORIAL at JASPER, 6:30 p.m. Friday
Jasper has won eight in a row in this series and it won’t get any easier this time around. Wildcats boast talented quarterback Nolan Ahrens and game-breaking tight end Austin Alles. Memorial needs to build a more well-rounded attack around talented running back McKinley Warren.

Prediction: Jasper 28, Memorial 14

North has only nine seniors, but has added quarterback Jesse Millikan, son of former Bedford North Lawrence offensive coordinator Tim Millikan, who followed BNL head coach Bret Szabo to North. Call this one a tossup.

Prediction: North 24, Terre Haute South 17

–Gordon Engelhardt

3 thoughts on “Intrigue abounds as Lewis, Henderson visit Reitz

    I’m back and better than ever! It is the most wonderful time of the year and I could not be more excited for the ball to get teed up and to get my Rascal through the gates.

    Henderson Co. vs. Reitz at Mike Goebel Field at Frank Will Bowl
    Let’s all face the facts. Tony Lewis left Reitz because:
    1. There is NOOOOOOO talent in the next several years on the Hill.
    2. The “Reitz Nation” is flipping CRAZY! I shouldn’t say the entire nation is crazy…just all of the parents, ex players, current players and generally anyone who refers to themselves as the Reitz Nation.
    HC 35 Reitz 24

    Castle vs. Terre Haute North at The Luke
    Castle looked bad last week against Memorial. I have no idea what THN has…
    THN 28 Castle 21

    Bosse vs. Jeffersonville at John Schnatter Stadium
    Crutcher is a stud. The rest of Bosse is not.
    Jeffersonville scored a ton of points last year and Bosse gave up a ton of points last year. The Song Remains the Same!
    Jeff 56 Bosse 21

    Central vs. North Oldham at 20/20 Bowl
    Avion Sullivan is almost as good as Crutcher, and his teammates are better. However, almost every kid on the field will be starting in their 1st Varsity game.
    Central 21 North Oldham 17

    West Vigo vs. Harrison at The Big Teepee
    EVSC decided to reward Cory Brunson with the Harrison job. You might as well have rewarded him by burning his house to the ground and just getting it over with….The Injuns win the 1st one and then go into a complete free fall.
    Harrison 31 West Vigo 24

    Mater Dei vs. Heritage Hills at Ken Dilger Memorial Stadium
    The Kitty Kats roll North to play the Pats. Kats are big but need a QB. Patriots aren’t as big and have no QB.
    MD 41 HH 20

    Memorial vs. Jasper at Schnitzelbank Stadium
    Jasper has a pretty good streak going against the Tiggers and have some talent on the Offensive side of the ball. The Tiggers though, looked very stout against Castle last week. This one is a barn burner and the best game of the week.
    Jasper 31 Memorial 27

    Terre Haute South vs. North at New Vida Robinson Field at Fonzi Stadium
    Terre Haute South has this NG named Aleni Berry, who is an absolute MONSTER. He just committed to Toledo, and he is going to terrorize the North interior line. Millikan is going to spend a ton of time on his back…
    THS 28 North 14

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