NORTH (1-0) at HENDERSON COUNTY (Ky.) (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
After so many SIAC quarterbacks graduated, North’s Jesse Millikan could be one of the best newcomers. The former BNL standout threw for 227 yards and one score and ran the option for 74 yards and two other TDs in the Huskies’ 37-20 win over THS. Henderson coach Tony Lewis got a big win over Reitz, his old team, last week. Cols have won the last five in this series.
Prediction: Henderson County 27, North 23
CENTRAL (1-0) at PAOLI (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
After posting a wild 66-50 win at North Oldham, Ky., Bears are already road-tested. They should be far too fast for Paoli, which has won at least nine games the past five years.
Prediction: Central 41, Paoli 27
PADUCAH (Ky.) TILGHMAN (1-0) at REITZ (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Panthers played Tilghman, a perennial Western Kentucky powerhouse two years ago, posting a 28-21 win at Papa John’s in Louisville. Tilghman beat McCracken County 24-23 in its opener while Henderson County ruined Andy Hape’s Reitz debut, 24-21. Call this one a tossup. Reitz is ranked No. 9 in Class 4A.
Prediction: Paducah Tilghman 28, Reitz 24
NEW ALBANY (1-0) at CASTLE (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday
I never dreamed the inexperienced Knights would trail THN 37-0 at halftime last week at Lucas Oil, before falling, 44-14. Will Randell’s first two pass attempts were intercepted. Castle hopes to turn it around against New Albany, a team it shut out the last two years. Knights are ranked No. 10 in Class 5A.
Prediction: Castle 27, New Albany 20
WASHINGTON (0-1) at BOSSE (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday
The Bulldogs won’t be lacking in motivation. They beat Washington 25-19 on the field last year, but had to forfeit because they used an ineligible player and later ended with an 0-10 record. Bosse should have too much speed for Hatchets, who were blanked 21-0 by Boonville.
Prediction: Bosse 42, Washington 29
BELLEVILLE (Ill.) WEST (0-0) vs. MEMORIAL (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Romain Stadium
Tigers raced to a 19-0 lead over Jasper at Jasper last week, then fell apart. Belleville West, from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis, pounded Memorial 35-0 last year at Belleville and lost to the Tigers, 21-19, in 2011 at Bosse Field.
Prediction: Belleville West 28, Memorial 22
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (0-0) vs. MATER DEI (1-0), 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Reitz Bowl
U City, located just outside the St. Louis city limits, will have to make the 3-hour drive and may never have seen a stadium like the Reitz Bowl before. Nolan Goebel will be running behind a huge MD line. Wildcats are ranked No. 3 in Class 2A.
Prediction: Mater Dei 28, U City 21
Last week: 6-2