Castle challenges Reitz in Game of the Week

GAME OF THE WEEK
REITZ (2-0) at Castle (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday
I was a little skeptical at first, but now I’m convinced that Reitz may well deserve the state’s No. 1 ranking in Class 4A. Pounding Terre Haute South by three touchdowns up there last week certainly opened my eyes. Without graduated superstar Malik Higgins, the Panthers are more multi-dimensional and perhaps even more dangerous. QB Evan Deig is completing an amazing 79 percent of his passes. For their part, the Knights were flat and out of synch in a season-opening loss at TH North, but on fire in first half against New Albany in surging to a 45-0 lead. QB Dayne Keller is in upper echeon of SIAC QBs and sophomore RB Jadrien Higginson is a revelation. But Castle must play the way it did the first half for an entire game against Reitz to stand a chance.

Prediction: Reitz 35, Castle 21

HARRISON (2-0) vs. Mater Dei (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Reitz Bowl
Kurtis Wilderman and Jackson Pokorney couldn’t have come up bigger last Saturday, hooking up for a 76-yard score to snap a tie and lift the ‘Cats to a 35-28 victory over then Class 3A No. 8-ranked Tri-West. Wilderman had to become more aggressive as the normally vaunted MD rushing attack was stonewalled. Harrison may be the surprise of the SIAC so far, with game-breakers galore, especially basketball player-turned football star C.J. Hedgepeth. But Warriors’ QB Ryan Hales sustained an undisclosed injury last Friday. His absence would eliminate any chance of Harrison pulling an upset over MD. Furthermore, the Warriors need more elite line play to hang with the Reitzses, Mater Deis and Castles.

Prediction: Mater Dei 42, Harrison 21

NORTH (1-1) vs. MEMORIAL (0-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Enlow Field
North got well last week, routing Indy Broad Ripple 50-14 as seven Huskies scored. After a solid showing against Jasper, Memorial regressed, losing 48-28 to Henderson County.

Prediction: North 21, Memorial 17

BOSSE (1-1) at CENTRAL (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday
After losing a winnable game against previously hapless Washington, the Bulldogs could go 0-fer the rest of the season, barring a favorable pairing in the first round of the 4A playoffs. Still stinging from posting its first losing season since 2004, Central should easily improve to 3-0. Like Castle’s Higginson, Bears’ junior Tias Stewart is a bona fide gamebreaker. Bama Hot, indeed.

Prediction: Central 42, Bosse 17

—Thanks for reading.

Last week: 6-2
Overall: 12-4.

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