Reitz could provide Central with first true test

SIAC FOOTBALL PREDICTION BLOG – WEEK 4

REITZ (3-0, 1-0) at CENTRAL (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
After a porous non-conference schedule and SIAC warmup against Bosse, this will be the Bears’ first major test of the season. Running back Tias Stewart is the real deal, but whether his teammates can stack up against Reitz remains to be seen. However, the Class 4A No. 1-ranked Panthers looked vulnerable against Castle. If you could advance an onside kick in HS football, the Knights would’ve stunned Reitz last week. Two-way Panther starter Isaac Flowers was on the sidelines in crutches last Friday, but could return from a shin injury.

Prediction: Reitz 35, Central 21

MEMORIAL (1-2, 1-0) vs. MATER DEI (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Reitz Bowl
The Tigers rang up their first victory last week, but at a terrible cost. QB Will Durchholz, who threw for one TD and ran for another in a 35-20 victory over North with 6:47 left, when his left knee buckled and he did not return. LB Jackson Jones, Memorial’s leading tackler, also went down with a left knee injury late in the game. Freshman Michael Lindauer has the unenviable task of making his first varsity start at QB while Neal Hayhurst replaces Jones at LB. Like Reitz, Class 2A No. 1-ranked Mater Dei looked vulnerable in outlasting surprising Harrison, 38-34. ‘Cats have won five in a row against their Catholic rival. Memorial last won, 47-24, in 2009.

Prediction: Mater Dei 28, Memorial 14

CASTLE (1-2, 0-1) at BOSSE (1-2, 0-1), 7 p.m.
Castle may be one of the best 1-2 5A teams in the state, losing to Terre Haute North and Reitz, the latter a game it almost pulled out with a miraculous finish. Look for the Knights to take out their frustrations on Bosse.

Prediction: Castle 42, Bosse 14

HARRISON (2-1, 0-1) at NORTH (1-2, 0-1), 7 p.m.
The Warriors may be the biggest surprise of the SIAC so far, flashing game-breaking potential in several areas. They nearly pulled off a major upset last week. North doesn’t have the speed to hang with Harrison. Warriors kick returner supreme and standout defensive back C.J. Hedgepeth could return from a shoulder injury.

Prediction: Harrison 35, North 21

Last week: 3-1.
Overall: 15-5.

—Thanks for reading.

Gordon Engelhardt

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