Back by popular demand: power rankings for Southwestern Indiana high school football. These were introduced midseason, with emphasis placed on Sagarin ratings, strength of schedule, common opponents and known injuries. I decided to cut down from six tiers to five as there is too much parity at the bottom. This is all for fun and shouldn’t be taken personally.
No change here since midseason, except that Gibson Southern has distanced itself a bit from Reitz and Mater Dei based on Sagarin. Simply put, the Titans have shown zero weaknesses while the Westside of Evansville schools have. Either could easily be 5-2 with losses to unranked teams. But, in reality, all three are the only remaining undefeated teams in the pocket, have No. 1 rankings attached to their school and are near-locks to win sectional titles.
Harrison and Southridge join the mix of the second tier. The Warriors pulled off a remarkable comeback against Castle last week, coming back from a 38-7 halftime deficit to win 39-38. Depending on how they show the next two weeks, they’d be a tough draw in the sectional. Castle drops three spots in the process. They’ve got the talent, but haven’t been able to come up on the winning side of close games. Both Heritage Hills and Jasper both benefit from that in this exercise. Worth noting: Castle is still the favorite to win a sectional after the offseason realignment.
Again, this is where it starts to drop off. Memorial laid an egg last week against Central, who pounded the Tigers 41-14. I’m not sold that there’s that much separation between the two. Half of the Big Eight is in a dogfight for second place behind Jasper, with Princeton in the driver’s seat at 3-1. And Perry Central lost its first game, so they take a hit like any non-power five team in the college top 25 would after losing.
I’m again going to lump the last two tiers together because it’s senseless to clamor for a bad team over a really bad team. This seems optimistic for North, after losing to Bosse two weeks ago, to still rank ahead of the Bulldogs. But there’s too large of a different in Sagarin. And I think if you play the matchup best of seven, I’ll take North in five (it’s still baseball season). Four teams from the Pocket in the bottom seven, including three 1-6 teams. Kudos to Tell City interim head coach Josh Teague for picking up his first win in an overtime win against North Posey, who dropped off the map this year.
So where am I off? Let me know in the comments and keep it civil.