SIAC football predictions for Week 8

SIAC FOOTBALL BLOG – WEEK 8

HARRISON (5-2, 3-2) vs. MEMORIAL (2-5, 2-3), 7 p.m. Friday, Enlow Field
We will see if the Warriors can build on the momentum of last week’s improbable 39-38 come-from-behind victory over Castle, in which they scored 32 unanswered second-half points, underscoring the volatility and unpredictability of the SIAC season so far. Barring a first-round loss in the playoffs, Harrison has clinched its first winning campaign since the 2004 team ended 7-5. Memorial remains a mystery. After leading Reitz with 1:01 left the previous week only to lose, 36-29, the Tigers were hammered 41-14 by Central last Friday. Memorial has surrendered an SIAC-high 236 points.

Prediction: Harrison 35, Memorial 21

MATER DEI (7-0, 5-0) at CENTRAL (4-3, 2-3), 7 p.m. Friday
The Bears will try to stop Mater Dei from yet another undefeated regular season. Subbing for injured Tias Stewart, 5-foot-5 Dorian Stewart stepped up big, rushing for 271 yards on 48 carries, including three scores, in a 41-14 romp over Memorial as Central snapped a three-game losing streak. The Wildcats, who have a bend-but-don’t-break defensive philosophy, have more than enough to stop Central’s one-dimensional attack. MD is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A.

Prediction: Mater Dei 42, Central 24

BOSSE (2-5, 1-4) at REITZ (7-0, 5-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Nothing should stand in the way of the Panthers rolling to another win, setting the stage for the second successive Reitz-Mater Dei battle with both teams entering the regular season finale with 8-0 records – something that has never happened before (I do not believe both teams have been ranked No. 1 in their respective classes when they met, either). Reitz two-way standout Will Brown is out indefinitely with an apparently severe ankle injury. The Panthers are ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.

Prediction: Reitz 49, Bosse 14

NORTH (1-6, 0-5) at CASTLE (3-4, 2-3), 7 p.m. Friday
This should be a get-well game for the Knights, who scored 31 consecutive second-quarter points to take a 38-7 halftime lead, only to let it slip away in a 39-38 loss to Harrison. Game-breaker Jadrien Higginson could return after missing two games with concussion-like symptoms. North has dropped five in row. ‘Nuff said.

Prediction: Castle 35, North 21

Last week: 2-2
Overall: 27-7

–Thanks for reading

Gordon Engelhardt

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