HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREDICTION BLOG – WEEK 4
CENTRAL (3-0, 1-0) at REITZ (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday
I picked Reitz over Castle last week primarily because the game was at the Bowl. I was duly impressed by how much the Panthers dominated. At this point, they’ve become the team to beat in the SIAC race, unless Mater Dei’s quarterbacks suddenly become more proficient throwing the ball. The Central-Reitz game pits a pair of backs who both surpassed 200 yards rushing last week in Isaiah Kemper and Malik Higgins, who ran wild after moving from slotback to tailback midway through the second quarter. I don’t see how Central can stop the Panthers’ offense. Reitz moved up one notch to No. 6 in the AP Class 4A poll. (Note: IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox informed Central coach Andy Owen that he considers North Oldham canceling week 1 game a forfeit, so Central is 3-0 instead of 2-0).
Prediction: Reitz 38, Central 24
BOSSE (1-2, 0-1) at CASTLE (1-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. Friday
After blanking Reitz 17-0 last year, Castle turned around and lost 40-33 to Bosse. You would think Doug Hurt will be reminding the Knights of that all this week in practice. Stung by Reitz’s dominance last week, Castle can’t wait to turn it around. Sophomore quarterback Dayne Keller experienced growing pains, throwing four picks, along with passing for more than 200 yards. Bosse has trouble playing good defense against good teams.
Prediction: Castle 35, Bosse 24
MATER DEI (3-0, 1-0) vs. MEMORIAL (1-2, 1-0), Owen Stadium, 7 p.m. Friday
The parochial rivals are meeting for the second time in three weeks. Because both had problems finding a nonconference opponent for week 2, they decided to play each other. Mater Dei prevailed, 28-14, at the Bowl. Two weeks later, the Wildcats appear considerable favorites once again, at Owen Stadium. But their passing game is still suspect, if they have aspirations of advancing deep into the playoffs. Even in a 49-21 romp over Harrison, Kurtis Wilderman and Rob Bow were a combined 4-for-7 for 49 yards (obviously they didn’t need to pass much against the Warriors). Mater Dei remains No. 1 in Class 2A.
Prediction: Mater Dei 31, Memorial 21
NORTH (0-3, 0-1) at HARRISON (2-1, 0-1), 7 p.m. Friday
This is a huge game for the Huskies. This might be one of North’s few chances to gain a “W,” and that chance appears relatively slim. Memorial entered last week’s game winless and rolled to a 28-6 win over the Huskies. Harrison could improve to 3-1 for the first time since the 2004 team went on to finish 7-5. Only a junior, versatile Ryan Hales could be the best quarterback in the conference.
Prediction: Harrison 38, North 21
Last week: 4-0
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