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SIAC Week 1 – Match Ups

With high school football starting up in Indiana and me having already previewed the SIAC, I thought I would expand my football analytical abilities to the high school ranks and follow the SIAC this season! Being an SIAC alum myself, I at least have a rooting interest in the conference and it’s actually a fun & easy conference to follow when you really get down to it.

This Friday marks the kick-off of the Indiana HS football season and the SIAC has 7 games on the slate with 1 conference game to boot. Here is how I see it going down.

ROAD HOME PREDICTION
The Terre Haute North Patriots visit Newburgh to face the Castle Knights! The Patriots haven’t had a winning season since 1997. Oddly enough, TH North beat Castle last year in Terre Haute 32-13, but the year before lost 21-34 at Castle. The Knights are ranked #12 in Class 5A to begin the season. Castle is the better team on paper & should open up the season with a victory at home. It’ll be really interesting to see how Schuyler Cooper & Logan Hayford open up their seasons for the Knights. I think this is probably the most interesting SIAC game on the slate this Friday.
The only conference game in the SIAC during opening weekend. North beat Bosse 20-14 last year on the road and the Huskies really should be a better team this year while Bosse will struggle with depth and talent all season long. North is one of the bigger teams in the conference and has a lot of their offensive weapons back from a year ago. I think North opens up with a win here. It would be cool if both teams were better as these two teams have the two coolest helmets in the SIAC and they are both “dog” school as the Bulldogs play the Huskies!
Class 4A #16 Evansville Central plays the Louisville Christian Academy. That actually isn’t their helmet, but their nickname is the Centurions so I thought it was close enough! I actually think the team colors are red & blue. I actually don’t know much about them. They went 9-3 last year, but they are a pretty small school. I’ll call Central to get the victory here. I think Jacob Hester, Dyris Haywood & Tyrece Strong have something to prove.
Jasper is usually a football powerhouse in Southern Indiana. Last year Memorial got to the Class 3A state championship game and yet Jasper beat them 34-27. Since Reitz moved down to Class 4A, Jasper has had it a bit tougher to advance pass the sectionals, but Jasper is 91-23 over the past 9 seasons including a 2001 state championship. Despite it being a home game for the Memorial Tigers, they get blasted by the Wildcats to open up the season. Memorial has simply lost too much from a year ago.
There is no way Class 4A #3 Reitz is losing in a home opener on the West Side. Reitz has pretty much their entire offense back outside of Alordo Bell. It’ll be interesting to see who takes the majority of the hand offs, but QB Matt McIntosh is going to pass & run all over Henderson County. Last year Reitz beat them 27-0 and my hunch is that the margin widens this season. The first game in what should be a deep state championship run for the Panthers will be a rousing success. My hunch? Reitz lays a 40-burger on them.
I don’t know anything about West Vigo, but they have had some success in the past and typically follow up a poor season with a decent one. They were 4-6 a year ago so there should be some bounce back. Evansville Harrison is in the midst of a 31-game losing streak. As crazy as it sounds, they did lose some key contributors so it doesn’t look like 2010 is going to be any easier for them. Starting off with a road game against a decent team won’t be good. The Warriors push their streak to 32.
I don’t know much about Union County as they are another school from Kentucky the SIAC squads like to open up their seasons with. The Class 2A #6 Mater Dei Wildcats beat them last year in Union Co. 14-0 and I think Mater Dei should be quite a bit better this season. The Wildcats didn’t suffer through much attrition and this was a team who was a hair width away from being 11-2 and playing in the Class 2A semi-state a year ago. HC Mike Goebel has a way of coaching up the boys. Mater Dei will find a way to get it done.
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August 18, 2010 - Posted by | SIAC

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