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SIAC Week 1 – Recap

For the most part the SIAC had a good week. The only real disappointment was Castle who lost at home to Terre Haute North by 4 points 35-31. Outside of that, everything went pretty much according to plan. The Evansville Courier Press might be the worst newspaper in the world. The sports department has absolutely nothing to cover in the fall outside of high school football and it can’t even do that well. They don’t give any type of statistics for the game, and the write ups are downright HORRIFIC! Here are my recaps from what little information I could get.

Evansville Central 27, Louisville Christian Academy 7

The Bears got out to a 19-0 lead & coasted on the road in Louisville. I thought Tyrece Strong, Dyris Haywood & Jacob Hester would be solid and they were. Receiver Alex Barker stepped up and had a big game too. Barker caught 5 passes for 100+ yards while Hester was 12 of 20 for 223 yards. We know Haywood caught a 69-yards TD pass and Strong had a rush TD. I just can’t get over how shoddy the reporting is in Evansville. It’s downright horrible. I might have to call the SID of the schools just to see if any of this information might be available to me. It was a solid win for Central. I had them 3rd in the SIAC behind both Memorial & Castle, but it certainly seems like they might be #2 behind Reitz alone.

Terre Haute North 35, Castle 31

Castle had Terre Haute North down 31-28 with 1:16 to play, but couldn’t stop the Patriots from scoring on an 80-yard drive to give TH-North the 35-31 victory in Paradise, IN. Castle QB Schuyler Cooper went 17 of 27 for 168 yards. The threw 2TD & 1INT while rushing for 50 yards on 7 carries including a TD. Logan Hayford ran the ball 31 times for 189 yards with a TD. The Patriots hammered Castle last year in Terre Haute. Frankly I’m a little surprised that the Castle defense was this bad.

Evansville Reitz 34, Henderson Co. 20

Closer than I thought. I actually called for a 44-14 win for the Panthers. Reitz was actually losing this game 20-19 after 3 quarters of play. The schedule I saw had this listed as a home game for Reitz, but it was actually played in Henderson Co. The Evansville Courier Press at its finest once again. You’d think the morons there would know where the game was being played! Reitz scored a couple of TDs late which certainly gives the impression that the Colonels wore down as the game progressed & Reitz took advantage. QB Matt McIntosh led the 4th quarter onslaught. He finished the game passing for 153 yards on 13 of 20. He also rushed for 138 yards on 26 carries including 3TD. Reitz RB KeAndre Vaughn added 94 yards on 15 carries with a TD. RB Maurice McRae also scored a TD for the Panthers. First games are always tough and this showed quite a bit of resolve by the Panthers.

Evansville North 50, Evansville Bosse 26

North put the hammer down in the only conference game of the week, scoring every time they had the ball except twice. Bosse was up to the task for awhile. Each team traded blows for the first 5 possessions of the game with North leading 21-14 after that run. North dominated the 2nd half which probably speaks to some conditioning and depth. Bosse’s real problem is depth and it showed. Anytime you have 76 points you are going to get some serious offensive numbers. North RB Richard Compton ran for 113 yards on 18 carries with 2TD. Bosse RB Darrell Killebrew went BANANAS rushing for 214 yards on 15 carries with a TD. Bosse’s other RB Colin Bridges ran for 92 yards on only 3 carries all resulting in TDs! That’s efficiency. Compton was hurt during the game or he possibly could have put up 200 yards rushing like Killebrew did. RBs Blake Howell & Mike Johnson filled in for Compton and did a great job. It was North’s 14th straight win over the Bulldogs which is amazing in and of itself. Bosse showed quite a bit against the Huskies. They are a bit bigger and a lot faster than most were giving them credit for before the season started. North isn’t a good SIAC team, but Bosse didn’t play bad which is a step in the right direction.

Jasper 14, Evansville Memorial 7

This wasn’t as bad a loss as you might think. Jasper is a 4A power and think they have a legitimate shot at a state championship. Memorial was in the state championship game last season but took on a lot of losses. They lost their starting QB Grant Gribbins and have gone with sophomore QB Dane Hurley. That’s a pretty big dropoff considering this guy was a freshman last year! Hurley wasn’t awful either. He was 12 for 25 for 102 yards. Memorial didn’t have an offensive score. The TD came on a fumble recovery. Jasper was also playing without their star RB Taylor Day. I don’t know how much difference Day would have made, but you have to be pretty impressed with the showing Memorial had given how good Jasper is and how much the Tigers lost from a year ago. I had the Tigers pegged 5th in the SIAC. I don’t know about that. They might 3rd or 4th depending on how Mater Dei & Castle keep performing.

Evansville Harrison 3, West Vigo 0

A win is a win is a win! Harrison hadn’t won a game since 2006 and were currently riding a 31-game losing streak into the season opener against West Vigo. They hadn’t had a shutout victory since 2001! Both streaks ended! Eric Teppen hit a 38-yard FG right before halftime to give the Warriors the 3-0 lead. The defense had 4 interceptions to make it last. West Vigo had the ball inside the redzone on 4 occasions but failed to convert a single opportunity. Harrison’s defense obviously came up big, but their offense is woeful. Still, this was a road game which has to pump the team up. After being 0-31 in your last 31-games, getting a victory is a pretty good feeling.

Evansville Mater Dei 42, Union Co. (KY) 7

Most lopsided game of the week, Mater Dei had little trouble putting the hammer down on Union Co. It could have actually been a lot worse, but the Wildcats called off the dogs after a point. Mater Dei QB Dane Mauer had an exceptional night going 12 of 13 for 91 yards & 5TD! Talk about efficiency! RB Mike Hess ran the ball 13 times for 60 yards. Union Co. made a few turnovers that Mater Dei took advantage of as well. All in all a solid win for the Wildcats.


August 27, 2010 - Posted by | SIAC

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