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SIAC Week 3 – Recap

Week 3 was completely within the SIAC as all 8 teams matched up with one another. It was a pretty standard week with the favorites winning each contest. The only surprise for me was just how good Memorial’s defense was against Mater Dei. The Tigers have now lost 2 games by the score of 14-7. Let’s take a look.

Castle 35, Evansville Bosse 21

I wasn’t really surprised to see Castle beat the Bulldogs, but winning by only 14 points definitely seems to point towards North being a better team than the Knights. Despite getting their first win of the season, I still can’t help but feel very disappointed in Castle in the nascent 2010 season. I thought this would be a great game between two spectacular running backs in Castle’s Logan Hayford & Bosse’s Darrell Killebrew. Hayford didn’t disappoint as he rushed for 203 yards & 3TD on 24 carries. Unfortunately the geniuses of the Evansville Courier & Press didn’t report what Killebrew ran for. Castle’s defense really stepped up and forced a bunch of turnovers which Bosse couldn’t recover from. What’s really interesting, is that Castle HC Doug Hurt changed QBs during the game going from starter Schuyler Cooper to sophomore Mitch Gilles. Gilles did a good job taking the reigns of the offense and Hurt seems to think Castle is going to be a lot better if the offense is more balanced than just relying on Hayford to grind out yards. We’ll see. Still it’s a solid win for Castle who at least is 1-0 in the SIAC despite being 1-2 overall.

#1 (Class 4A) Evansville Reitz 35, #19 (Class 4A) Evansville Central 21

The interesting thing about this game is that Central hung around for a half before Reitz exploded. The Bears only trailed Reitz by the score of 14-7 at halftime. After seeing what Mater Dei did to Central last week it almost makes you think the Mater Dei Wildcats are the best team in the SIAC. It’s been a fairly odd 3 weeks. Coming out in the 3rd quarter, Reitz didn’t waste much time. QB Matt McIntosh ran for a quick TD & then passed for one to WR/S Cuda Dimmett to put Retiz up 28-7 which pretty much ended the game. McIntosh had another dominating game passing for 189-yards on 12 of 17 passing with 3TD. McIntosh also rushed for 73 yards & 1TD on 12 carries. RB KeAndre Vaughn ran for 92 yards & 1TD on 18 carries for Reitz. Dimmett in his first game this season after dealing with hamstring injuries for the first two games caught 5 balls for 97 yards & a TD. Oddly enough for Central, the start of the game again was WR Alex Barker who caught 5 balls for 78 yards & 2TD. The last two weeks have been awfully quiet for Dyris Haywood, Tyrece Strong & Jacob Hester. Central seemingly has some fantastic players offensively, but against Mater Dei & Reitz in back-to-back weeks they’ve disappeared. With the way they’ve played the last two weeks, I’m inclined to think Reitz, Mater Dei & Memorial are better than Central. Possibly even North could move ahead of the Bears. It’s crazy.

Evansville North 48, Evansville Harrison 7

A huge step in the wrong direction for the Harrison Warriors. After beating West Vigo and almost getting by Indianapolis Tech, Harrison lays an egg against the Huskies and get blown out! North RB Richard Compton went off rushing for 149 yards on 11 carries with 3TD. North as a team would rush for 290 yards for the game which is ridiculous! As good as the North rushing offense was, Harrison’s rushing offense was equally bad as the Warriors finished the game with -3 yards as a team running the football 36 times! Harrison also fumbled the football 8 times, losing 3 of them. There are a lot of ways to lose football games, but when you are as bad a team as Harrison has shown to be, you simply can’t give up 300 yards rushing & fumble the ball 8 times expecting to win football games. I still think Harrison might be able to get another win over Bosse, but they’ll almost have to play a perfect game. Bosse RB Darrell Killebrew should be able to run all over Harrison’s rush defense.

#5 (Class 2A) Evansville Mater Dei 14, #6 (Class 3A) Evansville Memorial 7

There was drama on the east side of Evansville Saturday night. With Mater Dei up 14-7, Memorial was driving late in the 4th quarter. With three minutes on the clock, Memorial got to the Mater Dei 30-yard line on a 18-yard pass completion from QB Dane Hurley. Mater Dei got hit with a 15-yard penalty for a late hit putting the ball on the Mater Dei 15-yard line! On the next play Mater Dei got whistled for pass interference putting the ball on the Mater Dei 7-yard line with a 1st down! The next play QB Dane Hurley pitched the ball to RB A.J. Stuckey who bobbled the ball & fumbled it. Mater Dei recovered. Game over! Instead of getting the tie with a chance to win, Memorial starts the year 1-2 while Mater Dei keeps the perfect record intact. Memorial actually led 7-0 at halftime. Mater Dei RB Cody Hess rushed for 127-yards & 1TD on 23 carries. Memorial QB Dane Hurley threw for 171-yards & 1TD on 16 of 22 throwing. Memorial had some serious problems in pass protection as Hurley was sacked 5 times, but Memorial also had issues running the ball, gaining only 14 yards on 25 carries. I really don’t know what to think here. Memorial’s defense is STACKED and you have to remember that Hurley is a sophomore QB. There are worse things than losing to Jasper & Mater Dei. Memorial probably loses to Reitz, but there is no way this team isn’t 6-3 by year’s end. Another interesting thought is that Memorial & Washington are both in Sectional 24 which means if things break right those two should meet for a shot at regionals. The Mater Dei juggernaut keeps moving. I don’t see how Mater Dei doesn’t finish 8-1/9-0.

#9 (Class 3A) Washington 73, Princeton 12

Believe it or not, this was the 2nd time this season the Washington Hatchets have scored 70+ points! Last week the Hatchets beat Pike Central 71-0 which means their two week total is 144-12! WOW! Just WOW. Washington beat Boonville 27-7 in Week 1! I don’t know what is going on with the rest of the state of Indiana, but right now Washington’s point differential is +152 through 3-games! It’s not that Washington is scoring 50 points per game, they are beating teams by 50 points per game! Joe McCormick ran for 140 yards on 7 carries with 4TD! Trey Parsons added 89 yards rushing himself. It’ll be really interesting to see what happens going forward with Washington as their schedule gets significantly tougher. Right now they look filthy.

RECORDS

Reitz 3-0
Mater Dei 3-0
Washington 3-0 (not a part of the SIAC)
North 2-1
Bosse 1-2
Harrison 1-2
Castle 1-2

Central 1-2
Memorial 1-2

HOW I’D RANK THEM?

1. Reitz
2. Mater Dei
3. Memorial
4. Washington
5. Central
6. North
7. Castle
8. Bosse
9. Harrison

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September 5, 2010 - Posted by | SIAC

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