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SIAC Week 5 – Recap

Another week in the SIAC and another week where everything goes according to plan. Castle’s beating of North seems like an upset especially considered the Huskies were up 21-9 in the 4th quarter, but both the Knights & Huskies are below average teams. With the regular season now half over, it really does seem like there are only a few story lines left. Central & Memorial should decide who finishes in 3rd place in the SIAC. In the last game of the season, Mater Dei & Reitz will determine the SIAC & City champion. Central & Reitz should headline their Class 4A sectional while Washington & Memorial will headline their Class 3A sectional. We’ll see what happens in the following weeks, but everything should go according to script. Oddly enough, I think the Bosse & Harrison match could be interesting if only because they will likely determine who finishes last in the SIAC.

#4 (Class 2A) Evansville Mater Dei 31, Evansville Bosse 21

Not a real surprise that Mater Dei held off Bosse, but that the Bulldogs got 21 points off the Wildcats is eyebrow raising. Like everyone else Mater Dei has played this season, Bosse had a very tough time stopping Mater Dei RB Cody Hess who ended the night with 203 rushing yards & 4TD on 29 carries. Anytime a high school squad can rack up 203 rushing yards, they are almost impossible to beat from a time of possession aspect. Bosse RB Jordan Diggs ran for 151 yards on 24 carries while Bosse QB Jalen Pendleton was 12 of 21 for 215 yards & 2TD. Mater Dei QB Dane Mauer was 8 of 9 for 78 yards. Bosse had Mater Dei tied 21-21 with about a minute & a half left in the 2nd quarter, but the Wildcats scored quickly to get up 28-21. Bosse couldn’t get anything done in the 2nd half against the Wildcats defense, but keeping within 10 points of Mater Dei is a significant moral victory for the Bosse Bulldogs.

#1 (Class 4A) Evansville Reitz 25, #10 (Class 3A) Evansville Memorial 7

No surprises here with Reitz winning. How they did it was a different matter. Senior QB Matt McIntosh was held out of the game with a bone bruise so backup QB Dillon Stutsman took over and looked flawless against one of the better teams in the SIAC. Stutsman would finish 15 of 21 for 192 yards & 3TD in a game that wound up not being close. WR Hamilton Carr caught 5 balls for 124 yards & 2TD. I still think Memorial is a work in progress with their sophomore QB Dane Hurley. Hurley was 12 of 22 for 109 yards & 1TD, but Memorial’s rushing attack was held in check as they rushed for 44 yards on 23 carries. The Memorial offensive line allowed 5 sacks. Moving forward will be interesting for both teams. Reitz is now 5-0 and all signs point to them being 9-0 with an SIAC championship at the end of the road. However, Reitz is battling tremendous injuries & now their star QB is beat up. For Memorial, the Tigers have to be one of the best if not the best 2-3 teams in the state! Their 3 losses have come to Reitz, Mater Dei & Jasper. All 3 teams are ranked & two of them (Jasper & Reitz) are in a larger class. Memorial has a shot to get to 6-3 by year’s end with tremendous momentum heading into Sectionals.

Castle 24, Evansville North 21

Dear North: Welcome to 2-7. The 2nd half of North’s schedule is BRUTAL so losing to Castle is a significant blow to North’s season. They were going to finish 3-6 or 2-7 either way, but at least getting 3 wins is better than 2. North actually had a 21-9 lead in the 4th quarter, but a dramatic finish led to a Castle upset. Castle had a 4th & 1 with 19 seconds to go in the game. A Castle offensive lineman jumped offsides, but the refs called off the penalty saying that the Knights had called a time out before the penalty. Castle RB Logan Hayford got the one yard Castle needed to make it 22-21. Castle QB Schulyer Cooper passed for a 2-point conversion to make it 24-21 and send the Huskies to a 2-3 record. North dominated the 1st half but mistakes did them in.

#8 (Class 3A) Washington 41, Mt. Vernon (Posey Co.) 14

Once again I thought this might be a test for the Hatchets. The Hatchets thought otherwise. Washington RB Joe McCormick ran for 182 yards & ran Mt. Vernon completely off their home field as Washington cruised to a 5-0 start. Washington is too explosive on offense & too rugged on defense for almost anyone they play. Forget the rest of the schedule. The only test Washington will get is from Jasper when they play the Wildcats. Beyond that nobody should touch the Hatchets. They’ll finish the season 8-1 or 9-0 depending on what happens with Jasper. They should have no problems winning the sectional either. I’m not sure who they would play in regionals, but Washington is better than their #8 ranking. Hopefully they’ll move up after this whoopin’!

Evansville Central 42, Evansville Harrison 14

Nothing strange about this outcome. Central improves to 3-2 with their only losses coming against Reitz & Mater Dei. Harrison really is the worst team in the SIAC so holding Central to 42 points actually seems like a decent accomplishment. Central RB Tyrece Strong ran for 181 yards & 3TD on 18 carries in the Central route. WR Dyris Haywood caught 7 passes for 125 yards & 1TD. Central QB Jacob Hester also tossed 3TD in his own right. Central improved to 3-2 and they still have an outside shot at a 7-2 season if they can beat Memorial later on in the season. It would be a solid year for the Bears & I think Central still has a shot to shock the world with a sectional win over #1 ranked Reitz. With Reitz QB Matt McIntosh hurting, it’s possible Central could be in position to win if McIntosh isn’t active & Central plays out of its mind. Harrison drops to 1-4 and it certainly seems like they are on pace to finish 1-8 in the regular season & 1-9 after a one & done showing in the sectional.

RECORDS

Reitz 5-0
Mater Dei 5-0
Washington 5-0
Memorial 2-3
North 2-3
Castle 2-3
Memorial 2-3
Bosse 1-4
Harrison 1-4

HOW I’D RANK THEM

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

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September 19, 2010 - Posted by | SIAC

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