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SIAC Setional Championships – Recap

The SIAC had a shot to get 4 teams through the regionals. The SIAC GOT 4 TEAMS INTO REGIONALS! It was a pretty amazing sectional Friday really with a couple of surprises. Castle went into OT for the 2nd straight week in order to claim a sectional title while Evansville Bosse continued their AMAZING run through the state playoffs by beating a ranked team for the 2nd straight week to move on into regionals. Let’s take a look at how it happened.

#1 (Class 4A) Evansville Reitz 38, #12 (Class 4A) Evansville Central 20

I thought this game was going to be a lot closer than what it was thought to be & even closer than it turned out. Central got the ball for the first possession of the game & chewed up half the first quarter en route to scoring the first 7 points of the game to take a 7-0 lead. Reitz needed less than a minute to return the favor at 7-7. Central QB Jacob Hester was 10 for 10 passing on that first drive, but on the first play of Central’s 2nd possession, Hester was hit on an incomplete pass & wound up with a broken collar bone. The rest is history. Reitz of course was Reitz so they had no problems scoring. QB Matt McIntosh ended the game rushing for 113 yards on 9 carries with 3TD. He was 8 of 13 passing for 76 yards. RB KeAndre Vaughn helped the cause rushing for 109 yards & a TD on 11 carries. Central RB Tyrece Strong finished the game with 19 carries for 113 yards. You have to feel bad for Central in a way. They played Reitz better than Jasper did without having their starting QB for 3.5 quarters. I’m not sure Central wins even with Hester, but they are a better Class 4A school than #12. I’d say you put them in the top-7 or top-8. If that’s the case & you believe Jasper really is the #3 team in Class 4A, then Reitz just got through a B-R-U-T-A-L sectional outscoring their opponents 127-53. East Central (11-1, ranked #5) awaits at Regionals.

Evansville Bosse 21, #17 (Class 3A) Evansville Memorial 14

It was CRAZY at Enlow Field Friday night as Bosse won their first sectional championship since 1995! It was only the 4th sectional championship in Evansville Bosse history! Bosse really did a great job defesnviely stopping Memorial’s passing attack. Memorial QB Dane Hurley was just 11 of 22 for 161 yards & 1TD, but Bosse picked off 3 of Hurley’s passes. Bosse of course had their own offensive fireworks. QB Jalen Pendleton had 91 rushing yards and a TD on 20 carries. Pendleton was also 11 of 15 for 171 yards & TD. RB Jordan Diggs chipped in 80 yards on 19 carries. Daryll Killebrew & Stanley Trice caught Pendleton’s TD passes. It’s been an amazing ride for Bosse. Going into the season finale they were just 1-7. A win over Harrison kept them from being the last place team in the SIAC & now they’ve won 4 straight including a sectional championship. They’ve beaten #12 Washington & #17 Memorial in back-to-back weeks, but in regionals they’ll face an 11-1 Indian Creek team who is ranked #7 in Class 3A. Amazingly enough, Bosse is now 5-7, but the road is only going to get tougher from this point forward. Even if Bosse beats Indian Creek, they most likely will take on a 12-0 Hamilton Heights squad or an 8-4 Indianapolis Chatard team that is much much better than their record might indicate.

Castle 45, Floyd Central 44 (OT)

When I did my SIAC predictions, I had Castle being the #2 team in the SIAC behind Reitz & one spot ahead of Central. The Knights started out 0-2 & ended the season a ridiculous 3-6 which made me look somewhat idiotic, but Castle has done something of a 180 in much the same way Bosse has. A 3-0 trek through Sectional 8 has Castle 6-6 with a great shot at semi-state. Obviously there wasn’t much defense being played. With the game in OT, Floyd Central elected to go for a 2-point conversion to win the game instead of sending the game into double OT, but when that failed, it left the Knights standing as Sectional 8 champions. The offensive numbers were downright ridiculous in the game. Castle RB Logan Hayford ran for 270 yards on 30 carries including 6TD! Floyd Central RB Kyle Bramble ran for 305 yards on 38 carries including 3TD! Interestingly enough, Castle will meet Bloomington North in the regionals. Bloomington North is also 6-6 & got that way by going 3-6 in the regular season before winning 3 straight in the sectionals. A lot of high caliber Class 5A teams have lost & the Class is top heavy. I don’t think Castle can beat Lawrence Central should they get by Bloomington North, but I think the Knight have a glimmer of hope at potentially playing in the Class 5A State Championship. It’s a glimmer, but there a bit.

#5 (Class 2A) Evansville Mater Dei 28, Southridge 21

I thought Mater Dei might end Sectional 32 in convincing fashion. Instead they went up against a hardened Southridge team that refused to go down. Driving late in the 4th quarter up 21-14, Mater Dei QB Dane Mauer threw an interception which Southridge converted into 7 points on the ensuing drive. That left about 2:26 left on the clock with which Mater Dei had to work with to pull out a win. That they did as Dane Mauer through a 31-yard TD pass with under a minute left as the Wildcats took the lead & then took the win to advance to regionals. Mater Dei RB Cody Hess helped the cause rushing for 200 yards on 16 carries. Mater Dei improved their record to 11-1 but will now face Brownstown Central who also is 11-1 & was ranked #9 coming into the state tournament. Brownstown Central win their sectional handily outscoring their 3 opponents 124-46. Mater Dei outscored their 3 opponents 138-35. After spending the last 2 weeks on the road, Mater Dei now gets a chance to advance to the semi-state on their home turf.

RECORDS

Reitz 12-0
Mater Dei 11-1
Central 9-3
Washington 8-3
Memorial 7-5
Castle 6-6
Bosse 5-7
North 2-8
Harrison 1-9

HOW I’D RANK THEM

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

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November 7, 2010 - Posted by | SIAC

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