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SIAC Regionals – Recap

This weekend wouldn’t have been so bad in the SIAC if Bosse & Castle hadn’t put up a valiant fight in their efforts to get to semi-state. I would have much rather seen both teams get blown out than lose close games. Especially in Bosse’s case as they were playing on the road at Indian Creek instead of at home at Enlow Field. Reitz & Mater Dei of course didn’t disappoint with convincing wins. For the most part, the roads have been relatively easy for both the Panthers & Wildcats, but now with only 2 wins away from a state championship, the roads get exceptionally difficult for both squads. Let’s take a look what happened in the regionals.

#1 (Class 4A) Evansville Reitz 43, #5 (Class 4A) East Central 26

When I say that Reitz has had a relatively easy time through the state playoffs so far, I’m only speaking in terms of their margins of victory. If you are going by the final regular season rankings, there has been no team in Class 4A with a more difficult road to the semi-state game than Reitz. Here is a look at the road Reitz took to get to where they are:

Sectional: #1 Reitz 47, #3 Jasper 20
Sectional: #1 Reitz 42, Northview 13
Sectional Championship: #1 Reitz 38, #12 Evansville Central 20
Regional: #1 Reitz 43, #5 East Central 26

Reitz has had to play 3 ranked teams in their first 4 playoff games including 2 in the top-5! Mind you, Evansville Central was probably underrated at #12 & Reitz has averaged 43ppg so far in the playoffs. Their average margin of victory has been 23 points! They just aren’t beating people, they are beating teams by 3-4 TD every step of the way! Like every other game this year, Reitz QB Matt McIntosh was the story passing for 229 yards & 4TD on 11 of 16 (69%) passing. McIntosh & RB KeAndre Vaughn combined to rush for 180 yards while WR Hamilton Carr caught 4 passes for 129 yards including 2TD. Senior Cuda Dimmett also had 2 TD catches along with an interception on defense. The win extended Reitz winning streak to 28 games which is the most in school history. Next up is Indianapolis Cathedral which will be played in Indianapolis. Cathedral boasts a record of 10-3 & was ranked #7 in Class 4A at regular season’s end.

#5 (Class 2A) Evansville Mater Dei 42, #9 (Class 2A) Brownstown Central 14

Brownstown Central was 11-1 coming into this game with their only loss coming against Class 4A Seymour in a tight 29-22 affair. They never knew what hit them when Mater Dei took the field. The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead. Mater Dei took the foot off the gas a bit in the 2nd quarter as Brownstown cut the lead to 21-14, which is where it stood until the 4th quarter when Mater Dei went nuts again scoring 21 points to make it a 42-14 blow victory. Junior RB Cody Hess continued his dominating ways running for 213 yards on only 16 carries including 3TD scampers. Junior QB Dane Mauer also ran for 3TD while ending the day with 144 rushing yards on 14 carries. Mauer also passed for 130 yards, but also threw a couple of interceptions which probably kept the score closer than what it was. Hess now has rushed for 1,882 yards this year which is tied for the all-time Mater Dei single season record. Seeing how Mater Dei has 1 and possibly 2 games left, it’s safe to say that Hess will add this record to his resume. His 213-yard day also increased his career rushing total to 3,208 which is a Mater Dei career record. The scary part is that Hess has another year to add to that total in 2011 when he’ll be a senior. Mater Dei will play 13-0 #3 North Putnam in the semi-state. Class 2A is interesting in that the Semi-State is made up of 4 teams in the top-5.

#7 (Class 3A) Indian Creek 45, Evansville Bosse 35

After taking down ranked teams in Washington & Evansville Memorial to get to the regionals, Evansville Bosse couldn’t beat a 3rd ranked team to advance to the semi-state. The killer for Bosse in this game was turnovers. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 3 times & Indian Creek took all 3 turnovers and turned them into touchdowns which doomed Bosse’s season to end. Reading the recap of the game is heartbreaking because Bosse looked to be the better team except they were nervous & turnover prone. If Bosse doesn’t turn the ball they might win this game convincingly by 14-21 points, but points off of turnovers killed them. At some point you knew Bosse was going to play a bad game & it would be incumbent upon the defense to step up the way the offense did during the first part of the state playoffs. The defense had a hard time keeping Indian Creek out of the endzone which was the death knell to Bosse’s season. At 5-8, the Bulldogs can consider the season a success because of a sectional title, but I wonder if HC Andy Weinzapfel would like to have this season to do over again. I don’t think Bosse beats Reitz, Mater Dei or Central, but I think the Bulldogs could have gone 6-3 in the regular season. You combine that with a 3-1 playoff record & you have a 9-4 squad instead of a 5-8 team. One thing is for certain, Bosse was the most athletic team on Friday night & had a gameplan that would have won the game if not for mistakes. I’m sad to see their season come to an end as they, for me, have been the most exciting team to cover in 2010.

Bloomington North 21, Castle 17

A brutal loss for Castle. Just brutal. On their very first series on offense, Castle QB Schuyler Cooper went down with a broken leg which put sophomore QB Mitch Gilles on the chopping block in trying to lead the Knights to a regional championship. It only got worse. Castle scored a TD midway through the 4th quarter which game them a 17-14 lead. Unfortunately Bloomington North would drive the length of the field scoring a TD with just over 5 minutes left in the game to give Bloomington North a 21-17 win. In what seems to be a recurring theme with Castle RB Logan Hayford, the game was more a battle or running backs. Bloomington North’s D’angelo Roberts ran for 258 yards & 3TD on only 19 carries while Hayford did his part rushing for 171 yards & 2TD on 41 carries. Roberts, an Indiana recruit, was probably the best football player Castle has seen all year long & they really had no answer for him. Despite this, Castle was set up to win the game & it isn’t like Roberts scored a ton of points for Bloomington North. The team only scored 21 points & needed all 4 quarters to do so. Hayford ended the season with 2,210 rushing yards which is a school record. He also leaves Castle as the school leader in rushing yards (3,802), rushing attempts (634) & touchdowns (53). Castle ends the year 6-7, but can say they won a sectional title despite ending the year with a losing record.

It’s interesting that the SIAC had two teams (Bosse & Castle) who ended up winning sectional titles despite having losing records when it was all said & done. I think that definitely speaks to how tough & competitive the SIAC was this season. Reitz, Central, Mater Dei & Memorial were all ranked teams by the time the season ended. Reitz might be one of the best 10 teams in the entire state regardless of class affiliation. Bosse & Castle won sectional titles. Only Evansville North & Evansville Harrison stand alone as teams that completely and totally sucked.

Two teams remain for the semi-state! It’s a WEST SIDE AFFAIR!

Records

Reitz 13-0
Mater Dei 12-1
Central 9-3
Washington 8-3
Memorial 7-5
Castle 6-7
Bosse 5-8
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 16, 2010 - Posted by | SIAC

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