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2011 SIAC Week 1 – Matchups!

Indiana High School football KICKS OFF TONIGHT! It seems like forever ago that we had football, and I’m pretty excited that finally we get to actually start getting into another season instead of reflecting back on the past season or previewing the current one. Now we get to finally see some actual football! Obviously I’m an SIAC homer so I’ll concentrate mostly on this particular conference. Maybe I’ll open it up to another games too around the state if they strike my fancy. Let’s get to it!

Tonight marks the kick-off of the Indiana HS football season and the SIAC has 7 games on the slate with 1 conference game to boot. Here is how I see it going down.

ROAD PREDICTION HOME
Get your popcorn ready! Bosse opens the year with a new HC in Andre Thomas who was a star QB for Evansville Harrison! Not only that, but Bosse also comes in ranked 14th in Class 3A! Bosse is going to be interesting. They bring back QB Jalen Pendleton who might be the most exciting player in the SIAC, but not much else. I think Thomas is going to bring a ton of energy to the program and remember that Bosse has massive talent coming up from the JV, Freshman and Cub ranks. The complete opposite can be said of North. A 5A school that plays like a Class A school, North should completely suck this year. I don’t know if that will bring about changes to the coaching staff, but the Huskies have been mediocre for far too long. An interesting side note to this series is that North is 14-1 against Bosse in their last 15 meetings. That record is about to reverse itself starting tonight.
The Memorial/Jasper affairs to start the season almost seem unfair to whoever the loser is. Jasper comes into the game ranked 6th in Class 4A while Memorial comes in ranked 8th in Class 3A. Memorial was pretty young last season with sophomore Dane Hurley leading the attack at QB. Hurley is a junior which is great, but the Tigers lost some pretty big pieces on an offense that wasn’t great. More worrisome is that Memorial lost a lot on a defense that was the team’s calling card in 2010. This season should play out a lot like the last 3-4 years for Memorial. They’ll muddle through a difficult SIAC beating the teams they should beat and losing to the teams they should lose to only to find themselves making a serious run in the state tournament in Class 3A. Unfortunately, Jasper is a very very solid team and gets this win at home. It’s not a proper reflection on the Tigers.
Indian Creek really isn’t the visiting team as both the Braves & Mater Dei will be strapping it up in Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday. Mater Dei is in for a monster season. With QB Dane Mauer & RB Cody Hess, the Wildcats offense is looking to be nearly unstoppable. The Wildcats enter the season ranked #2 in Class 2A and this could very well be the year the “other” West Side school takes down the Reitz juggernaut in the SIAC. Keep in mind too that Mater Dei had the best defense in the SIAC last year. This is the first time Indian Creek & Mater Dei have ever played and it’s on a big stage. That’s unfortunate for Indian Creek as Mater Dei is going to take them to the woodshed.
Central travels to Green Co. Kentucky to take on the Dragons. That isn’t really Green Co.’s helmet, but one of their colors is green and their nickname is the Dragons so I went with what I had. I’m excited to see Central this year with Jacob Hester back as QB. He’s definitely in the mix for best QB in the conference, and very well might be just that. Central lost a lot of offensive firepower with the departures of RB Tyreece Strong, WR Alex Barker & WR Dyris Haywood. The best part of Central this season might be their defense and the size they have along the offensive line. Hester is going to make everyone around him better. The Bears enter the season ranked 18th in Class 4A. That’s too low. Central will prove it Saturday night.
Castle lost to Terre Haute North last year 35-31 in Paradise with Logan Hayford & Schuyler Cooper playing in the offensive backfield. This year the Knights go on the road and won’t have either offensive weapon. You can’t help but notice this is primarily a rebuilding year for Castle while Terre Haute North is a pretty decent team in Class 5A. The wildcard here is new QB Mitch Gilles. Gilles was ghastly last year when he was playing for Cooper. He’s definitely being pimped quite a bit locally, but we are going to have to see some results on the field. Another thing to watch with Castle is that while it’s somewhat of a rebuilding project given what they lost on offense, they were awfully young by the end of the year last season. If they can win tonight, I’ll have a much different opinion of them going forward. Gilles will have a lot to do with that, but I think Castle falls short in the season opener.
Harrison broke a 31-game losing streak last year at West Vigo with a 3-0 win, and then promptly started another losing streak, this one currently at 9 games. In case you are counting, the once proud Warriors are now 1-40 in their last 41-games! I don’t know much about West Vigo, but the Vikings were 7-4 last season and I’d expect they’d want a little revenge on the Warriors. Harrison is much more veteran group of players this year so I’ll call for them to kick off the 2011 season with another win, but ultimately this team is going to struggle mightily. I’m excited to see what QB Jamey Malvern can do. He’s the straw that stirs the drink and will determine how effective the Harrison offense will be.
Reitz opens up the season with a home game against Henderson Co. (KY) who they beat last season 34-20 at Henderson. Reitz is going with converted WR Nate Tidwell to take over as QB now that Matt McIntosh is playing for Nothern Illinois. This should be an interesting game for the Class 4A 2nd-ranked Panthers. Henderson Co. should be a pretty good test for the Panthers though. Coming off a 9-3 season, the Colonels will be tough. Keep an eye on Reitz’s defensive play this year and also on Tidwell at QB. He’ll get plenty of help from RB KeAndre Vaughn so the transition shouldn’t be awful. Reitz isn’t going anywhere and they start the season off with a win in the Reitz Bowl.
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August 19, 2011 - Posted by | SIAC

3 Comments »

  1. How 'bout my HUSKIES dropping a 50-burger on Bosse? Makes me proud to be an alum!!

    Comment by Anonymous | August 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. No kidding! I can't believe North hammered Bosse 50-18! That was ridiculous! You simply can't count Mike Wilson out!!!!

    Comment by College Football Mafia | August 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. It's taken him 25 years, but it appears he's finally discovered his offensive genius!

    Comment by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 | Reply


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