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SIAC Week 2 Review


No surprises here but senior QB Mitch Gilles didn’t play again, instead ceding the spot to freshman Eric Wilhite who performed very well for Gilles who was suspended for the second straight game to open up the 2012 season. Wilhite was superb going 16 of 24 (66.7%) for 221 yards & 2TD without throwing a pick. On the season Wilhite is completing 62% of his passes which is pretty sweet for the Castle freshman. Junior RB Andrew Finch was at it again, rushing for 168 yards on 32 carries (5.3ypc) to go along with a couple of TDs. It was a better performance on average for Finch this week compared to last week against Terre Haute North. WR Jon Marc Anderson caught 5 balls for 78 yards & a TD while WR Cameron Parus caught 5 balls for 65 yards and a TD. All in all a solid game and I am very impressed with the Knights defense for not allowing any points this week after letting off the gas last week. What has to be a bit disconcerting though is this year should have been a coming out party for Gilles and a real chance for Castle to get to semi-state. I’m not saying it still can’t happen and the surrounding pieces are still there, but a freshman QB is still a 14-year old who has never played a lick above cub football. Tough to put your eggs in his basket.


Didn’t see this one coming on the north side of Evansville on Friday night. Mater Dei senior QB Jace Hartz is really making the most of his opportunities in his only year as the Wildcats starting QB. He torched Central’s secondary for 228 yards & 3TD on 12 of 17 passing (70.6%)! Playing as the #1 ranked team in Class 2A by the media, Mater Dei was in an intense fight with Central at 17-17 midway through the fourth quarter when Hartz led the Wildcats on a scoring drive that culminated in 60-yards TD pass to his twin brother Jacob to put Mater Dei up 24-17. The Wildcats would score again make the score 31-17 and 31-7 after Central raced out to a 10-0 lead to start the game. Central had great games from RBs Avion Sullivan (100 yards on 10 rushes) & Chris Walker-Glenn (96 yards on 21 carries) but the Bears couldn’t convert late in the fourth quarter to give Mater Dei reason to worry. To me this is a conference shifting win for Mater Dei. Sure they lost a ton of players from last season, but opening the season up with wins over Heritage Hills (Class 3A) and Evansville Central (Class 4A) is about as good as it gets. Are they better than Ft. Wayne Luers? I don’t know, but it certainly seems like they’ll be playing Luers again at Lucas Oil on Thanksgiving if they continue to play like they’ve started. Like last season, it seems Mater Dei & Castle might battle it out for SIAC supremacy.


Bosse’s junior running back Carrington Crutcher showed us why he’s going to be one of the most sought after running backs in the nation when it’s time for him to take his game to the collegiate level. The first time he touched the ball, Crutcher ran for an 80 yard TD run to put the Bulldogs up 7-0. Carrington ended the game with 267 yards on 27 carries & 3TD! Bosse got out early to a 14-0 lead but a lot of what Bosse was able to do came at the expense of Washington’s mistakes. Last week the Hatchets couldn’t convert a couple of drives in a close loss to Boonville. This week, Washington committed 5 turnovers in the first half which put Bosse up enough to salt the game away at the end of the 4th quarter and hang on for their first victory of the 2012 season. Washington finally figured it out in the 2nd half and ran for 3TD behind Kane Waggoner who ran for 127 yards & 1TD on 18 carries. RB Tyler Edmiston also scored a TD for Washington who pulled to within 6 points with 5+ minutes left in the game. That is when Crutcher took over once again in grinding the clock out and preserving the Bosse win. Very tough loss for the Hatchets. Although they are 0-2 on the season, they are very close to being 2-0. Bosse finally gets a win and earns it by protecting a lead which will be important down the road. Washington travels to Princeton next week who has won both of their games and scoring 40+ points per game. Very interesting matchup for the Hatchets.


Really tough game for the Huskies here. This game gives us some meaning within the context of the SIAC. Reitz beat Henderson Co. in Kentucky while the Colonels went on the road and beat North. This would obviously indicate that Reitz is better than North, but my gut also says that Castle & Mater Dei are better than North too meaning the Huskies are at best the 4th best team in the SIAC which is a far cry from what their expectations were coming into the season. The Evansville Courier-Press didn’t give us any statistics regarding the North running game, but we do know that QB Max Mooney was 14 of 19 for 141 yards. North apologists will point out that Mooney didn’t necessarily lose the game for the Huskies, and they would be right. However, how does North not run the ball on every single play against Henderson County. Even when the Colonels were throwing the ball quite a bit, North shouldn’t have been tempted to match wits against them, but rather stay with the gameplan which doesn’t appear to have happened. Blake Howell, Duvante’ Lane & Ford Johnson can run for 400 yards a game, but if HC Mike Wilson doesn’t let them then how can they? North has some ability and their rushing attack can take them places, but Wilson has to be the worst HC in the SIAC by a significant margin.


The Evansville Courier-Press didn’t even both writing up this one. I wish that paper would simply go out of business and another company would figure a way out to provide the Evansville residents with news. Then again, there doesn’t look like there was that much to report anyway. Memorial got HAMMERED which obviously means the defense sucked, Drew Johnston couldn’t get anything going at QB and McKinley Warren couldn’t run the ball a lick. I don’t get it. On the one hand, maybe Belleville is really good. I don’t much about them seeing how they are from Illinois. It does look like Jasper is going to be really good so maybe the Tigers are simply running into a difficult schedule to start the season. They get to play North next week. A win over the Huskies can gloss over these first two losses. A loss to North, however, puts Memorial at 0-3 to start the season! Tough to come back from that.


KeAndre Vaughn took the opening kick off 81 yards to the house as Reitz kept it close in the first half before Louisville Central pulled away in the second to ice the game by 20 points. Vaughn ended the game with 161 yards on 18 carries along with 2 rushing TDs to go with the KO return. The Panthers looked like they might have the moxie to pull this out as they took a 21-20 lead early in the 3rd quarter, but from that point Louisville Central outscored Reitz 27-6 as Reitz couldn’t cash in on any scoring opportunities. The big problem for the Panthers was their rush defense. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 357 yards as a team and if you give up that many yards on the ground to an offense you can be sure you are giving up a lot of points and you can guarantee that your offense is going to be eating a lot of pine on the sidelines watching the other team run the football. As far as the SIAC goes, I think this is a solid game for Reitz. They hung around with a state championship quality team and just couldn’t seal the deal. Hopefully that translates to conference play.


When you look at young teams or rebuilding teams or inexperienced teams, you will always seem the deficiencies show up on defense most clearly. We are seeing Harrison put up quite a few points early on this year against West Vigo & Graves County, but Graves County put up 58 on the Warriors which shows a complete lack of defensive talent. Aaron Killebrew once again had an OUTSTANDING game rushing for 293 yards on 20 carries (14.7ypc!!!!) with 2TD. He didn’t stop there as he had a receiving TD and also a kick return TD! Harrison has to get better on defense. I was beginning to think the Warriors might be able to get out of the SIAC basement with a win over Bosse this year, but the Bulldogs looked pretty darn good against Washington this week and Harrison will have to play some defense against Carrington Crutcher if it wants to upset Bosse. On the other hand, Aaron Killebrew is a one man show this year. Right now he’s EASILY the best player in the SIAC. Harrison’s only problem is that they can’t line him up at every position. Harrison might not be the best team in the SIAC, but they have the only player where it is MUST WATCH football. If I lived in Evansville, I think I’d adjust my schedule as to not miss anymore Harrison games. You simply don’t know what Killebrew is going to do next!


August 26, 2012 - Posted by | SIAC

1 Comment »

  1. According to Sagarin, we have the following groups:

    Group 1 – Castle (#26 in Sagarin), Mater Dei (36)
    Group 2 – Central (88), North (97), Reitz (112)
    Group 3 – Memorial, Harrison, and Bosse (all in the 150’s)

    Other than switching Memorial and Mater Dei, it looks likes your preseason ratings were spot on. I’m just hoping Mater Dei can knock off Castle and take their rightful place at SIAC champs. The West Side rises again! 35 days to the FESTIVITIES!

    Comment by Vanilla | August 27, 2012 | Reply

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