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  1. I've seen footage of Dutra from his days in high school and college. That kid was a monster. Don't remember a kid that could explode off the line and attack the ball as well as him. TW sure could have used him to get pressure on Allen last Saturday!
  2. Predict who will win in each class and add any thoughts you have. I'll start. 1A: Adams Central vs. Indianapolis Lutheran - Saints win this one by a lot. I think they would even win 2A. 2A: Evansville Mater Dei vs. Andrean - This one could really go either way and both teams have been playing well. Give me the Wildcats by one score. 3A: Brebeuf Jesuit vs. Gibson Southern - Brady Allen and company are just too good on offense. This is the year we will remember the Titans. 4A: Northridge vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) - The Marauders have impressive team speed+strength which puts an end to the impressive run by Northridge. 5A: Cathedral vs. Zionsville - The Fighting Irish are the 2nd best team in Indiana regardless of class and will continue to show it with a big win here. 6A: Center Grove vs. Westfield - The Trojans continue their dominance and win another state title. The 'Rocks are tough but Trojans win by two scores.
  3. MtV has some outstanding playmakers. Their team speed and strength is impressive. Slunaker, Labelle, and Gentry are quite the trio of playmakers who are very tough to equalize. I thought 4A was going to Roncalli or Memorial this year but the Marauders had something to say about that and I believe they will have the last laugh after Saturday. Heck of a run by Northridge though and they will not go down without a fight.
  4. Yes, top to bottom, BJ does have the SOS advantage. However, there is a reason GS added Columbus North, New Albany, and South Warren (KY) to their schedule. CN and NA are no slouches for their class, and GS easily won those games. South Warren is a juggernaut of a team currently making a deep playoff run in KY and it was probably a good thing that GS got a taste of getting their butts beat in that one. They are battle ready. This game will come down to the trenches and who turns it over less.
  5. In all seriousness, I think this one will be close and could go either way. I could see it being the best game of the weekend. I do think BJ will have to score quite a bit to win, probably over 30. I don't think they get away with scoring 17 points and winning in this one considering how good the GS offense has been. However, the GS defense has been lights out in the playoffs, except for a short stretch against Lburg when they fought back. BJ will absolutely have to get pressure on Allen. I thought Lburg and TW made adjustments and had a solid gameplan to get pressure on Allen but it just was not enough. Allen has the ability to escape pressure and pick up a few yards or throw it downfield. But if BJ can force Allen into quick and poor decisions, their chance of victory improves greatly. I just don't see it happening much. Lburg was huge up front and got plenty of pressure on Allen but it still wasn't enough. I think this is the year we will remember the Titans.
  6. Gibson Southern wins State with a running clock. Just kidding. I'm not naïve, I know it won't be that bad. I'll take Gibson Southern by 34.
  7. All well deserved. Looks like Dixon from North and Vera from Reitz were the only two sophomores to make the team. Two very talented players that should make a lot of noise for the next few years. Speaking of Jay Smith, surprised he didn’t make this team. Any other surprises?
  8. Last I heard he has intentions to play in college and has some other lower level offers. I think Rose-Hulman is one of them, which I think he would be a perfect fit for. If he were a bit faster and maybe if Reitz was better, I think he would have a lot more offers. Very tough runner for his size and obviously answers the bell with all he has. Also pretty cool for him to leave his mark on such a storied program with the single game rushing record. Any other potential college updates for SIAC players?
  9. How in the world does a team score 256 in a high school game?? Literally would have to score on one play every time, get defensive TDs, special teams TDs, and turnovers/3 and outs instantly. Mind-blowing.
  10. Takeaways as we head into sectional finals: Hated to see North and Castle get bounced in close games. North is on the rise even still. Castle loses a lot but probably will reload and having their QB+RB back has to help. Bosse let one slip away with some costly mistakes but surely have some positivity to carry into next year. Good for them. How much does HH lose to GS by? I think VL has their hands full with a solid OV team but they’ve had a nice late season run. NP is playing well but I don’t think MD will have much problem with them, coming off of a huge uplifting win at Linton. MD vs Triton Central again possibly? Reitz put up a heck of a battle against a really good NV team. I think they only lose a couple starters on defense. The offense will be a question but they do return their speedy RB Burnett and a couple WRs. Have to think they’ll be even better next year. I think Memorial takes care of business if they can slow the rushing attack of the big RB Cherry and the QB. NV is really solid and carry their momentum into another home game, never know I guess. I think MD and Memorial are moving on to Regionals. Looking forward to it!
  11. Unofficial stats for Jay Smith in the Reitz comeback win over Boonville: 56 carries for 326 yards and 5 TDs 😱
  12. Interesting thoughts. I think it would be close but GS still wins that. Another interesting thought for the sake of meaningless conversation...how does GS stack up to the best of the SIAC this year? Would love to see them match up with Jasper, Memorial, or Castle. (FWIW I think GS beats all of them, although Jasper would have the best chance due to their playstyle)
  13. Memorial(-21) at Harrison - Tigers with the running clock and get to rest their starters in the 2nd half. Reitz at Boonville (-10) - I do think the Pioneers can keep this one close but Reitz carries some momentum after their well played week 9 game and wins by a few scores at least. Northview at Jasper (-4) - Northview seems to always have a good record but they have not seen a team even close to Jasper this season. Jasper wins this one fairly easily. VL at Princeton (-4) - Not sure how Princeton is the favorite but I do think this one stays close for a bit until VL pulls away in the 2nd half. Corydon Central at Bosse (-11) - Bosse has been struggling as of late but they get the win at home in this one. Forest Park at Mater Dei (-14) - MD wins this one by a lot.
  14. I agree. How on earth is Boonville the favorite? Worse record in a worse conference, even being at home, it makes no sense to me. Realistically, anybody that saw Reitz against Jasper, North, and MD knows what the Panthers are capable of. Try not to look ahead but can't help but look to the potential Jasper @ Reitz second round game. Reitz was within a score of them until late in the 4th quarter in the game at Jasper so that rematch seems interesting. Now I don't think Reitz will be blowing Boonville out, but I think they're a better team and should be carrying some momentum after being seconds away from beating MD.
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