EVANSVILLE, IND. (WEHT) – Randall Parmley, Michael Gilbert and Zane Clodfelter discuss some of the best Tri-State games for week #7.
Let’s bring in the guys, Zane and Mike. Heritage Hills and South Spencer for the Spencer County Journal Democrat. He will be with us for the rest of the season. Big one in the SIAC, Memorial & Central, 1st place in the conference on the line, Michael get us started with the Tigers.
Randall, Zane, what a showdown game for week number 7 of Home Team Friday. John Hurley’s team heads into this contest trying to cement their argument for best team in Southern Indiana. Memorial is perfect on the season with key wins over Mater Dei and outlasting Bosse. While Tigers are under 500 in the past 10 games against the Bears, Memorial has all the confidence defensively entering this Friday contest. Hurley’s team is allowing just an average of 8 points in the past 3 games. Plus, we need to Colton Pence keep the chains moving more consistently against Central.
Since losing to Terre Haute South in the season opener, the Central Bears have been on a roll, beating its opponents on average by 30 points. The Bears are trying to avenge their lone regular season loss from a year ago when the Tigers won by 20 inside Central Stadium. For Central, continuing its strong running game with Brennan Schutte will be key. Against Castle a few weeks ago, he ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns. And don’t forget, not only is Collins Turner a threat throwing the ball, he can run it too.
Next let’s move to a game at the Jungle, this is a huge one. Undefeated Southridge takes on perfect Heritage Hills.
The Patriots are currently enjoying a 17-game regular season winning streak, something that hasn’t happened since the Bob Clayton era. The last team to beat the Patriots, well it was Southridge in 2017. However, after a 35-point victory over Gibson Southern, Heritage Hills should be confident going into this defacto PAC title game. The Patriots will run the ball with Cole Sigler, Jacob Wetzel and Phoenix Rodgers and if they maintain their respective production, win No. 18 shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, don’t sleep on the Patriots’ defense.
Yes Zane, this is another monster game on Home Team Friday’s slate. Southridge comes into this ball game knowing they have been tough to stop offensively. The Raiders have poured on more than 40 points in 3 of their last 4 games. A big piece of their offense is getting the ball into the hands of Cole Calvert and Brad Springer. I expect Southridge to test Heritage Hills defensively but Scott Buening’s team may need to air it out more to mix it up against the Patriot’s gritty defensive line. Toss up game! Teams are tied even 3-3 after 6 contests
Back to the SIAC, North is looking for their first marquee win of the season against Reitz.
It’s been fun watching North develop as competitive team this year and coach Paridaen could put another W in the column on Friday. The Huskies have a chance to post more than 3 wins in a season for the first time since 2012, when North finished with 5 victories. The Huskies are fresh off a 34-20 victory over Bosse and take on a struggling Reitz team that hasn’t been able to defend the passing game. I expect North to utilize Dylan McKinney, who had 360 combined yards and 2 touchdowns
Against the Dawgs. He will need to have another big game against the Panthers.
It has been a tough season for Andy Hape and the Reitz Panthers but there’s still time to right the ship. The Panthers showed signs of life offensively in a 49-6 win over Harrison before regressing last week in a 20-point loss to Memorial where Reitz scored seven points. North will be a tough challenge but history is on the Panthers’ side with Reitz beating North all but twice since the new millennium. Reitz will need to stop receiver Dylan McKinney defensively and force a turnover or two to have a shot.
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(This story was originally published on October 3, 2019)