HTF Countdown: Week 4

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Evening everybody and welcome to week 4 of the Home Team Friday Countdown. Jessica and Chad Lindskog are standing by ready to break down 3 of the biggest games on the schedule tomorrow night.

This week’s games are Memorial at Mater Dei, Reitz at Central and Jasper at Heritage Hills.

Lets bring in the crew and get right to it. A huge one at the Bowl. Undefeated Mater Dei taking on undefeated Memorial. Chad, get us started with Memorial.

It’s a high-stakes Catholic Bowl as both are undefeated and state-ranked.
4A No. 4 Memorial has won 14 straight regular season games, including a 51-14 blowout of the Wildcats last year, so with Colton Pence coming into his own at QB and the defense led by Brock Combs now battle-tested after playing North last week. the Tigers should feel good about themselves going up against 2A’s top-ranked Mater Dei.

Chad there’s a reason the Wildcats are the new top-ranked team in 2A. Their offense chock full of firepower and that’s made winning quite frankly look easy so far Memorial’s defense a different animal than the wildcats have seen, but like Randall always say, don’t pick against Mike Goebel at the Bowl, and of course with those conference implications on the line, boy this one should be fun.

Our second game is Reitz at Central. Jess, Is this a must win for Reitz? They lose and they are 0-2 in conference play.

It’s definitely a gut check game for both teams but especially the Panthers. Andy Hape’s bunch looking to avoid an 0-2 start in conference play. They struggled finding their groove last week against Castle. So I think they could bounce back this week simply because they have to. A lot on the line in this one for the Panthers and if they need a little boost of motivation, Central of course ended the season for Reitz in each of the last two years

Central has won three in a row against its city rival and I’m sure the Bears are relishing this opportunity to silence their critics after a few turbulent weeks. Standout RB Tor’Jon Evans has been dismissed from the team, but the Bears’ offense put up 45 points last Friday while Jacob Boberg and the defense have held their last two opponents to single digits. This showdown at the Bear Den is a gut-check for both teams.

Our final game is one of the best rivalry games in southern Indiana. It’s Jasper at Heritage Hills. The Rumble in the Jungle. And Chad, since Jasper will move into the SIAC next season. This is the last time these two will face each other for awhile.

While this will be the last meeting, it’s been a competitive series as Heritage Hills owns a 13-11 all-time lead.

Now, Jasper nearly spoiled the Patriots’ undefeated season during last year’s 14-12 loss and with the Wildcats coming off a big 35-0 victory last week at Boonville to get their first W. QB Nathan Rillo and company will look to stay hot and pull the upset in the Jungle to prove Jasper is still a strong football program.

The Patriots are picking up right where they left off last season.Through three weeks they’ve outscored opponents 147-12. Their defense as smothering as ever and as a bonus they’ve added in a bit of a passing game this season. That’s a dangerous combo. And especially in a rivalry game like this I expect another 4-0 start for Todd Wilkerson’s team tomorrow.

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(This story was originally published on September 12, 2019)

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