Mater Dei (4-1) at Castle (3-2)
The Knights are scheduled to face a team that could compete for a state championship. The Wildcats are currently ranked third in 2A according to the latest AP poll. They are coming off an easy win against North (45-27) where Castle is coming off of a 38-7 loss at Central. The Knights are returning home to John Lidy Field after being away the past two weeks.
The Knights will need to stop the Wildcats’ tough offense. In their first four games, the Wildcats have rushed 856 yards led by John Mcgrew who has rushed for 375 yards and five touchdowns. Their quarterback, Cole Happe, has thrown seven touchdowns in the first four games.
With both teams tied for second behind leaders Central and Memorial, Castle and Mater Dei, a win by either school could keep the winner in the hunt for the SIAC title.
Mt. Vernon (3-2) at Boonville (2-3)
The Pioneers are looking to avoid their first four game losing streak since the 2013 season where they finished that season 1-9. The Wildcats are currently on a two game winning streak most recently defeating the Washington Hatchets 48-2. The Pioneers and Wildcats are currently tied for second in the Big 8 conference behind Jasper and Mt. Carmel.
“Mt. Vernon has continued to improve and excitement is building under coach Brunson. We will have to slow down their offense and put points on the board to beat them Friday night,” Boonville coach Darin Ward said.
Indianapolis Crimson Knights (2-2) at Tecumseh (1-4)
The Braves had a hole in their schedule, and the Crimson Knights were glad to fill it. They will have to travel the nearly three hours down I-69 to play their game in Lynnville.
“We are very lucky to have a game this week. When Wood Memorial dropped football it left us with an open date for a number of years. We have played there in the past. They have a very good vertical passing game with several quick wide receivers. Up front they are big and move rather well,” Tecumseh coach Jeff Daming said.
The Crimson Knights primarily consists of kids who were not afforded an opportunity to play organized football. According to their website, the team primarily consists of kids who are home schooled, in private school, or attend charter schools that do not have a football team.