MATT’S MATCHUPS – WEEK 14
It was another good performance after going 17-3 (85 percent) last week. Heading into the semistate round, my season mark is 367-106, which keeps me at 78 percent.
Merrillville (11-2) at Fort Wayne Snider (13-0): The Pirates dropped a 14-7 decision to Snider in the 1992 semistate. Merrillville is averaging 40.6 points and allowing 25.3 this season. The No. 2 Panthers are giving up 16.7 points and scoring 36.8 points per game. Merrillvile is going after its first semistate, while Snider is in pursuit of its sixth and first since 2004. Matt’s pick: Snider 33, Merrillville 28.
Lawrence Central (13-0) at Center Grove (12-1): The top-ranked Bears are tallying 39.9 points a contest and allowing 9.9 points. The No. 2Trojans are surrendering 13.9 points and averaging 42.2 points per contest. Lawrence Central is looking for its second semistate title and first since 2010, while Center Grove is after its second and first since 2008. Matt’s pick: Center Grove 38, Lawrence Central 35.
Mishawaka (10-3) at Concord (11-2): Although this is the first official meeting, these two teams have scrimmaged against each other the past few years. Concord coach Tim Dawson is a Mishawaka graduate. The Cavemen are allowing 23.3 points and scoring 31.2 this season. The No. 15 Minutemen are averaging 35.2 points and giving up 18.2 in 2012. Mishawaka has never won a semistate, while Concord is going for its fourth and first since 2006. Matt’s pick: Mishawaka 30, Concord 27.
Indianapolis Cathedral (8-5) at Columbus East (13-0): The Irish cruised to a 62-7 win over Columbus East in last season’s semistate. Cathedral is scoring 31.4 points and allowing 17.5 this year. The Olympians are giving up 13.5 points and tallying 40.4 points. No. 3 Cathedral has won two straight semistates and 10 overall, while No. 1 Columbus East is after its first crown. Matt’s pick: Cathedral 34, Columbus East 31.
Mishawaka Marian (10-3) at Hamilton Heights (12-1): The No. 12 Knights and No. 4 Huskies are both looking for their first semistate title. Marian is averaging 33.5 points and allowing 22.4 per game. Hamilton Heights is giving up 9.2 points and scoring 43.3 a contest. Matt’s pick: Marian 24, Hamilton Heights 21.
Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (11-2) at Gibson Southern (11-2): The No. 2 Trojans are going for their third straight semistate and 13th overall, while the Titans had never won a sectional or regional title until this season. Bishop Chatard is giving up 13 points a game and scoring 35.6. Gibson Southern is averaging 36.2 points and allowing 23.6 points a game. Matt’s pick: Bishop Chatard 42, Gibson Southern 23.
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (9-4) at Andrean (11-2): The No. 5 Knights have won three consecutive semistates and 14 overall, while the No. 4 59ers are after their fifth title and first since 2004. Bishop Luers is scoring 23.9 points and allowing 12.9 points in 2012. Andrean is surrendering 22.9 points and averaging 43.2 points this year. Matt’s pick: Bishop Luers 31, Andrean 29.
Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter (13-0) at Evansville Mater Dei (11-2): The top-ranked Raiders have won seven semistates, but haven’t celebrated one since 2008, while the No. 2 Wildcats are trying to make it two straight and five overall. Cardinal Ritter is scoring 51.5 points and allowing 17.5 this year. Mater Dei is giving up 16.8 points and averaging 35.2 points. Matt’s pick: Cardinal Ritter 37, Mater Dei 24.
Lafayette Central Catholic (12-1) at Sheridan (9-4): The No. 2 Knights blanked No. 9 Sheridan, 17-0, in the 2011 semistate. Lafayette Catholic is going for its fourth consecutive semistate crown and fifth overall, while the Blackhawks are looking for its first title since 2008 and 11th overall. Lafayette Catholic is allowing 11.8 points and scoring 33.7 points this season. Sheridan is averaging 32.2 points and giving up 19.8 points in 2012. Matt’s pick: Lafayette Central Catholic 21, Sheridan 10.
Indianapolis Scecina (10-3) at Linton-Stockton (13-0): The Miners suffered a 17-0 loss to Scecina in last year’s semistate. The No. 6 Crusaders are going after their second straight semistate title and fourth overall, while top-ranked Linton-Stockton is in pursuit of its first trophy. Scecina is allowing 16.8 points and scoring 33.1 points a game. Linton is averaging 51.3 points and giving up 4.9 points this year. Matt’s pick: Linton-Stockton 36, Scecina 33.