MATT’S MATCHUPS 2018 FOOTBALL – WEEK TWO

by | Aug 23, 2018 | Featured, Football Blogs, Headlines, RRSN News | 0 comments

The 2018 campaign opened with a bang as I went 23-4 (85 percent) last week. I am hoping things are even better the second time around.

NORTHERN INDIANA CONFERENCE

NORTH DIVISION

Goshen (1-0) at Elkhart Central (1-0): The Blazers were a 17-14 winner over Goshen during the regular season, while the RedHawks returned the favor with a 15-14 victory over Central in the Class 5A sectional semifinals. Dominic Sosa had a fumble recovery for Goshen in its 49-0 blanking of Fairfield. Brycen Sherwood threw for 96 yards and two touchdowns in Central’s 38-7 win at Elkhart Memorial. Matt’s pick: Elkhart Central 20, Goshen 14.

Lowell (Mich.) (6-4 in 2017) at Adams (0-1) (School Field): This is the first meeting on the gridiron between the Red Arrows and Adams. Juston Miller takes over for Noel Dean as Lowell’s top man. Claude Neeley had a fumble recovery for the Eagles in their 21-12 loss at Northridge. Matt’s pick: Lowell 32, Adams 27.

New Prairie (1-0) at Clay (0-1): The No. 6 (Class 4A) Cougars blanked Clay, 73-0, a year ago. Cade Boniface recorded 11 tackles and a fumble recovery in New Prairie’s 42-14 win over LaPorte. Cole Hobbs tallied three catches for 12 yards in the Colonials’ 56-0 loss at Marian. Matt’s pick: New Prairie 56, Clay 6.

Northridge (1-0) at Saint Joseph (1-0): The Raiders downed Saint Joseph, 27-10, last season. Cade Lacey ran in from two yards out for Northridge against Adams. Gavin Stefanek came up with a blocked punt in the Indiana’s 28-14 triumph at Concord. Matt’s pick: Saint Joseph 30, Northridge 19.

Penn (1-0) at Merrillville (1-0): The No. 3 (Class 6A) Kingsmen held on for a 7-0 win against Merrillville, last year. Ryan Majerek converted all three of his extra-points in Penn’s 21-3 win over Valparaiso. Aahric Whitehead tossed a pair of touchdown passes in the Pirates’ 20-14 victory over Andrean. Matt’s pick: Penn 24, Merrillville 10.

Valparaiso (0-1) at Mishawaka (1-0): The Vikings cruised to a 31-7 over No. 5 (Class 4A) Mishawaka a season ago. Elias Sewell booted a 25-yard field goal for Valparaiso against Penn. Sam Shively ran two scores and passed for a third tally for the Cavemen in their 35-14 win at Portage. Matt’s pick: Mishawaka 22, Valparaiso 16.

SOUTH DIVISION

Glenn (0-1) at Marian (1-0, 1-0 NIC): The No. 6 (Class 3A) Knights posted a pair of wins against Glenn in 2017 by scores of 35-0 and 8-0. Tyler DeBoe found the end zone twice, including a 32-yard interception return, for Marian against Clay. Garrett West hauled in a 40-yardd touchdown reception in the Falcons’ 40-12 loss at Boone Grove. Matt’s pick: Marian 46, Glenn 13.

Riley (1-0) at Bremen (1-0): The Wildcats claimed a 36-29 victory over Bremen in their last meeting. Kobe Luuga came up with a pair of interceptions for Riley in a 26-20 win against New Haven. Evan Manges had an interception return for a score in the Lions’ 34-7 win over Tippecanoe Valley. Matt’s pick: Riley 28, Bremen 25.

Washington (1-0) at Jimtown (0-1): The Jimmies escaped with a 9-7 win against Washington. Devonta Hall racked up two interceptions in the Panthers’ 48-0 blanking of Hammond. Riley Lundy recorded nine tackles for Jimtown in a 26-0 loss to No. 7 (Class 4A) NorthWood. Matt’s pick: Jimtown 18, Washington 12.

NORTHERN LAKES CONFERENCE

Concord (0-1) at Elkhart Memorial (0-1): The Chargers dropped a pair of contests to Concord last fall by counts of 38-14 and 16-9. Braedon Taylor had two receptions for 51 yards and a score for the Minutemen against Saint Joseph. Mason Tyren hauled in a 74-yard touchdown catch for Memorial against Elkhart Central. Matt’s pick: Concord 41, Elkhart Memorial 16.

East Noble (1-0) at Warsaw (1-0): The Knights earned a 28-7 win over Warsaw a year ago. Bailey Parker accumulated 171 total yards and a touchdown run in East Noble’s 16-6 win over Plymouth. Cobe VanHouten finished with seven tackles in the Tigers; 10-8 victory at Columbia City. Matt’s pick: East Noble 29, Warsaw 21.

NorthWood (1-0) at Fairfield (0-1): The Panthers clawed past Fairfield, 42-0, last season. Hayden Snider had a 102-yard interception return for a touchdown in NorthWood’s win at Jimtown. Cory Lantz passed for 57 yards for the Falcons against Goshen. Matt’s pick: NorthWood 47, Fairfield 7.

Plymouth (0-1) at Kokomo (0-1): The Rockies are taking on Kokomo for the first time on the football field. Donald Saxton caught a 22-yard touchdown pass for Plymouth at East Noble. Levi Hrabos threw for 94 yards in the Wildkats’ 77-0 loss at No. 1 (Class 5A) New Palestine. Matt’s pick: Plymouth 18, Kokomo 8.

West Noble (1-0) at Wawasee (0-1): The Chargers marched their way to a 31-14 win over Wawasee a season ago. Brandon Pruitt scampered 27 times for 196 yards and a touchdown in West Noble’s 14-12 win over Central Noble. Jesse Landeros ran for 63 yards in the Warriors’ 28-7 setback at Lakeland. Matt’s pick: West Noble 17, Wawasee 11.

DUNELAND CONFERENCE

Chesterton (0-1) at Munster (0-1): The Trojans crowned Munster, 33-21, last year. Tony Frencl rambled 10 times for 55 yards in Chesterton’s 10-9 loss to Hobart. Dawson Ginaven notched three receptions for 22 yards in the Mustangs’ 10-3 loss to Lake Central. Matt’s pick: Chesterton 13, Munster 9.

Crown Point (0-1) at Highland (0-1): The Trojans are looking to make amends for a 35-6 loss to Crown Point. Scott Mills accounted for the Bulldogs’ lone touchdown in their 17-7 loss to top-ranked (Class 4A) Lowell. Highland allowed 285 yards on the ground in a 16-6 loss to Hammond Morton. Matt’s pick: Crown Point 14, Highland 13.

Hobart (1-0) at LaPorte (0-1): The Brickies were a 34-23 winner against LaPorte in their last meeting. Tyler Turley recorded a pair of fumbles and returned one of them 47 yards for a score in Hobart’s victory at Chesterton. Isaac Alexander had 75 yards rushing and two scores for the Slicers against New Prairie. Matt’s pick: Hobart 21, LaPorte 17.

Homewood Flossmoor (Ill.) (10-2 in 2017) at Michigan City (1-0): The Wolves came up on the short end a 63-21 contest to Flossmoor last year. Former Portage and Michigan City coach Craig Buzea is now in his ninth season with the Vikings. Brian Walker had an interception return for a score in Michigan City’s 53-0 victory at Griffith. Matt’s pick: Homewood Flossmoor 33, Michigan City 30.

Lake Central (1-0) at Hammond Morton (1-0): The Indians and Hammond Morton are getting together for the first time during the regular season. Keysean Wigley had five catches for 128 yards for Lake Central against Munster. Eric Johnson ran 24 times for 149 yards with a touchdown for the Governors against Highland. Matt’s pick: Lake Central 32, Hammond Morton 27.

Portage (0-1) at Lowell (1-0): The Red Devils fought their way to a 20-7 win over Portage a season ago. Andrew Williams tallied an interception for the Indians against Mishawaka. Nathan Gard connected on a 28-yard field goal and two extra-points for Lowell against Crown Point. Matt’s pick: Lowell 34, Portage 15.

HOOSIER NORTH CONFERENCE

LaVille (0-1) at Triton (1-0): The Trojans posted a 22-14 win against LaVille, while the Lancers clamed a Class 1A sectional crown with a 10-7 decision over Triton last year. Andrew Dill caught a 91-yard touchdown pass for the Lancers in a 28-6 setback to No. 10 (Class 4A) Culver Academy. Delano Shumpert ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for a third tally in Triton’s 30-17 win over South Central. Matt’s pick: Triton 25, LaVille 10.

North Judson (1-0, 1-0 HNC) at Caston (0-1): The Bluejays soared to a 38-22 victory against Caston a year ago. Chuckie Wilcox had two receptions for 64 yards and a score in North Judson’s 50-6 win over Culver. Sam Smith had a 72-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Comets’ 72-6 loss to West Central. Matt’s pick: North Judson 48, Caston 7.

Rochester (1-0) at Knox (1-0): The Zebras notched a 13-7 win over Knox during the 1955 campaign. Bryce Abbott raced for 150 yards and a touchdown in Rochester’s 42-15 win over Wabash. Jared Prater scampered 21 yards for a score in the Redskins’ 27-6 win over Knox. Matt’s pick: Knox 35, Rochester 31.

South Central (0-1) at Culver (0-1): The Satellites suffered a 15-0 loss to Culver last season. Brecken Krieger racked up 10 tackles for South Central against Triton. Damian Sullivan racked up six tackles for the Cavaliers against North Judson. Matt’s pick: South Central 38, Culver 13.

Winamac (0-1) at Pioneer (1-0): The top-ranked and defending Class 1A state champion Panthers pounced past Winamac, 61-0, last fall. Addai Lewellen had 13 carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns in Pioneer’s 44-0 blanking of Lewis Cass. Trent Fix ran seven times for 54 yards for the Warriors against Knox. Matt’s pick: Pioneer 46, Winamac 10.

INDEPENDENT

Tippecanoe Valley (0-1) at Culver Academy (1-0): The Eagles flew past Tippecanoe Valley, 33-7, a season ago. Noah Miller tossed for 75 yards and a score for the Vikings against Bremen. Branden Welch had two touchdown runs for Culver Academy against LaVille. Matt’s pick: Culver Academy 39, Tippecanoe Valley 11.

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