With three losses by a combined six points, the Pike High School football team is darn close to a 5-0 record and everything that goes with it.
“We could be on top of the (Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) and a top 20 team in the country,” Pike coach Derek Moyers said. “We’re not going to do those things making the same mistakes we’ve been making.”
The Red Devils lost to 37-33 to Cincinnati Moeller on Aug. 30, giving up a long touchdown pass in the final minute. Two weeks later, a missed extra point cost Pike in a 14-13 loss to Center Grove. Then on Saturday, Pike let a fourth quarter lead slip away in a 49-48 overtime loss to Ben Davis.
The common thread in all three games, according to Moyers, was self-inflicted mistakes.
“All three games have been carbon copies,” he said. “That’s scary because it means we haven’t learned our lesson. It’s not necessarily what those teams have done, but what we’ve done to ourselves. It’s frustrating because these are things that we’ve been talking about. You can’t get away with those things in our league because it’s not going to get any easier.”
What is getting easier is my ability to predict games on Friday nights. I steamrolled to a 35-4 record (89.7 percent) last week to defeat worthy challenger Marcus Fredwell’s 30-9 (76.9 percent) mark. My overall season record is now 167-44 (79.1 percent).
Here’s a look at six big area games this weekend (all games 7 p.m. today unless noted). For all area games, check out blogs.indystar.com/preps:
Pike (2-3) at Warren Central (4-1): As noted above, Pike’s record could/should look a lot better than it does right now. Warren Central has reeled off four wins in a row, but the schedule only gets tougher from here with Carmel, Lawrence Central and Cincinnati St. Xavier to follow this one. Warren Central 31, Pike 28.
Brebeuf Jesuit (4-1) at Roncalli (3-2): After coughing up a late lead in a loss to Tech two weeks ago, Brebeuf answered with a resounding 37-13 road win at a good Culver Academy team. Roncalli’s defense was dominant last week in a 20-7 win over Scecina and will need to be up to the task again against Brebeuf running back Lavonte’ Bellamy. Roncalli leads the all-time series 14-3 and won six in a row vs. the Braves. Roncalli 24, Brebeuf Jesuit 23.
Cardinal Ritter (3-2) at Triton Central (5-0): Tim Able is having great success in his first year as coach at Triton Central as the defense has allowed just 23 points in five games. The degree of difficulty goes up exponentially with Ritter coming to town. The Raiders have been humbled by Brebeuf and Bishop Chatard, but are still the team to beat in Class 2A. Cardinal Ritter 34, Triton Central 21.
Lawrence Central (3-2) at Ben Davis (3-2): It will be interesting to see how Lawrence Central bounces back from back-to-back losses to Carmel and Center Grove, the latter a 42-10 shellacking at home. Senior quarterback Cody Turpen was solid for Ben Davis in last week’s 49-48 overtime win over Pike, subbing for an injured Kyle Castner. Turpen was 16-for-33 for 238 yards and two TDs and also ran for a score. Ben Davis 20, Lawrence Central 16.
New Palestine (5-0) at Yorktown (5-0), 7:30 p.m.: This is a pivotal game in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, although Shelbyville is still unbeaten in conference play as well. New Pal quarterback Blake Luker has passed for more than 1,000 yards and rushed for nearly 500. New Palestine 35, Yorktown 24.
Westfield (4-1) at Hamilton Southeastern (4-1): Class 5A second-ranked Westfield is a three-overtime loss to Fishers from being unbeaten right now. HSE has dominated this series through the years. HSE 28, Westfield 24.