Here’s a look at all of the Week 6 high school football predictions. I was 31-9 last week (77.5 percent) to run my season record to 165-48 (77.5 percent). All games 7 p.m. Friday unless noted:
Center Grove (5-0) at Lawrence Central (2-3): On the surface, Lawrence Central may not look like much of a test for Class 6A top-ranked Center Grove.
The Bears’ 2-3 record wouldn’t suggest it, anyway. But a deeper look makes Friday’s game one of the more intriguing on the Week 6 schedule. The reason? Gerrid Doaks.
Doaks, a senior running back and University of Cincinnati recruit, has already rushed for 1,049 yards and 13 touchdowns midway through the season. After he was held to 35 yards in the opener against Cathedral, Doaks has rushed for 189 yards (loss to Chatard), 221 (win over Lawrence North), 242 (loss to Warren Central) and 362 (win over Pike). In the last three weeks, Doaks has rushed for 13 touchdowns.
Center Grove is the toughest defense Lawrence Central has faced since Cathedral. Led by defense lineman Jovan Swann and Cameron Tidd, the Trojans are allowing just 87 rushing yards per game.
Lawrence Central has some momentum and this would clearly be its biggest win since Jed Richman took over as coach in 2013. Another big game here and Doaks could make a statement as a legitimate IndyStar Mr. Football candidate. It may be tough sledding against this Center Grove defense, however. Center Grove 28, Lawrence Central 21.
Avon (3-2) at Fishers (4-1): This may be the most intriguing matchup of the weekend. After closes losses to Ben Davis and Hamilton Southeastern, Class 6A No. 9 Avon has responded with impressive lopsided wins over Brownsburg and Whiteland. Brandon Peters (1,351 passing yards and 19 touchdowns) continues to put up big numbers for Avon. Sixth-ranked Fishers got a much-needed win last week over Brownsburg after a heartbreaking loss to HSE. Avon 28, Fishers 24.
Hamilton Southeastern (4-1) at Zionsville (3-2): Maybe the Colts can’t beat Zionsville but Class 6A No. 5 Hamilton Southeastern is the challenge for the Eagles this week. Carter Poiry (1,210 passing yards, nine touchdowns) is quietly having an excellent season for the Royals. Class 5A ninth-ranked Zionsville is on the upswing but took a tough 23-21 loss to Noblesville last week. HSE 33, Zionsville 20.
Bishop Chatard (4-1) at Noblesville (3-2): It’s a tough closing kick for Noblesville, which has Hamilton Southeastern, Brownsburg and Avon after this one. Class 3A No. 3 Chatard is strong as usual with the ground attack but junior receiver Max McGinnis (15 catches, 297 yards) is a weapon in the passing game. Bishop Chatard 21, Noblesville 17.
Pike (2-3) at Warren Central (3-2): Jay Coe’s performance in Warren Central’s victory over Ben Davis last week was as impressive as I’ve seen this year. Also, keep an eye on David Bell (nine catches, 194 yards) for the Class 6A No. 7 Warriors. It’s not often a freshman is ready to contribute at this level. Bell also threw for a touchdown last week. Pike looked strong through four games but allowing 61 points last week to Lawrence Central was a step back. Warren Central 34, Pike 26.
Plainfield (3-2) at Decatur Central (4-1): Decatur Central’s young core should make the Class 5A seventh-ranked Hawks a formidable program for the next few years. Plainfield, which has lost four of its last five to Decatur Central, is coming off a 42-23 loss to Greenwood. Decatur Central 30, Plainfield 23.
Beech Grove (4-1) at Monrovia (4-1): This was a 48-44 barnburner last year, a Monrovia win. Beech Grove is looking to rebound from a loss to Howe. Monrovia 34, Beech Grove 30.
Ben Davis (2-3) at Lawrence North (2-3): Upset alert? Ben Davis has lost three in a row. Lawrence North is improved and should be able to have some success on the ground. Ben Davis 42, Lawrence North 35.
Brebeuf Jesuit (3-2) at Roncalli (2-3): Roncalli is coming off a convincing 31-7 win over Scecina. Roncalli 17, Brebeuf Jesuit 14.
Brownsburg (1-4) at Westfield (4-1): Zionsville, coming off a loss to Hamilton Southeastern, is looking for its third consecutive win in this series. Brownsburg 34, Westfield 32.
Cascade (3-2) at Owen Valley (4-1): Cascade faces its toughest opponent since Week 2. Owen Valley 34, Cascade 14.
Eastern Hancock (5-0) at North Decatur (4-1): Sophomore Jarett Lewis (950 passing yards, 11 touchdowns) is having a good year for Eastern Hancock. Eastern Hancock 42, North Decatur 21.
Edinburgh (1-4) vs. Oldenburg Academy (3-2), at Earlham, 7:30 p.m.: It took four overtimes but Edinburgh got its first win last week. Oldenburg Academy 28, Edinburgh 16.
Elkhart Memorial (1-4) at Shortridge (2-3), 7 p.m.: Tough assignment here for Shortridge against a 5A opponent. Elkhart Memorial 42, Shortridge 12.
Frankfort (3-2) at Western Boone (4-1): Huge win last week for Western Boone over Tri-West. Western Boone 38, Frankfort 20.
Franklin Central (0-5) at Southport (3-2): Three of Franklin Central’s losses have been by a combined 11 points. Southport 28, Franklin Central 21.
Guerin Catholic (4-1) at Greenwood (4-1): Impressive 42-23 win over Plainfield last week for Greenwood. Greenwood 17, Guerin Catholic 10.
Hamilton Heights (3-2) at Culver Academy (3-2), 7:30 p.m.: Hamilton Heights looks to bounce back from a 38-7 loss to West Lafayette. Hamilton Heights 21, Culver Academy 14.
Indian Creek (2-3) at Milan (2-3): Junior Bryce Hogue has caught 22 passes for 484 yards for Indian Creek through five games. Indian Creek 33, Milan 30.
Indiana Deaf (5-0) at Covington (3-2), 7:30 p.m.: Indiana Deaf was 5-0 last year before losing to Covington, 54-14. Covington 34, Indiana Deaf 24.
Broad Ripple (1-4) at Connersville (0-5): Broad Ripple is allowing almost 49 points a game. Connersville 45, Broad Ripple 21.
Howe (3-2) at Manual (2-3): It’ll be interesting to see how Howe stacks up in its 2A sectional. Howe 42, Manual 14.
Marshall (0-5) at Speedway (0-5): Both sides looking for a first victory. Speedway 34, Marshall 20.
Northwest (3-2) at Arlington (3-2): Both programs are significantly improved. Northwest 27, Arlington 22.
Cardinal Ritter (3-2) at Triton Central (2-3): Ritter has lost two of its last three but both (Brebeuf and Chatard) were to 3A programs. Cardinal Ritter 35, Triton Central 21.
Scecina (3-2) at Lutheran (3-2): Scecina is looking to bounce back from Beech Grove and Roncalli. Scecina 21, Lutheran 20.
Tech (1-4) at West Lafayette Harrison (3-2): Tech lost a 31-30 heartbreaker to Muncie Central last week. Harrison 34, Tech 20.
Lapel (2-3) at Rushville (1-4): Lapel is coming off back-to-back losses. Lapel 28, Rushville 26.
Lebanon (2-3) at Tri-West (2-3): Tri-West plays three opponents with losing records before closing the regular season with North Montgomery. Tri-West 42, Lebanon 28.
Martinsville (0-5) at Whiteland (3-2): Whiteland’s only losses are to Center Grove and Avon. Whiteland 35, Martinsville 14.
Mooresville (2-3) at Franklin (1-4): Mooresville has lost three in a row after a 2-0 start. Mooresville 31, Franklin 21.
New Palestine (5-0) at Greenfield-Central (2-3), 7:30 p.m.: It really is stunning how dominant New Pal has been. The Dragons are averaging 66.8 points a game. New Palestine 56, Greenfield-Central 20.
North Central (0-5) at Carmel (3-2): Crazy stat: in the last six meetings between the teams, North Central has scored seven points and been shut out five times. Carmel 31, North Central 7.
Pendleton Heights (2-3) at Mt. Vernon (2-3), 7:30 p.m.: Mt. Vernon hasn’t had a losing season since 2008. Mt. Vernon 28, Pendleton Heights 14.
Perry Meridian (3-2) at Bloomington North (1-4): The schedule isn’t easy but there’s a possibility Perry Meridian could get its first winning season since 2003. Perry Meridian 23, Bloomington North 20.
Rhea County, Tenn. (3-2) vs. Cathedral (3-2), at Tech: Cathedral is coming off a 31-17 loss to Cincinnati St. Xavier. Cathedral 34, Rhea County 21.
Sheridan (2-3) at Tri-Central (5-0): Bud Wright notched win No. 394 last week. Tri-Central 35, Sheridan 28.
South Decatur (3-2) at Park Tudor (0-5): This could be a chance for Park Tudor’s first win. Park Tudor 28, South Decatur 24.
Southmont (1-4) at Danville (0-5): Danville hasn’t lost to Southmont since 2011. Danville 34, Southmont 28.
Southside HomeSchool at Washington (0-4): Washington hasn’t scored more than six points in a game. Southside 12, Washington 6.
Yorktown (3-2) at Shelbyville (5-0), 7:30 p.m.: Can the Golden Bears stay unbeaten? Shelbyville 35, Yorktown 28.
Tindley (0-3) at Dugger Union (1-4), 2 p.m.: Tindley has struggled but won in this matchup last year. Tindley 35, Dugger Union 27.