All of the Week 5 area HS football predictions

All of the Week 5 area HS football predictions


All of the Week 5 area HS football predictions


Here’s a look at all of the Week 5 area high school football predictions. My record last week was 37-4, which puts me at 141-30 (82.5 percent) for the season (all games 7 p.m. Friday unless noted):

Warren Central's Michael Tutsie, center, celebrates with team mates in the end zone after catching an interception and scoring during the first game of the season, as Warren Central High School takes on Center Grove High School at Center Grove, Friday August 19th, 2016.

Warren Central’s Michael Tutsie, center, celebrates with team mates in the end zone after catching an interception and scoring during the first game of the season, as Warren Central High School takes on Center Grove High School at Center Grove, Friday August 19th, 2016.

Ben Davis (3-1) at Warren Central (3-1): A week after what Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner called “a very disappointing” performance against Center Grove, the Giants may get an even tougher challenge on Friday.

Class 6A sixth-ranked Ben Davis travels across town to face third-ranked Warren Central (3-1) in one of the biggest games of the week. After producing big offensive numbers in three wins to start the season, the Giants struggled to finish drives in a 20-7 home loss to Center Grove.

“It was frustrating because we just didn’t play like we’re capable of playing,” Kirschner said. “We were piecemealing our offensive line together and they struggled at times, but we had 350 yards so that’s a pretty good night. But every time we’d start to get a drive going, we’d have a penalty or something to set us back.”

Warren Central, ranked No. 19 this week in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings, rebounded from a last-minute loss to Cincinnati Colerain (No. 15 by USA Today) with dominant wins over North Central (45-3) and Lawrence Central (37-0) the past two weeks.

The Warriors have won the last three regular-season meetings between the teams and has an overall 54-32-3 record against Ben Davis in the series. This is the 80th consecutive year the teams have met in the regular season, dating back to the 1937 season.

Prediction: I’m expecting Ben Davis to play much better than it did a week ago. But Warren Central’s defense has been so good through four games. I’m taking the Warriors. Warren Central 27, Ben Davis 20.

Cincinnati St. Xavier (1-2) at Cathedral (4-0), at Butler Bowl, 7:30 p.m.: Class 6A No. 1 Cathedral can notch a big win over an Ohio power in a unique setting at Butler. Don’t be fooled by St. Xavier’s record. The Bombers lost to St. John Bosco (Calif.) in the opener and to Colerain in overtime. St. John Bosco is ranked No. 10 by USA Today and Colerain is No. 15. This will be Cathedral’s toughest test to date. Quarterback Quincy Keller passed for 250 yards and three touchdowns last week in a 44-10 win over Bishop Chatard. Cathedral 21, St. Xavier 20.

Hamilton Southeastern (3-1) at Westfield (4-0): Westfield’s defense continued to play well last week against Noblesville in a 28-7 win, but this will be the Shamrocks’ most difficult test to date. Class 6A eighth-ranked HSE’s Jackson Sweeney (30 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns) went over 100 yards for the third time this season last week in a 36-33 overtime win over Fishers. Class 5A third-ranked Westfield leaned heavily on the ground game against Noblesville as Nate Froelich ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns and Johnny Swidan ran for 115 yards and a score. Westfield 24, HSE 21.

Scecina (4-0) at Roncalli (4-0): Scecina is up to No. 3 in Class 2A in this week’s state rankings after a 14-13 win over Beech Grove on Friday. This is the first time in 48 meetings between Scecina and Roncalli that both teams have been unbeaten at the time of the game. The Class 4A second-ranked Rebels hung on last week for a 7-0 win over Plainfield. Roncalli 28, Scecina 16.

Brownsburg (4-0) at Fishers (2-2): Class 6A seventh-ranked Brownsburg notched its biggest win so far with a 30-22 win over Avon last week. The Bulldogs haven’t beat Fishers since 2012. Fishers junior linebacker Michael Nettleton had 11 tackles in last week’s 36-33 overtime loss to Hamilton Southeastern. Brownsburg 27, Fishers 24.

New Palestine (4-0) at Pendleton Heights (1-3), 7:30 p.m.: This may not be one of the more competitive games of the night but worth noting that Pendleton Heights will rename its field on Friday after John Broughton, who retired last year after coaching the program for 40 seasons. Class 5A No. 2 New Palestine could be on its way to a fourth consecutive undefeated regular season under coach Kyle Ralph. New Palestine 42, Pendleton Heights 13.

Avon (2-2) at Whiteland (1-3): Avon 28, Whiteland 17.

Bloomington South (3-1) at Southport (2-2): Bloomington South 24, Southport 20.

Carmel (2-2) at Lawrence North (2-2): Carmel 31, Lawrence North 21.

Culver Academy (3-1) at Brebeuf Jesuit (2-2), 7:30 p.m.: Brebeuf Jesuit 26, Culver 21.

Eastern Hancock (2-2) at Knightstown (1-3): Eastern Hancock 34, Knightstown 30.

Frankfort (2-2) at Lebanon (3-1): Lebanon 35, Frankfort 14.

Greencastle (4-0) at Cascade (1-3): Greencastle 30, Cascade 20.

Greenfield-Central (3-1) at Shelbyville (4-0): Shelbyville 34, Greenfield-Central 24.

Heritage Christian (1-2) at Lapel (2-2): Lapel 42, Heritage Christian 23.

Indian Creek (2-2) at Triton Central (3-1): Triton Central 28, Indian Creek 21.

Indiana Deaf (4-0) at Anderson Prep (1-3): Indiana Deaf 37, Anderson Prep 20.

Arlington (4-0) at Delphi (2-2), 7:30 p.m.: Arlington 42, Delphi 23.

Broad Ripple (1-3) at Guerin Catholic (3-1): Guerin Catholic 48, Broad Ripple 12.

Bishop Chatard (1-3) vs. Cardinal Ritter (1-3), 7 p.m. at Marian: Bishop Chatard 31, Cardinal Ritter 14.

Howe (2-2) at Beech Grove (3-1): Beech Grove 28, Howe 22.

Lutheran (2-2) at Park Tudor (1-3): Lutheran 38, Park Tudor 29.

Manual (3-1) at Providence (1-3), 7:30 p.m.: Providence 35, Manual 14.

Marshall (0-4) at Shortridge (3-1): Shortridge 16, Marshall 14.

Northwest (3-1) at Washington (0-4): Northwest 42, Washington 6.

Tindley (1-3) vs. Covenant Christian (4-0), at Zionsville West Middle School: Covenant Christian 34, Tindley 26.

Martinsville (0-4) at Franklin (0-4): Franklin 27, Martinsville 17.

Monrovia (3-1) at Speedway (0-4): Monrovia 32, Speedway 14.

Mooresville (0-4) at Decatur Central (3-1): Decatur Central 31, Mooresville 24.

Mt. Vernon (1-3) at Delta (3-1), 7:30 p.m.: Delta 28, Mt. Vernon 24.

Muncie Central (4-0) at Tech (1-3): Muncie Central 38, Tech 31.

Noblesville (1-3) at Zionsville (3-1): Noblesville 31, Zionsville 28.

North Central (0-4) at Center Grove (3-1): Center Grove 45, North Central 14.

North Montgomery (2-2) at Danville (2-2): Danville 27, North Montgomery 20.

Northwestern (4-0) at Hamilton Heights (3-0): Hamilton Heights 31, Northwestern 30.

Perry Meridian (1-3) at Franklin Central (1-3): Franklin Central 34, Perry Meridian 17.

Pike (0-4) at Lawrence Central (3-1): Lawrence Central 33, Pike 25.

Plainfield (2-2) at Greenwood (4-0): Plainfield 21, Greenwood 20.

Sheridan (1-3) at Eastern (Greentown) (1-3): Sheridan 27, Eastern 12.

South Decatur (2-2) at Edinburgh (1-3): South Decatur 34, Edinburgh 22.

Traders Point Christian (2-2) at Frontier (1-3): Frontier 30, Traders Point 21.

Western Boone (3-1) at Tri-West (3-1): Tri-West 24, Western Boone 13.


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