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FOOTBALL: RSN Top 10 – Week #4

#10 River Forest Ingots

2-1; Last Week: NR

The Ingots make an appearance in the RSN Top 10 for the first time in a long time, if not ever. But it’s no freebie – this has been earned. How so? River Forest is scoring 38.7 points per game – the second highest mark of any team in the Region and their defense is allowing just nine points per game, tied for the second best mark. They’ll travel to Cedar Lake this week, so the degree of difficulty picks up big time with Hanover Central, a team that appears higher in the rankings.

#9 Michigan City Wolves

2-1; Last Week: #4

To say the Labor Day weekend didn’t work out well for the Michigan City Wolves is definitely an understatement. First, City took a tough loss to Chesterton on Friday night where they had no shortage of turnover issues. Then came the news Monday that due to a positive COVID test from a member of the coaching staff, the entire team has to self quarantine for 14 days, canceling their upcoming games against Valpo and Merrillville. A weekend to forget for sure.

#8 Chesterton Trojans

1-2; Last Week: NR

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With losses to Hobart and Pioneer in the first two weeks, Chesterton found themselves falling from #4 to out of the RSN Top 10. But with the win over Michigan City last week, the Trojans not only find themselves back in the rankings, but they might have saved their season. A victory over winless LaPorte puts momentum on the side of the Trojans with a date against Valpo looming in Week #5.

#7 Lowell Red Devils

3-0; Last Week: #9

The 26-13 win over Wheeler continues a slow, but steady, rise up the RSN rankings. Even at 3-0 we have a feeling the Red Devils are more talented than they’ve shown in the first three weeks. A bus ride to Griffith is scheduled for Friday night, in a new chapter of a rivalry that’s been played every year since 1934. Do the Red Devils respect the Panthers enough to spend this week preparing for them or are they already thinking ahead to their game five match up with Hobart? 

#6 Hanover Central Wildcats

2-1; Last Week: #7

It was no secret that the Wildcats had some firepower back from 2019, but the barrage of points being put on the scoreboard definitely caught many by surprise. Hanover Central is the Region’s highest scoring team at 45 points per game, with their low mark being 40 against Portage in the opening game. But while regular season points and winning records are all well and good, the question for this team is; do the ‘Cats have the weapons to make a post-season run?

#5 Andrean 59ers

2-1; Last Week: #6

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Maybe the biggest statement win in Week #3 belonged to the 59ers, who put a 42-14 hurting on the state ranked New Prairie Cougars. The Niners have the luxury of a couple more games at the “Holy Lands” in the weeks ahead (EC Central followed by Highland), so they should be riding a big wave of momentum as they head down the stretch.

#4 KV Kougars

3-0; Last Week: #5

The Kougars are off to their first 3-0 start since 2012, and while the offense, at 38 points per game, is (deservedly) getting a lot of praise, how about giving some love to the KV defense for surrendering just seven points in each of their three (no) contests? A trip to Morocco is on tap come Friday, so it won’t be a surprise to see the offense light up the scoreboard again this week against North Newton, a team giving up 31 points per game.

#3 Hobart Brickies

2-1; Last Week: #3

After some offensive inconsistency in the first two weeks, the Brickie attack kicked it into high gear against Griffith, putting up 42 in the shutout win over the Panthers. They’ll need that offense to keep clicking as Hobart goes on the road to next two weeks, first to Culver Academies and then to “The Inferno” in a big NCC showdown. 

#2 Valparaiso Vikings

2-0; Last Week: #2

The results on the field have been good, with the win over Penn and their rout of LaPorte, but this can’t be the start that Valparaiso wanted to their season. Not only are the Vikings dealing with injury issues, but now with City off the board, two out of their first four games have been canceled. Football coaches like routine, and the early season is everything but that for Valpo.

#1 Merrillville Pirates

3-0; Last Week: #1

With such a deep and talented roster, it’s no surprise to see the Pirates off to a great start (average margin of victory of 26 points). Revenge against Valpo has to be on the players’ minds, as a date with the Vikings comes up in Week #7, but in the meantime, road games against Portage and LaPorte are on the docket. Valpo vs Merrillville sure sounds like a thriller, but this is the Duneland, where you never get to look too far ahead.

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