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FOOTBALL: RSN Top 10 – Week #6

#10 Hanover Central Wildcats

3-2/0-1; Last Week: #6

The Wildcats take a tumble after the surprising road rout they sufffered at Griffith in week five. The HC offense which averaged 46 points a game over the course of the first four weeks of the season was out of sync all night, scoring just one touchdown in the 35-8 defeat. The schedule favors the Cats the next two weeks with 1-4 Boone Grove and 1-3 Bowman both coming to Cedar Lake, so the ‘Cats have a chance to get back on track before a big road game in week eight against…

#9 Wheeler Bearcats

3-2/1-0; Last Week: #10

Wheeler is the rare team in 2020 that entered the RSN rankings at #10 and were able to no only hold onto a spot in the poll, but move up after a dominating 44-0 win over rival Boone Grove. With their only two losses coming against KV and Lowell (a combined 9-0), this Bearcats team is better than their record indicates, but with winnable games the next two weeks they won’t be flying under the radar for long. The final two Fridays feature matchups with Hanover Central and Griffith, which should be fun.

#8 Michigan City Wolves

2-1/0-1; Last Week: #9

Michigan City high school logo. A blue and silver wolf head.

After a two week layoff due to a positive COVID test, City returns to the gridiron in week six to host the Lake Central Indians in a DAC showdown. Will the two weeks away give the Wolves a boost or will it throw them out of rhythm as they try to stay in the DAC race? We’ll find out Friday.

#7 Chesterton Trojans

2-3/2-1; Last Week: #8

The Trojans are the beneficiary of losses and no-contests, moving up one spot despite losing in week five. That’s because if there’s such a thing as an impressive loss, we can put that on the Trojans’ resume as they went into Valpo and gave the Vikings a game for most of the evening. The run defense needs to improve greatly, moving forward, but the Trojans will likely be considered the favorites in their next three games, so this team has a chance to build some momentum.

#6 Lowell Red Devils

4-0; Last Week: #7

Talk about bad timing. Football fans in the Region were set for the big time matchup that was set to feature the unbeaten Red Devils hosting on the 3-1 Hobart Brickies at the “Inferno.” Two historical powerhouses facing off – you could feel the excitement in the air….and then Lowell pulled the plug late Thursday afternoon. The school has announced that their rivalry game against KV will take place this Friday, so the Milk Jug…and more importantly, both teams’ undefeated seasons are on the line. 

#5 Andrean 59ers

4-1; Last Week: #5

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Not only have the Niners won four in a row after losing the opener to Merrillville, they’re doing it in convincing fashion with an average margin of victory of more than 36 points. That’s domination. Can they continue to dominate down the stretch? That would be impressive, as three out of their final four come against #3 Hobart, #4 KV and #6 Lowell. The Niners could win all three, and if they do so in convincing fashion, they’ll prove they really are the best team in Class 2A, at least during the regular season. 

#4 KV Kougars

5-0; Last Week: #4

There’s no doubt the Kougars have put up big numbers this year, as they’re the highest scoring team in the Region at more than 42 points per game, while giving up the fewest at under six per game. With that being said, their opponents so far this year have a combined 9-16 record, with only Wheeler having a record that’s currently above the .500 mark. KV has Lowell (4-0), Hobart (3-1) and Andrean (4-1) in the next three weeks. Time to find out just how good this team is.

#3 Hobart Brickies

3-1; Last Week: #3

The Brickies had an unexpected and likely unappreciated bye week on Friday #5 – instead of taking on Lowell in an NCC battle between two state ranked teams. With back to back shutouts, Hobart’s defense is playing with a momentum and confidence – will that still be the same after getting a week off? It will most likely will, althoigh they will be tested on Friday with the 59ers coming to the Brickyard, in what should be one of the best games of the season. And if you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it all EXCLUSIVELY on The Region Sports Network!

#2 Valparaiso Vikings

3-0; Last Week: #2

When the Vikings host Crown Point on Friday, they’ll do something they haven’t done in all of 2020 – play football in consecutive weeks. Despite a schedule that has been, through no fault of their own, inconsistent, the Vikings appear to be as good as advertised thanks to a great offensive line, a punishing running game and a smothering defense. We know the Vikings will be focused on the task at hand on Friday, but we can’t blame them if they’re looking ahead to the big game against Merrillville in week seven. Who isn’t?

#1 Merrillville Pirates

4-0; Last Week: #1

The last time we saw the Pirates, they put up a 58 spot on Portage, their highest scoring outing since 2012. Merrillville made a run to semi-state that year, narrowly losing to Fort Wayne Snider on the road. Could this year’s team make another deep post-season run? There’s no doubt the talent is there on most every position and the coaching staff is locked in on getting the best out of the roster. The Pirates invade LaPorte this week before they look for revenge against Valpo.

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