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FOOTBALL: RSN Top 10 – Week #5

#10 Wheeler Bearcats

2-2; Last Week: NR

The Bearcats find themselves in the midst of a favorable portion of the schedule, where their next three opponents are a combined 2-8 so far in 2020. Combine that with a bevy of young talent and the momentum from last week’s win over South Central, along with a solid performance against Lowell in week three, and some good times look like they are heading to Union Twp. in the next few weeks.

#9 Michigan City Wolves

2-1; Last Week: #9

City is quite possibly the hardest team to judge in the RSN Top 10. They looked really good in their wins over SB Riley and Warsaw, but the last time they took the field, the Wolves were sloppy in a loss to Chesterton and now their biggest DAC tests (Valpo and Merrillville) are off the board. Is this really the team we saw the first two weeks or is it the team that struggled to execute against the Trojans? We honestly don’t know and we won’t find out until atleast week six.

#8 Chesterton Trojans

2-2; Last Week: #8

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The 45 points scored in the rout of LaPorte were the most by a Chesterton team since 2012 and it clearly shows that the offense is starting to fire on all cylinders. With things are headed in the right direction for the Trojans after their 0-2 start, we’ll get to see just how improved they really are as they head to Viking Field to take on rival Valpo this week.

#7 Lowell Red Devils

4-0; Last Week: #7

The Devils ran the ball 58 times against Griffith to the tune of 414 yards – vintage Lowell football. Someone just returning from another planet might have thought Kirk Kennedy was still in charge. On second thought, the Devils gave up too many big plays on defense for this to be a Kennedy coached team. But regardless of who’s in charge this Friday, they’ll need to play better defensively and be more balanced offensively to do Hobart what they did to Griffith.

#6 Hanover Central Wildcats

3-1; Last Week: #6

Talk about efficiency. In last week’s win over River Forest, Wildcat receiver Gannon Howes caught five passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns. That’s making the most of your opportunities. The Blaze Cano to Howe connection might be one of the most dangerous passing combos we’ve seen in the Region in some time and there’s no reason to think the ‘Cats are going to stop putting up points any time soon.

#5 Andrean 59ers

3-1; Last Week: #5

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The 40 points the Niners gave up to Merrillville in the opening week is going to skew their defensive average, because since that game, they’ve given up a total of just 14 points. This team is clicking on both sides of the ball and they’ll want to keep that momentum going as they have a game at home this week followed by three straight on the road. 

#4 KV Kougars

4-0; Last Week: #4

The Kougars continue to impress week in and week out, with last week’s 44-8 road win against North Newton being no exception. This team is excelling in all phases of the game and hold the state’s 18th highest margin of victory at 32.5 points per game. It’s been a loooong time since KV was in that kind of territory. The schedule picks up big time in Week #6 with three in a row against Lowell, Hobart and Andrean.  

#3 Hobart Brickies

3-1; Last Week: #3

With back to back shutouts against Griffith and the Culver Academies, Hobart’s defense has been an immoveable object. And oh yeah, the offense is hitting its stride as well, scoring a combined 80 points in those games. The Brickies could go a long way in making their claim for the NCC crown this week when they travel to the former Kennedy Compound in Lowell, where the defense will be looking to feast again. Hobart allowed just seven points in their two meetings against the Devils a season ago.

#2 Valparaiso Vikings

2-0; Last Week: #2

It has to be hard for the Vikings to develop any sort of rhythm having only played on alternate weeks so far this year, with this being just their second Friday night game of the year. There should be no problem getting motivated for this week’s contest however as they host rival Chesterton in a game that could help decide the DAC race.

#1 Merrillville Pirates

4-0; Last Week: #1

It looked like Portage might keep Merrillville in check last week, as the Pirates held just a 7-0 lead at the end of one quarter….and then the Bucs notched a 35 point second quarter to break the contest wide open. This week’s game against Michigan City is off the board, which has to drive Merrillville crazy – when your team is playing this well, you want to take the field as often as possible. At least they’ll be rested for week six, but we’ll see if the unexpected bye throws them off their game a little bit.

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