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FOOTBALL: RSN Top 10 – Week #3

It’s not often that a winless team stays in the RSN Top 10, but the Brickies losses are to Chesterton and Merrillville, two teams that are not only highly ranked in this poll, but they’re in the top 10 of the IFCA state poll, so the Brickies will get a pass…for now. Hobart’s back is up against the wall when it comes to staying in the rankings and if one more brick falls loose, as in a loss to Griffith this week, they’ll lose their spot for sure.

The ‘Dogs had momentum after a season opening win at Lowell, but then fell to Andrean by a pair of touchdowns in their home opener, evening their record at 1-1. Undefeated Merrillville heads to the Hub this week, so whatever magic the ‘Dogs had in Week #1…now’s the time to find it again.

One week away from the rankings was enough for the Red Devils as they avenged their opening week loss by going into the Warpath and knocking the Portage Indians from the ranks of the unbeaten and the ranks of the RSN Top 10. It wasn’t an easy win for the Devils by any means and this week won’t be any easier with a trip to 2-0 New Prairie on the docket. The Cougars have scored a combined 89 points in their first two games of the season, so the Lowell defense has a big job ahead of them.

Calumet was on the outside looking in when it comes to the first two weeks of the RSN Top 10 – graduation losses and a coaching change will do that, even for defending sectional champions. But through two weeks the Warriors haven’t missed a beat from their historic 2020 campaign, as they’ve gone 2-0 so far, without giving up a single point to the other team. If they can keep that streak going against Wheeler this week, they’ll not only stay in the rankings, they just might move up.

The schedule hasn’t been the most grueling so far, but the Wildcats have taken care of business on the field, outscoring their first two opponents by a combined 87-12. The degree of difficulty picks up big time this week with a trip to Culver Academy to take on the 2-0 Eagles that are coming off a win over perennial power Mishawaka Marian. Needless to say, a Wildcats win this week will be their most impressive one of the year.

Through no fault of their own, Chesterton doesn’t move up in the rankings despite a dominating 42-0 win over TF South from Illinois, which was the largest margin of victory for the Trojans in a non-conference game since 2009. This week however, we can guarantee that with a win, Chesterton will be sure to move up, as they head to Ames Field to take on Michigan City, the team two spots above them.

After a disappointing second half in the first week of the season, the Week #2 win over Crown Point had to feel great for the Niners. Andrean’s five week road trip continues this week with the longest bus ride they’ll take all year, as they head to Michigan to take on Grand Rapids Catholic in a Saturday showdown. A 59ers win means it’ll be a fun bus ride back to 5959 Broadway, but a loss will make for an agonizing ride home.

Can the 35-16 win over Warsaw be considered a statement win? It may be too early to tell, but one thing it does do is put momentum on the side of the Wolves and has to have them feeling confident heading into a brutal stretch of games. Not only does City host Chesterton this week, but they follow that game up with a trip to Valpo in Week #4, which is followed up by a visit from Merrillville in Week #5. That’s right three teams in the top five of the RSN rankings in three weeks. If City wants to get to the top spot in the poll, here’s their chance.

The Vikings had to play an unexpected Saturday game after an incident at Hammond Central last week, but the late change proved to be no problem as Valpo rolled 71-6, which is the most points the Vikings have ever scored. We think its pretty safe to say that Valpo won’t put up that high of a point total this week as they travel to Kiwanis Field to battle LaPorte, but they will be the favorite in this matchup, as they look to start the DAC portion of their schedule with a “W”.

No surprise that the Pirates stay in the top spot after routing Hobart 41-14 in Week #2. The 88 points the Pirates have scored in the first two weeks of the season represent the best start offensively for the team since 2005 – a year the team opened up with an 82-0 win in Week #1. Merrillville made it to semi-state that year and with the potential they’ve show so far in ’21, another trip to that round could be in order for the Bucs. 

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