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FOOTBALL: RSN Top 10 – Week #8

The Bulldog fans finally went home happy With their rout of rival LaPorte, the Dogs finally sent the home fans home happy! The 40 point difference, which was their first win this season at the Dog Pound, is their biggest margin since September of 2017. If CP can keep that mojo working, they just may play spoiler role in the conference race on Friday, when they head to Chesterton

The City boys continue to put their three game losing streak in the rear view mirror, as they closed out their home portion of the regular season with a two touchdown victory over Portage. The Wolves now have to howl away from home the next two weeks – first they’ll look to slice up LaPorte in the annual county showdown on Friday. City may be the favorite on paper, but they know as well as anyone that weird things happen when you play near the cemetary.

The Warriors did what good teams do when they’re the heavy favorite – they take care of business quickly and decisively. The Warriors defense picked up their fourth shutout of the season, one shy of the school record. Now comes two of the better offenses they’ll see this season – first they travel to River Forest, followed by a road game in Cedar Lake. Matching the shutout record will be impressive, considering who they’re up against.

We’re having flashbacks from the 2010s with the offensive output the Bearcats are putting up. They’ve scored 198 points in the last four games combined, including a 72 point outing last week in a huge win over Bishop Noll. The defense has also been outstanding, giving up just 27 points during that same span. It’s been awhile since Wheeler has been tested, but that will likely change this week when they head Friday to Hanover Central.

Winners of four of their last five, it appears Hobart is on the right track and another deep tournament run could be in order for the Brick Boys. But if there’s cause for concern, the defense has given up 82 points over the last three games. If Hobart wants to get back to Indy, that has to get fixed and quick. No better time than on Friday when they head to Highland.

At this point, we’ll be surprised if Hanover Central doesn’t put up 45 plus points in a game – something they’ve done five times this year, including the last four games in a row. The ‘Cats are rolling and can clinch at least a share of the GSSC South title on Friday with a win against Wheeler. With an offense this good, and a defense that’s held opponents to 14 or fewer points six times this year, bigger things than conference titles could be on the horizon.

The Vikings take a tumble this week, as a 35 point loss at home, even if its against the top-ranked team, necessitates the move. And while the scoring disparity in the loss to Merrillville was surprising, it doesn’t leave us with any long-term concerns about Valpo, – we think they’ll be just fine and expect them to make some positive post-season noise. This week the opponent is Portage, and we don’t envy the Indians – the Vikings are angry and coming to raid The Warpath.

For the fourth straight regular season, Andrean has put together a four game winning streak, thanks to their rout of Munster  last week. Now 5-2 , the Niners appear to be playing their best ball as we head down the stretch. With KV followed by Lowell on the docket, this four game winning streak has a good chance of turning into six.

The biggest beneficiary, at least in these rankings, of the Pirates pounding of Valpo is Chesterton, who move into the number two spot. The Trojans defense has two straight shutouts and allowed 10 or fewer points in each of their last four games, so needless to say, it’s tough to get on the scoreboard against the big Cheese defense. A matchup with Merrillville looms in the final week, but they better not overlook the Bulldogs, who come to town this week.

Statement made. Message delivered. Exclamation point added. However you want to put it, that was pure domination by the Bucs last week in their 42-7 win over Valparaiso. With such a dominating performance across the board, the purple Pirates sailed into an ocean of their own when it comes to Region football. We can’t see the future or say for certain that the ‘Ville will be playing on Thanksgiving weekend, but with the performance we saw last week…we sure wouldn’t bet against them.

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