This week's Touchdown Live Game of the Week features a pair of undefeated squads from the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, as Reitz travels crosstown to Central.
The Panthers survived a scare last Friday night, as they rallied from an early deficit, then had to hang on late to take a 35-30 decision from Castle in last Friday's Touchdown Live Game of the Week. Head coach Andy Hape's squad demonstrated just how many weapons they have at their disposal in the victory. With leading rusher Isaac Flowers on the sidelines on crutches, the Panthers diversified their running attack, with wide receiver Kerrion Ringo racking up 62 yards and a touchdown on the ground and quarterback Evan Deig rushing for 65 yards and two more scores. Reitz also maintained their potent air assault, as Deig passed for 270 yards, connecting with Ringo, as well as Will Brown and Tristan Clark.
Meanwhile, the Bears cruised to 3-0 on the season, as they manhandled Bosse, 47-0 last Friday at Central Stadium. Andy Owen's squad continued it's early season offensive assault, led by running back Tias Stewart's 114 yard, 4 touchdown performance against the Bulldogs. The Central air attack was effective if not dazzling, as Dalton Peerman connected on 8-of-11 passes for 3 touchdowns, two of which went to the man he supplanted at quarterback, Noah Fuchs. The Bear defense was once again suffocating, pitching a shutout for the second time in the season's first 3 games.
Central's defense is among the best in the state so far in 2015, allowing an average of less than a touchdown a contest, good enough for 13th in Indiana. The Bears also feature the 8th best offense in the Hoosier State, averaging better than 54 points per game. Coach Owen's squad currently has the 5th best margin of victory at nearly 48 points every Friday night.
As for Reitz, they don't rank nearly as high in any of those categories, though some of that is due to caliber of competition. Still, the Panthers are averaging 44 points a game, while allowing more than 24 a contest.
The key to Friday night's game will be Central's ability to score against the more battle-tested Reitz defense. The Panther offense, with or without Flowers back in the line-up, will get their yards and points, so it will be up to the Bears offensive line, anchored by massive Chas Buening to spring Stewart and backfield mate Dorian Williams free in the running attack.
Central will certainly give the Panthers a run for their money, but in the end the Reitz offense should win the battle. FINAL SCORE Reitz – 42, Central - 35