|9/6/2013 10:58:00 AM|
Predictions? We've got predictions
Tim TimmonsHello Sports Fans.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am the Bubbling Caldron, the all-knowing, all-seeing, pugnacious, pretentious, prognosticator of sports. Want to know who's going to win before the kick off? I'm your guy.
First though, a few groundrules, if you please. I am absolutely a homer, no ifs, ands or tailbones. I may come from magical, mystical parts of the netherworld, but this is home and I do love all things Hamilton County . . . yes, even Carmel. I'm also a big fan of the kids who play high school sports and I might call out a coach or three here and there, but never the kids.
The way this works is each week I'll give you a quick rundown of our local games and give you the inside scoop on who's going to win. You'll probably rush right off to Vegas to . . . ahem, enjoy the sights. That's how I roll. And oh, yeah, tips are always appreciated.
The Mighty Millers are coming off another disappointing season. They did rally to win three of their last four before dropping a heartbreaker to McCutcheon in the sectional, a team the Millers beat earlier. For the poor Miller fans, it's been a long drought since the last winning season, more than a decade. Fishers, on the other hand, may not have a long history, but the Tigers sure have a good one. They've won 31 out of 40 games going back to their state championship three years ago. I really wish I could say the Millers are on the road back but it's not going to start this week. Fishers, 35-17.
Here's a matchup of two perennial powers. Sheridan has won so many state championships that there's word the town is going to have to build a new water tower to fit all the dates on it. Bud Wright has created a dynasty that's the envy of all, not to mention he's got a pretty good family tree for coaching. With all that said, Go West Young Boone has been a thorn in the paw of the big Blackhawks. The Stars have won three of the last four season openers between the two. In fact, these guys have locked horns in the season's first game 16 straight times and Go West Young Boone has won nine. Not this time. The Shooting Stars may be loaded, but Sheridan wins on the road, 21-20.
The Huskies had a magical school year last we peeked. And it could very well turn out to be another one this year. However, those pesky Blue Devils from Tiptucky ruined the opener last year and are looking to do it again. Not so fast, Buffalo Breath. When these two schools get together the only thing for sure is that the helmets better be strapped on tight because there's sure to be some head knocking. Both teams are capable of scoring 50, 60 points but neither will against the other. It's at Tiptucky, but HH High School wins a nail-biter 10-9.
They used to play good football in Lafayette. Then again Jim Belden used to coach at Westfield. The Raiders of the Lost haven't won a game since around the time the Obama family got a dog. On the other hand, it's been tough sledding the last few years for the Rough and Ready 'Rocks. This one will be closer than it should be, but the Caldron sees the green and gold sending the Raiders home with a 21-18 loss.
Guerin Catholic stubbed its talon last year and finished the season on the wrong end of a 3-8 mark. Martinsville has had pretty tough athletes since little Johnny Wooden's days and topped the Golden Eagles 37-30 on foreign turf a year ago. This contest is at Martinsville and what that really means is a crappy bus ride around 465 after a tough game. I hate it, but take Martinsville 31-14.
Here's the question, how in the world do you take one high school, split it in two and both just win and win and win? Forget A-Rod. There's something in the water over on the east side of the county and we ought to bottle and sell it. We could outdo Gatorade overnight. Anyways, the Royals are as tough as always . . . but it may not be enough against Avon-Calling. HSE has won seven of the last eight against the Orioles but the one they lost was last year, 17-14. To be sure, they do play some strong football in Hendricks County and it would not be a shocker if Avon-Calling won. Fear not, the Royals wear the crown and ground the Birds, 22-14.
How can you pick against Carmel? In anything? There's a rumor that the Greyhounds had a losing season once but Mayor Brainard bought it and buried it under the Parthenon, or Palladium, or whatever they call that thing over there. Don't believe me? It was 1997. Really. I digress. Back to this week. The Greyhounds play a tough schedule in the MIC. However, Tech is not in the MIC. Carmel rolls, 56-12.
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