|2/8/2014 3:00:00 PM|
Ol' Bubbles perfect again
Hello Sports Fans.
And then there were three.
Westfield, Carmel, Guerin and yours truly shined last week. And if I might brag (HEY! It's what I do!) for the fourth time in 12 weeks I once again posted a perfect mark. The scores were pretty danged close, too. But then again, this is Hamilton County. Home to the best of the best. So why would anyone expect anything else?
Westfield-Fort Wayne Snider
So the Caldron predicted a 42-14 beatdown of the Mavs and the final was 45-21. The top-ranked 'Rocks are rolling, baby. It's a good thing they are, too, because the Schnide is 9-2 and ranked fourth in the state. Of course at this point in the tournament, there are no lightweights left. WHS Coach Jake Gilbert knows this better than anyone and he'll have his boys cinch up the chinstrap an extra tug and prepare for battle.
And what a battle this one is going to be. The trip is a long one and even though we're all from the great state of Indiana, it's a different climate in Frigid Wayne. Hang up the windbreakers and get the arctic-rated North Face gear out because it's going to be a cold night. More than one central Indiana team lost a game because it's hard to catch a ball when your teeth and hands are rattling.
If the top-ranked 5A team in the state can deal with the cold, the Panthers can be beaten. In fact, if Coach Gilbert can get his team to focus and not read their press clippings, this one won't even be close. No cakewalk, mind you, but not close.
Westfield keeps Hamilton County alive in the tournament and wins its first regional title in a decade, 32-21.
I could hear some of you scoff when I said earlier that there are no lightweights left. Sure, sure . . . you were quick to point to Guerin's losing 5-7 record and the fact that seventh-ranked 9-3 Brebeuf is waiting. In fact, Guerin and South Adams share that they are the only two teams still alive on the south side of a winning ledger.
If the season had just started, Bucky, the Golden Eagles would be state ranked. After all, they've won four in a row against four teams with winning records, one of which was also ranked among the elite teams in the state. Take a clue from the movie Rudy. Their performance over the last month means that these Golden Eagles have nothing to prove to anyone from this point forward. They belong.
Now the bad news. So does Brebeuf, or as I like to call them, Bee-recruiting-buff. Back on Sept. 10 these two schools tangled and it wasn't pretty. The Braves grounded the Golden Eagles 33-10. It is worth noting that Guerin was 1-5 going into that game. Since that night, Guerin is 4-1 - the same record that Brebeuf has. (Cue Alfred Hitchcock music.)
What's it all mean? It means I want to pick Guerin, but I think Brebeuf has just a wee bit too much offensive firepower. I hope you prove me wrong Golden Eagles, but I'm picking the Braves 28-14.
The City by the C and the School with the P tangle. The winner gets the trip down the yellow brick road to the tin can and plays for the state title.
Let's be honest. These are the games that Carmel is used to winning. Problem for the boys from Hamilton County is that Penn is too. Penn has five rings; Carmel has seven. No huge edge either way.
The way I see it, it boils down to two things, one of which favors Carmel and the other that favors Penn. I've said this before, but the MIC prepares Carmel like no other conference in Indiana. If the SEC ever came down to the preps, it'd be called the MIC. On the other hand, Penn has one of the most dominating defenses this state has seen. Half their games have been shutouts. For all 12 games, the Kingsmen are averaging giving up about three points a game.
This one could go either way and I'm pulling for the Greyhounds . . . but I'm picking Penn, 21-7.
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