|9/6/2013 10:54:00 AM|
I should have never picked against the Millers
Tim TimmonsHello Sports Fans.
Wow, I thought public hangings were outlawed years ago, but sheesh, pick Noblesville to lose and everyone loses their minds . . . OK, OK, I admit it was a bad pick and the Mighty Millers are the hometown team and I am the hometown paper and . . . well, I was wrong. So shoot me. No! Wait! Just kidding.
Maybe the last several years of frustration and heartache in Miller country are going to go the way of Wayne Gretzky's time in Carmel and the mullet? Maybe the Millers, behind all-world QB T.C. McKiernan, can upset their second state-ranked opponent in as many weeks? Maybe not. Read on, dear hearts.
It's an old Sagamore Athletic Conference matchup. But back in those days, NHS usually beat up on Brownsburg. In the HHC, it's been a whole different story. Sorry, I digress. The real questions: Why would any school pick purple as a color? Dunno, but the Bulldogs might be seeing purple and red and blurs of black and gold as McKiernan runs and throws over, around and through the Bullpuppies. The talented senior simply put the Millers on his back and willed them to a victory over a tough and talented Fishers squad. Can you imagine what life would be like for Coach Scheib and his new culture if the Millers upend the 10th-ranked team in Indiana? Imagine it. NHS wins a shootout 35-32.
Calling all volunteer fire departments! Start hosing down the farms because this one will be a barn-burner! Sheridan didn't look like, well, Sheridan in a lopsided loss last week. But the same could be said about the Huskies. Whenever these two old rivals get together, it's usually time to batten down the hatches and cinch up the chinstraps. Heights does seem to have Sheridan's number of late. The class of 2012 won all four of their meetings against the Blackhawks. The last time Coach Bud Wright's squad beat Double H was back in 2008, which coincidentally was the last time Sheridan made it to the state championship game. So who wins this week? Well, here's a clue. Sheridan won't be turning the ball over five times and Heights has trouble stopping the run. It'll be close, but take Sheridan in a cloud of dust (or smoke from the barn), 14-12.
The 'Rocks looked tough in clobbering Harrison last week. But there's a big difference between 5A Harrison and 6A Avon Calling. Harrison hasn't won a single game in the last two-plus seasons while Avon Calling hasn't had a losing season in the last three.
Still, the Caldron likes Westfield. Just not this week. Sorry 'Rocks. Avon 21-7.
State-ranked Martinsville last week, state-ranked Central Catholic from Lafayette this week. What does the schedule maker have against Coach Kremer? Who's next week, the New England Patriots? Hint to Coach, don't forget your boss' next birthday and pony up for a card or something. It'd be nice to see an upset, and even though Guerin is 3A and CC is 2A, it ain't happening. CC wins 45-18.
If either team wants to contend in the Hoosier Crossroads, this is a must win. Two losses would really put Fishers behind the eight ball. Southeastern wins and the path to a title just got a whole lot easier. On the other hand, this is about so much more than a conference game. These are brothers, neighbors, kin folk . . . OK, it may not be the North and the South, but it's bragging rights at the pizza joint. I suspect Fishers is going to look a lot better this week. I also suspect it won't be enough. Southeastern in a nail-biter 28-24.
What the heck was that last week, a baseball or football game. Carmel barely slips by Tech, 6-2. Was half the team still doing summer vacations in Europe? Whatever it was, the Caldron has a feeling that either Coach Wright has it solved, or else it's going to be a weird year in Greyhound land. Look for Carmel to send the all-boys prepsters back to Louisville with an 0-2 record, 31-26.
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