|9/6/2013 11:06:00 AM|
Caldron ready to bounce back
Tim TimmonsHello Sports Fans.
Mediocrity. Oh how I hate mediocrity, but that is exactly where ol' Bubbles was last week. Mediocre. Vanilla pudding. Kissing your sister. Pshaw!
Out of eight games, I finished with the bland record of 4-4. Sure, I went 2-1 in the county, but only managed a paltry 2-3 record in the rest of the Sagamore.
The good news? It's another week, baby and the Caldron doesn't stay down for long. Damn the torpedoes, full party ahead!
Let's start with our Athenians. Tough break in the opener. The Blue and Gold got off to a slow start and despite scoring 32 points in the second half couldn't pull out the win. Now the Athenians go from the frying pan into the fire at Brebeuf Jesuit.
Brebeuf isn't the traditional powerhouse inside 465, but the Braves shocked the Caldron and the rest of the world with a 22-17 win over a real traditional powerhouse inside 465, Chatard. Since going 15-0 with a state championship a dozen years ago, the WORST season Chatard has had was an 11-4 mark in 2010 . . . and oh, yeah, they won state that year, too.
If our boys from Athens get off to a slow start this week it'll really be bad. I'm sorry CHS, but this one doesn't look too good for the good guys. Take Brebeuf, 35-20.
The Chargin' Chargers looked good last week in blanking the blundering herd of buffalo from Benton. By the way, not to brag too much, but you did notice that the Caldron predicted North would win by 34 and the Chargers won by 35? Just saying.
This week, it won't even be that close. Not only is this a 3A school against a 1A, but Tindley struggled in beating weak sister Arlington last week 28-22.
No one is ready to say that North Bossman Charley German is going to win his third state title. But then again, I wouldn't place any bets going the other way yet, either. There's a lot of season left to be played and kids have a funny way of stepping up . . . or down, depending on how much they believe their press clippings from scribes like me.
Look for QB Jalen West and the option attack to run and pass all over the Tigers, 47-0.
Here's another case of the good guys getting out of the block too slowly. The 'Stangs of Fountain Central exploded for four touchdowns before the popcorn was done popping and a strong effort for the next three quarters just wasn't enough.
Rebound may be a basketball term, but this is all about rebounding for the Mounties. After a string of SAC titles and a return to former glory, the Mounties struggled to a 4-7 record last year and then faltered out of the gate last week.
Rebound. If the Mounties are going to have a stellar year, it needs to start tonight. A loss to North Putnam would not bode well with Dannyville, Tri-Harder and Go West Young Boone waiting in the wings, not to mention the county rivalries.
Mounties, the Caldron believes in you. Rebound well. South wins, 20-14.
I pretty much stunk it up with the conference last week so it's time to SAC up and turn the beat around.
Go West Young Boone drills the Bulldogs of Clinton Central. Lebtucky has a tougher time with Greenfield than it should, but survives. The Frankfurters can't buy a win so Double Lakes does, Tri-Harder won't have to against South Putnam and the Quakers of Plainfield give Dannyville a tough start to the young season.
And oh by the way, the Fighting Irish are back and start out the regular season the same way they ended last year. The regular season, mind you, not the bowl debacle. And Purdont gives the new coach a happy first game.
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