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December 11, 2017

9/6/2013 1:38:00 PM
Caldron back and picks more winners

Hello Sports Fans.

On one hand, the ol' Caldron looked pretty good in picking Noblesville over Brownsburg. A few fans, presumably from Carmel, asked what exactly was bubbling in the Caldron and what proof it was? On the other hand, it was another tough week as Westfield, Sheridan and Heights picks were, as the late great Bob Uecker used to say, just a bit outside. Let's see if we can improve this week.

NHS-Z'ville

(or "the 'Ville" as Dan Dakich calls it)

I hate to say this, but this is a dangerous game for the Millers. Truth is, Zionsville should be a walk in the park, especially after the last two weeks. But Coach Scheib knows that kids start behaving a bit odd when they believe their press clippings. So NHS is off to its best start since 2007 and only its third 2-0 mark since 1998. The Millers have a fancy state ranking and are heavily favored this week. That's exactly when things can go wrong. If Scheib and his staff can keep the boys focused then 3-0 in the HCC awaits. If not . . . well, that '07 team started 2-0 and then lost five of their next six. Fear not, Miller Backers! NHS is on high alert and rolls 35-7.

Heights-Maconaquah

Geez, first Noblesville fans were ready to lynch me and now Heights? Sorry Huskies, but I truly thought last week's game against Sheridan was a.) going to be close and b.) was going to go to the home team. Heck, I wasn't a little wrong, I was a whole lot of wrong as y'all opened a can of whoop . . . (what? I can't say that? Family newspaper? Oh, alright). Anyways, you guys looked awesome thumping county rival Sheridan by 40 points. Don't let it go to your head now. Like the overture with Bugs and Daffy, oh what Heights we'll hit, on with the show this is (a 28-14 Double H win) it!

Sheridan-Clinton Prairie

When's the last time the Blackhawks started out 0-2? Not to worry. It was just last year and then they feasted on some greasy grimy Gopher guts and won nine of their next 11 games before finally falling one game short of state. In addition to that, this is the beginning of Hoosier Heartland Conference play. I can't see an 0-3 start for Bud's boys. That would harken back to the dark season four years ago when SHS finished 2-8. Nope. This is the beginning of a turnaround and Clinton Prairie's Gophers will be just what the doctor ordered. Take the 'Hawks in a romp, 30-0.

Westfield-Fishers

Does it count at all that I predicted Westfield to score 17 points last week and that's exactly what they scored? Alas, close is only good for spellcheck. This is a key early HCC contest. If the 'Rocks win Saturday at the Oil Can, they remain unbeaten and Fishers has two losses. However, if the Tigers win then at the very worst they are one game out of first and if NHS loses, they're tied. Historically, Westfield hasn't beaten Fishers since back in year one, 2006. Since then, six straight victories have gone to the Tigers. Scream if you want Shamrocks. You've proven me wrong each week so do it again. Fishers 21-20.

Guerin-Kettering Alter (Ohio)

Another Saturday Oil Can game won't be good news for the good guys from Noblesville. Kettering Alter looked awesome in their first game last week and even though this is the third game for the 0-2 Golden Eagles, I've got a bad feeling about this one. The best news for Guerin is that Indianapolis Howe is waiting in the wings next week and that should be an easy win. Not so much this week though. Take the visitors from the Buckeye state, 24-15.

Southeastern-Brownsburg

Brownsburg and Coach Comer have had Southeastern and Coach May's number. The Bulldogs have won the last three in a row and four of the six times the schools and coaches have met. More importantly, the loser of tonight's contest will have two HCC losses and be staring at an uphill battle if they have any intention of making noise in the conference. Statistically, these two are about level. Even in the state rankings they're close, HSE 12th and B'burg 15th. So that should mean a close game with the edge to Brownsburg, right? Wrong. Take the kids from Hamilton County in a Royal thrashing, 30-12.

Carmel-Center Grove

If you know how to figure out Carmel, clue me in. The Greyhounds haven't looked like Carmel much at all this year. Meanwhile, Center Grove is ranked second in the state and looked awfully good beating Warren Central. Still, Carmel is Carmel. Even after losing last week to national power Louisville Trinity the Greyhounds only fell from fourth to fifth in the poll. And in the last few years, even when Center Grove has only lost one game it was to . . . you guessed it, Carmel. Got to admit that this one has me stumped. My head says Carmel will get well this week and win, but my gut has a hunch that this may be a weird year. Go with the Grove, 12-6.






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