|9/6/2013 1:50:00 PM|
Caldron bubbling over
Hello Sports Fans.
Redemption is a funny thing.
As much as we hate to think it, bad things happen to good people. Good teams, too. This year, bad things happened to Southmont's football team. Injuries, bad breaks and bad bounces . . . One thing led to another and the team that used to absolutely dominate the Wabash River Conference and is the three-time Sagamore Athletic Conference defending champ is staring at a losing season.
The Mounties certainly didn't catch lightning in a bottle at the beginning of October, but things began turning around. The Mounties lost by a touchdown basically to Western Boone. Yes buffalo breath, the score was 12-0 but the Caldron isn't counting a late garbage score. Then the Mounties won the next two weeks 102-28. Granted, the wins came against a lagging Crawfordsville team. Still, momentum is momentum.
And redemption is redemption.
So now the Mounties have a chance to turn the whole season around. Beat the mighty Webos this week and a sectional championship is just one big win away. Beat the mighty Webos this week and a 4-6 record is 5-6 and seniors are one win away from completing their careers without one losing season. Beat the mighty Webos this week and a chance to avenge last season's 49-12 sectional loss to Hamilton Heights is on the seven days away.
How bad do Southmont's seniors want redemption? How bad do they want to turn a lackluster senior year into one that will be remembered a long time?
This redemption concept is a funny thing. Southmont has a shot at it. Take the shot Mounties. The Stars are indeed aligned. It's yours if you really want to work that hard.
The Caldron is on a roll, 27-4 in the last four weeks. I'm not looking to be wrong now. Take Southmont, 12-8. Go Mounties.
Yup, last week was another stellar performance from the sizzling Caldron. Let's keep it going with a look at the only other two SAC schools still alive, Tri-Harder and Lebanon. Actually, let's put it this way, four SAC teams enter second-round sectional action and only one comes out.
First off, Tri-Harder is running into a defense that may not be as good as the Monsters of the Midway, but it's close. Greencastle hasn't been scored on in eight out of 10 games this year. Think about that, zero, zip, nada in eight out of 10 games. And the Tigger-Cubbies' offense isn't bad either. They've only been "held" under 20 once. And under 30 five times. Against Cloverdale, they scored 64 and probably could've done more. Tri-Harder will have to in order to make it close, but the Caldron is taking the purple haze.
The road ends in Lebanon for the black and yellow as well. Indianapolis Cathedral comes calling and will head back down I-65 victorious. It's time for the SAC to start thinking hoops.
The men at Wabash have a surprise toughie. Ohio Wesley used to be a gimme, but not so much this year. The Battling Bishops are undefeated and probably licking their chops with Wabash coming to town. Last year, the Little Giants did their usual domination of Wesley and came out with a double-digit margin. It won't be so easy this year, but the Caldron is still going with 'Bash, 31-28.
Indiana has me believin' even if they didn't pull it out last week against Navy. The Illini will pay for that. Purdue has me not believing. Take the Gophers. The big college game is Notre Dame at Oklahoma. Know why Texas doesn't slide off into the Gulf of Mexico? Because Oklahoma sucks. As much as I hate the Schooners, the Leprechaun has run out of charm. Sorry Irish. And ditto Colts. I'm pulling for you but the road hasn't been friendly this year and I don't see that changing in Music City.
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