|2/8/2014 2:51:00 PM|
Caldron back and better
Hello Sports Fans. In the words of those immortal literary geniuses Mike and Mike, I'm back and better than ever!
For any of you who might not know who I am, I am the Bubbling Caldron, the one and only, the potentate of prognostication, the prince of picks, the president of predictions. The games are played on the weekends and before the first kick, pitch, shot or bad officiating call I will give you the winners. Yup, it's really me the Bubbling Caldron, often imitated but rarely without spelling errors.
So let's get started this week. All we have on tap is high school football because the colleges are still trying to overcome the spectre of more time in the legal system than on the gridiron. However, it is that time of year that is so special in West Lafayette. Fall is just around the corner and Boiler sports fans are looking forward to . . . Midnight Madness. DJ Byrd leads a talented senior class back on the basketball court. Football? Not so much.
Before you IU and Notre Dame fans guffaw too much, the last time they had a crowd in Bloomington for something other than a basketball game was for Bob Knight's lynching. And who can tell the Notre Dame players without their attorneys? The Irish spend more time getting chased by St. Joe County Deputies than Michigan State linebackers.
Sorry, I digress.
It wasn't all that long ago that Crawfordsville was a dominant force in the Sagamore Athletic Conference, Southmont was the undisputed king of the Wabash River Conference and North Montgomery was working toward a third state championship.
Oh how times have changed.
The Athenians and Chargers fell on tough times while South has been just as dominant the last few years in the SAC as the Mounties were in the WRC.
Ol' BC has a feeling that this year we're going to see the Blue (both Orange and Yellow) return to glory. Not sure North will win another state title, but not sure it won't. And the road to the SAC crown may run through New Market now but folks are going to have to go through Crawfordsville before they get there.
Let's start with CHS and the trip to Cascade. Cascade? Well, what do you do when you have gone 1-6 in season openers against a highly regarded opponent? You find someone else to play. CHS has opened with state powerhouse West Lafayette and has not beaten the Red Devils since 2005 when Coach Rex Ryker's team won in OT. Cascade, meanwhile, finished 1-9 last season and has not won a season opener since 2006. The C'ville schedule makers probably put the Cadets on speed dial, for crying out loud.
This one is easy. Cascade becomes the first victim to fall en route to erasing a 3-7 record from last year. Go with the Athenians, 18-12.
The Bison from Benton Central won't thunder into North Montgomery. Oh, they could thunder in but they'll limp out. This one was North's biggest debacle last year when it lost by a single point to a bad team. I expect the Chargers to remember and make up. I expect North to live up to its No. 16 state ranking. I expect North to be even higher next week. It's all North, 35-7.
Finally, the most bruising game of the night. Thrice-defending SAC champ South travels to state-ranked Fountain Central in a modern day version of an old WRC classic. Actually, it never was that much of a classic. The Mounties owned the Mustangs back then. Seniors at South have a chance to do what the men at Wabash seem to find ways to do, go four straight years winning the top prize (in the Caveman's case, the Monon Bell). The Mounties may not have a bell, but they have a conference. That's later in the year though after they recover from a tough start. Take Fountain Central in a squeaker, 14-13.
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