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Riz's Pigskin Picks for Week 5 (Sept. 14-15)

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

I was 9-6 in my predictions for Week 4, 7-3 for high school games and 2-3 on college contests. Julie Bundy, Charles Drury, and Larry Keisling all had 10-5 records to beat me and two others tied my mark.

After Week 5, we will be one-third of the way through the contest, and here are my picks for this week. Good luck with your predictions.

High School Football (all games Friday)

Game 1: Yorktown at New Castle

The Tigers are 2-2 but winless in the HHC after getting hammered at home by New Pal and Delta by a combined score of 129-26. It won’t be 62-55 in OT like it was last year, but the Trojans will win again this season.

Game 2: Hagerstown at Cambridge City Lincoln

The Tigers got stunned at home last Friday by Union County, so what better way to get back on track than by beating their rival on the road? Hagerstown will defeat the Golden Eagles.

Game 3: Eastern Hancock at Knightstown

The Panthers are 3-1 in both the TEC and overall this season and are playing well for new Coach Chad Montgomery. Knightstown returns the anvil and plow to Henry County with a win over the nearby rival Royals.

Game 4: Wes-Del at Shenandoah

This is the Raiders’ first MEC game of the season and the last of four straight games at home. The Warriors aren’t pushovers, but Shenandoah can name its score as it will pick up the win Friday.

Game 5: Centerville at Tri

This game, the first at Dennis Gipe Field this season, is the toughest of the first five to call. Both teams are 2-2. The Bulldogs have a little more experience, and I think that will be enough for them to edge the host Titans.

Game 6: Monroe Central at South Adams

Both teams are 4-0 and ranked. The Starfires have played a tougher schedule thus far and are at home, so I think that will be enough to get them to a victory over the visiting Golden Bears.

Game 7: South Bend St. Joseph at Elkhart Central

This should be a great game in the northern part of the state Friday. Both teams are 3-1. The Indians’ loss was to New Prairie while the Blue Blazers fell to Monroe (Michigan) by three points. I pick host Central to win.

Game 8: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) at Delta

This should be a good battle between New Castle’s next two opponents after Friday. The Marauders are 2-2 and lost to Marion and New Pal (who doesn’t?) at home, while the Eagles are 3-1 with their loss to Eastbrook. Delta will win a close contest.

Game 9: Logansport at McCutcheon

The Berries are 3-1 while the host Mavericks are 2-2 against a much-tougher schedule. I believe McCutcheon will win this NCC battle.

Game 10: Fort Wayne Dwenger at Carroll (Allen)

The Saints are 4-0 while the host Chargers are just 2-2, but one of those victories was by 24 points over Fort Wayne Snider. Nevertheless, I predict Dwenger to get the win on the road in this one.

College Games (all games Saturday)

Game 11: Ball State at Indiana

I’m kind of neutral in this one because I have degrees from both schools. The Cardinals gave Notre Dame a scare last Saturday before losing and are capable of winning this game, but I pick the host Hoosiers to prevail.

Game 12: Missouri at Purdue

Since the Boilermakers lost to Eastern Michigan (and Northwestern), they really need a win to keep their bowl hopes alive even this early in the season, and I think that sense of urgency will be enough for them to beat the Tigers.

Game 13: Vanderbilt at Notre Dame

Don’t expect the Fighting Irish to look as lethargic as they did against Ball State last Saturday. I predict Notre Dame to beat the Commodores by double digits.

Game 14: LSU at Auburn

This should be a doozy of a matchup in the SEC West. In a battle of Tigers, I give the advantage to Auburn only because it is playing at home.

Game 15: Ohio State at TCU

The Horned Frogs could win this game between ranked teams because it isn’t played in Columbus. But it’s hard to pick against the Buckeyes the way they are playing, so I predict OSU will win.

David Risley is sports editor at The Courier-Times