Hello Sports Fans.
Hoosier Hysteria – gridiron style – has finally arrived and ol’ Bubbles is sizzling hot and raring to go . . . and especially to put the last week behind me! Sheesh, after a stellar season I went and belly-flopped at the end. In my defense though, who really saw Sheridan falling to a .500 Heritage Christian team? Or Roncalli upsetting Guerin? Or even a 1-7 Husky team knocking off a .500 Twin Lakes squad?
No matter. Bubbles finished 40-25 for the season and is primed and ready for sectional!
Sheridan at Tri-Central
Were the Blackhawks looking past Heritage Christian last week? Was Bud resting the boys? Was half the team ailing with food poisoning? It’s hard to figure how SHS – winner of seven in a row – could fall 27-14 to 4-4 HC. But fall they did.
This week? Lightning isn’t striking twice. And let’s not forget that Sheridan clobbered TC 52-0 early in the year. Won’t be as bad this time only because Coach Bud can clear the bench. Blackhawks by 30, 42-12.
Noblesville at Lafayette Jeff
Finally, there is a spark of life in the Miller football program! ‘Bout time! The Mighty, Mighty Millers played two of the top teams in the state straight up the last two weeks. And one bounce here or there and NHS is 6-3 and heading into the postseason with a ton of momentum.
Ah, if . . .
The truth is, this Lafayette Jeff team is not the weak sister that Miller fans are used to. Gone are the oh-for-season Bronchos teams. This Jeff team is 8-1 and has not lost since a season opener on Aug. 17. And the ponies are on a roll, winning their last five games by an average score of 56-5.
But I smell an upset cooking.
There is a different brand of football played in central Indiana compared to the north. And while Lafayette Jeff had some tough opponents early, they haven’t played a team with a winning record since Aug. 31. In fact, the only thing that bothers me much about this game is it’s being played in enemy territory.
Call me crazy. Call me a lunatic. But when the Millers win 18-14 call me smart!
Westfield at Carmel
Truth to tell, while I correctly picked both the ‘Rocks and Greyhounds to win last week, I did not see WHS cruising as easily as they did and I did not see CHS eeking out a 16-14 nail-biter.
So does that mean that I see the Green Machine pulling off the shocker? Not so fast, Buffalo Breath! However, it’s not out of the question. You see, Carmel hasn’t looked much like Carmel for the last three or four weeks. And WHS looked awfully good last week against FC.
This one could be closer than people think, but Carmel still gets the win, 28-13.
Heights at North Montgomery
I thought I had this one all figured out, but then the Husky gridders nipped a decent Twin Lakes squad last week. North Montgomery isn’t as good as TL, but I think home field makes a difference in this one.
Forgive me HH fans, but I can’t see a path to victory tonight. The pigskin season ends but hoops begins. NM 34, HH 28.
Crawfordsville at Guerin
Guerin can name the final in this one as almost winless Crawfordsville comes calling. The only reason CHS has one win is because it played winless Frankfort last week. Guerin can score early and often and then get some rest as it rolls to a 35-7 victory.
Fishers at Pike
The Pike Red Devils shocked Zionsville the first week of the season and haven’t been seen or heard from since. Eight straight losses (with a very odd, but close loss to North Central two weeks ago) seem to indicate Fishers wins easy. But the Z’ville and NC games have me worried. It’s Fishers (I think), 18-10.
North Central at Southeastern
On paper this one’s not close (Sorry Royals), but North Central is a weird team. Some Fridays the Panthers look awesome. Others? Not so much. Plus, this is a rematch, one the Panthers won 31-13 back in August. Believe it or not, I think the score will be the same. And believe it or not, I really could see HSE winning. Not picking it that way, but nothing surprises me in this one. NC 31, HSE 13.

Want to tell the Caldron how far off base he is? E-mail him at bubbles@thetimes24-7.com