Week 3 Picks - 2018 NW Indiana High School Football

A USA-365.com Special Report by Mark Smith

August 28, 2018

Can Calumet go 3-0 at the renovated Calumet Stadium? South Central will find out this Friday night. (Photo by Mark Smith)

"Mr. Picker" - WEEK (3) THREE:

MICHIGAN CITY (08-31-2018)
The Illinois-Indiana crossover games all went to our friends from Illinois last week. Reavis, St. Ignatius, Homewood-Flossmoor and Woodstock all defeated Northwest Indiana foes.
I don't think it means anything because, other than Michigan City, our top teams don’t play Illinois schools.

This week, it's all local as the Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) begins seven weeks of league play.

The Labor Day weekend means Friday’s football games take on a holiday atmosphere a lot like the basketball games played the night before Thanksgiving. The biggest games may not be the ones which match 2-0 teams, but possibly the ones who match 0-2 teams.

If you pick up your first win this Friday it makes those three days off from school a little bit happier.

Wheeler (2-0) is idle this week due to Bishop Noll’s stepping away from football this year.

As always, I’m leaving out the Lowell-Morton and CP-Merrillville picks. Can't make up my mind on those two. (Yeah, right.)

Check back later in the week for the our official game preview stories.

'Mr. Picker' WEEK-2, 2018 Football Picks in Review:
Aug. 24-25, 2018

Wrong - 3; Right - 12 = 80.0%

The Pick The Result

Calumet 28, Gary Roosevelt 8  

Calumet 68-14

Wheeler 28, KV 21  

Wheeler 23-9

Boone Grove 41, River Forest 20  

Boone 46-30

LaPorte 28, Hobart 14  

(wrong) Hobart 21-20

H-F 26, Michigan City 12  

H-F 33-30 (OT)

Lake Central 21, Morton 13  

LC 33-13

Chesterton 12, Munster 10  

Chesterton 31-0

Whiting 20, Griffith 14  

Whiting 30-6

Clark 34, Lake Station 20  

Clark 34-26

East Chicago 42, Bowman 27  

East Chicago 19-16



Valparaiso 16, Mishawaka 14  

(wrong) Mishawaka 29-20

Penn 31, MERRILLVILLE 14  

Penn 28-16

LOWELL 10, Portage 7  

(wrong) Portage 7-3

CROWN POINT 21, Highland 7  

Crown Point 14-10


Week Two Review:  OK. Four out of every five. Got a little lucky on MC-H-F, but Portage stole one from me at Lowell in the final seven minutes. And the LaPorte kicker misses the extra point or they go into overtime at Hobart. I think Valparaiso is better than Mishawaka, but the scoreboard obviously disagreed with me.

BEST PICK: Clark over Lake Station 34-20. They won 34-26 and they needed it. Just the second win in fur years for Clark.

WORST PICK: Probably Valpo to win 16-14 at Mishawaka. They lost 29-20. It was Mishawaka’s home opener coming off a 21-point road win at Portage. The Cavemen are traditionally tough to play early in the season. I still think Valpo is better.

‘Mr. Picker’  2018 RESULTS
WEEK (2) 12 of 15 = 80.0%
WEEK (1) 10 of 13 = 76.1%
Season so far: 22 of 28 = 78.5%

'Mr. Picker' (13 Years)
2017 (final) OVERALL: 137 of 184 = 74.4%
2016 (final) OVERALL: 119 of 170 = 70.0%
2015 (final) OVERALL: 131 of 174 = 75.2%
2014 (final) OVERALL: 131 of 176 = 74.4%
2013 (final) OVERALL: 130 of 175 = 74.2%

2012 (final) OVERALL: 137 of 177 = 77.4%

2011 (final) OVERALL: 134 of 184 = 72.7%
2010 (final) OVERALL: 135 of 184 = 73.3%
2009 (final) OVERALL: 154 of 212 = 72.6%
2008 (final) OVERALL: 145 of 193 = 75.1%
2007 (final) OVERALL: 143 of 188 = 76.0%
2006 (final) OVERALL: 166 of 217 = 76.4%
2005 (final) OVERALL: 170 of 233 = 72.9%

'Mr. Picker' 2018 - WEEK (3) THREE:

Delphi (2-0) at North Judson (2-0):

NORTH JUDSON (8-31-2018) A tiny town showdown. Judson has won 50-6 and 56-6, but Delphi, which is northeast of Lafayette, has rolled 61-0 and 47-14. Judson’s Fletcher Greer ran for 204 yards against Culver, but Delphi QB Seth Walters threw for 5 TDs against Benton Central. I’m going with the air raid.

Delphi 35, North Judson 28

Whiting (2-0) at Boone Grove (2-0):

VALPARAISO (9-01-2018)
Who is this Boone Grove boy Braeton Vann who has run 27 times in two games for 480 yards and eight TDs? Can Whiting stop him or will they just keep the ball away from him? Whiting has Chris Carroll (23 carries, 220 yards, 4 TDs) and Tommy (TD) Davenport (24 carries, 185 yards) who usually have the ball all night. This ‘Saturday Night Special’ is very likely a Class 2A Sectional 33 playoff preview.

Whiting 28, Boone Grove 21

South Central (1-1) at Calumet (2-0):

Wait a minute, is that a misprint? Calumet is 2-0 for the first time in five years??? Calumet Fullback AJ Fowler has run 29 times for 267 yards in two games. South Central won 35-32 last week at Culver. Get that fine new Calumet scoreboard ready to put the points in lights.

Calumet 42, South Central 28

River Forest (0-2) at Griffith (0-2):

GRIFFITH (8-31-2018)
Griffith got hurt by graduation last spring more so than any other NW Indiana team so they need this one. River Forest and new coach Joe O’Connell have gone on the offensive in the early going, losing 52-20 and 46-30. RF is a little outmanned here. Griffith won this game 42-0 last year, but it will be closer this time.

Griffith 28, River Forest 14.

Highland (0-2) at Clark (1-1):

HAMMOND (8-31-2018)
Clark is still celebrating just their second win in four years, but here comes Highland very much in need of a victory. The Trojans won this game 69-12 last season and even at Clark. Highland has enough on defense to win again.

Highland 30, Clark 14

Munster (0-2) at East Chicago (2-0):

EAST CHICAGO (8-31-2018)
Hard to figure this one. Munster has scored just three points in two games, but the opponents were Class 6A Chesterton and Lake Central. EC stampeded Lake Station 62-7, but barely beat Bowman 18-14. But to pick Munster assumes an offense that is not in evidence. I’m not sure about this.

Munster 24, East Chicago 20

Hobart (2-0) at Culver Academy (2-0):

CULVER (8-31-2018)
The ’Academy’ comes in off a 51-0 victory over Tippecanoe Valley (0-2) and a 28-6 win over consistent 1A power LaVille. But that doesn't make them ready for the rejuvenated Brickies. The kings of what we’ll call "one-pointing." Hobart has back-to-back one point wins over Chesterton 10-9 and LaPorte 21-20. I’m going by strength of schedule here. But Hobart is heading towards Marshall County, not totally knowing what to expect here.

Hobart 27, Culver Academy 20

ANDREAN (1-1) at New Prairie (2-0):

NEW CARLISLE (8-31-2018)
The 59ers ride the big, yellow bus to eastern LaPorte County to take on the hard running, high scoring Cougars, who have 600 yards rushing in two games. The 59ers may have to go without two top linebackers who were injured last week. But this will be much closer than the 42-3 game last fall.

New Prairie 27, Andrean 24

Michigan City (1-1) at Chesterton (1-1):

CHESTERTON (8-31-2018)
The Trojans’ 31-0 victory over Munster last week was as good as they’ve looked in a couple of years. They have lost by 20 to Michigan City the last two years and their seniors know all about that. The Wolves gave all they had last week in the 33-30 loss to Homewood-Flossmoor, but they’ll need all they have again this Friday. The Trojans need to score 20-25 points on the MC defense and they can't.

Michigan City 23, Chesterton 12

Lake Central (2-0) at Portage (1-1):

PORTAGE (8-31-2018)
Portage got a late 72-yard TD pass from Zach Warchus to end Trevor Smaw to win 7-3 at Lowell last week, while LC was topping Morton by 20. LC QB Zach Bundalo threw for two TDs last week. The Portage defense is strong against the run, but LC has other ways to score. This may not be close.

Lake Central 28, Portage 7

LaPorte (0-2) at Valparaiso (0-2):

VALPO (8-31-2018)
Here’s another one of those 0-2 vs. 0-2 games where reality sets in fast for the loser. In the DAC opener, an upset win for the Slicers would erase loses to smaller schools Hobart and New Prairie. Valpo has been taken down by Top-10s Penn (2-0) and Mishawaka (2-0). The Vikings are looking for teams they can beat the next seven weeks. Valpo was 6-1 in league play last year with a lot of the same players they have now.

Valparaiso 24, LaPorte 14

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