Week 4 Region Previews
Boone Grove (3-0) at North Judson (1-2)
Tony Tinkel’s Boone Grove Wolves are off to a 3-0 start for the second time in as many years after picking up close victories over Noll and Gavit the last two weeks. The North Judson offense has mustered up just seven points in each of the last two games, losses to Knox and Rensselaer Central. The Wolves pulled out a 36-35 victory when the two teams met in Week 4 a year ago.
Andrean (3-0) at Munster (2-1)
Andrean is riding high at 3-0, ranked as the No. 1 team in Class 3A by the Indiana High School Coaches Association. The 59ers followed up their Week 2 upset of Merrillville by routing Gary West Side 65-28 last week. While this marks the first conference date for Andrean, the host Mustangs already have a Northwest Crossroads Conference victory under their belts after blanking Highland 30-0. Andrean has won the last three meetings between the two teams.
Calumet (2-1) at River Forest (2-1)
The Calumet Warriors have won back-to-back games for the first time since 2010. They will look for their first three-game winning streak since 2009 as they visit the Ingots, who are coming off a road victory against rival Lake Station.
Chicago Julian at Roosevelt (0-3)
First-year Roosevelt head coach Ronald White will seek his first victory as Chicago Julian visits Gary. The Panthers managed to score for the first time this season last week, but still fell 69-9 to East Chicago Central.
Clark (0-3) at Highland (2-1)
Hammond Clark has now lost 11 consecutive games dating back to Week 2 of the 2012 season. The Pioneers and Trojans have not faced off since Oct. 10, 1998, a 39-14 Clark victory.
Crown Point (2-1) at Lake Central (2-1)
The Duneland game of the night matches a pair of 2-1 teams against one another. The Bulldogs must win to avoid an 0-2 start to conference play after falling 14-13 to Merrillville last week. The Indians are coming off a 12-8 triumph over Portage. If Crown Point loses, it will be the third straight year that they have started the DAC slate 0-2. Both teams are known primarily for their stingy defenses.
Gavit (1-2) at East Chicago Central (2-1)
The Cardinals will try to notch their seventh straight victory in head-to-head meetings with Gavit. The Gladiators are attempting to bounce back from a 25-21 loss to Boone Grove.
Griffith (1-2) at Lowell (1-2)
This matchup could be a pivotal one for both squads as they look to move to .500 and avoid 1-3 starts. Griffith was outscored 56-34 in a high-flying NCC opener with Hobart, while Lowell picked up its first win by besting Kankakee Valley 27-14. Last season, the Red Devils pulled out a double-overtime victory over the Panthers.
Kankakee Valley (1-2) at Hobart (3-0)
The Hobart Brickies will look to remain in the unbeaten ranks as they host Kankakee Valley. The Brickies have strung together three straight victories to start a season for the first time since 2008. The Kougars have defeated Hobart each of the last two years.
Lake Station (0-3) at Bishop Noll (1-2)
The Fighting Eagles have gone winless through their first three games for the third time in the last four years. The Warriors have won 15 consecutive meetings between the two teams.
LaPorte (0-3) at Chesterton (2-1)
The Trojans narrowly escaped Michigan City with a 35-31 win in last week’s conference opener. The Slicers have started the season 0-3 for the second straight year, although they did take Hobart to overtime in Week 2. The Trojans have captured the last six head-to-head matchups with LaPorte.
LaPorte Lalumiere (1-1) at Bowman Academy (1-2)
Bowman Academy blasted the Lakers of LaPorte Lalumiere in the only prior meeting between the two teams, 68-0 on Sept. 11, 2009.
Michigan City (2-1) at Valparaiso (1-2)
Despite a 35-31 loss to Chesterton last week, Michigan City is off to its best start since 2009. The Wolves can clinch their highest win total since ’09 if they find a way to upend Valparaiso on the road.
Morton (3-0) at Hammond (1-2)
The Governors have rolled through the first three weeks of the season, including a 58-10 walloping of Clark last week. The Governors are looking to avenge a 28-14 loss to the Wildcats from a season ago in this year’s version of the crosstown rivalry showdown.
Portage (1-2) at Merrillville (2-1)
Portage will look to join Andrean with their second upset of Merrillville in the last three years on Friday night. They will attempt to rebound from a Week 3 12-8 defeat to Lake Central. If they want to keep pace with the Pirates, the Indians must put more points on the board after totaling just eight the last two weeks combined.
Riverside-Brookfield at West Side (0-3)
Gary West Side has begun the season 0-3 for the first time since 2008 in an unusual early portion of the season that included a forfeit loss to Chicago Lindblom on Aug. 31.
South Central (0-3) at Whiting (3-0)
Whiting is the only team other than Andrean that is ranked in this week’s IFCA Poll. The Class 1A No. 4 Oilers will try to remain perfect as they host winless South Central. The Satellites were ousted from last year’s sectional with a 33-12 loss to Whiting.
Tipton (3-0) at Rensselaer (3-0)
Rensselaer Central will look to uphold its undefeated status as it welcomes fellow unbeaten Tipton. The Blue Devils took last year’s meeting in lopsided fashion, 40-18.
Wheeler (0-3) at North Newton (1-2)
Wheeler is looking to avoid the first 0-4 start in the history of the program with a Week 4 visit to North Newton. The Bearcats have won 10 consecutive meetings between the two squads.