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Week 6 High School Football Previews

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Chesterton (3-2) at Portage (2-3)
Mark Peterson is set to return to his old stomping grounds for the first time as a head coach as he leads the Trojans into Portage for an important Duneland Athletic Conference showdown.   The Indians are coming off a 31-3 rout of Crown Point, while Chesterton suffered a 21-14 loss to Valparaiso a week ago.  It is also Homecoming at the Warpath, so the Indians will be playing in front of a large crowd.

LaPorte (0-5) at Merrillville (4-1)
The LaPorte Slicers will be playing with heavy hearts as they mourn the loss of Jake West, who passed away after collapsing during practice on Wednesday.  The Slicers will attempt to snap a seven-game losing streak that dates back to last season as they visit Merrillville.

Michigan City (2-3) at Lake Central (4-1)
Since a surprising 27-9 loss to Munster to open the campaign, Lake Central has rapped off four straight victories and finds itself in a three-way tie with Merrillville and Valparaiso atop the Duneland Athletic Conference.  The Indians are hoping to avoid a repeat performance of a season ago, when Michigan City came away with a major upset by the score of 20-16.

Valparaiso (3-2) at Crown Point (2-3)
Valparaiso has exceeded expectations in the early-going, while Crown Point has been underwhelming with three losses to start conference play.  This marks the first time since 2001 that the Bulldogs have been 0-3 in DAC action.  The last time the Vikings started the conference season with three straight wins was 2010 when they went on to win the regional championship and advance to semistate.

Andrean (5-0) at Highland (3-2)
Andrean now holds a 10-game regular season winning streak and appears to be on its way to an undefeated season.  Highland is 3-0 at home this year, but is coming off a 22-0 road loss to Lowell.  The host Trojans will look to play the role of spoiler and stop a 13-game losing streak in matchups between the two teams.  Highland’s last victory over Andrean came on Sept. 24, 1999 when Brad Smith led his team to a 21-19 victory over Jeff Karras’s 59ers.

Lowell (3-2) at Hobart (4-1)
The Hobart Brickies exited the unbeaten ranks with last week’s loss to Andrean, but they have won seven consecutive regular season home games dating back to last season.  Lowell is tied with Andrean for the Northwest Crossroads Conference lead after winning three straight games.  The Red Devil defense has yielded just 11.6 points per game this season.

Munster (3-2) at Griffith (1-4)
The Munster Mustangs will trek to the Boneyard as Jim Pickett’s Panthers attempt to stop a three-game losing streak.  Griffith’s only victory of the season came in week two over Wheeler.  The Panthers will try to avoid their first 0-4 start to conference play in over 20 years.

North Judson (2-3) at Kankakee Valley (2-3)
After losing two of its first three NCC games, Kankakee Valley will take a one-week hiatus from conference activity to battle the North Judson Blue Jays.  Kankakee Valley coach Brad Stewart spent 19 years a defensive coordinator at Lowell under current North Judson coach Kirk Kennedy.

Hammond Noll (2-3) at Calumet (2-3)
The Calumet Warriors already own the school’s first multi-win season since 2010.  However, close losses to River Forest and Lake Station each of the last two weeks leave Ivan Zimmer’s squad in need of a win as it hosts Noll, which fell to Whiting 42-26 last week.

North Newton (1-4) at Whiting (5-0)
The Whiting Oilers have been unkind to opponents this season, outscoring them by an average of 32.6-13.4 .  Whiting has played in just one close game, squeezing past South Central 20-14 on Sept. 13.  The Oilers are 9-1 all-time against North Newton, with the Spartans’ only victory coming by forfeit in 2007.

River Forest (4-1) at Wheeler (1-4)
Over the last seven years, this matchup has been completely one sided with Wheeler taking all seven meetings by the combined score of 403-35.  However, the Ingots could be in position to turn it around by coming away with a road victory.

South Central (1-4) at Lake Station (1-4)
South Central will visit Lake Station in a showdown of two teams that both picked up their first wins of the season last week.  The Satellites are 6-0 in the all-time series against Lake Station.  An Eagle victory would give the team back-to-back wins for the first time since 2004.

Morton (4-1) at East Chicago (4-1)
Outside of a 24-0 week two loss to Lake Central, East Chicago has been dominant this season.  After clubbing Clark 56-8 last week, the Cardinals will try to make it four straight victories as they host Morton.  However, the Governors are off to a strong start of their own, suffering their first defeat of the season last week against Munster. This is the first-ever regular season meeting between the two schools, but Morton has knocked off the Cardinals in the sectional each of the last two years.

Delphi (2-3) at Hammond Gavit (2-3)
Gavit’s 42-0 blanking of Roosevelt last week was the program’s first shutout since 2008.  The Gladiators will look to make it two straight wins as they host Delphi, a team they are 1-1 against since they started playing one another in 2011.

Boone Grove (4-1) at Hammond (1-4)
The Hammond Wildcats are off to their worst start since 2006 with the team’s lone victory thus far coming over Bowman Academy.  Boone Groove has been sharp outside of a 44-17 loss to North Judson two weeks ago.       

Bowman Academy (2-3) at Clark (0-5)
Bowman Academy and Clark have split the first four matchups with one another, with Bowman capturing each of the last two.  The Pioneers are attempting to end a 13-game losing streak that dates back to week two of the 2012 season.

Winamac (5-0) at West Central (5-0)
Two undefeated teams will face off in Francesville as West Central hosts Winamac.  The game is also a rematch of last year’s sectional championship, a stunning 49-13 Winamac victory.  Darren Rodriguez’s West Central offense has scored 50.0 points per game this season.

-Brandon Vickrey

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