It's finally here, Week 1 of the high school football season.
Here's the schedule of games with projected winners.
Harrison vs. West Lafayette
A game 18 years in the making. After a near two-decade drought not playing each other (aside from preseason scrimmages), the Raiders and Red Devils square off. Despite the close proximity of the two football complexes, these two will travel to Indianapolis to play in the Horseshoe Classic at Lucas Oil Stadium. Harrison practices on artificial turf every day. Does that play into the Raiders' favor?
Prediction: Harrison 27, West Lafayette 21.
Cathedral at Lafayette Jeff
Three and four years ago, this would probably have been a competitive season opener. You can look at it two ways: this wasn't the right year to get Cathedral on the schedule, or it was. The Irish aren't just perhaps the best team in Indiana, they might be the best in the Midwest. That said, Lafayette Jeff has postseason aspirations and seeing a team as good as Cathedral to open the season ... the Bronchos won't see better the rest of the year.
Prediction: Cathedral 49, Lafayette Jeff 7.
Central Catholic at Seeger
The Knights looked pretty strong in last week's scrimmage at Harrison. That was with some key players on the sideline in street clothes. This should be a nice opening-week game for a team with high postseason hopes.
Prediction: Central Catholic 35, Seeger 7.
McCutcheon at Guerin Catholic
The debut as McCutcheon head coach for Josh Strasser, who takes over a program that has a ways to go. The Mavericks will look different. It's nearly a complete coaching staff overhaul. Wins may come, but probably not in Week 1.
Prediction: Guerin Catholic 24, McCutcheon 14
Caston over West Central
Frankfort over Clinton Central
Clinton Prairie over Wes-Del
Covington over Indianapolis Washington
Crawfordsville over Attica
Delphi over Benton Central
North Montgomery over North Putnam
North White over Taylor
Southmont over Fountain Central
Carroll over Tri-County
Twin Lakes over Northwestern
Whiting over Frontier
Rensselaer over Kankakee Valley
North Newton over South Newton
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