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In the battle of unbeatens at the Bowl, the Mighty Panthers came up short, falling 28-21 to their West Side rival, Mater Dei.
Reitz fell to 8-1 overall and finished 6-1 and 5-1 in the SIAC and city races. They’ll head to Seymour (2-7) next week to start Sectional 24.
Mater Dei improved to 9-0 overall, their second straight undefeated regular season. The Wildcats won the city & SIAC championships with 5-0 & 6-0 marks, respectively, and also retained the West Side Nut Club Trophy. Mater Dei will face Forest Park (1-8) at Reitz Bowl next Friday.
- Wilderman shakes off mistakes, sparks Wildcats (Courier & Press)
- VIDEO: Home Team Friday (TriStateHomepage.com)
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Rankings for Mater Dei, of Class 2A, are provided below in parentheses.
- AP MEDIA POLL: #4 in Class 4A (Mater Dei is #1 in Class 2A)
- IFCA COACHES POLL: #4 in Class 4A (pdf file – Mater Dei is #2 in Class 2A)
- GRIDIRON DIGEST POLL: #2 in Class 4A (Mater Dei is #2 in Class 2A)
- MASSEY: #24 overall & #5 in Class 4A (Mater Dei is #20 overall & #1 in Class 2A)
- MAXPREPS: #24 overall & #5 in Class 4A (Mater Dei is #26 overall & #2 in Class 2A)
- SAGARIN: #26 overall & #6 in Class 4A (Mater Dei is #37 overall & #2 in Class 2A)
- INDIANA FOOTBALL DIGEST (COLTS.COM): #2 in Class 4A (Mater Dei is #2 in Class 2A)
The Reitz Nation has spoken! Following the Panthers’ 51-0 win over Bosse, the readers of ReitzFootball.com voted and we have a tie for Offensive Player of the Game! Each with 67 votes, AJ Dixon and Malik Higgins are co-Offensive Players of the Game, while Ethan Robison is the Defensive Player of the Game.
This was the fourth time the Reitz Nation selected Higgins as Player of the Game. Robison has held it twice and it is the first time Dixon was picked.
Offensive Player of the Game voting results
67 – AJ Dixon
67 – Malik Higgins
21 – Nate Hansen
5 – Evan Deig
Defensive Player of the Game voting results
57 – Ethan Robison
42 – Aaron Euler
28 – Will Brown
17 – Joey Diekmann
1 – Caleb Crowe
1 – Trevor Fetscher
Congratulations to these fine young men and the entire Reitz Football team!
2014 Offensive Players of the Game
Week 1: Malik Higgins
Week 2: Evan Deig
Week 3: Malik Higgins
Week 4: Evan Deig
Week 5: Malik Higgins
Week 6: Nate Hansen
Week 7: Jackson Barnes
Week 8: AJ Dixon & Malik Higgins
2014 Defensive Players of the Game
Week 1: Trevor Fetscher
Week 2: Trevor Fetscher
Week 3: Aaron Euler
Week 4: Entire defense
Week 5: Aaron Euler
Week 6: Ethan Robison
Week 7: Trevor Fetscher
Week 8: Ethan Robison
Thank you to Reis Tire for their support of the our weekly Player of the Game fan vote!
Here are your offensive stat leaders through Friday night’s 51-0 win over Bosse.
- Completions: 80 – Evan Deig
- Attempts: 124 – Evan Deig
- Yards: 1,249 – Evan Deig
- Touchdowns: 20 – Evan Deig
- Longest pass: 80 yards – Evan Deig
- Carries: 117 – Malik Higgins
- Yards: 1,399 – Malik Higgins
- Longest run: 87 yards – Malik Higgins
- Touchdowns: 17 – Malik Higgins
- Receptions: 27 – Malik Higgins
- Yards: 391 – Malik Higgins
- Longest catch: 80 yards – Kerrion Ringo
- Touchdowns: 10 – Nate Hansen
- Total yards (rushing & passing): 1,319 – Evan Deig
- Yards from scrimmage (rushing & receiving): 1,790 – Malik Higgins
- All purpose yards (rushing, receiving & punt/kick/interception returns): 1,871 – Malik Higgins
- Scoring: 138 points – Malik Higgins
Full offensive stats (on MaxPreps.com)
Here are your defensive stat leaders through Friday night’s 51-0 win over Bosse. As always, thanks to Larry Ellington for compiling these.
2014 Defensive Stat Leaders
- Solo tackles: 26 – Will Brown
- Tackle assists: 58 – Joey Diekman
- Total tackles: 66 – Will Brown
- Sacks: 4 – Brock Ashworth
- Tackles for loss: 6 – Aaron Euler
- TFL assists: 5 – Brock Ashworth & Trevor Fetscher
- Interceptions: 5 – Will Brown & Isaac Flowers
- Fumbles caused: 2 – Joey Diekman
- Fumbles recovered: 2 – Trevor Fetscher
- Passes deflected: 9 – Elijah Dunham
- Hurried passes: 8 – Brock Ashworth
- Blocked kicks: 3 – Isaac Flowers
- Defensive score: 1 – Will Brown, Elijah Dunham & Triston Hape
- Sack yards: 25 – Trevor Fetscher
- Tackle yards: 32 – Tanner Duran
Full pdf files of defensive stats
We’ve collected links to all the available game previews and recaps for the Reitz-Mater Dei football series as covered by the Courier & Press (their online archive goes back to 2006).
- 2008: Reitz and Mater Dei is regular season’s ultimate Game of the Week
- 2009: Reitz takes aim at unbeaten season
- 2010: It’s Mater Dei and Reitz in battle of the unbeatens
- 2011: Reitz, Mater Dei set to battle for West Side Nut Club trophy
- 2012: Camaraderie helps spark Reitz football team’s surge
- 2013: Mater Dei, Reitz to clash for City, SIAC football titles
- 2014: Year 2 has been perfect so far for Reitz’s Hape
- 2006: Panthers’ plan works to perfection
- 2007: Seasoned to perfection
- 2008: Nerves can’t shake Reitz
- 2009: A history-making rout
- 2010: Reitz rolls past rival Mater Dei
- 2011: Mater Dei rolls past Reitz
- 2012: Reitz withstands rally to beat Mater Dei
- 2013: Mater Dei remains undefeated, defeats Reitz 16-14
The winner of this game will gain three titles: The SIAC, city and West Side Nut Club Championship. Both Reitz and Mater Dei are 8-0 overall, 6-0 in the SIAC and 5-0 in the city.
The Panthers lead the series, 44-18. Coach Hape is 16-4 overall and 0-1 against the Wildcats. Mater Dei head coach Mike Goebel is 178-49 overall and 8-9 against Reitz.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
- Year 2 has been perfect so far for Reitz’s Hape (Courier & Press)
- Mater Dei seniors Butler, McCann lead swarming Wildcats defense into battle of unbeatens (Courier & Press)
- Rivalry defined by unbeaten showdowns (Courier & Press)
- Mater Dei coach sees many similarities between West Side rivals (Courier & Press)
- In the middle of a divided family, Emma Bullock, 10, likes both Reitz and Mater Dei (Courier & Press)
- Higgins, Weidner have sparked Reitz, Mater Dei to 8-0 records (Courier & Press)
- Final Week: Touchdown Live Preview (14news)
- Reitz vs Mater Dei Rivalry Expands to Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser (ESPN Evansville)
Statistics (on MaxPreps)
Thanks again to our friends at Tracy Zeller Jewelry for sponsoring #ReitzFootballFriday!
Malik Higgins is in the running for Home Team Friday’s Week 8 MVP award.
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