Game Preview: #5 New Prairie Cougars @ #12 LaPorte Slicers

Last year I had so much fun being wrong every week about the Slicers that I decided to do it again. For some reason the Slicers just loved making me look bad every week last year. I started doing game previews for the first meeting with Crown Point. It seemed to help me get excited for the game a little more so I kept doing it all the way up until the Semistate game against Carmel. Watching the team last year was a blast. We came into the year with low expectations after a record setting offense graduated. What we got was a great season that anyone involved will not forget for some time. This year looks much the same. Another record setting offense has come and gone, and we have the tough Duneland to get through. Time will tell if the new pieces fit the puzzle. Before the Duneland can begin though we must play a very tough New Prairie team. When I played football New Prairie was the doormat of our schedule. They beat us my eighth grade year, and it was a huge black mark on our team. Since that time New Prairie’s program has really blossomed to the point that a 3A team gives us one of our best games of the year. Last year New Prairie won the inaugural Milk Can trophy. They had a 33 point lead at the half, and the Slicers came storming back to lose 39-33. Right there you could see a lot about the Slicer team by the heart they showed that night. That heart stayed with them throughout the season. This year New Prairie comes into the contest ranked #5 in 3A. They are coming off of a great season, and will be looking to start another great year by taking down their rival. The Slicers are ranked #12 in the first poll of the season, and are looking to build on last year’s success. I think the Slicers need to shut down the option with their new defense to keep the Cougars out of the end zone. On offense Carlton Austin will need to take some of the pressure off of sophomore Dustin DeMuth. I think there are enough pieces of the puzzle left to open the season with a win. Tomorrow night at 7 o’clock we will get our first look at how this new Slicer team will stack up with the teams of the past. Good Luck Slicers!!

My prediction: LaPorte 35 – New Prairie 30

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