Game Preview: #16 Valparaiso Vikings vs. #14 LaPorte Slicers

Both of these teams come into the game 1-1, but the records can be deceiving. The Vikings lost a close game to Penn in week one, and won a shootout with Gary Roosevelt last week. The Slicers started the season with convincing win over New Prairie. They then got beat down last week by Mishawaka 34-0. The teams are only separated by one team in the coaches poll. That team is Mishawaka. It just goes to show you what the polls can tell you about a matchup. This game will come down to how well DeMuth can perform under pressure. If he and his receivers cannot connect the Slicers are in for a long day. Mishawaka showed everyone that stopping Austin will stop LaPorte. Hopefully adjustments have been made to counter that. The Viking defense does not look all that solid so maybe this game can be a confidence builder for Dustin.

Last year the Slicers won one of the most exciting high school games that I have been to. There were a couple more that topped this game during the 2006 season, but this was a great game. The Slicers won 57-56 in double overtime. Matt Mizia caught the touchdown, and the extra point that won the game for LaPorte. Let’s hope we can see some more excitment on Friday night.

My Prediction: Vikings 49 – Slicers 42

This Year: 1-1


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