Here are predictions on all of the Week 7 area high school football games. All games at 7 p.m. Friday unless noted. I was 37-5 (88.1 percent) last week to improve to 202-53 (79.2 percent) on the season:
Cathedral (4-2) vs. Fishers (4-2), at Victory Field: Class 6A fourth-ranked Cathedral will meet ninth-ranked Fishers as part of the two-game Victory Field Classic. On Oct. 16, Brownsburg will play Hamilton Southeastern at the home of the Indianapolis Indians.
While the backdrop will be unique, the Cathedral-Fishers matchup would be intriguing anywhere. Cathedral is unbeaten against in-state opponents, but hasn’t yet played another top-10 opponent in Class 6A. A win here would solidify the Irish as a serious state title contender (as would a win over Center Grove in the regular-season finale).
A scary thought on Cathedral: several of its best players will be back next year, some the next two years. Top rushers Markese Stepp (497 yards) and Tony Johnson (330 yards) are a sophomore and junior, respectively. Top receivers Luke Sanders (430 yards) and Daijon Collins (214 yards) are a junior and sophomore, respectively. Top offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor is a sophomore. On the defensive side, safety Ben Stewart (37 tackles) is a junior and Jackson Barrow (six tackles for a loss) is a sophomore.
In this case, thank goodness the Indiana High School Athletic Association added the tournament success factor. It doesn’t make sense for Cathedral to be playing in a lower classification in football.
Fishers has lost two of its last three and is battling some key injuries. Cathedral’s only losses are to Cincinnati Moeller and St. Xavier, two of Ohio’s top programs. Cathedral 28, Fishers 21.
Carmel (4-2) at Ben Davis (3-3): The last time these teams met, Ben Davis was running away in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium for a 42-24 win in the Class 6A state championship. Ben Davis sophomore Reese Taylor was 17-for-24 passing last week for 310 yards in a 35-14 win over Lawrence North (Chris Evans caught seven passes for 123 yards). Carmel has won three in a row after a 51-0 drubbing of North Central last week. Carmel 31, Ben Davis 24.
Westfield (4-2) at Avon (4-2): After losing a heartbreaker late to Hamilton Southeastern in Week 3, Avon has rebounded with three resounding wins. Westfield is coming off back-to-back losses to HSE and Brownsburg. Avon 42, Westfield 28.
Guerin Catholic (5-1) at Brebeuf Jesuit (4-2): These teams notched two of the most impressive wins of last week. Guerin won its fourth game in a row, knocking off a hot Greenwood team 31-21. Brebeuf knocked off Roncalli in a 17-10 double-overtime defensive slugfest. Brebeuf Jesuit 17, Guerin Catholic 14.
Shelbyville (6-0) at New Palestine (6-0), 7:30 p.m.: For reference, New Pal beat Shelbyville 72-3 last season. The Golden Bears are improved. But that is a lot of ground to make up in one year. The last time Shelbyville was 6-0 was 2009. New Palestine ended the streak that year. New Palestine 49, Shelbyville 21.
Decatur Central (5-1) at Greenwood (4-2): Decatur Central’s Tyrone Tracy (549 rushing yards, 434 receiving yards) is putting up huge numbers. Decatur Central 33, Greenwood 23.
Anderson (2-4) at Tech (2-4): Tech notched a 34-30 win over Harrison last week. A good chance here for two in a row. Tech 26, Anderson 20.
Beech Grove (4-2) vs. Cardinal Ritter (3-3), at Marian University: Both teams come in looking to end a two-game losing streak. Ritter won last year, 21-18. Ritter 28, Beech Grove 27.
Bloomington North (1-5) at Franklin Central (0-6): Can the Flashes break through? Franklin Central 21, Bloomington North 20.
Cincinnati Winton Woods, Ohio (2-3) vs. Bishop Chatard (5-1), at Lawrence Central: Chatard is putting together a great season. Chatard 21, Winton Woods 17.
Covenant Christian (0-3) at Arlington (3-3): Arlington looks to end a two-game losing streak. Arlington 44, Covenant Christian 12.
Crawfordsville (2-4) at Lebanon (2-4): Lebanon is looking to avoid its first losing season in four years. Lebanon 35, Crawfordsville 14.
Culver Academy (3-3) at Howe (4-2), 7:30 p.m.: Howe looks to knock off Culver for second straight year. Howe 27, Culver 21.
Danville (0-6) at Frankfort (3-3): Danville is allowing 46.3 points a game. Frankfort 34, Danville 26.
Delta (4-2) at Pendleton Heights (2-4), 7:30 p.m.: Delta has won three in a row. Delta 29, Pendleton Heights 14.
Franklin (1-5) at Plainfield (3-3): Plainfield is looking for its first winning season in five years. Plainfield 21, Franklin 14.
Greenfield-Central (2-4) at Yorktown (3-3), 7:30 p.m.: Greenfield-Central has dropped four in a row. Yorktown 34, Greenfield-Central 21.
Lutheran (3-3) at Monrovia (5-1): Monrovia has scored at least 44 points in each of its last five games. Monrovia 42, Lutheran 28.
Manual (2-4) at Shortridge (2-4): Shortridge has been blanked in all four of its losses. Manual 14, Shortridge 6.
Marshall (0-6) at Hammond (5-1): Tough assignment for Marshall. Hammond 49, Marshall 7.
Northwest (4-2) at East Chicago Central (2-4): Four wins in a row for Northwest. Northwest 32, East Chicago Central 26.
Roncalli (2-4) at Martinsville (0-6): Roncalli is coming off a double-overtime loss to Brebeuf. Roncalli 21, Martinsville 13.
Scecina (4-2) at Triton Central (3-3): Could be one of the night’s most competitive games. Triton Central 33, Scecina 28.
Lapel (3-3) at Heritage Christian (5-1): Heritage Christian is averaging more than 43 points a game. Heritage Christian 40, Lapel 18.
Lawrence Central (2-4) at North Central (0-6): Lawrence Central closes at home vs. Ben Davis and Carmel. Lawrence Central 34, North Central 21.
Monroe Central (5-1) at Broad Ripple (1-5): Monroe Central is a solid Class A program. Monroe Central 28, Broad Ripple 21.
Mt. Vernon (3-3) at New Castle (1-5): Mt. Vernon plays Shelbyville next week. Mt. Vernon 38, New Castle 14.
Noblesville (3-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (5-1): Hamilton Southeastern looks for six in a row. Hamilton Southeastern 37, Noblesville 21.
North Decatur (4-2) at Indian Creek (3-3): Indian Creek should win its next three games. Indian Creek 42, North Decatur 21.
North Putnam (5-1) at Cascade (3-3): North Putnam has already matched its win total of the last two seasons combined. North Putnam 28, Cascade 14.
Park Tudor (1-5) at Speedway (1-5): Both teams won its first game of season last week. Speedway 33, Park Tudor 27.
Perry Meridian (4-2) at Columbus North (5-1): Columbus North is ranked No. 8 in Class 6A. Columbus North 35, Perry Meridian 31.
Pike (2-4) at Center Grove (6-0): Pike has dropped three in a row. Center Grove 45, Pike 24.
Rock Creek Academy (0-4) at Washington (0-5): Both sides looking for a first victory. Rock Creek Academy 14, Washington 13.
Sheridan (2-4) at Tipton (3-3), 7:30 p.m.: Sheridan beat Tipton 53-16 last season. Sheridan 28, Tipton 24.
Southside Homeschool at Indiana Deaf (5-1): Indiana Deaf looks to bounce back from a loss to Covington. Indiana Deaf 35, Southside 14.
Terre Haute South (1-5) at Southport (4-2), 7:30 p.m.: Southport looks to avenge a loss to Terre Haute South from last season. Southport 28, Terre Haute South 21.
Traders Point Academy (2-4) at Edinburgh (1-5): Edinburgh goes for its second win. Edinburgh 34, Traders Point 13.
Tri-West (3-3) at Southmont (2-4): Tri-West has a pretty good shot in its last three games. Tri-West 35, Southmont 13.
Twin Lakes (4-2) at Hamilton Heights (4-2), 7:30 p.m.: Hamilton Heights is coming off a one-point win over Culver Academy. Hamilton Heights 28, Twin Lakes 14.
Warren Central (4-2) at Lawrence North (2-4): Warren Central is at Carmel next week. Warren Central 42, Lawrence North 27.
Wes-Del (2-4) at Eastern Hancock (6-0): Eastern Hancock has 5-1 Shenandoah next week. Eastern Hancock 34, Wes-Del 13.
Western Boone (5-1) at North Montgomery (5-1): Should be one of the better games of the night. Western Boone 21, North Montgomery 15.
Whiteland (4-2) at Mooresville (3-3): Whiteland keeps rolling along. Whiteland 38, Mooresville 20.
Zionsville (3-3) at Brownsburg (2-4): Brownsburg’s offense exploded for 59 points last week in a win over Westfield. Brownsburg 35, Zionsville 31.
Noblesville Homeschool at Tindley (1-3), 3 p.m.: Noblesville Homeschool won 40-0 last year. Noblesville Homeschool 42, Tindley 14.