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Week 0 reaffirmed what many of us already believed... class 2A is LOADED at the top. And there appears to be but a sliver of separation amongst the top 5. Danville, CAL, LCA, DeSales, and Mayfield all logged impressive season opening wins.

Owensboro Catholic sits just outside of that quintet after a closer-than-expected 33-31 win over Daviess County. The Aces fell behind early and trailed by 10 at the half. A strong 3rd quarter put OCath ahead by a TD before Daviess County answered with a score midway through the 4th. A failed 2 pt conversion allowed Owensboro Catholic to maintain a slim lead and eventually hold on for the win.

Falling behind by multiple scores this week might prove too big of a hole to dig out of as the Aces welcome in a strong Evansville Reitz squad from the Hoosier state.

The Reitz Panthers are 108-21 over the past decade, including a pair of unbeaten state title teams. Last season, they finished 11-2, falling short in a regional championship game. 5th year coach Andy Hape has a very deep and talented roster of 100+ at his disposal. Reitz returns over 2,000 yards and a combined 43 TDs from last year's backfield, including 1,000 yard rusher Da'ziaun Sargent. The defense should be among the best in Indiana with several starters back from a unit that surrendered 14 ppg in 2016. Chief among them are LBer Joey Diekmann (2016 Evansville All-Metro POY) and CB Isaiah Dunham, a Yale commit, who also doubles as the top WR. The Panthers blew out Henderson County 41-0 on Friday and currently sit at #2 in Indiana's class 4A, according to both the AP and Coaches polls.

Owensboro Catholic QB Will Warren will likely need to improve upon his 24/39, 247 yards, and 3 TDs from last week. I look for RB Vonn Williams to make a greater impact on this game after being limited to just 47 yards on 14 carries against Daviess County. The OL will need to show significant improvement from their Week 0 performance. Same goes for the entire defense.

This is exactly the type of game that OCath needs if they want to prove that they belong amongst the cream of 2A. A win here could elevate the Aces to that top line with the Ads, Centurions, Eagles, Colts, and Cardinals.

The opportunity is there. Can Owensboro Catholic seize it?