With the sectional draw being announced this Sunday, a lot of people are starting to turn their attention to the postseason. But in reality, we still have two pretty important weeks of football between now and then.
Can Dwenger go undefeated in the SAC? What about Angola and Churubusco in the NECC?
Who captures the NE8 and ACAC?
Will we ever play a night of football in less than 60 degree weather?
All great questions to ponder. For now, you should check out what Blitz thinks will happen in Week 8.
Last week: 15-4
CONCORDIA AT CARROLL. Sophomore QB Brandon Davis did a solid job filling in for Jake Byrd last week for the Cadets and may be asked to do so again against the Chargers. Carroll hasn’t lost more than four games in a season since 2010. A loss here would end that streak. Won’t happen. BLITZ PICKS CARROLL BY 8.
BISHOP LUERS AT SOUTH SIDE. In the 90s and early 2000s, the Calhoun Street Brawl used to be one of the more entertaining rivalries in the area. Now, well, not so much. BLITZ PICKS LUERS BY 26.
NORTH SIDE AT NORTHROP. Bailey Meerzo may or may not be back for the Bruins in this one, although Seth Pearson sure showed some ability in his stead last week at QB. The Bruins have lost three straight since beating Carroll, though all have been competitive. The skid ends here. BLITZ PICKS NORTHROP BY 12.
SNIDER AT BISHOP DWENGER. Four of the last five matchups between these teams have been decided by single digits. If the Panthers offense can find some traction against the Saints (a big if), that trend will continue. Dwenger has made the big play this year when it has needed it. Add another instance of that late in this one. BLITZ PICKS DWENGER BY 4.
HOMESTEAD AT WAYNE. Predictions by Blitz’s inferiors have been trending Homestead’s way in this one. Yes, the Generals have allowed some teams to hang around a bit too long, but it has also raised its level of play in big games and big spots. Wayne will be at its best in this one and triumph in a close one. BLITZ PICKS WAYNE BY 3.
BELLMONT AT DEKALB. The Barons have shut out two straight opponents, the first time they have done that since the 1986 season that ended in a state title. That won’t happen this year, but this program is definitely on the upswing as it looks to clinch its first winning regular season since 2007. BLITZ PICKS DEKALB BY 21.
EAST NOBLE AT NEW HAVEN. Five of the Bulldogs’ seven games have been decided by seven points or less. Blitz is betting on making it No. 6 on Friday. A key INT by Kentrel Thomas is the difference maker in the closing minutes. BLITZ PICKS NEW HAVEN BY 2.
LEO AT COLUMBIA CITY. Close losses to New Haven and East Noble in the middle of the season both saw the Leo defense struggle to defend talented personnel. Columbia City doesn’t have a dynamic offense, but does have the tools to grind out some drives. This would be a big W for the Eagles on their home field. Blitz is a sucker for storylines. BLITZ PICKS COLUMBIA CITY BY 4.
NORWELL AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. These are the two lowest-scoring teams in the NE8, so naturally we will scoring into the 50s, right? I was wrong on Norwell last week. I am doubling down. BLITZ PICKS NORWELL BY 6.
BLUFFTON AT ADAMS CENTRAL. Could the Flying Jets be caught looking ahead to Woodlan in Week 9? Potentially, but the senior leadership of AC likely won’t let it happen. Tigers are improved, but the Flying Jets are on another level. BLITZ PICKS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 31.
DAYTON MARSHALL (OHIO) AT JAY COUNTY. Fun facts: Marshall’s nickname is the Cougars and they are 1-5. That’s the extent of my analysis on this one. BLITZ PICKS JAY COUNTY BY 15.
SOUTHERN WELLS AT HERITAGE. Both programs need a W in the worst way. We are going with the Patriots here because they have been close a few times to getting a league victory. Big night from Hunter Bradtmueller leads the way for Heritage. BLITZ PICKS HERITAGE BY 14.
WOODLAN AT SOUTH ADAMS. Neither team had a good Week 7, with Woodlan being trounced by Lima Central Catholic and the Starfires slipping up against Jay County. Which team bounces back? Feels like a good night for Reggie Blackmon on the ground. BLITZ PICKS WOODLAN BY 7.
ANGOLA AT GARRETT. I see this matchup and naturally get excited at the prospects, then realize that it is a down year for the Railroaders. Another rout for the Hornets. Is there a legit concern that Angola is not properly being prepared for the postseason because of the lack of competition? BLITZ PICKS ANGOLA BY 38.
CHURUBUSCO AT WEST NOBLE. The Chargers are led by a running game that, against sketchy defenses, can pile up the yardage. Unfortunately, ‘Busco does not have a sketchy defense. BLITZ PICKS CHURUBUSCO BY 11.
EASTSIDE AT CENTRAL NOBLE. After shutting out three straight opponents, Central Noble allowed 83 points over the last two games. Eastside is scoring almost 30 points a contest. Conventional wisdom says take the Blazers. Blitz doesn’t listen to anyone or anything. BLITZ PICKS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 3.
LAKELAND AT FAIRFIELD. The Lakers have rushed for over 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns on the year. That’s pretty good. BLITZ PICKS LAKELAND BY 34.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT FREMONT. Heights rolled Fremont for its lone win of the season a year ago. It is closer this year, but the Panthers are victorious again. BLITZ PICKS PRAIRIE HEIGHTS BY 28.
WARSAW AT NORTHWOOD. The Tigers take their 6-1 record on the road to undefeated NorthWood. Bronson Yoder is the man to stop in the backfield for the Panthers. Unfortunately, if you slow him down there are about 20 other guys who run the ball well for NorthWood. BLITZ PICKS NORTHWOOD BY 9.
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