Just a foursome of games remain for Blitz to pick, which worries me.
Could we potentially be shutout of the state finals for the first time since 2014? What will Blitz do all Thanksgiving weekend if there is no football in Indianapolis to worry about?
Hey, let’s not panic. Chances are, one of the teams below will get to Lucas Oil Stadium.
But that doesn’t make Blitz less concerned.
As for this week, it is a regional chock full of rematches. Let’s delve deeper.
Last week: 5-1
SNIDER AT CARMEL
The Panthers had Carmel beat a year ago. Up double digits midway through the third quarter, the Greyhounds came alive, scoring twice and adding a safety in a 22-21 victory.
One year later, Snider gets another shot. Blitz sees this as a game that the Panthers’ defense must win. An improved offense will still have a difficult time having sustained success against the likes of Beau Robbins, Joey Schmidt and an exceptional Carmel D.
Snider’s defense made big plays in the second half last week against Homestead, forcing a fumble and picking off a pair of passes with the game in the balance. It needs a similar effort on Friday to keep this one within striking distance.
BLITZ PICKS CARMEL BY 7.
ANGOLA VS. BISHOP DWENGER
Ah, here we are again.
Last year, Angola had high hopes that it could compete with Dwenger, only to be rolled 34-0.
This year, the Hornets have a better idea of what to expect, including how physical and disciplined you must be in order to compete with the Saints.
The key in this one is the Bishop Dwenger running game. If Angola can force the Saints into passing situations, it has a chance to force a few turnovers and be competitive. Angola is not going to be able to score much on the Saints’ D, so this must be a low-scoring affair for the Hornets to have a shot.
This one is closer than 2017, but Dwenger still prevails.
BLITZ PICKS BISHOP DWENGER BY 9.
MISHAWAKA MARIAN AT BISHOP LUERS
Marian ran roughshod over the Knights last year in a 30-7 romp. With Luers struggling to stop the run for most of the season, that is a definite area of concern going into Friday.
This one feels like a shootout, as most of Luers’ games have been this year. Norman Knapke and Jordan Presley should have big nights offensively and in special teams. Look for a late score and a big stop to carry Luers to a home win.
BLITZ PICKS BISHOP LUERS BY 3.
ADAMS CENTRAL AT MONROE CENTRAL
This is the only local game that is not a rematch from a year ago.
Instead, these two teams collided two seasons ago, with Adams Central earning a 15-12 playoff win.
Don’t expect as close of a game this time around. Adams Central is rolling over opponents with an offense that has no 1A equal this side of Pioneer. Monroe Central is a run-centric team that has a solid defense. Sounds familiar, maybe like last week’s opponent?
After what the Flying Jets did to Southwood last week, who would be dumb enough to pick against them this week? Not Blitz.
BLITZ PICKS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 14.