While many of us continue to stuff our gullets into Friday while watching football and spending time with family, Bishop Dwenger will be on a business trip in Indianapolis, looking to capture its fifth state title and first since 2015.
What should we expect? We at OutsidetheHuddle.net broke the matchup down on Wednesday in our 4A state primer. Now it is time for Blitz to give his thoughts.
Last week: 3-0
BISHOP DWENGER VS. EVANSVILLE CENTRAL
Blitz has spent a good five days looking at this matchup. To be honest, it is tough to see how Evansville Central wins this without the Saints coming out completely flat.
The Bears rely on the run with Brennan Schutte to set up some passing opportunities. It is not a team that can thrive when a defense shuts down the run.
While Evansville Central did throw for 243 yards last week in the semistate victory over Marion, all of the yards came on three plays, each of which were long touchdowns to Malcolm DePriest Jr.
Interestingly, of the 12 dropbacks for Evansville Central last week, three went for scores, three were incomplete and SIX were sacks. Bishop Dwenger should be consistently able to get penetration and bottle up the run despite the Bears having a veteran offensive line.
Bishop Dwenger thrives on shutting down run-focused offenses, of which Evansville Central is. If the Bears were a spread team that played four wide and challenged the Saints on the perimeter, Blitz would be more inclined to give Evansville Central a shot.
On the other side of the ball, Bishop Dwenger is as balanced of an offense as it has been all year. Many will look at the statistics and think that the Saints are a one-dimensional team, but the wide receiver trio of Griffin Eifert, Patrick Finley and Patrick O’Keefe give quarterback Brenden Lytle receivers capable of making plays downfield.
Evansville Central must strike with some big plays and get a few turnovers offensively for the Bears to stay in this game. Maybe Blitz is being a homer, but as long as Bishop Dwenger minimizes the miscues and is focused mentally, the Saints cruise to a state title.
Bishop Dwenger 30, Evansville Central 13