The time for summer smack talk and cliché answers to the same old questions is over.
It is put up or shut up time.
The 2019 season kicks off tonight after months of anticipation. Blitz has already given you his predictions for Week 1, but how about some players to watch tonight?
DAVID BISCHOFF, WOODLAN
The senior (pictured) played in just a single game last season after missing most of the year. Against Bremen in sectional play, he went for eight catches and 127 yards in a 35-27 loss.
Quarterback Ben Reidy has three top-flight receivers in which to throw to – Bischoff, Trevor Wallace and brother Joe Reidy. Bischoff may be the one that benefits the most from the attention defenses will give to the other two. At just 5-foot-9, he is not going to go over the top of defenses. Instead, Bischoff has the capability of getting lost when lining up in the slot, turning short routes into big gains for the Warriors.
If Woodlan knocks off Leo tonight, Bischoff may be the catalyst.
JEFFREY BECKER, CARROLL
There are going to be some learning experiences for Becker this season, that is for sure. The sophomore is being thrust into the starting lineup for the Chargers, a program eager to put last year’s three-win season well behind it.
Unfortunately for Becker, the SAC has very few weeks that can be treated as glorified practices.
In other words, Becker needs to grow up quickly.
Tonight against Bishop Luers is his first test. The Knights have a skilled secondary that is capable of making plays on the ball and turning inaccurate throws into turnovers.
JEREMIAH GREEN, NORTHROP
The Bruins have been excited for the start of the season for awhile, not just because of the new turf at Spuller Stadium.
The coaching staff at Northrop believes that this roster could be its most talented in recent memory, which could lead to a march up the SAC standings.
If the Bruins are going to surprise in Week 1 with a win over Homestead, Green will be important. The senior rushed for over 800 yards and 13 touchdowns a year ago, but was held to 48 yards on 13 carries against the Spartans in Week 1 last season.
He must have a better night if Northrop is to start 1-0 for the first time since 2010.
AIDAN MEEK, WAYNE
Everything you read about Becker can be applied to Meek. Another sophomore starter in the SAC, Meek is being thrust into the limelight with a program with high expectations.
The Generals want to avenge last year’s one-point loss to Bishop Dwenger in sectional play. To do it, they will need Meek to mature quickly tonight.
The sophomore does not necessarily need to make big play after big play for Wayne to win, he just needs to avoid big mistakes.
BEN VOIROL, ADAMS CENTRAL
A lineman as a player to watch? You betcha.
Voirol and the Flying Jets head to Bellmont to open the 2019 campaign. It is a game to keep an eye on as we try and figure out how far Adams Central drops, if at all, as it grooms a new roster.
Voirol is a senior leader and will play just as much of a role on the field as he will on the sidelines, trying to fire up a wealth of sophomores to play well and the Flying Jets to steal a win on the road and gain some confidence.