BEAR NECESSITIES: What you need to take from Week 2

Blitz_Inset 2It was another tremendous evening for football on Friday, with temps in the 70s and not a drop of rain anywhere.

The action on the field? It was nearly as good as the weather. Allow Blitz to catch you up on all you need to know from Week 2.


• Snider’s 21-20 victory over Carroll was as competitive and heated as they come for 48 minutes. It even spilled into post-game.

During the handshakes, Snider coach Kurt Tippmann had some issues to bring up to Carroll coach Doug Dinan. While holding a handshake, Tippmann raised his voice about something to Dinan, who was taken aback. Blitz could not get close enough quick enough to ascertain exactly what the issue was, nor is your favorite bear going to speculate on what the topic of the conversation was.

There is plenty of respect between the two coaches and programs, so Blitz doesn’t think this is something that will linger. But there was a lot of jawing and emotion during and after plays at Spuller Stadium on Friday.

The Week 2 Snider-Carroll game is quickly becoming one of the premier matchups in the league.

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• The final score indicates that Bishop Dwenger spanked North Side 36-0, but that was far from the case for the majority of the first half.

Many expected the Saints to feed off of the emotion of the opening of Shields Field to varsity football play and torch the Legends. But Coach Mike Brevard’s team came out with some moxie and hung with Bishop Dwenger for the better part of the half.

Some have brought up how North could be a different team if it had a certain other QB eligible, but Blitz believes those people are overlooking Ronald Collins III. Now in his third year as a starter, Collins III has an exceptional grasp of the Legends offense. He throws a good ball and has above-average scrambling ability. He was let down on Friday who could not hold onto the football, with nearly a half-dozen drops in the first half alone, including one that was in the end zone.

Overall, the Legends looked much better than Week 1. Opening up with Snider and Bishop Dwenger can be rough for anyone.

Fans at Bishop Dwenger pack the new grandstand before the first ever game at Shields Field on the Dwenger campus. The Saints won their August 30 opener over North Side.

• Speaking of the Saints, let’s give some love to Vinny Fiacable, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman who got to tote the rock on a successful two-point conversion for Dwenger to go up 22-0 on North.

Blitz had been hearing some rumors that Fiacable had a short-yardage package for him, similar to Joe Tippmann last year. After the conversion, Fiacable casually flipped the ball to the official, acting like he had been there before.

Blitz expected a giant spike of the ball and maybe a dab, knowing Vinny.

• We didn’t get a good sense of what Christian Fly could do for Bishop Luers last week. The senior was running for his life seemingly every play because of the penetration from Carroll’s defensive front.

On Friday against Wayne, we saw why Fly got the nod at QB in a pre-season position battle. He completed 20 passes for 219 yards while spreading the ball around to six different receptions in the 29-26 victory for the Knights.

With sophomore Carson Clark awaiting an opportunity if it arises, Bishop Luers has options at quarterback. But Fly’s efforts on Friday should make Knights fans feel pretty good.

Christian Fly hands the ball off to Bishop Luers teammate Jamic Johnson during Friday, August 30’s win over Wayne. (Photo by John Felts)

Homestead’s Braeden Hardwick has rushed for 333 yards and four touchdowns through two games. Granted, the competition will stiffen in the coming weeks, but he is as complete of a running back as anywhere in the SAC.

• How can you not root for South Side?

The Archers and their coaches deal with program struggles far above anything seen elsewhere in the SAC, let alone in the area. To see them compete and play both Concordia and Northrop tough in the first two weeks is encouraging.

Blitz isn’t supposed to play favorites, but how can you not have at least a bit of rooting interest for a team that lately has occupied the cellar of the league?


• There is no area team that is a more impressive 2-0 than East Noble. After coming back in the second half to beat Plymouth last week on the road, the Knights made plays on Friday night to defeat Mishawaka.

Bailey Parker continues to slay opposing defenses with his arm (249 yards on Friday) and his legs (another 77 yards on Friday).

The Knights have now won two games by a combined eight points. The last time East Noble did that in a season? The year was 2011 and the coach was Chris DePew.

Blitz isn’t saying that East Noble is the best team in the area (although they are on the short list), but no local 2-0 squad has a better resume than the Knights do.

Huntington North destroyed Jay County 56-0 on Friday, a much-needed win for the Vikings as they build under Bob Prescott. Six different Vikings scored in the win, another boost for their confidence.

Why bring up Huntington North? Blitz just wanted to drop Aidan Hosler’s name. Kid can kick.

DeKalb’s Easton Rhoades runs in for one of his two receiving touchdowns on August 30 at Garrett.

• Those looking at DeKalb’s schedule in the preseason didn’t have to use much imagination to see the potential for an 0-4 or even 0-5 start. But after Friday’s 35-22 win over Garrett, the Barons are 2-0 and have a lot of momentum heading into the NE8 slate.

Can Coach Pete Kempf’s team keep it going? A visit to New Haven in Week 3 is followed by games against East Noble and Columbia City. In other words, it is going to be very tough.

But kudos to the Barons, who truly do look the part of an NE8 contender. Friday night, their aerial attack was on a top level with Evan Eshbach to Easton Rhoades connections looking special.

• Sophomore Greg Bolt accounted for all five of Columbia City’s touchdowns in Friday’s win over Central Noble. The QB threw for four scores and rushed for another in the 35-8 victory.

Bolt truly is a special player, and is still quite young. The ceiling is incredibly high for this kid, and hype for the Eagles will surely grow as his talents grow.

Angola quarterback Tucker Hasselman runs to avoid Leo’s DJ Allen during the second half of the teams August 30 game.

• The turf is laid, the field has been lined and Norwell is ready to host its first home game on its new playing surface in Week 3 against Leo.

The Knights are 2-0 for the first time since 2009. Some will say the quality of opponent hasn’t been the best, but it is not like Norwell was placing fear in opponents’ hearts the last few years.

Eli Riley threw for a touchdown and rushed 82 yards for another one as Norwell was up 28-0 at the break and didn’t look back.

Being 2-0 to open the new digs is much better than 0-2.

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South Adams didn’t waste much time with NE8 foe Bellmont, taking a 49-7 lead into halftime and an eventual 35-point victory.

But the score wasn’t even the most impressive stat from the first half. Entering the break, the Starfires had a 424-5 advantage in yardage. The lone touchdown for Bellmont through the first two quarters came on an interception returned for a touchdown.

South Adams finished with 478 yards of total offense, including 296 through the air. James Arnold and Aidan Wanner combined to throw for six touchdowns.

• Before we write Woodlan off completely, consider that it played Leo and Marion Local one of the top programs in its class in Ohio.

Make no mistake, the lack of points (or any points for that matter) is of grave concern for a Warriors team that looked like it was firmly at that next tier behind South Adams in the ACAC.

What is the primary problem? Woodlan is averaging just 1.1 yards per rush, and Ben Reidy has not had much pass protecting. The line must improve, but has an opportunity to get right in Week 3 at Heritage.

Snider defensive back Jayshawn Underwood successfully defends a reception attempt by Carroll’s Layton Mitchell during an August 30 game.

Adams Central is now 2-0 and has proven Blitz wrong in each of the first two weeks.

Some have expressed their displeasure with Blitz about his lack of respect for the Flying Jets. But hey, don’t mess with a good thing, right?


• It was noted to Blitz on Twitter that even though Warsaw is a bit out of Outside the Huddle’s coverage range, credit needs to be given to Coach Bart Curtis and the Tigers.

Curtis’s team went to Michigan City, which contended with New Palestine last year in the 5A semi-state, and earned a 20-19 victory to improve to 2-0.

Huntington North with Coach Prescott is trying to be Warsaw 2.0, hire an energetic, veteran coach who is going to immediately pump some excitement into the football program again. Curtis did it last year in earning seven wins in Year 1 with Warsaw.

Year 2 is shaping up to be even better.

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