It seems like just yesterday that Blitz was waking up from his summer slumber on the eve of high school football. Now, we are approaching the halfway point of the regular season. Soon enough, we will be watching the season end for teams with each passing week as we go through the postseason.
In fact, five weeks from now we will previewing sectionals. Crazy.
On to Week 5…
Last week: 14-4
SNIDER AT HOMESTEAD. The last team to beat both Snider and Bishop Dwenger in the same season was the 2014 Wayne Generals. The last team to beat the two Fort Wayne powers in back-to-back weeks was the 2000 Bishop Luers Knights. Can the Spartans make history? Blitz thinks so. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 1.
CARROLL AT BISHOP DWENGER. This would easily be the matchup of the week if not for the clash in southwest Allen County. The Saints are eager to rebound from last week, particularly a defense that got torched on the ground. Jeffrey Becker makes some plays, but Bishop Dwenger makes more. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 2.
CONCORDIA AT NORTHROP. Another solid matchup in the SAC in Week 5. The Bruins have struggled at the quarterback position thus far, with six interceptions thrown against a single passing TD. Meanwhile, Brandon Davis continues to grow more comfortable for the Cadets behind center. The edge goes to Concordia on the turf at Spuller. BLITZ SAYS CONCORDIA BY 5.
BISHOP LUERS AT NORTH SIDE. Blitz was skeptical that one player could make a difference for North Side, but Duce Taylor proved this bear wrong last week. The quality of competition wasn’t the best, but the junior’s five combined touchdowns impressed many around the city. The Legends are much better with Taylor behind center and now have some confidence. Bishop Luers is beat up and struggled with common opponent Wayne. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 8.
SOUTH SIDE AT WAYNE. Someone has to win the battle of the winless teams in the SAC. This feels like a big night for KeShaun Fields. BLITZ SAYS WAYNE BY 12.
DEKALB AT COLUMBIA CITY. The Barons want to bounce back from a serious setback at home to East Noble. Columbia City wants to prove it is not a paper tiger. This one should be fun. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 2.
HUNTINGTON NORTH AT BELLMONT. Bob Prescott has done more with Huntington North in a limited amount of time than Blitz thought. The Vikings may only have one win, but there has been something missing in recent years with the program – pride. Sometimes, finding that again is the difference between being a bad team and a respectable one. BLITZ SAYS HUNTINGTON NORTH BY 15.
LEO AT EAST NOBLE. Can Peyton Wall do it all? He may have to if the Lions are going to have a chance at the win in a battle of undefeated teams. Look, Leo is a very good team, but Blitz doesn’t think anyone is at the level of East Noble in the NE8, particularly in Kendallville. Bailey Parker has already accounted for 1,300 yards of total offense and 16 TDs as well as 41 tackles. Ridiculous. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 14.
NORWELL AT NEW HAVEN. Three years ago, the Bulldogs torched Norwell 60-6. Now, Blitz is considering taking the Knights on the road. How times change. New Haven is too respectable of a team to go winless, and it is arguably the best 0-4 team in the northern half of the state. Time for a home dub. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 3.
BLUFFTON AT JAY COUNTY. The Patriots are averaging just 4.5 points a game. That is brutal. Meanwhile, Bluffton has a sophomore QB named Lukas Hunt who can spin it if he gets another start in place of the injured Hayden Nern. Bluffton going away in this one. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 22.
HERITAGE AT ADAMS CENTRAL. Purely a tune-up game for the Flying Jets, who will head into Week 6’s showdown with South Adams undefeated and winners of 20 straight regular-season games. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 31.
SOUTH ADAMS AT MONROE CENTRAL. A tricky matchup on the road for the Starfires, with the Golden Bears capable of springing the upset. This is a good mental test for South Adams. If this team cannot avoid looking ahead to a rivalry game and de facto league title game in Week 6, then maybe they aren’t as strong as Blitz thinks. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 16.
WOODLAN AT SOUTHERN WELLS. Ben Reidy’s injury has set back an already-beleaguered Warriors offense. A trip to Southern Wells won’t be as easy as in years past, but Woodlan should find enough points to earn a W. BLITZ SAYS WOODLAN BY 10.
CENTRAL NOBLE AT FREMONT. It has been a rough first half of the season for the Cougars, winners of just one game. Fremont at 2-2 looks more competitive as a program. The gap has been closed, but not completely. BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 9.
CHURUBUSCO AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS. Here’s thinking the practices this week in Turtle Town have been spirited to say the least. After being owned on their home field last week, the Eagles get to take their frustrations on a team that hasn’t scored on Churubusco in seven of the last eight meetings. BLITZ SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 30.
GARRETT AT EASTSIDE. Can the Blazers avoid a letdown after a big win on the road last week? The Railroaders earned a gutsy road win at Lakeland last week. Going to Eastside though, is a much bigger challenge. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 14.
LAKELAND AT ANGOLA. Blitz hereby decrees that the Hornets, currently sitting at 0-4, will earn their first win of the 2019 season on Sept. 20, 2019. BLITZ SAYS ANGOLA BY 6.
WEST NOBLE AT FAIRFIELD. Are the Falcons truly a threat to West Noble ruling the NECC Big School Division? Blitz isn’t convinced, but then again who had Fairfield beating Central Noble. BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 12.