Blitz’s Week 6 Power Poll

So here we are.

Past the halfway point of the regular season, Blitz feels like he has a pretty good idea of the elite in the area.

Yeah, there are some big games still on the schedule (including South Adams-Adams Central this Friday), but the cream has risen to the top. So who exactly does Blitz see as the cream of the area? Read on…

1. HOMESTEAD (5-0)

WHY #1?

If anyone is still asking that question, they are in some serious denial. Blitz has had the Spartans in the top spot dating back to his preseason power poll.

Some were skeptical, while others called out Blitz for having some mental issues.  But touchdowns on their first seven possessions last week against Snider in a 49-36 victory was the latest testimonial on how good this team is.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Trust Blitz, he would put them higher if he could.

2. BISHOP DWENGER (4-1)

WHY #2?

Give the Saints some love, who found enough offense to win a slugfest against Carroll last week.

Bishop Dwenger has a big Week 8 showdown looming with Snider, but with the Saints effectively two games back of Homestead in the SAC (there are tiebreakers in the league, thank God), focus should begin to switch for the Saints to getting better each and every week, prepping for what should be a deep run in Class 5A.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

The loss to Homestead two weeks ago is a good place to start, although it was a close two-point defeat. That said, after torching the likes of Wayne and South Side in the first few weeks, the Saints have shown the inability to consistently move the ball against upper-echelon defenses the last two games.

3. EAST NOBLE (5-0)

WHY #3?

Why not? The Knights have torched back-to-back opponents that some thought would give them a battle. All they did to DeKalb and Leo was show just how big the gap is between East Noble and the rest of the NE8.

Could the Knights compete against the best in the SAC? Blitz says absolutely.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Competing is one thing. Could East Noble beat Homestead or Bishop Dwenger? Boy, it would be great to see some non-conference showdowns like that…don’t ya think?

4. SNIDER (4-1)

WHY #4?

Not often do you see the Panthers get torched defensively like they did last Friday. Carroll was able to do it last year, but it doesn’t happen too much against SAC opponents.

The one aspect of Snider that Blitz noticed the most against Homestead is its lack of physical size on defense. Blitz is used to seeing the Panthers as physically-imposing studs at all three levels. The size just isn’t there as it is most years.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Should Snider be below East Noble? We can debate that on the Twitter. Blitz could go either way, but he has been more impressed with East Noble’s performances of late, and Snider looked all sorts of lost defensively against the Spartans.

5. CARROLL (3-2)

WHY #5?

After scoring at least 20 points in each of their first four games, the Chargers were held to a single field goal at Bishop Dwenger last week.

It was the first game all year that we have seen quarterback Jeffrey Becker look the part of a sophomore, held without a touchdown pass in a game for the first time this season. He will rebound.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Despite two losses, the Chargers have taken both Snider and Bishop Dwenger to the brink. That said, Carroll has not made the plays in the clutch moments late to pull out wins against either.

6. DEKALB (4-1)

WHY #6?

Blitz feels like he needs to give some love to the Barons, who went to Columbia City and picked up a difficult victory on the road in Week 5. This after falling hard at home in Week 4 to East Noble.

DeKalb may very well be “the best of the rest” in the NE8, and it deserves kudos for being even in that conversation.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

The aforementioned 28-point loss to East Noble in Week 4 prevents DeKalb from being any higher right now.

7. SOUTH ADAMS (5-0)

WHY #7?

Let’s just say the Starfires know their place in this poll. South Adams is a 1A state title contender. Oh yes, Blitz said it. But they are surrounded by powers in higher classes in Blitz’s top 10.

Believe Blitz when he says he has the ultimate respect for the Starfires. Right now, he is leaning towards picking South Adams to beat Adams Central by three touchdowns on Friday.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Just can’t do it. Even with an impressive win at Monroe Central, South Adams cannot be ranked above the Sniders and the East Nobles of the world.

8. LEO (4-1)

WHY #8?

Count the Lions as the latest NE8 upstart to get owned by East Noble. A 35-7 loss last week did nothing to prove to Blitz that Leo isn’t as good as its record indicates. The next two weeks will be “get right” time for the Lions with Huntington North and Bellmont on the sked.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Leo had a chance to prove it could contend with East Noble, but a slow start led the Knights to win running away.

9. COLUMBIA CITY (4-1)

WHY #9?

Despite a three-point loss at home to DeKalb, Columbia City stands pat in Blitz’s poll. Why? Well, Coach Brett Fox is pretty nice to Blitz. Kindness gets you far in life, and in Blitz’s heart.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Coach Fox is nice, but he isn’t THAT nice. Blitz shows no favoritism.

10. ADAMS CENTRAL (5-0)

WHY #10?

The Flying Jets are 5-0 for the third time in four years, although this season may be the most surprising considering what the program lost to graduation.

Close wins over quality opponents Eastside and Monroe Central have been impressive for this new-look team, but it gets real this Friday at home against South Adams.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Knock off the Starfires and Blitz will be beyond impressed. A big jump in this poll would follow.

NEXT FIVE

11. Northrop

12. West Noble

13. North Side

14. Eastside

15. Concordia

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Speaking only for myself.
    East Noble’s goal is to win the sectional and beyond. As much as you’d like to see us take on some SAC opponents we have to look for opponents who can give us the right kind of challenges. When you have a 10 game winning streak including Homestead and Carroll and still end up two and done in the sectionals you just have to look elsewhere for a challenge.

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