Blitz’s Week 7 Power Poll

We are really getting into a tough part of the season for Blitz and his power poll.

By now, the hierarchy of power in the area has been pretty well established. There remains just a few marquee matchups in the area over the final few weeks. Factor in that Homestead, East Noble and South Adams will each need to completely collapse to not win their respective conferences and we lack some intrigue heading into the regular season’s final third.

But Blitz is here to add some interest as we enter Week 7. And who knows, maybe strike a nerve or two.

1. HOMESTEAD (6-0)

WHY #1?

This is easy. The Spartans have beaten five of their six SAC foes thus far by double digits. The lone close game? A 17-15 defeat of Bishop Dwenger that need a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the final seconds to make the score closer.

A trip to rival Carroll this week won’t be easy. Games against Wayne and South Side to wrap up the regular season should be.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

No. 1 reigns supreme in Blitzland.

2. BISHOP DWENGER (5-1)

WHY #2?

The offense broke out of a mini-slump by putting up 33 points against Concordia in Week 6. Remaining foes Bishop Luers, Snider and Northrop will each challenge this team in their own distinct way.

Blitz believes the Saints’ defense, with some new faces and all, is not getting the love it should. It is holding teams to a touchdown a game and continues to frustrate opposing offenses under Defensive Coordinator Casey Kolkman.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Bishop Dwenger has given Homestead its toughest fight of the year thus far, but it was still a two-point loss in Week 4.

3. EAST NOBLE (6-0)

WHY #3?

The Knights have allowed just 14 points in their last three games against teams that are a combined 13-5. All three of those games were won by 28 or more points.

In other words, is dismantling solid NE8 opponents.

Can NorthWood challenge this team in sectional play? It may be the only squad that can in Sectional 19.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Could East Noble beat Homestead or Bishop Dwenger? It is a question that Blitz has pondered in recent weeks. This bear is not confident enough in the answer to rank the Knights above the Spartans or Saints.

4. SNIDER (5-1)

WHY #4?

It really feels unnatural to rank the Panthers this low, but Blitz was on hand to see the Snider D get picked apart by Homestead a few weeks ago.

If you asked Blitz which game he is anticipating the most right now, it is the inevitable rematch between Snider and Homestead in Sectional 3.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Snider may deserve to be above East Noble and Bishop Dwenger here, but Blitz is digging mixing things up. Week 8 against the Saints could see the Panthers make a jump with a W.

5. CARROLL (4-2)

WHY #5?

The Chargers have lost to Snider and Bishop Dwenger by a combined eight points. That is a stat that is being overlooked by many in the area.

Now, does Carroll have what it takes to play even with its rival this Friday? Blitz hopes so, for the sake of intrigue.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

It feels fair that Carroll is the highest multiple-loss team in this poll.

6. DEKALB (5-1)

WHY #6?

The Barons took care of business on the road at Huntington North last week, despite Blitz’s predictions of a loss. Waterloo is not liking their furry former friend right about now.

The DeKalb v. Leo game in Week 9 will probably end up deciding which is the second-best team in the NE8. The Barons have not won more than five games in a season since 2007. Here’s ending that drought as soon as this Friday.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

The loss to East Noble was by a substantial margin (28 points), but DeKalb has rebounded well in the last two weeks with road wins. Still, #6 feels right.

7. SOUTH ADAMS (6-0)

WHY #7?

The Starfires demolished Adams Central last week, turning a slim 7-6 advantage in the first quarter into a rout rather quickly.

James Arnold is not getting enough respect at quarterback. The junior has already broken the program’s all-time career passing record. He has thrown for 1,458 yards and 21 touchdowns and just two INTs.

Find Blitz a better 1A quarterback in the state please.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

While some area power polls have South Adams ranked amidst the top dogs in the SAC and East Noble, it is incomprehensive to think the Starfires could compete against a Homestead or Snider.

Still, this squad could knock off a few of the lower-tier teams in the NE8 and SAC.

8. LEO (5-1)

WHY #8?

Coach Jared Sauder’s team shut out Bellmont last Saturday, one week after being East Noble’s Week 5 victim.

This team has three interesting games left – Huntington North, Columbia City and DeKalb. If the defense continues to play the way it has, the Lions could end the regular season with eight victories.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Is Leo better than South Adams and DeKalb? The argument could be made. The Lions will have a chance to prove as much, at least as far as the Barons are concerned, in Week 9.

9. NORTHROP (4-2)

WHY #9?

It was a bit too close for comfort, but the Bruins knocked off Bishop Luers on the road on Saturday by a single point. The Bruins have now won four of five, but have Bishop Dwenger and Snider among its games left to play.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

The worry with the Bruins is that without the running attack of Jeremiah Green and Damarius Cowen, the offense will grind to a halt. Against the likes of Bishop Dwenger and Snider, that is exactly what could very well happen.

10. WEST NOBLE (6-0)

WHY #10?

It is about time the Chargers made their debut in the top 10 of this poll. It is tough to ignore a team that is 6-0 for the first time since 1981.

Lost in the talk about Brandon Pruitt and Josh Gross is wide receiver Rocky Slone, who has developed into one of quarterback Kyle Mawhorter’s top targets.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

The Chargers do not play any ACAC or NE8 foes in the regular season, making it difficult to compare them to most other teams on this list.

NEXT FIVE

11. Adams Central

12. New Haven

13. Columbia City

14. Eastside

15. Churubusco

 

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