We are entering the final third of the regular season and there isn’t a scintillating conference race to be had in the area.
Seriously, the SAC, NE8 and the ACAC are pretty much wrapped up. The NECC? West Noble and Eastside look to be in pretty good shape in their respective divisions.
So what do we have to look forward to between now and the start of the postseason? Well, Blitz killing it in his picks of course. Let’s shoot for an undefeated week before the end of the regular season.
Last week: 15-3
CONCORDIA AT WAYNE. Cadets quarterback Brandon Davis had a tough go of it last week against Bishop Dwenger, throwing three INTs in a loss. Here is thinking he will have an easier time at Wayne Stadium. BLITZ SAYS CONCORDIA BY 16.
BISHOP LUERS AT BISHOP DWENGER. This series goes back all the way to 1965, when the Knights beat up on the Saints 27-2. Bishop Luers will still have that W to look back on after this one. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 25.
NORTH SIDE AT SOUTH SIDE. Ah, the Totem Pole. While we may not be able to throw the Redskins nickname around anymore, we still have a classic traveling trophy we can still cherish. The now-Legends started a freshman QB last week in Duce Taylor’s absence. If that happens on Friday…North will win by less. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 14.
SNIDER AT NORTHROP. The winning streak for Snider over the Bruins sits at 22 for those scoring at home, dating all the way back to 1999. One of these years…but not this year. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 20.
HOMESTEAD AT CARROLL. Blitz will say it, this is the final chance for a loss for the Spartans in the regular season, with Wayne and South still on the schedule. Can Carroll shut down Braeden Hardwick? Make Homestead one dimensional and you got a shot. That or try and outscore them. Good luck with that. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 11.
EAST NOBLE AT COLUMBIA CITY. The Eagles have lost two straight since a 4-0 start. A visit from the Knights is not the remedy that Coach Brett Fox wants for his team. Greg Bolt will need a big night at quarterback for CC to keep this one close. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 21.
LEO AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. The Vikings are going to beat someone of note this year, Blitz is counting on it. Last week he felt that team would be DeKalb. He was wrong. Oh how he was wrong. Could it be Leo? Does Blitz dare pick another upset involving HN? No, he does not. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 9.
NEW HAVEN AT BELLMONT. Junior Dre Wright is one of the best players no one knows about in the area. The New Haven stud leads the team in rushing (272 yards), tackles (36), sacks (4) and TFL (12). Look for Wright to have a big game on the road. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 27.
NORWELL AT DEKALB. The Barons are feeling the disrespect from Blitz, so he feels like he should make a visit to Waterloo to show his love for the program and community. He cannot possibly show up picking against DeKalb. That would just be stupid, even for a bear. BLITZ SAYS DEKALB BY 12.
ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTHERN WELLS. The Flying Jets fought hard against rival South Adams last week, but the Starfires just have too much experience and talent. AC is likely the second-best team in the ACAC, which is pretty darn impressive for a program that had to replace a lot of production. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTEAL BY 34.
BLUFFTON AT HERITAGE. Let’s hear it for the Patriots, who got their first win of the season last week. The Tigers present a more difficult challenge, with Cody Middlestedt set for another huge night on the ground. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 28.
JAY COUNTY AT SOUTH ADAMS. The Patriots are allowing just over 40 points per game. The Starfires are scoring 48 points a contest. This won’t end well. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 40.
WOODLAN AT LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC (OH). It is a Saturday trip to the Buckeye State for the Warriors this week. The Thunderbirds are 4-1 and took care of business relatively easily in Woodburn a year ago. BLITZ SAYS LIMA CENTRAL CATHOLIC BY 19.
CHURUBUSCO AT CENTRAL NOBLE. Apart from that major blemish at home against Eastside, the Eagles have been very solid. As long as Jake Fulk and Gage Kelly have room to roam, ‘Busco is in a good spot. The duo should have no issues finding some running lanes on the road on Friday. BLITZ SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 19.
EASTSIDE AT FREMONT. Add Laban Davis to the sizable list of area sophomore quarterbacks who have shown exceptional promise this year. He has thrown for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns and has earned the trust of Coach Todd Mason. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 31.
FAIRFIELD AT GARRETT. Both teams have had a rough go over it over the last few weeks. The difference here will be Clayton Fielden, who should be able to grind out some yardage and move the chains on the ground. BLITZ SAYS GARRETT BY 5.
LAKELAND AT WEST NOBLE. Prior to this year, the Chargers had not been 6-0 since way back in 1981. This game could be close for a half, but no more. BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 18.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT ANGOLA. Blitz thinks that the Hornets are just fine with everyone overlooking them after starting 0-4. Seriously, now 2-4 and a highly-winnable game here, all the attention the last few years was on this program. Now, Coach Andy Thomas and his team can keep getting better without the spotlight right on them. BLITZ SAYS ANGOLA BY 14.