Well here we are, the final week of the regular season. There isn’t much in the way of intensity with this week’s matchups when it comes to conference championship implications, but Blitz wants to see how some teams handle tough matchups.
Can Leo go on the road and knock off DeKalb? Will Angola make it five straight wins with a victory at Eastside? Can North Side go to 5-4?
All good questions we will get answers to on Friday.
Last week: 15-3
BISHOP DWENGER AT NORTHROP. The Bruins suffered a disappointing loss last week against North Side, but could be a thorn in the side of the Saints if they can get the run game going. That’s a tall task against the stiff defensive front of Dwenger. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 18.
NORTH SIDE AT CONCORDIA. All of a sudden, the Legends look the part of perhaps the fifth-best team in the SAC. Not bad considering how the first three weeks went. This feels like a toss-up game to Blitz, but he will go with the hot hand here. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 3.
SNIDER AT BISHOP LUERS. The Panthers have not lost back-to-back league games in the SAC since the team started 0-2 to open the 1993 season with losses to Bishop Dwenger and Wayne. Following last week’s defeat to Bishop Dwenger. expect Snider to bounce back in a big way. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 31.
SOUTH SIDE AT HOMESTEAD. All Ryan Burton did in his first game starting for the injured Braeden Hardwick last week was rush for over 100 yards and three touchdowns. Should be another big night for the junior at home. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 33.
WAYNE AT CARROLL. Two of the better young quarterbacks in the area meet up with Aidan Meek and Wayne traveling to Carroll to face Jeffrey Becker and the Chargers. Becker should be back this week after sitting out Week 8. Dub for Carroll before the bye week. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 23.
BELLMONT AT EAST NOBLE. A win on Friday gives the Knights their first undefeated regular season since 2004. Random stat: Jacob Vangorder has 102 tackles on the year, including 69 solo. That’s a lot. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 46.
HUNTINGTON NORTH AT NEW HAVEN. The Bulldogs have not had back-to-back losing regular seasons since 2008-09. Even with a win this week New Haven will be 4-5. That said, this program has made strides this year and should be a contender in the NE8 next year. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 14.
LEO AT DEKALB. The premier game on the Week 9 schedule. Both teams have a loss to East Noble as their only blemish. The key here will be which team can get its running game on track. This one will be close, but Blitz gives the edge to Leo, to the chagrin of DeKalb County. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 2.
NORWELL AT COLUMBIA CITY. Blitz feels for his buddies at Columbia City. The schedule has been brutal, and four straight losses have deflated the positive mojo gained in starting the year 4-0. Norwell’s defense is no joke, but this feels like a get right week for the Eagles. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 5.
BLUFFTON AT LAKELAND. The Tigers fell flat against another top opponent last week on its home field, losing in the rain to Adams Central. Coach Brent Kunkel’s team will get back on track this week, but the next step will have to be taken for this squad to win a sectional. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 12.
HERITAGE AT JAY COUNTY. These two teams are a combined 1-15 and are both nicknamed the Patriots. There really is nothing else to say here. BLITZ SAYS HERITAGE BY 1.
SOUTHERN WELLS AT SOUTH ADAMS. Coach Grant Moser will have coached his team up quite a bit this week after last Friday’s struggles at Woodlan. Expect a crisper, more focused Starfires squad this week. That’s bad news for the Raiders. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 38.
WOODLAN AT ADAMS CENTRAL. With Ben Reidy back for the Warriors, Woodlan becomes an intriguing team entering the postseason. That said, this team has scored six or less points in five of eight contests on the year. The offensive woes could be an issue again in Monroe. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 11.
ANGOLA AT EASTSIDE. Talk about a good matchup up north in Week 9. Eastside has won five straight games while the Hornets have won four in a row. Which teams takes a long winning streak into the playoffs? Eastside is young but plays fast and physical. Give the edge to the Blazers at home. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 3.
CHURUBUSCO AT FAIRFIELD. Blitz feels like he has not picked a single Fairfield game right this season. Can the Falcons knock off ‘Busco? It’s possible, but Blitz is going with the Jake Fulk Show. BLITZ SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 8.
GARRETT AT CENTRAL NOBLE. Kyle Bollinger of the Cougars is the leading running back on the team and will be pivotal in this one. Can the Railroaders bottle him up and make Central Noble one dimensional? BLITZ SAYS GARRETT BY 2.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT WEST NOBLE. The Chargers should have no problem finishing the regular season with a 9-0 record. BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 33.