With all due respect to the first round of the postseason, Week 11 is when we really start benefiting from some thinning of the herd so to speak.
Since everyone makes the postseason in Indiana (a rule that Blitz personally agrees with), we have quite a few subpar teams in sectionals across the state.
But now and continuing through the next few weeks, the best of the best are going to rise.
Let’s get to the picks after a solid but not spectacular Week 10 by Blitz.
Last week: 23-5
CARROLL VS. SNIDER AT SPULLER STADIUM. The last time these two teams met, a blocked PAT was the difference between a one-point win for the Panthers and potential OT. Carroll has never beaten Snider in the playoffs, going 0-4 all-time. Layton Mitchell will have a big night for the Chargers for being an All-SAC First Team snub, but Snider prevails. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 4.
HOMESTEAD AT NOBLESVILLE. Are the Spartans in danger of losing this game? No. Are they in danger of potentially letting the Millers hang around and make some people uncomfortable? Yes. This is all about how focused the Spartans are when they get off the bus. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 26.
NORTHROP AT GOSHEN. The Bruins have not a postseason game of any kind since 2004. It’s true, Blitz looked it up and everything. Here is hoping that long skid comes to an end on Friday. Despite being at home, Goshen has just a single win. Northrop looked solid on defense against Bishop Dwenger. Does that continue? BLITZ SAYS NORTHROP BY 14.
BISHOP DWENGER AT NORTH SIDE. Was the two-point win over Northrop in Week 9 simply an off week, a byproduct of resting nicked up players or something larger? The same could be said for North, which was whipped by Concordia by 28 in Week 9. The Legends will need a big night from the offense to have a shot. Blitz just does not see it happening. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 20.
DEKALB AT EAST NOBLE. No one is expecting the Barons to compete in this one, which just might be the thing that gets DeKalb fired up enough to put a scare into the Knights. That said, there is just too much firepower on this East Noble squad to go down this early in the playoffs. Bailey Parker with another good night (shocking, right?). BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 21.
NORTHWOOD AT LEO. The Lions are in a difficult matchup here with NorthWood sporting a 6-3 record, a mark that includes a 20-point smashing of two-loss Plymouth just a few weeks ago. This could be a battle of stud running backs with Peyton Wall v. Nate Newcomer. Blitz is a homer. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 2.
MISSISSINEWA AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. Congratulations to the Vikings, who beat an SAC team in the playoffs on the road for the first time in nearly 30 years. Unfortunately, the reward is taking on Mississinewa and its defense that is allowing just 9 ppg. BLITZ SAYS MISSISSINEWA BY 18.
MARION AT NEW HAVEN. Bulldogs quarterback Jakar Williams threw for over 200 yards and rushed for over 100 last week against Jay County. Now, the competition gets exceedingly tougher this week, but Blitz likes how New Haven matches up and Williams is capable of another breakout game. The QB makes a play late to propel New Haven to the upset dub. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 2.
JIMTOWN AT TIPPECANOE VALLEY. Blitz was surprised to see Tippy Valley hit the road last week and knock off a solid South Bend Washington team. Now, the Vikings host Jimtown. This one feels like a tough and physical game with some second-half heroics telling the story. Home team with the edge. BLITZ SAYS TIPPECANOE VALLEY BY 3.
MISHAWAKA MARIAN AT WEST NOBLE. Alright, here we go. Some West Noble folks have been giving Blitz a hard time on social media regarding his apparent underappreciation for what the Chargers have done. Blitz loves his haters, but he thinks West Noble has gotten its due praise. But that praise goes up exponentially if WN can knock off Marian, a true step up in competition from the first 10 games on the sked. Can the Chargers do it? Hey, Blitz likes to stir the pot. Bring it Chargers. BLITZ SAYS MISHAWAKA MARIAN BY 6.
NORWELL AT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN. The defense of the Knights is one of the more undervalued units in the area. It held Leo to three points, DeKalb to just 13 and really appears to have a front seven that can compete with the Cadets. But can Norwell match up and limit the Concordia receivers? That’s the key here. If field conditions are rough, it evens the playing field, but only a bit. BLITZ SAYS CONCORDIA LUTHERAN BY 12.
HERITAGE AT PERU. The Tigers have five wins but are allowing more points than they have scored this season. All 10 of their opponents have scored in double digits. What does this have to do with Friday? Not much, but it doesn’t bode well for the sectional final. BLITZ SAYS PERU BY 13.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT FAIRFIELD. The Falcons have now beaten Central Noble, Garrett and Bluffton this season. Who woulda thought? Fairfield will actually advance to play for a sectional title with a relatively easy victory at home. BLITZ SAYS FAIRFIELD BY 20.
BISHOP LUERS AT EASTSIDE. In 1994, a 2-6 Luers team went on the road to open sectional play and lost 16-14 to the Blazers. Now, a 3-7 Knights team is looking to beat 8-2 Eastside and show it can compete this year in 2A. Turnovers are key here. The Blazers will be playing with emotion and intensity on their home field. Will that be channeled positively or negatively? Blitz is going out on a limb here. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 3.
UNION CITY AT MADISON-GRANT. Blitz could fake it here and pretend he knows anything about these teams. He doesn’t. One of these squads will lose next week to South Adams. The End. BLITZ SAYS UNION CITY BY 4.
MONROE CENTRAL AT SOUTH ADAMS. This is a game in which a potentially wet field and some wind could hurt the Starfires offensively against a quality opponent. But unless the field is consumed by water, Blitz doesn’t see this one being close. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 24.
SOUTHWOOD AT NORTHFIELD. Blitz is of the opinion that without a Jake Fulk injury, Southwood loses at Churubusco last week. The Knights sideline and huddle was degenerating quickly with arguments and somber attitudes. Blitz saw it himself. That said, Southwood should beat its county rival between two schools that may not exist in a few years. BLITZ SAYS SOUTHWOOD BY 9.
NORTH MIAMI AT ADAMS CENTRAL. Could Dallas Schwaller write “Blitz” on his cleats for me on Friday? It is really the only way I see this game being interesting after half. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 24.
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