From this week onward until Thanksgiving, a championship will be earned on every Friday night.
What isn’t so exciting? We have a few matchups of area teams this week, meaning more eliminations are imminent.
A mediocre week by Blitz has him looking for redemption in Week 12. Let’s get to it.
Last week: 13-5
CARROLL (7-3) AT HOMESTEAD (10-0)
Carroll’s performance last week in handing Snider its first one and done in the playoffs since 1999 is still the talk of the SAC. Kudos to the Chargers for a perfect offensive game plan to attack the deficiencies of the Snider D.
That said, the defense allowed over 540 yards in a win. Timely penalties and turnovers helped offset the Snider offensive juggernaut, but Carroll cannot expect to be as lucky this week against a better ‘O’ than what the Panthers had.
Speaking of lucky, was it that or talent or a little of both that saw Homestead survive in OT at Noblesville? With a trap game out of the way and already one dominant win over Carroll this season, here is thinking the Spartans bounce back on their home turf to win in convincing fashion.
BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 15
NORTHROP (5-5) AT BISHOP DWENGER (9-1)
Three weeks ago, the Saints needed a fourth-quarter field goal to edge Northrop 9-7 in Week 9.
Will we see another game like that? Or will Bishop Dwenger instill its will early on, run away and hide?
The Bruins have lost six straight in the series, with the last win coming back in 2012. The key is for a Northrop defense that has played well the last two games to bottle up the Dwenger offense again. Keep this game in the below 20 points will give Northrop the best chance to win, as Blitz doesn’t see the Bruins putting much up on the scoreboard without some big errors out of the Saints.
Lot of positives for the Bruins this season, but it ends at Shields Field.
BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 13
LEO (10-1) AT EAST NOBLE (11-0)
How many times this season have we tried to make a case for an NE8 team to give East Noble a game?
We tried it in Week 5 when the Lions first went to Kendallville, but East Noble won in a 35-7 rout.
Now in Week 12, can we say this will be a game? It will be up to the Leo defense, which was beaten for too many big plays in the first matchup and couldn’t force some big turnovers.
The biggest key may be for Leo to prevent East Noble from getting out to a big lead early. If that happens, the Lions don’t have the firepower to fight back from down a few scores.
BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 21
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN (6-5) AT PERU (6-5)
Peru is a decent team with a play-making QB (Michael Chandler) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Daunte Majors). That said, it is tough to see the Tigers matching up with Concordia’s personnel.
Amir Drew was bottled up for the most part last week against Norwell. It would shock Blitz if the same thing happened this Friday.
Can Peru match up with the Cadets’ receivers on the outside? How does Peru handle the trenches?
See? Too many questions.
BLITZ SAYS CONCORDIA BY 14
FAIRFIELD (6-5) AT EASTSIDE (9-2)
Kudos to the Falcons for reaching the sectional final, with an impressive 20-point win over Bluffton a few weeks ago being the highlight. That said, Fairfield lost to Churubusco in Week 9 by 22 points, the very same Eagles squad that Eastside demolished by 28.
Too much Laban Davis and Matt Firestine for Fairfield. Eastside wins its first sectional title in program history.
BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 9
MADISON-GRANT (4-7) AT SOUTH ADAMS (11-0)
Madison-Grant has scored a combined 122 points in wins over Taylor and Union City in the first two games of sectional play. An impressive feat to be sure, but Blitz is on the record saying he thinks Madison-Grant doesn’t get to 122 total yards against the Starfires.
Too much South Adams offense. Too much South Adams defense. Just too much South Adams altogether.
BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 29.
ADAMS CENTRAL (10-1) AT NORTHFIELD (7-4)
We were all anticipating the annual Adams Central v. Southwood playoff matchup and Northfield had to ruin everything by knocking off the Knights last week.
Interestingly, the Southwood loss was the last defeat for Northfield, which has won seven straight games. Dual-threat QB Levi Fulkerson has an arm to make defenses pay and running back Jarret Shafer is a punisher in the backfield.
This one will come down to which team can manage the game with its running game and strike when the opportunity arises. Who is betting against the Flying Jets at this point? Blitz sure isn’t.
BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 8.
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