Do they give sectional prognosticating trophies out?
If they did, Blitz would be polishing his hardware right about now after a 7-for-7 effort in his picks in Week 12.
Looking back, it was not too hard to pick the winners, but this week presents some challenges. It will also deal some hard realities to certain area teams.
Let’s break it all down.
Last week: 7-0
CARMEL (8-3) AT HOMESTEAD (11-0)
The talk over Jake Archbold’s historic night last Friday has given way to staring at the biggest challenge of the Spartans’ season – a visit from the Greyhounds.
Forget Carmel’s record. If you need an extended explanation on why three losses by the Greyhounds doesn’t matter, you’re not going to get it from Blitz. He just doesn’t have the patience for that.
Homestead has some talented offensive linemen who will be tested greatly under the lights on the big stage. If the Spartans can hold the line and give Goode time they have a shot. If not, it will be a long night.
BLITZ SAYS CARMEL BY 14.
BISHOP DWENGER (10-1) AT LAFAYETTE HARRISON (9-2)
Harrison employs a form of the wing-T that can be problematic purely because it can be confusing where the ball is going, yet it will also line up in some I-formations. The Raiders also will scheme up multiple blocking packages out of the same formation, which can also lead to defenses reacting slowly or downright incorrectly.
Bishop Dwenger’s dominance of Mishawaka in semistate last year, another run-dominated team, is a blueprint but will be far from a carbon copy in terms of game plan. That said, the Saints hold the advantage in this one with both experience in big games and knowledge of how to take a team’s running attack away. Harrison has some exceptional speed on the perimeter, perhaps the most worrisome thing in Blitz’s mind.
But provided the offense can score a few TDs, the Saints should be fine.
BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 9.
EAST NOBLE (12-0) AT MISSISSINEWA (11-1)
Has East Noble played better teams than Mississinewa this year? That can be debated with the Indians having wins over the likes of Marion and Delta. But the Knights enter this game as the decided favorites in Blitz’s mind.
Who stops Bailey Parker? Who can go one-on-one on the outside with East Noble’s receivers?
Stop the run, you stop the Indians. Even if the Knights cannot shut it down completely, East Noble will score too much in this one.
BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 12.
INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (11-1) AT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN (7-5)
Let’s review quickly.
Chatard has a pair of blowout wins over powerful Brebeuf.
It rolled over West Lafayette 42-14 last week.
Daylen Taylor has rushed for over 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Kyle Cheek has thrown for 1,850 yards and 27 TDs.
Blitz loves the Cadets. He truly does. But this is a vintage Chatard team in the mode of the squads that won three straight state titles from 2010-12.
Concordia needs a lot of mistakes out of Chatard in this one while playing the game of its life.
BLITZ SAYS BISHOP CHATARD BY 18.
EASTSIDE (10-2) AT EASTBROOK (10-2)
After winning its first sectional championship in program history, this is all just icing on the cake for the Blazers.
This one is going to come down to execution in the trenches. Everyone knows what Eastbrook will do offensively, line up, punch you in the mouth and try to run down your throat.
It will be the Blazers’ job to stop this. Can they do it? Blitz thinks this one is a toss-up.
BLITZ SAYS EASTBROOK BY 5.
SOUTH ADAMS AT ADAMS CENTRAL
In the regular season, South Adams affirmed its place at the top of the ACAC with a 42-14 victory over the Flying Jets in the rain.
What has changed since Week 6? Blitz doesn’t think very much. The difference in talent is that significant. That’s no knock on the Flying Jets, because that talent gap was considerable between them and the Starfires for the last few years. But Adams Central is still growing, while South Adams’ two-year window is wide open.
Close for a half perhaps, then South Adams rolls to semistate.
BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 23.
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