Blitz’s Picks for Week 1

So, how is this all gonna work out?

No fans.

Few fans.

Some fans.

No games.

Some games.

Do we make it to Thanksgiving? Already a handful of teams have canceled the season, while more than a handful have postponed or canceled Week 1 games.

Blitz is concerned about what lies ahead, but the positive? We have games this Friday. And what better way to celebrate THAT than this cartoon bear predicting winners?

Last year: 194-41 (.825)

CARROLL AT BISHOP LUERS. From what Blitz has seen and heard, the Knights are significantly improved from last year’s three-win campaign. To say Bishop Luers would like to surprise some people in Week 1 is an understatement. While this game is competitive for awhile, Carroll just has too much firepower. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 19.

CONCORDIA AT SOUTH SIDE. The Cadets have won seven straight in this series, with most of the victories coming in convincing fashion. South Side is going to have a tough time moving the ball consistently against a defense that should be exceptional. BLITZ SAYS CONCORDIA BY 21.

NORTH SIDE VS. SNIDER. Time to put up or shut up for North Side, which did not even score a point against the Panthers last season in Week 1. Snider is working in a ton of new guys, so the Legends have the edge in Friday night experience. Can they prove they are a threat in the SAC? Blitz isn’t convinced. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 4.

NORTHROP AT HOMESTEAD. There is opportunity here for the Bruins as several defensive starters will be out for the Spartans. But will it be enough to even the odds? Homestead is grooming a new QB, but so is Northrop. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 12.

WAYNE AT BISHOP DWENGER. The Sherwood Haydock era begins at Wayne with a tough assignment – heading to Shields Field to take on the SAC favorites. Expect the Generals to showcase some new offensive looks in an attempt to confuse a veteran Saints defense. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 24.

CHURUBUSCO AT COLUMBIA CITY. These two schools barely 20 minutes away from each other have never faced off on the gridiron in the schools’ current configurations. Columbia City has been counting the days down to this matchup for months. While CC has a lot of proven talent back, Coach Paul Sade’s team is looking for some new players to step up in key roles. Opening the brand-new digs of Columbia City is an added bonus to this one. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 8.

DEKALB AT ANGOLA. Can the Barons follow up an eight-win season with another successful year with a new coach? Was Angola’s four-win campaign in 2019 an aberration? This game is always interesting at the start of the year, with this Friday being no exception. Blitz likes the Barons in a close one. BLITZ SAYS DEKALB BY 3.

JAY COUNTY AT NORWELL. This may be setting up to be the most exciting Norwell football season since 2006. Crazy? Maybe. But Blitz is high on the Knights, who should jump in the win column to start the year with relative ease. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 23.

NEW HAVEN AT GARRETT. Is anyone else excited to see the Jakar Williams show be unleashed? Blitz sure is, and is expecting a big night on the road from the Bulldogs quarterback. Garrett is better, but so is New Haven. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 14.

PLYMOUTH AT EAST NOBLE. This has become a traditional Week 1 game in recent years and it benefits both teams. The Knights won last year by just three points on the road, a real morale boost on what turned out to be a sensational campaign. Keep an eye on this one. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 2.

WARSAW AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. The Vikings are almost the forgotten team in the NE8, with Year 2 under Coach Bob Prescott expected to be better. Warsaw has it going on with “Bart Ball” and the Tigers could be a factor atop the NLC. Rough start for HN but better days are ahead. BLITZ SAYS WARSAW BY 20.

WOODLAN AT LEO. The Lions are the team to watch in the NE8. While East Noble will be very good again, Leo could end up being better. Seriously, there is that much potential. We won’t get much of a read on Coach Jared Sauder’s team this week, however. Woodlan is in complete rebuilding mode under first-year coach Mike Smith. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 31.

ADAMS CENTRAL AT FREMONT. Some late maneuvering has made this a Week 1 game after Fremont lost its season-opening opponent when Southern Wells bowed out of varsity football for 2020. AC also needed a foe and got one with the Eagles. This one shouldn’t be close. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 28.

HERITAGE AT EASTSIDE. Congratulations Coach Kolkman, your first game back at your alma mater is against the heavy favorites to be the most complete team in the NECC. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 27.

NORTHFIELD AT BLUFFTON. A great game on paper that no one is talking about. Northfield fell by four to the Tigers last year to open the season, but bounced back to win seven games. Both teams bring back a lot of production. This would be a good win for Coach Kunkel’s squad to start the year. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 4.

WINCHESTER AT SOUTH ADAMS. While Winchester is a quality squad, something tells Blitz that the Starfires are going to want to make a statement out of the gate after last year’s disappointing end. Watch for eye-popping numbers out of the South Adams offense. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 22.

CENTRAL NOBLE AT WEST NOBLE. The Chargers have won four straight in this rivalry, but Central Noble should be better than it was a year ago when it finished 2-8. While it will be shocking to see West Noble go undefeated in the regular season again, it is not as if the cupboard is where in terms of talent. BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 14.

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT WHITKO. These two teams have met in each of the last two years in the playoffs, with the Panthers winning each time by double digits. Longtime Warsaw coach Phil Jensen is in Year 2 with the Wildcats, and something tells Blitz the program is going to start turning around, beginning Friday. BLITZ SAYS WHITKO BY 5.

WAWASEE AT LAKELAND. The Ryan O’Shea era begins at Lakeland, with excitement surrounding the program. Can he and the Lakers hit the ground running? Sure, why not. BLITZ SAYS LAKELAND BY 7.

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