Blitz’s Picks for Week 3

We are starting to get a better idea on who is good and who is not so good in northeast Indiana.

For Blitz, this is the time of year where he really starts stringing together some impressive weeks of picks. That’s the hope anyway.

Can he do it? Blitz knows you are all rooting for him.

Last week: 16-4 (.800)

Overall: 30-9 (.769)

CONCORDIA LUTHERAN AT SNIDER. Prior to last week, the Panthers had never lost back-to-back games by 30-plus points in their history. Will it happen a third time on Friday? The Cadets should be closer to 100 percent health-wise. Snider is going to find it difficult to score against a tough D. BLITZ SAYS CONCORDIA BY 14.

NORTH SIDE AT CARROLL. What should the over/under be set at for combined total yards out of Jeff Becker and Duce Taylor? 750? 800? Seriously, this one is shaping up to be a shootout. Blitz watched North wear down late in last Friday’s game against Bishop Dwenger. That could happen again. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 6.

NORTHROP AT WAYNE. With a win on Friday, Northrop goes to 3-0 for the first time since 1983. That’s…a long time. While some are already writing in a W, Wayne is not a team to take for granted. The run game has been effective, with the Generals averaging 5.5 yards per carry. BLITZ SAYS NORTHROP BY 10.

SOUTH SIDE AT BISHOP DWENGER. The Saints passed their first test of the year last week with a road win at North Side. This week should be a breeze, but Weeks 4-6 are daunting with Homestead, Carroll and Concordia looming. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 33.

HOMESTEAD AT BISHOP LUERS. Did people write off Homestead too early this year? Seems impossible, but it did feel that way for the defending SAC champions after Week 1. Portions of the offense are still a work in progress, but that defense when at full strength is beastly. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 14.

BELLMONT AT COLUMBIA CITY. Exciting night on Friday for Bellmont, which finally begins its season. The bad news? It travels to a team that is averaging nearly 340 yards of total offense per game. Hey, at least the Braves are back in action on Friday nights. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 29.

EAST NOBLE AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. Before thinking that the Knights will breeze on the road in Week 3, HN rushed for 499 yards last week in a loss to Warsaw, but also threw for zero yards. So, easy game plan for the East Noble defense, right? BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 21.

NEW HAVEN AT PIONEER. A late addition to the schedule has the Bulldogs traveling to the top-ranked team in Class 2A. Win or lose, this will be a great test for New Haven with Leo looming next week. Slowing down Pioneer’s run game will be pivotal. BLITZ SAYS PIONEER BY 7.

NORWELL AT LEO. Norwell has won its first two games of the year by a combined score of 77-7, although those two opponents are a combined 0-4. So you can say that the competition rises up a notch this Friday. Leo needs to bounce back after last week’s loss. It will do just that. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 15.

ADAMS CENTRAL AT TRI. The Flying Jets added this game to the schedule less than a week ago and will be a good non-conference test. Tri is 2-0 and has a strong running game that is averaging close to 300 yards per contest. AC goes on the road and gets it done, but it won’t be easy. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 9.

BLUFFTON AT SOUTH ADAMS. The only way the Tigers can earn their first win over South Adams since 2015 is to match the Starfires score for score. This will not be a defensive slugfest, but rather a high-scoring affair. Bluffton must find ways to put up a lot of points to have a shot. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 24.

HERITAGE AT WOODLAN. These two teams have combined to score 14 points thus far this season – all by the Patriots. The competition has been stiff, but these are definitely two squads building for the future. Who gets a win? Let’s go with the visitors. BLITZ SAYS HERITAGE BY 3.

JAY COUNTY AT SEEGER. The Patriots finally found a Week 3 opponent earlier this week, they only have to travel nearly three hours for it. Do-everything senior Khal Stephens of Seeger, who rushed for 1,000 yards last year, will be a problem. BLITZ SAYS SEEGER BY 16.

ANTWERP (OH) AT FREMONT. The first meeting in history between these two programs brings with it a lot of questions. Antwerp has only played a single game, a close loss a week ago. Meanwhile, Fremont turned some heads in how it annihilated Prairie Heights. Two straight wins for the Eagles? Sure, why not. BLITZ SAYS FREMONT BY 5.

EASTSIDE AT WEST NOBLE. A year ago, this would have been a Game of the Week candidate. Instead, Eastside enters this game the clear favorite as West Noble is having immense struggles replacing what it lost from 2019’s undefeated regular season. Another big game for Laban Davis here. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 17.

FAIRFIELD AT CENTRAL NOBLE. Central Noble QB Sawyer Yoder has showcased himself as a dual threat through the first two weeks. That could make for big problems on Friday for Fairfield, which has not yet been tested this year. BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 21.

GARRETT AT CHURUBUSCO. Last week’s idle date gave the Railroaders a chance to heal up a bit heading into a matchup in Turtle Town. Both of these teams are mixing in a lot of youth and inexperience. The edge with that youth goes to ‘Busco. BLITZ SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 11.

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT LAKELAND. Neither team has a win, and Lakeland hasn’t scored yet this year. For some reason, Blitz is feeling the Lakers. BLITZ SAYS LAKELAND BY 4.

WARSAW AT PLYMOUTH. The Tigers begin the NLC slate with a visit to Plymouth, a team that is 0-2 for the first time since 1992. The schedule has been difficult for the Rockies and it gets no easier with Warsaw. A close game is broken open in the second half. BLITZ SAYS PLYMOUTH BY 14.

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