We have reached the one-third mark of the regular season, and with that Blitz feels like he needs to make some improvements in his picks.
You all trust Blitz to give you the most accurate predictions for the week. And he is going to do a better job at it starting in Week 4.
Let’s do this.
Last week: 14-5 (.736)
Overall: 44-14 (.758)
CARROLL AT NORTHROP. Is it too soon to start the “Jeff Becker passing record watch?” The junior has already surpassed 3,000 yards passing in his career in just 14 starts. Can he eclipse James Knapke’s record of nearly 6,000 yards? First things first, the Chargers go to 4-0. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 16.
BISHOP DWENGER AT HOMESTEAD. This is by far the most intriguing game in the SAC in Week 4. Homestead wants to prove it is not an afterthought in the conference race, while the Saints want to steal some of the love back from Carroll in the conversation for top team in the league. This one is a low-scoring affair, with the Dwenger D making a play late. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 2.
BISHOP LUERS AT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN. The Cadets will welcome back quarterback Brandon Davis after back-to-back games without scoring a single point without him. The senior’s return could be the catalyst in this one. Blitz sees the Cadets getting the better of the Knights’ offense. BLITZ SAYS CONCORDIA LUTHERAN BY 8.
SNIDER AT SOUTH SIDE. You really didn’t think the Panthers’ struggles were gonna last all season, did you? Some personnel changes and additions (hello, Mr. Iso Robinson), as well as some coaching up has brought Snider back from the brink. The Panthers will continue their upswing on the road. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 22.
WAYNE AT NORTH SIDE. The Legends did a very good job slowing down the Carroll rushing attack last week, but unfortunately was burned big in the passing game. If North can limit Shawn Collins and Chris Thomas this week on the ground, Blitz likes its chances. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 11.
HUNTINGTON NORTH AT COLUMBIA CITY. To Blitz, this will be the first real barometer game on where the Eagles are in the NE8. The Vikings are no pushover, evidenced last week when they battled East Noble for four quarters and lost by just seven. Can HN run the ball effectively? And does it have an answer to Greg Bolt? BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 7.
LEO AT NEW HAVEN. The first clash of NE8 heavyweights this season comes Friday at New Haven. A stifling defense and a steady running attack has led Leo thus far, while the Bulldogs are fresh off a win over a No. 1 ranked team in Pioneer. New Haven wants to prove something here. Blitz is buying in. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 1.
NORWELL AT BELLMONT. Blitz came away from last week thinking that Norwell can compete against anyone in the NE8. Sure, a 17-0 loss to Leo wasn’t great, but it showed that Norwell’s defense is extremely underrated. Both sides of the ball get healthy for the Knights this Friday. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 21.
PENN AT EAST NOBLE. Ready for some history? Penn has not played an area team outside of Warsaw and the SAC since 1965 when the Kingsmen traveled to the old Huntington High School. This is an enormous opportunity for East Noble to further put itself on the map. Blitz is hoping for an electric atmosphere. Penn is down by traditional Penn standards, but still good enough to win this one. BLITZ SAYS PENN BY 5.
JAY COUNTY AT ADAMS CENTRAL. The Flying Jets recovered nicely from their loss to Eastside, pummeling Tri on the road in Week 3. Meanwhile, Jay County is 0-3 and has yet to score more than eight points in a game. Yikes. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 37.
SOUTH ADAMS AT HERITAGE. Congratulations to Coach Casey Kolkman and the Heritage Patriots on their first win last week. The reward? A visit from the Starfires, who are averaging 52 points per game. Have fun with that. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 31.
WOODLAN AT BLUFFTON. The sting of last week’s 53-point loss to South Adams will be washed away this week by the Tigers. Hayden Nern may or may not be back at QB for Bluffton, but it won’t matter. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 26.
CENTRAL NOBLE AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS. The Cougars did not look good in a blowout loss to Fairfield last week, a totally unexpected result. But this is a chance to get back on track. Expect Central Noble to dominate this one. BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 23.
CHURUBUSCO AT EASTSIDE. This was the game a season ago that truly opened up Blitz’s eyes to Eastside as the Blazers went to Turtle Town and crushed ‘Busco. Can a young but talented Eagles team return the favor this year? Not seeing it. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 12.
FREMONT AT FAIRFIELD. Two teams that are a combined 4-1 clash at Fairfield. Who had that headline in Week 4? Matt Thacker has done a tremendous job with the Falcons, evidenced last week by a 32-6 rout of Central Noble. The feel-good story of the NECC adds another chapter. BLITZ SAYS FAIRFIELD BY 8.
LAKELAND AT GARRETT. The Railroaders have not began a season 0-3 since 1999. That’s a long time. With a win in this one, Coach Chris DePew’s team will avoid matching that start 21 years ago. Expect a big game out of senior RB Kolin Cope in this one for Garrett. BLITZ SAYS GARRETT BY 15.
WEST NOBLE AT ANGOLA. We finally get to see the Hornets back in action after being sidelined for two weeks due to quarantine. Week 1 was an impressive victory over DeKalb. Is Angola the team to beat in the NECC Big School Division? We will see. BLITZ SAYS ANGOLA BY 14.
MISHAWAKA AT WARSAW. Mishawaka enters this game 0-2, but has lost to a pair of teams in Mishawaka Marian and Elkhart that are a combined 5-0. So, count out the Cavemen at your own risk. This one will be decided in the fourth quarter. BLITZ SAYS MISHAWAKA BY 3.
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