This Friday marks the halfway point of the season, with all teams in the state of Indiana guaranteed at least one game in the postseason.
The conference races in the area have come into focus, with some big games on tap this weekend that will go a long way towards deciding those league titles.
As for Blitz? He is here to tell you who will win in Week 5.
Last week: 14-4 (.777)
Overall: 58-18 (.763)
NORTH SIDE AT BISHOP LUERS. Duce Taylor and the high-flying North offense are a serious match problem for a team that is allowing an average of 40 points per game. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 22.
NORTHROP AT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN. The 2-2 teams in the SAC are all intriguing, including these two squads. The Cadets are a different team with Brandon Davis in the lineup. Can the Bruins find room to run against a stifling Concordia D? BLITZ SAYS CONCORDIA LUTHERAN BY 8.
WAYNE AT SOUTH SIDE. Blitz was told in the preseason that Wayne was going to be more competitive than many thought, and that has turned out to be true. Meanwhile, South Side battled Snider for four quarters a week ago. In the end, the running game is the difference. BLITZ SAYS WAYNE BY 14.
HOMESTEAD AT SNIDER. Most years, this would be one of the most hyped games all season in northeast Indiana. Unfortunately, the Panthers are in rebuild mode (wow, weird typing that). Snider’s youthful offense is going to have a hard time moving the ball consistently against the Spartans. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 19.
BISHOP DWENGER AT CARROLL. This Saturday showdown under the lights has all the makings of a classic. Is Jeff Becker primed for another big game against a solid, veteran defense? That matchup is the key. In the end, Carroll makes the plays late. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 4.
BELLMONT AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. Who has the second highest-scoring offense in the NE8? That would be the Vikings. Who has the defense that has been scored the most upon? Also the Vikings. Coach Prescott’s team gets a win here, but it is tough to see them knocking off one of the top teams in the league with that D. BLITZ SAYS HUNTINGTON NORTH BY 28.
COLUMBIA CITY AT DEKALB. Last year, this game signified the start of the derailing of Columbia City following a 4-0 start. This year, the Eagles are better and DeKalb is in transition. Coach Brett Fox’s team will be 5-0 heading into the pivotal stretch in weeks 6-8. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 16.
EAST NOBLE AT LEO. This had the potential of being a crazy-big crowd, but limitations are preventing students from attending. Even so, this matchup is loaded with intrigue, from East Noble’s running attack to Leo’s big-time defense. East Noble has won 14 straight games against NE8 foes. The last loss? To Leo in 2017. Hmmmm…BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 2.
NEW HAVEN AT NORWELL. The Bulldogs disappointed at home against Leo last week, now they have to go on the road and face a squad that is still looking to earn some respect. The Knights have allowed the fewest points in the league through four games. Can they bottle up Jakar Williams and Co.? BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 3.
ADAMS CENTRAL AT HERITAGE. Back-to-back games against South Adams and AC is not a recipe for success for the Patriots. This is merely a tune-up for next week’s showdown with the Starfires. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 26.
JAY COUNTY AT BLUFFTON. Jay County is only averaging 3.8 points per game. Only Shelbyville is worse in the state among 4A teams. That should bode well for a Tigers team that gets overshadowed in the ACAC by the Adams County squads. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 23.
FAIRVIEW (OH) VS. WOODLAN. Good news – the Warriors found a game to replace Southern Wells. Bad news – Woodlan takes on an undefeated team with a QB in Doug Rakes that has thrown for 15 touchdowns and close to 800 yards in three games. BLITZ SAYS FAIRVIEW BY 26.
MONROE CENTRAL AT SOUTH ADAMS. Could this be a close game in Berne? Monroe Central is just outside the top 10 in Class 1A and has allowed just 14 points through its first two games. However, the Golden Bears have not played an offense like South Adams. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 21.
ANGOLA AT LAKELAND. By the end of the season, we may be looking at Angola QB Tucker Hasselman as one of the more underappreciated players in the entire area. Through two games he has helmed the Hornets offense magnificently. This should be another big stats night for the senior. BLITZ SAYS ANGOLA BY 29.
EASTSIDE AT GARRETT. The Blazers have not given up a point since Week 2. Garrett’s chances in this likely rely on opening up holes and giving space to running back Kolin Cope, who is averaging nearly 6 yards per rush. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 18.
FAIRFIELD AT WEST NOBLE. The Falcons are 3-0 for the first time since 2012 and are in a good spot to add to that. Coach Matt Thacker’s team is averaging 315 yards on the ground per game, something West Noble has had trouble containing early on. BLITZ SAYS FAIRFIELD BY 8.
FREMONT AT CENTRAL NOBLE. Some were surprised when Fremont beat the Cougars a year ago. Do not expect a repeat with Hayden Gilgore now the man in charge. BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 11.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT CHURUBUSCO. Quarterback Riley Buroff is gonna be a kid that gets a lot of attention in the next few years. The sophomore has yet to throw an INT and looks more and more comfortable running the Eagles offense every week. BLITZ SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 23.
WARSAW AT NORTHRIDGE. Coach Tom Wogomon’s squad has pitched three shutouts in three games this year. Can “Bart Ball” go on the road and take command of the NLC race with a dub? No. BLITZ SAYS NORTHRIDGE BY 10.
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