Blitz’s Picks for Week 9

It is the final Friday of the regular season, meaning that some teams are trying to lock up championships while many others are looking to build momentum heading into the postseason.

Who will enter the playoffs on a winning note? Blitz has the answers.

Last week: 15-2 (.882)

Overall: 121-32 (.790)

CARROLL AT WAYNE. The Chargers do not have a chance to tie for the SAC championship, having lost to both Homestead and Bishop Dwenger. But Carroll has its eyes on peaking for the playoffs, especially defensively. Putting a lock on the Wayne offense would be a good indicator that the D is trending in the right direction. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 21.

CONCORDIA LUTHERAN AT NORTH SIDE. With all the hype surrounding the Legends in preseason, a loss on Friday puts them at 3-6 in the regular season. Meanwhile, the Cadets are still battling injuries but field a defense that is capable of slowing down, at least somewhat, the North offense. But Blitz is feeling the Legends here. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 3.

BISHOP LUERS AT SNIDER. When talking about intriguing teams entering the playoffs, Blitz like to point at both of these squads. The Knights and Panthers could make some noise over the next few weeks, particularly as Bishop Luers seems to be peaking offensively and Snider looks better with every passing week. The nod here goes to the Panthers. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 9.

NORTHROP AT BISHOP DWENGER. Is Damarius Cowen the OTH Player of the Year? Every opponent schemes to limit him, yet he has eclipsed the 200-yard mark in four different games this season. Bishop Dwenger is next up trying to slow down the senior running back. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 13.

HOMESTEAD AT SOUTH SIDE. PREDICTION: This Friday is another big night for Evan Ormsby. The kid is on a roll, as are the Spartans. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 30.

BELLMONT AT EAST NOBLE. A mere tuneup for the sectional opener against Columbia City, East Noble’s biggest hurdle on Friday may be avoiding injuries, which have derailed the Knights at times this season. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 29.

COLUMBIA CITY AT NORWELL. If there is a team that needs some positive vibes this week, it is Columbia City. A loss on Friday would make it three straight, and a date next week in Kendallville is no picnic. Can an offense that has only scored two touchdowns total in the last two weeks find success against a team allowing just 7.9 points per game. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 4.

DEKALB AT LEO. Congratulations to the Barons, who got their first win of the season last week against Bellmont. The reward? Heading to Leo to take on a Lions team that they have never beaten in five meetings all-time. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 22.

NEW HAVEN AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. With losses in four of its last five games, the Bulldogs are limping to the finish line of the regular season. Can they turn the momentum around with a victory on the road? Huntington North will try to grind out a win on the ground, which New Haven will want to spread things out and attack the edges on offense. Which strategy wins? This one is a toss-up. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 2.

ADAMS CENTRAL AT WOODLAN. The Warriors have been outscored 104-12 over the past two weeks against the likes of Culver Academy and South Adams. That doesn’t bode well with the Flying Jets coming to Woodburn, a team that is averaging over 35 points per contest. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 33.

JAY COUNTY AT BENJAMIN LOGAN (OH). Benjamin Logan HS is named after the American pioneer, politician and colonel in the Revolutionary War. As for the football program, they own a 2-5 record and are nicknamed the Raiders. And they also will win this Friday. BLITZ SAYS BENJAMIN LOGAN BY 18.

LAKELAND AT BLUFFTON. The Tigers are averaging over 36 points per game this season, a fact that has been glossed over for the most part. While the level of competition hasn’t been the greatest over the last five games, Bluffton is playing some good football. It needs to continue in its groove with Eastside looming next week. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 21.

CENTRAL NOBLE AT GARRETT. Both of these teams enter Friday with two-game losing streaks. Which one is able to shake that off and win in Week 9? Look for Will Hoover to have a big night on the ground for the Cougars. BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 8.

EASTSIDE AT ANGOLA. The Hornets have scored less than 41 points in a game just once, that loss to Fairfield. Meanwhile, Eastside is averaging over 37 points a contest. Which of these defenses rises to the challenge? This is a collision between two similar foes, but Blitz gives the edge to the Blazers. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 5.

FAIRFIELD AT CHURUBUSCO. In its two games against opponents with a winning record, Churubusco has been outscored 64-0. That’s the only stat Blitz needs to pick this one. BLITZ SAYS FAIRFIELD BY 14.

WES-DEL AT FREMONT. Fremont returns to the field after not playing for the better part of a month due to Covid. That rust is going to be tough to shake off in one week. BLITZ SAYS WES-DEL BY 13.

WEST NOBLE AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS. A battle between a pair of 0-8 teams. Blitz is going with the Chargers. BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 1.

CONCORD AT WARSAW. Bart Curtis has yet to lose back-to-back games at Warsaw since he took over in 2018. So after a close defeat last week at NorthWood, Blitz expects the Tigers to bounce back. BLITZ SAYS WARSAW BY 8.

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