We have reached the point in the season where every week from now on we will be crowning a champion of some sort.

Exciting, right?

This week is sectional championship week, where we start getting some big-time matchups throughout the state.

Who survives another week? Who begins focusing on (dry heave) basketball?

Let’s take a look.

Last week: 13-2 (.866)

Overall: 163-41 (.799)

WARSAW AT HOMESTEAD. The Tigers put the pressure on Carroll last week, forcing the Chargers to play mistake-free ball offensively to hold Warsaw and its time-consuming triple option off. That didn’t happen. But Blitz is confident in the Homestead defense being able to make the plays that the Chargers couldn’t. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 8.

NORTH SIDE AT BISHOP DWENGER. North coach Mike Brevard said last week that it is difficult for a team to beat another twice in the season. While true, it is ALWAYS tough to beat Bishop Dwenger, especially in the playoffs. The Saints have not lost to an SAC foe in the postseason since South Side beat them in 2005. Can the Legends make it happen? North needs offensive balance to have a shot, but the Saints bottle up the run and Brenden Lytle makes plays. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 13.

EAST NOBLE AT LEO. Speaking of a second chance, East Noble gets it after being dominated 24-0 by the Lions in the regular season. While Rowan Zolman will be back this time around, will it be enough for East Noble to overcome the woes it suffered in the first meeting? Leo may be missing some personnel due to quarantine. Will it make a difference? Blitz could go either way. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 1.

NORWELL AT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN. No team may be as underrated in the area as the Norwell Knights. They can score (36.4 ppg), they can defend (9.5) and they have held their own against the best in the NE8. But does that mean Coach Josh Gerber’s team can go to Zollner Stadium and beat an SAC team in the playoffs? It hasn’t been done by Norwell since 2006, the year it went to the state championship. The last SAC opponent beaten? Concordia. Ooooooo. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 2.

EASTSIDE AT BISHOP LUERS. The Knights demolished one NECC foe last week in Fairfield. Can they do it again? Well, Blitz is here to tell you that Eastside is a bigger challenge than last week. The Blazers have a more dynamic offense and are solid on the back end of the defense. This one will be close going into the fourth quarter. In the end, Blitz has to go with the team that has looked impressive all year. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 4.

MADISON-GRANT AT SOUTH ADAMS. How does Blitz say this nicely? The Argylls aren’t a very good football team. Yes, they surprised Tri-Central last week, but South Adams is not Tri-Central. This one gets ugly fast. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 41.

SOUTHWOOD AT ADAMS CENTRAL. These two teams meet in the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. A rivalry it has become, one in which each team has gotten the better of the other at some point. This one comes down to Adams Central’s ability to run against Southwood’s ability to stop it. While tough to go on the road and beat an unbeaten team, Blitz likes Coach Michael Mosser’s squad in this one, especially up front. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 6.

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