BLITZ: Area semistate picks

This is a tough time of year for Blitz.

First off, that stupid frog is back, trying to steal the spotlight from yours truly before the high school football season officially ends on Thanksgiving weekend.

Secondly, a robust crowd of six area teams quickly shrunk down to two last Friday – with Bishop Luers and South Adams the lone northeast Indiana teams still competing on the gridiron.

Will both advance to Lucas Oil Stadium to compete for state titles? Let’s take a look.

Last week: 4-2 (.667)

Overall: 170-47 (.783)

PIONEER AT BISHOP LUERS. The Bishop Luers offense has been on a roll, averaging 49 points per game this postseason. No team in 2A thus far has had the athletes on the defensive side of the ball to shut down the likes of Carson Clark, Brody Glenn and Krashaun Menson.

Now, does Pioneer have that team? The Panthers are fresh off beating top-ranked Andrean while holding them over two touchdowns below its scoring average. A defensive unit that has amassed 24 sacks could be able to put pressure on Clark and force some mistakes.

Conversely, Pioneer is going to run, run and run some more offensively. Does an improved Luers defense that has made big plays in the clutch during this run have the ability to limit a rushing attack that averages nine yards a carry and over 330 yards per game?

Lot of questions here, some of which Blitz is a tad uncertain on.


LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC AT SOUTH ADAMS. The defending state champions will head to Class 2A over the next two-year cycle, but first LCC is looking to add to its trophy case.

That task will not be easy in Berne. LCC has a solid squad led by quarterback Clark Barrett (18 TDs, four INTs), but this is not an overpowering team on either side of the ball.

As Blitz looks at it more, LCC presents similar challenges to what Southwood did last week for the Starfires. Barrett is similar in style to Southwood QB Alex Farr, while the defense appears to have similar deficiencies in terms of matching up with South Adams’ playmakers.

This one could come down to an offensive shootout under the lights, and Blitz cannot pick against the Starfires in that regard.


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