Here we are.
For the first time since 2015, we have multiple area teams playing for state championships in Lucas Oil Stadium over Thanksgiving weekend.
And Blitz wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Can South Adams and/or Bishop Luers bring home titles? What challenges does each have?
Blitz is here to make his final two picks of the year.
Last week: 1-1 (.500)
Overall: 171-48 (.780)
BISHOP LUERS VS. WESTERN BOONE. The Knights are playing in their 16th state championship game. No one has played in more in Indiana history. Yet it has been since 2012 that Bishop Luers advanced to Indy, meaning all of the players and most coaches have not gone through the circus.
Meanwhile, Western Boone is playing in its third-straight state championship game, having won the previous two in convincing fashion over Eastbrook.
Both teams have momentum obviously, but Bishop Luers has played with a chip on its shoulder all year, having been doubted every step of the way by yours truly. Even last week, many said the Knights were toast trailing by 21 at half against Pioneer.
This one is going to come down to which offense executes its game plan better. The Knights want to get their athletes in space, while WeBo wants to feed Robby Taylor on the ground upwards of 25-30 times to ground up the defensive front of Bishop Luers.
This one goes back and forth, but WeBo has the experience on this stage and the resume showing it can be extremely physical at the point of attack.
Blitz has picked Bishop Luers to win just once over the last five weeks. In that vein, he feels like he has to keep going with what has worked.
BLITZ SAYS WEBO BY 6.
SOUTH ADAMS VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN. Two newbies to the state finals face off in 1A, the only two of the 12 teams in Indy this weekend making their inaugural appearance.
These teams also have other similarities. Both are fast and athletic, line up in spread offenses to create mismatches and are extremely strong on the defensive side of the ball.
Make no mistake, this is the biggest test both teams have faced all year. It will be almost like looking into a mirror, with South Adams’ weaponry having proven itself over the last two years.
To Blitz, this one comes down to two position battles, the South Adams offensive line against bookends Trey Flatt and Alex Coleman and the Starfires’ defensive backs against the Warriors’ receivers.
If James Arnold is given time in the pocket, South Adams wins.
If the Covenant Christian wideouts have difficulty getting separation from South Adams’ secondary, South Adams wins.
Blitz expects a high-scoring affair in this one, and a key mental hurdle may be both teams’ quest to WIN a state title, not just being content to get to Lucas Oil Stadium.
In all respects, Blitz feels like the Starfires will find a way.
BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 3.
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