It was a great Week 1 of football throughout the area, and Blitz was pleased to be back on the sidelines with a big crowd at Carroll.
Heading into Week 2, we have some hiccups. One area team had to find a different opponent, while another had its game canceled altogether. At least one area will be without its best player, while others are struggling with depth issues due to contact tracing and quarantine.
Let’s hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.
Onto the picks.
Last week: 18-5 (.782)
CARROLL AT SNIDER. The Chargers can ill afford to drop to 0-2 in the SAC and still have a shot to win the league, so consider this a huge game for them. Yet Carroll is going to have to do it at less than full strength due to quarantine issues. Snider is riding high after a last-second win a week ago, but the vaunted defense that was supposed to be the league’s best struggled mightily. Here is thinking that unit will come up with some big plays in this one. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 14.
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN AT HOMESTEAD. After a win over South Side to open the season, the Cadets are looking to make a statement on the road in Week 2. But Concordia Lutheran has never beaten Homestead in six tries all time. That’s enough for Blitz to know which way he is going. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 22.
NORTH SIDE AT BISHOP DWENGER. In terms of intrigue to Blitz, this one has the most of it in the SAC in Week 2. Much like Carroll, the Legends cannot open the year 0-2 and have aspirations to win the league, yet North Side had Snider beat last week before the Panthers shocked everyone. Can Bishop Dwenger slow down the playmakers of North Side? BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 3.
NORTHROP AT SOUTH SIDE. The Bruins matched Homestead in the first half last week, but just got wore down in the second half due to the weather and lack of experienced depth. This should be a get-right game for Northrop, which hasn’t lost to the Archers since 2013. BLITZ SAYS NORTHROP BY 25.
WAYNE AT BISHOP LUERS. Does Bishop Luers have a letdown after an emotional victory over Carroll last week? The Generals have the firepower to make things difficult for the Knights if they look past them. Good thing Coach Kyle Lindsay and senior Sir Hale will prevent that from happening. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP LUERS BY 18.
ANGOLA AT LEO. Finley Hasselman tore up the DeKalb defense to the tune of 230 yards and four touchdowns last week. Can Angola find that rushing success against a stout Leo front? Blitz doesn’t think so. That will be the difference in this one. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 13.
BELLMONT AT SOUTH ADAMS. The Braves’ losing streak reached 20 in last week’s season-opening defeat to Adams Central. Another Adams County team gets its chance to beat up on Bellmont in Week 2. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 26.
DEKALB AT GARRETT. This one has the makings of a good one as the Railroaders look to go 2-0 for the first time since 2017. DeKalb has quarterback Tegan Irk, but Garrett has the experience edge and some playmakers, none bigger than Trey Richards. BLITZ SAYS GARRETT BY 5
DELTA AT COLUMBIA CITY. In the first-ever meeting between these two programs, the Eagles look to improve to 2-0. Which Eagles as both have the same nickname? Corralling a rushing attack that amassed 400 yards last week will be priority No. 1 for Columbia City. BLITZ SAYS DELTA BY 3.
EASTBROOK AT NEW HAVEN. A bounceback week would be big for the Bulldogs after the double OT loss to Garrett. Unfortunately, Eastbrook easily dispatched of one NE8 foe last week (Huntington North) and will do so again. BLITZ SAYS EASTBROOK BY 16.
JAY COUNTY AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. Could the Patriots have turned things around so fast? A 2-0 start would be pretty exciting for a squad that went winless last year. This one will be very run-heavy, with Huntington North pulling out a closer-than-expected game at home. BLITZ SAYS HUNTINGTON NORTH BY 7.
NORWELL AT HERITAGE. Five straight wins in the series, including two last year, has Norwell holding the decided edge recently between the two. Heritage is a better team than it showed last week, but it will still find it tough sledding to move the ball against the Knights’ stingy defense. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 18.
ADAMS CENTRAL AND EASTSIDE. Two of the best teams in the area from outside Allen County, these two have had some epic battles in recent years. While both teams have dominating running games, this one may come down to which can make some things happen through the air. Blitz is Team Laban Davis in that matchup. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 7.
CENTRAL NOBLE AT WOODLAN. Is Woodlan ready to defend Will Hoover and his exceptional running ability? The Warriors struggled to limit Leo’s rushing attack in Week 1, making Blitz concerned about giving up a lot of yards again this week. BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 11.
HAMILTON HEIGHTS AT BLUFFTON. The Huskies bring a physically strong team to Bluffton in a replacement game that was added mid week. Here is thinking the Tigers get it done. Plus, Coach Kunkel is STILL a nice guy. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 7.
SOUTHERN WELLS AT MADISON-GRANT. A long rebuilding process continues for the Raiders. BLITZ SAYS MADISON-GRANT BY 15.
CHURUBUSCO AT LAKELAND. This one could be a bit closer than some expect. The Eagles continue to battle quarantine issues and could struggle in the heat if it is short handed. The win is there, but the significant margin may not be. BLITZ SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 14.
OSCEOLA GRACE AT FREMONT. The Eagles have not opened a season 2-0 since 1997. BLITZ SAYS FREMONT BY 4.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT BRONSON (MICH.) Heights gets a win north of the border. BLITZ SAYS PRAIRIE HEIGHTS BY 14.
SOUTH BEND ADAMS AT FAIRFIELD. Was last week’s loss to Goshen an indication that Fairfield is coming back down to earth> This week will be telling as Adams is still looking for its points of the year after being shut out in Week 1 by Northridge. BLITZ SAYS FAIRFIELD BY 2.
WAWASEE AT WEST NOBLE. Are the Chargers back to relatively full strength? If they are, they can get a win here. If not… BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 6.
WARSAW AT MICHIGAN CITY. Does Blitz actually have the gall to pick against the Tigers for the second week in a row? Considering last week resulted in a win, Warsaw fans should be sending thanks. BLITZ SAYS MICHIGAN CITY BY 10.
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