Week 3 is upon us, and with that we kick conference play into high gear.
While the SAC has been beating up on each other for two weeks, the ACAC, NE8 and NECC begin to battle for league supremacy this Friday.
What kind of surprises are in store this week? If any? Allow Blitz to lay things out on what to expect.
Last week: 17-5 (.772)
Overall: 35-10 (.777)
CARROLL AT NORTH SIDE. Do we have any idea what to expect in this one? Well, Blitz is confident that there will be plenty of points. But which team prevails? This North Side team when at full strength is very talented, too talented to begin the year 0-3. If the Legends have players like Brauntae Johnson and Brashawn Bassett in this one, North is taking the win. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 2.
BISHOP DWENGER AT SOUTH SIDE. The Archers have not won two straight games since 2012. They have not beaten Bishop Dwenger since 2005. That’s all the research Blitz needs. In addition, word is South will be down some guys. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 28.
BISHOP LUERS AT HOMESTEAD. A battle of undefeateds, no matter how early in the season, is something to get excited about. Homestead has yet to be truly tested, while Bishop Luers is out to prove it can slay another Class 6A dragon. Which team wins the turnover battle? Which limits their foe’s big plays? BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 3.
SNIDER AT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN. Snider has had trouble defending the pass through the first two weeks of the season, and Eli Mattox and the Cadets have been able to sling the ball around. That said, Concordia is going to have its hands full with the Panthers’ offense, particularly Tyrese Brown. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 21.
WAYNE AT NORTHROP. All it took was one surprising loss to really sour on the Bruins – both inside and outside the program. This is a big one for Northrop. It has to find a way to get a win over a team that it matches up with in a lot of areas. A loss here and the Bruins could really be staring at a tough season. BLITZ SAYS NORTHROP BY 2.
COLUMBIA CITY AT BELLMONT. Will Greg Bolt be behind center for the Eagles in this one? In most matchups, that would make or break Columbia City’s chances. In this one, against a team that has scored just two combined TDs in the first two weeks, Coach Brett Fox’s squad should win with or without its senior leader. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 20.
DEKALB AT NEW HAVEN. The return of Jakar Williams, who missed last week’s game against Eastbrook, should be enough to propel the Bulldogs to their first win of the season in a battle of 0-2 squads. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 8.
HUNTINGTON NORTH AT EAST NOBLE. Two weeks of pent-up energy is about to be unleashed in Kendallville as the Knights return to the field after seeing last week’s game canceled. The Vikings got a win last week, but will be unable to make it two straight. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 31.
LEO AT NORWELL. Can the Knights solve Leo’s rushing attack? These two teams have battled in some tight matchups each of the last two years. Almost mirror images of each other with run-heavy offenses and stout defenses, this one comes down to execution. Leo has more experience and more beef up front on both sides. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 7.
JAY COUNTY AT SOUTHERN WELLS. The Patriots are averaging 278 yards rushing per game, which means they love to maul opponents when possible. Unfortunately for Southern Wells, it is a team that is undersized and largely inexperienced. BLITZ SAYS JAY COUNTY BY 27.
SOUTH ADAMS AT BLUFFTON. The Starfires returned three offensive starters from a year ago, and two are out for Friday with the third questionable. Could that even the playing field and allow the Tigers to beat South Adams for the first time under Coach Brent Kunkel? This one will be a dogfight. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 1.
WOODLAN AT HERITAGE. Zero points through two games is not a place you want to be if you are Heritage. In fact, counting the season-ending loss a year ago the Patriots have been shut out in three straight. That said, Heritage’s two losses are to Eastside and Norwell. Here is thinking this is a get-right game for Coach Casey Kolkman’s squad. BLITZ SAYS HERITAGE BY 6.
PARKE HERITAGE VS. ADAMS CENTRAL, 7 P.M. SATURDAY AT MT. VERNON. A neutral site showdown between two of the top five Class A programs in the state in 2021. Can the Flying Jets move past the Eastside loss and get a win over a quality foe? Parke Heritage loves to go to the air with quarterback Christian Johnson. Can AC defend the vertical threat? BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 2.
CENTRAL NOBLE AT FAIRFIELD. Have things really fallen off this much in a year for Fairfield? The Falcons have dropped their first two games after rolling through the regular season undefeated last year. Meanwhile, Will Hoover has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Cougs in their first 2-0 start since 2015. What gives on Friday in Goshen? BLITZ SAYS FAIRFIELD BY 4.
CHELSEA (MICH.) AT ANGOLA. The Bulldogs of Chelsea are coming off a 10-1 season a year ago that saw them not lose until the playoffs. The program out of Ann Arbor has eyes on getting to the Division 4 state title game and is led by an astounding 37 seniors. This is a tough matchup all the way around for Angola. BLITZ SAYS CHELSEA BY 26.
CHURUBUSCO AT GARRETT. This is a sneaky-good matchup in Week 3 as Garrett seeks its first 3-0 start in five years. The Eagles have been shorthanded the first two weeks, but if they are close to full strength, this one should be a tight contest. Look for a big play late to be the difference. BLITZ SAYS GARRETT BY 5.
LAKELAND AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS. Yes Heights is 2-0, but has it played anyone? BLITZ SAYS LAKELAND BY 2.
WEST NOBLE AT EASTSIDE. Dax Holman is a big reason why the Blazers are the best team in the NECC and not many people outside of Butler know who he is. Educate yourself and make sure to watch tape on the two-way junior standout. He should have another big game in this one. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 27.
FREMONT AT CHA MANUAL, 1 P.M. SATURDAY. Christel House Manual is the old Indianapolis Manual High School and is now a charter school. Manual lost 42-6 to Noblesville Home School in Week 1. Just sayin’. BLITZ SAYS FREMONT BY 12.
PLYMOUTH AT WARSAW. The Tigers have not lost back-to-back games in Coach Bart Curtis’ tenure and by God that’s not about to start now. BLITZ SAYS WARSAW BY 20.