Now a third of the way through the regular season, things are beginning to come into focus around the area.
Bishop Luers is good. So is Eastside.
The NECC Big School division? A complete crapshoot.
And the NE8? Yeah, it will be decided with one game coming up in Week 5.
But there will also be surprises that arise on occasion, like Churubusco pummeling Garrett last week or Carroll blanking North Side. So, even if your team is already out of its conference race, there is still plenty to pay attention to.
And if nothing else fails, you have Blitz here to entertain you.
Last week: 15-5 (.750)
Overall: 50-15 (.769)
CONCORDIA AT BISHOP LUERS. Questions are swirling regarding who Concordia will have behind center come Friday at Luersfield. Will it be Eli Mattox? Will it be someone else? Fortunately, Blitz doesn’t need to know to make a pick in this one. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP LUERS BY 23.
NORTH SIDE AT WAYNE. A few weeks ago this would have struck people as a mismatch. Now, it may be one of the more competitive games in the region. The Legends looked downright pitiful last Friday in a 40-point shutout loss to Carroll. Wayne is also 0-3, but similar to North, has had a tough schedule, especially the first few weeks. If at full strength, Blitz likes the Legends here. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 6.
NORTHROP AT CARROLL. The Chargers are a few made (or missed) plays away from being undefeated and getting a LOT more attention. As it is, Carroll fell to Bishop Luers in Week 1 and has struggled to get the notoriety of a team that is still in SAC title contention. Northrop got a much-needed dub last week, but the Chargers roll here. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 28.
HOMESTEAD AT BISHOP DWENGER. In each of the last two years, Bishop Dwenger entered Week 4 at a perfect 3-0 before suffering its first loss of the season at the hands of the Spartans. Can Homestead make it three straight times? Blitz was very impressed with the Spartans last week despite the loss to Bishop Luers, and he feels he knows more about Coach Chad Zolman’s team than he does the Saints. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 4.
BELLMONT AT NORWELL. The Knights have shut out Bellmont three straight times over the last two years. Can they make it an astounding four straight? Blitz believes Norwell is going to take out some frustration after being blown out by Leo in Week 3. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 27.
COLUMBIA CITY AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. Don’t gloss over this matchup, as the Vikings’ two losses have come to a pair of state-ranked teams in Eastbrook and East Noble. But Columbia City has been solid, with a close defeat to Delta its only blemish. If Huntington North can play keepaway with an effective running game, it has a shot to keep this one close. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 11.
EAST NOBLE AT DEKALB. Does DeKalb have the defense to slow down what has been an absolutely brutal running attack? That’s the key to keeping this one without a running clock in the second half. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 31.
NEW HAVEN AT LEO. Blitz doesn’t feel he is overreacting when he says the 2OT win by the short-handed Bulldogs last weekend was a season saver. The reward for a hard-fought win is a trip to Leo to take on the Lions. New Haven struggled against Eastbrook’s run-heavy offense. That doesn’t bode well for a similar look on Friday. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 22.
ADAMS CENTRAL AT JAY COUNTY. This will be a game in two years, book it. But for now…ugly. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 39.
BLUFFTON AT WOODLAN. Lukas Hunt is the best quarterback in the area no one knows about. He was a stud last week against South Adams. He and the Tigers should have a field day against a defense allowing over 40 points a contest. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 20.
CARROLL (FLORA) AT SOUTHERN WELLS. Carroll isn’t exactly a Class 1A powerhouse, but it has allowed just 14 points through the first three weeks of the season. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 21.
HERITAGE AT SOUTH ADAMS. The best shot for the Patriots in this one may be if the Starfires elect not to tackle running back Eric Rogers. Blitz believes the chances of this happening are slim. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 26.
ANGOLA AT WEST NOBLE. As recently as 2019 the Chargers were able to handle the Hornets a loss. Despite West Noble hosting on Friday, Blitz doesn’t see that happening. BLITZ SAYS ANGOLA BY 15.
EASTSIDE AT CHURUBUSCO. If the Eagles are able to control the clock and limit mistakes, they could be a pest to the Blazers in this one. Unfortunately, Blitz doesn’t see a way how Churubusco consistently corrals Laban Davis and the Eastside offense. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 16.
FAIRFIELD AT FREMONT. I mean, Fairfield doesn’t go 0-4, right? BLITZ SAYS FAIRFIELD BY 11.
GARRETT AT LAKELAND. This is a tough turnaround for Garrett after the disappointment of Week 3. Lakeland nearly beat the very Busco team that hammered the Railroaders. This one will be close. BLITZ SAYS LAKELAND BY 2.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT CENTRAL NOBLE. Break up the undefeated Cougs! BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 13.
WARSAW AT MISHAWAKA. This one could end up deciding the Northern Lakes Conference. Does Warsaw have the defensive prowess to slow down Mishawaka’s offensive attack? BLITZ SAYS MISHAWAKA BY 9.