It is rivalry week in the SAC as Fort Wayne takes center stage for Week 7. Elsewhere, there is some intrigue in the NE8 and NECC, while in the ACAC it is Adams Central and everyone else.
But despite favorites emerging in each conference, there are always upsets to consider. Will we have any this week? Allow Blitz to break things down.
Last week: 15-4 (.789)
Overall: 92-29 (.760)
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN AT WAYNE. Ah yes, the natural rivals based on…being the only two teams in the SAC without a natural rival. The Cadets can sling the ball around the field better than people think, while the Generals are a better rushing team than most folks understand. This one could be a shootout, but the edge goes to Wayne and that running attack. BLITZ SAYS WAYNE BY 8.
BISHOP LUERS AT BISHOP DWENGER. The Saints have won five straight in the series and have never lost to the Knights at Shields Field. Meanwhile, Carson Clark is aiming to break the SAC’s all-time passing record IN a win IN the Battle of the Bishops. Who is Blitz to deny that? BLITZ SAYS BISHOP LUERS BY 13.
NORTH SIDE AT SOUTH SIDE. It is Round 95 between these two programs for the Totem Pole. The Legends have won three straight in the series and holds a 54-39-2 advantage over the Archers since the first game back in 1927. While this one could be close for a half, North’s depth at the skill positions will be the difference. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 14.
SNIDER AT NORTHROP. Apparently this is a rivalry despite the Panthers winning 23 consecutive in the series. It is tough to see how the Bruins can end the skid, with Snider’s defense being the difference here. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 24.
HOMESTEAD AT CARROLL. It has been six games and six years since the Chargers last knocked off their rival. A season ago, Carroll was allowing 70 points in a 70-41 decision in which neither defense could really stop the other. If the Chargers are to end the losing streak, a much-improved defense will need to be the difference. The losing streak ends. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 4.
EAST NOBLE AT COLUMBIA CITY. Not sure which of these teams were disappointed more with their effort from a week ago. Both were shut out on the road, East Noble at Norwell and Columbia City at New Haven. Which shakes off Week 6 and picks up a dub? A healthy Rowan Zolman is the difference here. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 11.
LEO AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. This could be the fastest game of Week 7, between the healthy amount of running plays coupled with a running clock in the second half. No letdown here for the Lions. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 33.
NEW HAVEN AT BELLMONT. Kudos to the Bulldogs for putting together a complete game last week in a rout of Columbia City. That may have been the jump start this team needed to finish the second half of the regular-season strong. That said, a struggle into the second half isn’t out of the question. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 16.
NORWELL AT DEKALB. Could a huge victory at home last give way to a disappointing effort this week on the road? Blitz thought about it, especially with DeKalb feeling good after earning its first win of the year in Week 6. But Coach Josh Gerber isn’t going to let this team be complacent. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 18.
ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTHERN WELLS. The most points ever scored in a game by Adams Central is 73 way back in 1982 against Northeastern. Just wanted to put that out there. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 63.
BLUFFTON AT HERITAGE. This is an intriguing game considering Heritage beat Woodlan and Bluffton fell flat in a loss to the Warriors. The Tigers’ Achilles Heel is their pass defense. Can the Patriots go vertical enough to threaten for the win? This one is close, but the edge goes to Bluffton. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 8.
CULVER ACADEMY AT WOODLAN. Two of Woodlan’s three losses have come to teams that are currently undefeated – Leo and Central Noble. Culver is too good here but it will be tight. BLITZ SAYS CULVER ACADEMY BY 5.
JAY COUNTY AT SOUTH ADAMS. The Starfires are in the midst of their first losing streak since 2018. This week it is time to get right against a Jay County squad that struggles to contain good offenses. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 17.
CHURUBUSCO AT CENTRAL NOBLE. The Cougars have Eastside next week on the road. They need to take care of business at home first. BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 8.
EASTSIDE AT FREMONT. Way back in 2009, Fremont actually shut out Eastside 21-0. That’s the last time the Eagles got a win in this series. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 42.
FAIRFIELD AT GARRETT. The Railroaders have lost two straight and can ill afford to lose a third. Desperation can be an excellent motivator. BLITZ SAYS GARRETT BY 11.
LAKELAND AT WEST NOBLE. Blitz does not believe he has gotten a single Lakeland game right this year. Here is to continuing that trend. BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 3.
MARIAN AT ANGOLA. Hornets get the narrow win at home. BLITZ SAYS ANGOLA BY 4.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT BREMEN. The Panthers have scored a combined six points in the last four weeks. That doesn’t bode well as they hit the road. BLITZ SAYS BREMEN BY 15.
WAWASEE AT WARSAW. A team allowing 35 points per game hits the road to take on a team averaging over 33 points scored per game. This won’t end well. BLITZ SAYS WARSAW BY 28.