The postseason has begun and what a Friday night we had.
Two big showdowns headlined the schedule and both delivered with drama. But what else went down around the area in Week 10?
Blitz takes a look.
• Lost in the hype around some bigger games in the area were some matchups involving area teams looking to find success after it eluded them in the regular season.
One of those teams was DeKalb. With just a single win, heading to one-win Wawasee was a chance to find some success.
Tegan Irk and the Barons delivered in a 42-14 rout on the road. Irk threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns in the blowout victory that saw the team amass over 400 yards of offense, a big number considering the struggles of the unit in the regular season.
The reward for DeKalb? A road date with Leo, but do not discount an extra week together for a football team, both for the seniors and the underclassmen that benefit from every additional practice.
• We have talked so much over the last few years about Greg Bolt’s passing prowess, but his full game was on display on Friday against Angola.
Columbia City scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, three of which directly came from Bolt – a 49-yard strike to Ethan Sievers and a pair of rushing scores.
In a game that saw the Eagles pick up an astounding 31 first downs, Bolt threw for 129 yards and rushed for 55 more, displaying his abilities in both.
While Bolt has not put up the prolific numbers we all thought he would as a senior, he has still shown just how valuable he could be to a college program looking for a tall signal caller with a lot of positive attributes.
Another senior, Brock Uher tallied 7.5 tackles for the Eagles and also added an interception against Angola.
• When asked earlier in the week if he wanted to appear on a local radio show, Wayne coach Sherwood Haydock politely declined, saying his team had not accomplished anything yet.
Well after knocking off a Marion team that advanced to the semistate a season ago, Haydock has to agree that his Generals accomplished something to open the postseason.
A sneaky pick to win Sectional 20, Wayne held the Giants to just 211 yards of total offense, including only 48 yards through the air. As it has been all season, the rushing attack was solid as Shawn Collins and Lamarion Nelson combined for 161 yards and all four scores.
Another challenge awaits next week against Delta, but so far so good for the Generals.
• It was closer than it should have been, but New Haven’s second victory over Huntington North in two weeks propelled it into round two and a home date with Mississinewa next week.
Don’t look now but the Bulldogs have won four of five and match up well with the Indians.
• Anyone not familiar with Eli Mattox needs to get acclimated to the junior quarterback, because he may be the SAC’s most prolific passer a year from now.
The junior at Concordia Lutheran threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s win over Northwestern, both career highs.
The path to a sectional crown is still daunting with Norwell coming up, but Mattox is laying the groundwork for what should be a phenomenal senior season under center for the Cadets in 2022.
The road win over Woodlan on Friday gave Prairie Heights its first road win in Indiana in seven years…Norwell’s 56-0 victory over Maconaquah is the program’s largest victory by margin since a 75-0 blanking of Bluffton on Aug. 25, 2006…Eastside has scored 42 or more points in six straight games.
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