Things are about to get serious.
Classes 5A and 6A join the postseason party this week, and we are setting the stage for sectional championship games with a host of semifinal matchups in the area on Friday.
Who advances? Who begins to focus on basketball (dry heave)?
Blitz gives you his winners for Week 11.
Last week: 19-3 (.863)
Overall: 155-44 (.778)
HOMESTEAD AT CARROLL. Blitz has been hearing a lot lately about just how underrated Peyton Slaven is. Well, here is a stage in which the Spartans QB can shine. If he brings it, Homestead can get a dub here. Did the idle week cool off Carroll or merely heat em up even more? BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 7.
NORTHROP AT SNIDER. Despite meeting every year, these two are going at it in the playoffs for the first time since 2006, a 48-21 victory for the Panthers. Expect something similar on Friday. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 27.
NORTH SIDE AT BISHOP DWENGER. Where is North Side at after a week off? Is it at full strength? Can it function as a threat to the Saints, who have lost four of five? This one will be closer than the 26-point decision in favor of Dwenger in Week 2, but it goes the same way in the end. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 18.
DEKALB AT LEO. After a hard-fought victory on the road last week, Leo returns to its friendly confines to take on a squad it shut out in the slot on the road a few weeks ago. The turf will allow the Lions to roll all over the Barons this time around. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 34.
COLUMBIA CITY AT NORTHRIDGE. This one is interesting considering the Raiders pounded NorthWood on the road last week after struggling to end the regular season. This is a game Columbia City could steal if it is locked in from the start on Friday. But we haven’t seen a complete game like that out of the Eagles in awhile. BLITZ SAYS NORTHRIDGE BY 4.
WAYNE AT DELTA. There are things to like for the Generals here, like the fact that Delta doesn’t seem equipped to slow down the ferocious running game. But Wayne has also not won on the road this year and lost by 31 at Delta a season ago. Blitz loves to be proven wrong. BLITZ SAYS DELTA BY 3.
MISSISSINEWA AT NEW HAVEN. Can the Bulldogs rise up defensively and slow down an Ole Miss team averaging 314 yards n the ground per game? The problem in being one-dimensional is that at some point you run into a team that takes away your strength. Is that New Haven? Hmmmm. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 2.
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN AT NORWELL. Last year, a one-loss Norwell squad went to Concordia in the playoffs and got bounced in a 24-0 rout. Don’t expect a repeat. The Knights have revenge on their mind. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 14.
EASTSIDE AT CENTRAL NOBLE. This matchup wasn’t pretty in Week 8 and it will not be pretty again on Friday. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 36.
BISHOP LUERS AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS. Sometimes we get excited about matchups we get to see only in the playoffs. This is not one of those matchups. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP LUERS BY 41.
MONROE CENTRAL AT SOUTH ADAMS. With Aidan Wanner at the point that he could POTENTIALLY return on Friday, one wonders if that will be enough of a boost for South Adams to actually score against Monroe Central, something it couldn’t do in the regular season in the game between these two. Should we buy into some Moser magic? Not this time. BLITZ SAYS MONROE CENTRAL BY 8.
SOUTHWOOD AT ADAMS CENTRAL. Following its scare last week at ‘Busco, the Flying Jets are going to be happy to be back on their home field and take some aggression out on a squad that knocked AC out of the postseason in 2020. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 29.
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