BLITZ: Sectional title game picks

We have reached that part in the season where every weekend from here on out, we are giving out championships.

It’s about to get real.

Who advances to the regional round? Who is done after this Friday?

Blitz makes his selections.

Last week: 9-3 (.750)

Overall: 162-47 (.775)

WARSAW AT CARROLL. It has been three weeks since the last time the Tigers took to the field in anger. The result? A road loss to Concord that cost them the NLC title. So have the last 20-some days been fruitful in preparation or is Warsaw going to be a bit rusty? If Coach Bart Curtis’s team comes out flat early on, this one will be a lopsided affair in favor of Carroll. But if the Tigers are locked in and running their offense well, this game will be decided in the fourth quarter. Look for some defensive wrinkles out of the Chargers to try and stymie the Tigers’ option attack. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 8.

SNIDER AT BISHOP DWENGER. The winner of this one will capture its 28th sectional championship of all time, good for third in the state behind Carmel and Bishop Chatard. Neither team looked particularly sharp last week coming out of the bye. So which finds its groove on Friday? Snider was able to instill its will up front against the Saints in the regular-season meeting, and Blitz doesn’t see that changing this time. The Saints will need to match the Panthers body blow for body blow in the trenches. Can they do it? BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 8.

LEO AT NORTHRIDGE. Kudos to the Raiders for reaching the sectional final, but the difficulty increases immeasurably on Friday. When examining Leo’s opponents, Blitz starts up front, and if a team appears to not be capable of handling the physicality of the Lions, it is game over in this bear’s mind. So when it comes to this one…game over. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 18.

WAYNE AT MISSISSINEWA. Is Wayne capable of doing what New Haven could not? That is, slow down the Mississinewa rushing attack that averages close to 330 yards per game. The concerning aspect of this game is that the Generals are allowing 32 points per game, which tells Blitz that this could be a game that is decided by which team hits 50 points first. Unfortunately, Blitz sees that as being the Indians. BLITZ SAYS MISSISSINEWA BY 6.

NORWELL AT PERU. Past years do not affect future results, but they can be an indicator of how programs stack up against one another. Norwell is 4-0 all-time against Peru, all in the playoffs, beating the Tigers by an average of 26 points per game. Yeah, despite an impressive-looking 8-2 record, Peru is no match for this Norwell squad. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 15.

EASTSIDE AT BISHOP LUERS. The big one in Class 2A. Laban Davis has been superhuman all season long, averaging close to 300 total yards per game. He was huge in last year’s matchup between these two, rushing for over 150 yards in a 56-49 instant classic. But while the Blazers lost pieces from 2021, Bishop Luers brought back the majority of its top performers. After the disappointment of losing the outright SAC crown, the Knights will be locked in at Luersfield. No matter the field conditions, this is the Knights’ game to lose. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP LUERS BY 9.

SOUTH ADAMS AT UNION CITY. Where is Union City? Literally steps away from the border with Ohio directly east of Muncie. It’s a decent haul for a team that holds a decided edge over a program that has never won a postseason championship of any kind. That’s all Blitz needs to hear. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 20.

TRITON AT ADAMS CENTRAL. Triton and AC have played four times since 2006. Triton has 14 total points in those games. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 39.

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