A trip to the final four of each class is on the line this Friday as area teams battle for regional crowns.
Who advances? Who is done?
Blitz makes his picks.
Last week: 5-3 (.625)
Overall: 167-50 (.769)
WESTFIELD AT CARROLL. A team from northeast Indiana has NEVER won a Class 6A regional game. That is mindboggling. Can the Chargers be the first? Being at home is an advantage, as is a defense that continues to dominate foes. But taking on Westfield is another level of difficulty. This team has Power 5 linemen on both sides and hasn’t lost since Week 1, much like Carroll. The Shamrocks overwhelmed Homestead a season ago in the regional and Carroll needs to be ready to play its most complete game of the season to avoid the same thing. In the end, even a stellar game for the Chargers may not be enough. BLITZ SAYS WESTFIELD BY 9.
BISHOP DWENGER AT ZIONSVILLE. A rematch from a year ago, with visions of A.J. Vinatieri tearing the hearts out of the Dwenger faithful still fresh. The kicker is back, but other familiar faces have moved on. The Saints’ effort last week in dispatching of Snider was impressive, now can that same dominance go on the road? Bishop Dwenger only played one team with a winning record on the road this year – and lost by 11 to Snider. Being away from Shields Field may be more damaging to the Saints’ chances than we think. BLITZ SAYS ZIONSVILLE BY 3.
BREBEUF AT NORWELL. This feels similar to last year when Concordia took on Chatard in the regional. No one gave the Cadets a chance, but they battled well and eventually…lost. Brebeuf has taken care of two state contenders already in West Lafayette and Western Boone. The line play will be the difference, as the Knights have some pieces, but not the across-the-line dominance that the Braves have. Norwell has hope if Luke Graft goes nuts. BLITZ SAYS BREBEUF BY 8.
EASTBROOK AT EASTSIDE. Was last week Eastside’s state championship? Or has it refocused after the ousting of Bishop Luers on the road? Defending Eastbrook’s offensive attack is difficult, even when you know what is coming. Sounds a little like Laban Davis, doesn’t it? The kid continues to amaze, and he will write another chapter in the book of his storied prep career in this one. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 4.
ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTH ADAMS. Much to Adams Central’s chagrin, this game will be played on the wet and muddy field at South Adams, a surface that drains as poorly as any in our region. That will surely slow AC down, much like it did Monroe Central a few weeks ago in Berne. The Flying Jets are the better team, but South Adams has nothing to lose as the heavy underdog. Can the Starfires play spoiler like AC did two years ago against them? Maybe a reach, but you know how much Blitz loves the slop…BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 1.
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