It was a good start to the season for many area squads last week.
It was also a very good start for Blitz, who emerged from prognostication hibernation to hit on 83 percent of his selections.
Let’s see if your favorite cartoon character picking games can have another solid week.
Last week: 20-4 (.833)
BISHOP DWENGER AT NORTH SIDE. This is a pivotal game for the Legends, who have to go to Carroll next week. One loss is sustainable in the SAC title race. Two losses and you’re doomed. Dwenger has won 12 straight in the series, including six in the last three years. North has played the Saints tough as recently as last October. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 3.
BISHOP LUERS AT WAYNE. Neither team came out of Week 1 particularly happy with their performance, although Lamarion Nelson was his typical self for the Generals, going for close to 200 yards on the ground. That’s the key to this one, can the Knights hold back the rushing attack? Blitz thinks not. BLITZ SAYS WAYNE BY 7.
SNIDER AT CARROLL. The big one in the SAC this week, perhaps the entire season. The top two squads in Blitz’s Power Poll clash. The Panthers showed moxie holding off North Side last week, although took way too many penalties. Carroll had its way with the Knights, but is sophomore QB Jimmy Sullivan ready for the big stage? BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 2.
HOMESTEAD AT CONCORDIA. Can Ajani Washington make enough plays to keep the Cadets in this game? Blitz wouldn’t put anything past the junior stud athlete. But Sparty is too deep. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 16.
SOUTH SIDE AT NORTHROP. Can Quentin Bowen get his first win as a head coach? Neither team has the ability to grind out too many wins in this year’s SAC as each continue to build. Take advantage where you can. BLITZ SAYS NORTHROP BY 8.
COLUMBIA CITY AT DELTA. A good test for Coach Brett Fox’s squad to open their road slate. Delta rushed for close to 300 yards last week, with senior Palmer Samuels going for 174 yards and three scores. Columbia City was able to bottle up Busco’s run game last week. Can it do the same in Week 2? BLITZ SAYS DELTA BY 3.
EAST NOBLE AT NORTHWOOD. This game was canceled last year due to Covid issues but should live up to the billing as it did in 2020. NorthWood crushed Jimtown on the road last week with senior Seth Lone accounting for four TDs. We still don’t really know how good East Noble is as Plymouth is in the midst of a rebuild. These are the games Coach Luke Amstutz loves. BLITZ SAYS NORTHWOOD BY 2.
GARRETT AT DEKALB. Both teams are coming off disappointing performances in Week 1 and are looking to rebound. That will be easier for the Barons, who will christen a new turf and scoreboard with a big win. BLITZ SAYS DEKALB BY 18.
HERITAGE AT NORWELL. Some folks have told Blitz that he is too high on Norwell. Perhaps. Maybe it’s because Coach Josh Gerber is the only person in the area who can hurt this bear’s paw in a handshake? Also, his team is pretty darn good. Heritage is improved, but not on the Knights’ level. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 21.
HUNTINGTON NORTH AT JAY COUNTY. Maybe it was the emotion and excitement of opening a brand new football stadium, but the Vikings played Eastbrook tough last Friday. It will carry over into Week 2, where Jay County just doesn’t have the personnel to compete for four quarters. BLITZ SAYS HUNTINGTON NORTH BY 15.
LEO AT ANGOLA. This one is absolutely crucial for Leo, which has a gauntlet of NE8 powers upcoming. You can blame injuries, but that’s just an excuse. The Lions must be better defensively in particular. While Angola opened some eyes last week, it will truly be on the map with a victory here. But Blitz isn’t counting Leo out after a loss to a good team to open the season. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 8.
NEW HAVEN AT EASTBROOK. Questions abound on who will suit up for the Bulldogs in this one. If they are close to full strength, they have a chance in this one. If they are missing key personnel, the trip to Grant County may not go so well. BLITZ SAYS EASTBROOK BY 12.
SOUTH ADAMS AT BELLMONT. The Braves struggled out of the gate with a shutout loss to an ACAC squad last week. The goal this week should be to get some points on the board against another ACAC foe. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 27.
BLUFFTON AT MANCHESTER. Can the Tigers bounce back from what was a very ugly loss last week? The offense in particular struggled as Bluffton was shut out in Week 1 for the first time since 2004. Coach Kunkel’s team has been able to handle Manchester in recent years. Bounce-back week. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 6.
EASTSIDE AT ADAMS CENTRAL. The big one in the area outside of the SAC. Eastside has won two straight in the series, with last year coming down to a two-point conversion late. Both displayed exceptional running attacks last week against inferior opponents. The road won’t be quite as easy this week. AC by a hair. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 2.
MADISON-GRANT AT SOUTHERN WELLS. Last year, the Argylls won this matchup 52-0. Blitz does not expect much different this year. BLITZ SAYS MADISON-GRANT BY 38.
WOODLAN AT CENTRAL NOBLE. Despite the defense struggling against Eastside last week, the Warriors were able to move the ball and score some points. The Cougars getting beat up by 26 by their county rival in Week 1 was surprising. Both teams need to rebound. The edge goals to the home team. BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 3.
BLACKFORD AT FREMONT. The Eagles have not began a season 2-0 since 1997. Let’s get it. BLITZ SAYS FREMONT BY 7.
BRONSON (MI) AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS. The Vikings of Bronson dip below the state line to start off their season. What can the Daniels boys do for an entire for the Panthers? How about another dub? BLITZ SAYS PRAIRIE HEIGHTS BY 8.
FAIRFIELD AT SOUTH BEND ADAMS. Blitz didn’t go with the Falcons last week against a quality opponent on the road. He was proven wrong. Why break tradition at this point? BLITZ SAYS SOUTH BEND ADAMS BY 6.
LAKELAND AT CHURUBUSCO. This could be a better game than what most are expecting. Coach Ryan O’Shea’s strides with the Lakers are becoming evident. Freshman Brayden Holbrook is a name to know in the future for Lakeland, but he will find things tough going in Turtle Town. BLITZ SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 11.
WEST NOBLE AT WAWASEE. Put Seth Pruitt up there as one of the top football players in the entire area that no one in Allen County knows about. Just a sophomore, but could easily eclipse 1,000 rushing yards this season. BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 7.
CHESTERTON AT WARSAW. Coach Bart Curtis’s team whacked a well thought of Class 5A opponent in Michigan City. Might it do so again to a team on the fringe of the top 10 in the state polls? Warsaw loves causing issues for opposing defenses with its offensive style, but Chesterton can reciprocate with offensive coordinator Wally McCormack, who loves to think outside the box. BLITZ SAYS CHESTERTON BY 3.
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