BLITZ: The Week 3 Power Poll

Carroll’s Nathan Starks races up field against Snider during an August 26 game. (Photo by Leverage Photography)

With a pair of Friday nights to examine, Blitz has some changes to make in his power poll, including a new team at No. 1.

Check out the movement we have heading into Week 3, and let Blitz know if you agree or disagree.

1. CARROLL (2-0)

WHY #1?

The Chargers showed the moxie and maturity to handle the emotions of last Friday night honoring the late Owen Scheele while also playing an exceptional game in all three facets against perhaps their biggest threat in the SAC.

Sophomore quarterback Jimmy Sullivan is as advertised, as he has scored seven times over the course of the first two weeks of the season.

North Side comes calling this week. If Carroll can take care of business it will give it victories over Bishop Luers, Snider and North to begin the year. Not too shabby.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Impossible.

2. SNIDER (1-1)

WHY #2?

The Panthers are out of the top spot this week, but do not drop very far.

While Snider went toe to toe with the Chargers for four quarters, it couldn’t make the plays, particularly in the second half, to get a victory. It was Carroll, not the Panthers, that were able to win at the point of attack more often than not, which was really the difference in the game.

Snider will be fine and will be favored in the rest of its regular-season games.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Well, a loss to the No. 1 team has a lot to do with it.

3. WARSAW (2-0)

WHY #3?

Arguably no one in the area has a better pair of victories to open the year than the Tigers – who have beaten Michigan City and Chesterton, two teams considered top 10 squads in 5A, by a combined 59-14.

The start has been fueled by an exceptional running game and a stingy defense. In fact, Warsaw’s first completed pass of the season didn’t come until the fourth quarter against Chesterton in Week 2.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Lack of common opponents makes it tough to put the Tigers much higher than this right now. Still, Warsaw goes from being outside the top 10 to No. 3 in a week’s time. Road tests at Concord and NorthWood in a few weeks will be telling.

4. HOMESTEAD (2-0)

WHY #4?

Sparty falls a spot from last week, but due to no fault of its own. The way the Homestead schedule lays out has a soft start and finish to the season, but the middle is a grinder. It gets started this week at Bishop Luers.

With Luers, Dwenger, Snider, North and Carroll consecutively over the next five weeks, we will soon have a better idea on how good Homestead is.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Northrop and Concordia are decent tests, but you could argue that Homestead has yet to play anyone in the top 6 of the league. That will change soon.

But for now, No. 4 will suffice.

5. NORWELL (2-0)

WHY #5?

Some folks have told Blitz that he is way too high on Norwell. Well for now, Blitz will continue to drink the Kool-Aid.

The Knights have allowed just a single touchdown through the first two weeks, and Mississinewa and Heritage aren’t bad programs.

Norwell has lost seven-consecutive games to Leo, a streak it will try to end this Friday on the road. A victory at Leo would silence some of those doubters.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Blitz is of the opinion that Norwell is the best area team in outside of the SAC and Warsaw. For now, the top 5 is high praise.

6. NORTH SIDE (1-1)

WHY #6?

Credit to the Legends for not falling apart when down 14 to Bishop Dwenger last Friday, instead using the deficit as fuel to eventually earn a victory.

You could say North Side is a few plays away from being 2-0, but it is also a few plays away from being 0-2. So that point doesn’t really stick with Blitz.

It doesn’t get any easier this week at Carroll. Last week was huge for morale and program building. A win this Friday would put North Side squarely in SAC title contention.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

The Legends are the second-highest ranked one-loss team this week. The only one above ’em is the squad that knocked them off in Week 1 – Snider.

7. BISHOP DWENGER (1-1)

WHY #7?

Why is it that after every Bishop Dwenger loss, a vocal minority of people reach out to anyone who they think will listen calling for Coach Jason Garrett’s head? Look, if you don’t like the guy, at least be consistent and not voice your displeasure only after losses.

The Saints let one get away at North last week, but the play of Sam Campbell continues to be encouraging. A tune-up against South Side on Friday following by back-to-back road showdowns with Homestead and Carroll will be telling.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

The Saints did not do a good job in the trenches against North Side. When’s the last time you could say that? You can blame the coaching staff, but has anyone considered the fact (in Blitz’s mind) that the talent pool has dropped a bit? Intensity and physicality seem to be lacking amongst the linemen on the roster.

8. EAST NOBLE (1-1)

WHY #8?

So is NorthWood really, REALLY good or is East Noble really, REALLY average?

It is too soon to tell, or maybe we are judging the Knights a tad too harshly. Coach Luke Amstutz said it himself in the preseason that his young guys were going to have to step up and that it may take some time.

But patience is not a strength for Blitz, at least when it comes to his power poll.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

A 21-point road loss to a top 5 team in Class 4A isn’t the worst thing. The hope is East Noble gets right against Huntington North and DeKalb the next two weeks, but both matchups could be sneaky challenging.

9. LEO (1-1)

WHY #9?

Blitz thought Lions Nation was going to explode – for all the wrong reasons – if Angola would have been able to beat Leo after jumping out to a 9-0 lead last Friday.

But credit to Coach Jason Doerrfler’s squad, who turned things around and got a dub.

This season is going to be a process, more so than many folks realized. All new schemes means growing pains. Unfortunately, time is not on Leo’s side as Norwell, New Haven and East Noble are on tap the next three weeks.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

The potential is there for this No. 9 spot to be the lowest we see Leo all season long. A victory on Friday against Norwell and you will see the Lions soar upward in Blitz’s mind.

10. ADAMS CENTRAL (2-0)

WHY #10?

Blitz promised AC the No. 10 spot if it was able to knock off Eastside in Week 2, and here the Flying Jets are.

While AC’s success offensively is going to live and die by the rushing attack, per usual, Ryan Black’s ability to attack through the air to keep defenses honest will be a tremendous asset all season long.

A fun opportunity awaits this Friday as the Flying Jets will take on Covenant Christian on the turf at Taylor University.

WHY NOT HIGHER?

Just how far can a Class 1A team rise in Blitz’s Power Poll? It’s a tough road, but this bear will give the Jets every opportunity.

NEXT FIVE

11. New Haven

12. Angola

13. Bishop Luers

14. Eastside

15. Columbia City

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