After a relatively successful Week 3, Blitz is back with his thoughts on what is about to go down in the area this Friday.
While the schedule lacks much in the way of big-time matchups, those are the nights where we could really be caught by surprise.
So what should we expect in Week 4? Read on for answers from the
man bear himself.
Last week: 17-3 (.850)
Overall: 54-13 (.805)
CARROLL AT NORTHROP. After a trio of rigorous games to open the season, the schedule lightens a bit for the Chargers this week. That doesn’t mean Carroll can afford to let off the gas. Northrop’s defense continues to struggle, which will make this one over before half. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 23.
BISHOP DWENGER AT HOMESTEAD. Are the Spartans for real? We will begin to get some answers to that question against the Saints. Homestead has won three straight in the series and has the advantage in the trenches. Can anyone slow down Brett Fuchs? Maybe just the folks that pronounce his name wrong. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 8.
BISHOP LUERS AT CONCORDIA. These are the games that can be closer than people think. The senior-laden defense of the Cadets should be able to make some plays and keep this one competitive. But the Knights have too many playmakers for Concordia to limit for four quarters. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP LUERS BY 9.
SNIDER AT SOUTH SIDE. Remember two years ago when South put the scare of a lifetime into the Snider faithful that saw the Panthers escape with a seven-point win? These two haven’t played each other since. Expect a more lopsided game this time around. Langston Leavell for 200+ rushing yards in this one. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 25.
WAYNE AT NORTH SIDE. The Legends finally get a reprieve after a tough three weeks to open the campaign. The Generals can run the ball with Lamarion Nelson, but can they stop North from scoring enough to contend? BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 13.
DEKALB AT EAST NOBLE. Coach Luke Amstutz will want to see some improvement from his young squad in front of a pivotal two-game stretch at Leo and against Norwell in the next two weeks. The youthful defense in particular needs to find some consistency. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 9.
HUNTINGTON NORTH AT COLUMBIA CITY. Blitz considered this one when examining Game of the Week options. The Vikings are vastly improved from a season ago, while Columbia City’s defense has been impressive early on. The Eagles have the advantage through the air. Look for Stratton Fuller to have another big game. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 6.
LEO AT NEW HAVEN. The Lions disappointed last week against Norwell. Can they bounce back and beat a quality team on the road? The Bulldogs’ defensive front is impressive, a position that Leo struggled with last week against the Knights. Who makes the big plays and limits mistakes? Blitz could go either way on this one. Prove him wrong ‘dogs. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 2.
NORWELL AT BELLMONT. This one should be the quickest game of the night for all the wrong reasons. (See below) BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 41.
JAY COUNTY AT ADAMS CENTRAL. Unless this one is the quickest game of the night. (See above) BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 41.
SOUTH ADAMS AT HERITAGE. The Patriots last beat South Adams in 2015 – Coach Dean Lehrman’s final season. Feels like a lot longer than that since Heritage won in this series. Patriots are better, but not there yet. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 22.
SOUTHERN WELLS AT CARROLL (FLORA). The Raiders are allowing close to 40 points per game. Carroll is scoring 46 points per contest. This won’t end well. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 44.
WOODLAN AT BLUFFTON. After being shut out in Week 1, Bluffton has bounced back to score 77 points over the last two games. Woodlan has had issues in slowing offenses down. Look for Anthony Cruz to have a big night for the Tigers on the ground. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 11.
CENTRAL NOBLE AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS. Two teams that have struggled out of the gate and are looking at this game as a get-right opportunity. The Cougars need this one in the worst way. Desperation can be a dangerous thing. BLITZ SAYS CENTRAL NOBLE BY 2.
CHURUBUSCO AT EASTSIDE. A de facto championship game for the NECC Small Division? It’s possible, even in Week 4. These two teams have owned the division in recent years. This one will be a grinder, much as it was last year at ‘Busco. Eastside prevails in a close one. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 4.
FREMONT AT ERIE-MASON (MI). The Eagles of Erie-Mason are coming off a forfeit victory over the Pharaohs of Communication Media Arts High School out of Detroit. Yes, that’s a real school. This area needs a “Pharaohs” nickname. BLITZ SAYS ERIE-MASON BY 23.
LAKELAND AT GARRETT. The Railroaders have not started a season 0-4 since 1999. This just seems like a team that can’t find its identity. BLITZ SAYS LAKELAND BY 8.
SOUTHPORT AT FAIRFIELD. Kind of a cool matchup here, as Fairfield plays its first Class 6A program ever. Could the Falcons actually beat Southport? The option game helps, but this one will be in the hands of the defense as it tries to limit sophomore quarterback AJ Reynolds. BLITZ SAYS SOUTHPORT BY 7.
WEST NOBLE AT ANGOLA. Perhaps an eliminator of sorts in the battle for the NECC Big Division. The Chargers have been impressive, but even with last week’s win over Eastside have beaten foes a combined 1-8. Angola has lost a pair of close decisions over the last two Fridays. It finds a way to win this one. BLITZ SAYS ANGOLA BY 2.
WARSAW AT CONCORD. This was a big-time battle late last year that saw the Minutemen prevail by four. Warsaw’s rushing attack is seemingly unstoppable. Concord will slow it down a bit, but the Tigers will be too much. BLITZ SAYS WARSAW BY 15.
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