For a select few, Week 9 presents the opportunity to capture a conference championship.

For everyone else, the priority is simple – maximize the final game of the regular season by doing everything possible to be ready for the playoffs beginning next week.

After this Friday, the next loss ends your season.

It’s sure about to get real. But we have Week 9 to tackle first.

Last week: 15-4 (.789)

Overall: 136-28 (.829)

CARROLL AT WAYNE. The last time Carroll went undefeated in the regular season? The final year of the old Northeast Hoosier Conference in 2014. That team was actually 5-0 in games decided by seven points or less. Through eight games, the Chargers have had just one such game in the SAC. Wasn’t this league supposed to be more difficult? BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 21.

CONCORDIA AT NORTH SIDE. We are going down memory lane here this week. The last time North finished with seven or more wins in the regular season? 2012. That squad lost to Snider in the sectional. Well that sets the stage quite nicely for a potential sectional final showdown, doesn’t it? BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 22.

BISHOP LUERS AT SNIDER. Both coaches want their squads to play well in this one. But what neither can afford is an injury to a key player. Luers and Snider are capable of making deep runs in their respective classes. The last thing either need is to lose a guy in Week 9, especially the Knights who have depth issues at some spots. Snider’s run of impressive performances will continue. BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 23.

NORTHROP AT BISHOP DWENGER. The winning streak for the Saints over their neighbor down Washington Center Road is 10 dating back to 2012. Make it 11. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP DWENGER BY 16.

HOMESTEAD AT SOUTH SIDE. It has been a tumultuous week for the players at South Side in a year of struggles. Blitz hopes that fans turn out to show their support. As for the on-field result? Well, Homestead’s offense will be tough to slow down. BLITZ SAYS HOMESTEAD BY 29.

COLUMBIA CITY AT NORWELL. The Eagles have been so good this year. The rushing attack has been superb. The offense as a unit is scoring 37 points per game. Defensively, they are allowing barely nine points per game. But here is the problem, Norwell is better at running the ball, at scoring and points allowed. In Blitz’s mind, significantly better. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 16.

DEKALB AT LEO. Coach Jason Doerffler’s Lions are 2-0 this season after a loss. Both of those losses came at home, and both dubs came on the road. We flip the script this week after a defeat at Columbia City last week. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 12.

EAST NOBLE AT BELLMONT. It hasn’t been a fun four weeks for the Knights, who are in the midst of their longest losing streak since they lost eight straight games to open the 2001 campaign. The bleeding stops here. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 20.

NEW HAVEN AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. A trap game for the Bulldogs? After knocking around East Noble last week, New Haven concludes the season on the road at a team that is beat up and struggling to move the ball on offense. If the Vikings were healthier, Blitz would consider going with the home team. BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 12.

ADAMS CENTRAL AT WOODLAN. The Flying Jets win the ACAC outright with a win. Woodlan has been able to put up points with Jake Snyder and Co., but it will be tough to hang on Friday. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 30.

JAY COUNTY AT HERITAGE. The league slate has not been kind to Jay County, which hasn’t won since early September. BLITZ SAYS HERITAGE BY 14.

LAKELAND AT BLUFFTON. This one is interesting. Bluffton got the narrow win last year in Week 9. Both squads are on losing streaks and would like to ride into the playoffs with a dub. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 7.

SOUTH ADAMS AT SOUTHERN WELLS. The Starfires have won seven or more games in the regular season in six straight years under Coach Grant Moser. Make it seven straight years. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 43.

CENTRAL NOBLE AT GARRETT. It has been a season to forget for both teams in terms of on-field results in 2022. Garrett has looked better in recent weeks. BLITZ SAYS GARRETT BY 3.

EASTSIDE AT ANGOLA. The de facto conference championship game as the division title winners meet up in Week 9. Eastside’s running game has been a problem for opponents all season long and may be the catalyst in this one. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 4.

FAIRFIELD AT CHURUBUSCO. Which Fairfield team are we going to get? Churubusco is undefeated at home so far this year. Tough to pick against that. BLITZ SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 2.

FREMONT AT LAKE STATION. Lake Station is actually Thomas A. Edison Junior/Senior High School in Lake Station, the only high school in the town. Why do people say Lake Station instead? No idea. Does Blitz care enough to try and find out? No. BLITZ SAYS THOMAS A. EDISON JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL BY 9.

WEST NOBLE AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS. Heights has six-win West Noble then at Bishop Luers in consecutive weeks. Tough. BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 28.

WARSAW AT NORTHRIDGE. The Tigers with a good challenge on the road to finish the regular season. Can Northridge stop the run? If it does, it wins. BLITZ SAYS NORTHRIDGE BY 2.

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