Week 10 feels a lot like Week 1. Every team is optimistic as things reset. Sure, the regular season meant something, but starting this Friday, it doesn’t matter.
Win and you move on. Lose and you’re done.
Which teams fit in which category? Read on and find out.
Last week: 16-3 (.842)
Overall: 152-31 (.830)
EAST NOBLE AT ANGOLA. These two teams collide for the first time since 2004 with both still having some questions. The Hornets struggled last week in a blowout loss to Eastside, while the Knights have not beaten a team with a winning record this year. That changes on Friday. East Noble will make plays late to win. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 2.
SOUTH SIDE AT LEO. Six years ago, a one-win South squad dominated Leo in the playoffs to the tune of a 33-9 win. These teams haven’t met since. If anything, the Lions have been reminded of that game time and again this week. No repeat performance this time around. BLITZ SAYS LEO BY 14.
NEW HAVEN AT DEKALB. Who wins the battle between the DeKalb passing attack and the New Haven pass defense? It was the Bulldogs that won at DeKalb convincingly in Week 3, but the regular season means nothing now. All eyes on DC Kendrick Mullen’s secondary…BLITZ SAYS NEW HAVEN BY 9.
COLUMBIA CITY AT WAYNE. This game has been eyed by many in the area since the sectional draw was released. After such an emotional high last week, has Columbia City been able to move past beating Norwell and lock in on a Wayne squad that can be incredibly dangerous? A very good question. Some are leaning the Generals here. Blitz isn’t biting. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 8.
HUNTINGTON NORTH AT MUNCIE CENTRAL. Four straight wins for the Bearcats have them feeling pretty good heading into the playoffs. It is a front-loaded schedule for MC, meaning it has beat up on some poor squads of late, but momentum is big this time of year. Vikes will struggle to hang around. BLITZ SAYS MUNCIE CENTRAL BY 15.
WESTERN AT JAY COUNTY. Western is averaging 327 yards per game on the ground and 8.3 yards per carry. That’s not good for a team that has struggled to stop anyone over the course of its six-game losing streak. BLITZ SAYS WESTERN BY 21.
MISHAWAKA MARIAN AT WEST NOBLE. A down year for Marian is good for the Chargers, who otherwise would have a tall task with this draw most other seasons. This one will be closer than most think as the strength of schedule favors the Knights, but West Noble will get it done. BLITZ SAYS WEST NOBLE BY 8.
LAKELAND AT KNOX. Freshman quarterback Brayden Holbrook has had a solid season as a starter, throwing for 1,352 yards and 13 TDs. But on the road against a quality foe to open the postseason? This challenge is a tough one for Holbrook and the Lakers. BLITZ SAYS KNOX BY 10.
FAIRFIELD AT JOHN GLENN. If the Falcons can establish the triple option, they beat Glenn. If they cannot establish the triple option, Glenn wins. It’s pretty simple here. Blitz doesn’t pick against schools named after astronauts. BLITZ SAYS GLENN BY 5.
NORWELL AT HERITAGE. Where is the mindset for Norwell after last Friday’s shocking defeat? It better be back on task, because the Patriots will give the Knights a challenge if they aren’t ready. When it comes to making a run to state, last week was the best thing that could have possibly happened to Norwell. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 21.
CONCORDIA LUTHERAN AT WOODLAN. This is one of those games that you naturally favor the Cadets coming out of the strong conference. But Blitz feels the SAC was down this year, and Woodlan is no slouch, particularly offensively. A big night from Eli Mattox is needed. BLITZ SAYS CONCORDIA LUTHERAN BY 7.
BELLMONT AT GARRETT. Sophomore QB Calder Hefty has been up and down all season, but lately the Garrett offense has been able to find its footing with three straight games of 22 or more points. Note that the Railroaders didn’t score more than 20 points in any game through the first six weeks. BLITZ SAYS GARRETT BY 19.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS AT BISHOP LUERS. Not a good draw for Heights. Not one bit. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP LUERS BY 36.
CHURUBUSCO AT CENTRAL NOBLE. In late September, Churubusco routed the Cougs in a 42-0 decision. Expect more of the same this time around. BLITZ SAYS CHURUBUSCO BY 42.
EASTSIDE AT WABASH. Coach Todd Mason told his team that the postseason began last week against Angola. His boys demolished the Hornets. That continues this week. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 28.
BLUFFTON AT BLACKFORD. There are no bye weeks in Class 2A, but this is as close as it gets for the Tigers. BLITZ SAYS BLUFFTON BY 41.
FREMONT AT SOUTH ADAMS. The Starfires are too good, setting up a showdown with rival Adams Central next week. BLITZ SAYS SOUTH ADAMS BY 27.
ADAMS CENTRAL AT SOUTHWOOD. The Flying Jets are too good, setting up a showdown with rival South Adams next week. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 27.
NORTHFIELD AT SOUTHERN WELLS. Everyone makes the playoffs in Indiana. BLITZ SAYS NORTHFIELD BY 44.
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