Time to get down to business.
With 5A and 6A jumping in to the postseason festivities this week, we have a full slate of games to pick across all six classes.
This is it. Win Friday and you will play for some hardware every week the rest of the year. Lose and it is time to focus on wrestling or (dry heave) basketball.
Last week: 17-2 (.894)
Overall: 169-33 (.836)
CARROLL AT PENN. Look, Blitz knows that Carroll looked damn impressive in rolling through the SAC with an unblemished record. He knows that the defense is as stout and capable as any in northeast Indiana. And he definitely knows that Jimmy Sullivan is the real deal. But this is 6A football we are talking about. It is MURDER. And Penn? Perhaps the best team outside of the Indy area. Blitz wants to believe. But he can’t. BLITZ SAYS PENN BY 7.
ELKHART AT WARSAW. Since consolidation, Elkhart is quickly becoming a northern 6A power, which is just great, another one to deal with. Success for Warsaw is predicated on one thing – being able to run the football. Elkhart allowed the fewest points this season in the Northern Indiana Conference. That’s trouble. BLITZ SAYS ELKHART BY 5.
FISHERS AT NORTHROP. The last time the Bruins played a team from the Indy area, Northrop put a 37-23 whoopin’ on Carmel way back in 1999. Ah memories. This matchup won’t go as well as that one did. BLITZ SAYS FISHERS BY 23.
HOMESTEAD AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN. A sub-.500 Spartans team on the road against the top-ranked team in Class 6A? What could go wrong? Homestead could play its best game of the season by far and still lose by 20. Again, 6A is MURDER. BLITZ SAYS HSE BY 26.
ANDERSON AT NORTH SIDE. Everyone expects North to win this game. Everyone is looking ahead to next week and a showdown with either Snider or Dwenger. Coach Ben Johnson needs to make sure his squad doesn’t fall into that “everyone” category. The Legends should wrap this game up by half if it comes out firing. BLITZ SAYS NORTH SIDE BY 24.
SNIDER AT BISHOP DWENGER. Coach Kurt Tippmann described his team as ‘terrible’ in last year’s postseason loss to Bishop Dwenger after handling it merely weeks before. Will this year be different as the Panthers enter the playoffs No. 1 in Class 5A? You can bet the Saints will be ready. Blitz feels like this one will be closer than people think. Can CJ Davis, Carter Minix and company work some magic? BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 8.
LEO AT EAST NOBLE. Last year, Blitz took East Noble to knock off Leo by one point in the teams’ playoff matchup. How we feeling about this year? The Knights showed how much they have grown with a road dub at Angola last week. The mid-season stretch was tough but Coach Amstutz’s squad fought Leo tough in Week 5. Let’s try this again. BLITZ SAYS EAST NOBLE BY 1.
DEKALB AT COLUMBIA CITY. There is nothing more dangerous than playing a conference foe in the playoffs. They know what you do, how you do it and how to capitalize on your weaknesses. New Haven fell into that trap against DeKalb last week. Will the Eagles? BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 13.
MISSISSINEWA AT HUNTINGTON NORTH. Kudos to the Vikings, who handed Blitz one of his two losses last week as they destroyed Muncie Central. Ole Miss is fairly balanced offensively with a 1,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher. There’s just something that is making Blitz lean HN here. BLITZ SAYS HUNTINGTON NORTH BY 2.
WEST NOBLE AT KNOX. The two losses this season by Knox came against North Judson and LaVille, a combined 19-1 this year. Tough road trip for the Chargers. BLITZ SAYS KNOX BY 11.
NORWELL AT CONCORDIA LUTHERAN. Let’s see, in NE8 vs. SAC matchups last week we had Leo struggling with South Side and Columbia City struggling with Wayne. Blitz senses a theme here. Can the Cadets beat Norwell? Probably not. Can they scare the living hell out of the Knights? Absolutely. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 14.
GARRETT AT YORKTOWN. Great job by the Railroaders in finishing the season strong after starting 0-6. Yorktown has a QB who can sling it all over the field, but also has an issue with interceptions. Get a few early and Garrett could keep this one close. BLITZ SAYS YORKTOWN BY 12.
BISHOP LUERS AT CHURUBUSCO. Hear that? That’s Paul Sade doing a rain dance in an attempt to have a deluge at ‘Busco on Friday night. It looks as if it will stay dry, meaning Coach Sade and the Eagles will need to deal with the Knights on a dry field. If the Eagles can limit the big plays they can keep this one close. BLITZ SAYS BISHOP LUERS BY 14.
EASTSIDE AT MANCHESTER. The draw couldn’t have been better for the Blazers, who should run their way into the sectional final with ease. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 38.
BLUFFTON AT TIPTON. Senior Eli Carter has rushed for close to 1,400 yards and 21 scores for Tipton so far this season. That is priority one for a Bluffton defense that has struggled at times against competent offenses. BLITZ SAYS TIPTON BY 4.
SOUTH ADAMS AT ADAMS CENTRAL. The only way to beat Adams Central is match them score for score on the scoreboard and get a few stops. Can the Starfires do both? Blitz has more confidence in the former than the latter. Trick plays. Onside kicks. Fourth down conversion attempts. Pull out all the stops Coach Moser, it may be your only shot. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 14.
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