Blitz’s Picks: Sectional Championship Week

We have reached that point where hardware of some kind will be handed out every week until the end of the season.

Who has the edge this week with sectional championships on the line?

Blitz tries to make sense of it all, and in so doing try to do better than he did last week.

Last week: 11-5 (.687)

Overall: 180-38 (.825)

WARSAW AT CARROLL. Boy, does Blitz sure owe the Chargers an apology. Not only did Carroll knock off Penn last week, proving the bear wrong, it absolutely destroyed the Kingsmen. This week seems like a lighter matchup with the Tigers coming to town. But don’t say that to Chargers coach Doug Dinan, who knows Warsaw is no easy foe, particularly if the Tigers run game can be effective. But after the defensive performance in Week 10, it is tough for Blitz to buy into a letdown at home, even against the tricky scheme Coach Bart Curtis is bringing to town. BLITZ SAYS CARROLL BY 14.

NORTH SIDE AT SNIDER. Both teams have won eight straight games. Both run the ball with exceptional prowess. Both feel this game opens the door to a potential run in the 5A north with a victory. But who gets it? North Side hasn’t won a sectional title since the first George Bush was president, a drought Coach Ben Johnson is confident his squad can end. This one comes down to sustaining drives. The Legends may not be able to have the amount of big, chunk plays it relies upon against an incredibly stingy Snider defense. Which team has what it takes to execute long drives without making too many mistakes? BLITZ SAYS SNIDER BY 2.

LEO AT COLUMBIA CITY. Blitz was all ready to apologize to Leo Nation for picking against the Lions last week, but then social media was filled with calling out the bear for unnecessary hate of the team in purple. Come on now, Blitz has made it plain that he loves, and hates, everyone equally. Whoever wins this one will be ending a significant sectional drought. Columbia City won the regular-season matchup in which the Lions could not do much through the air. That will need to be change in Round 2. In the end, Blitz has to go with the squad whose fans have shown him more love. When it comes down to it, cartoon bears are easily swayed. BLITZ SAYS COLUMBIA CITY BY 6.

YORKTOWN AT NORWELL. Blitz could take up your valuable time here by breaking this matchup down, but this one is easy. The Knights have not allowed a point since losing to Columbia City in Week 9. Coach Josh Gerber’s team looks like it is back on track after a reality check of sorts. Yorktown struggled against sub-.500 teams Delta and Garrett in the first two rounds of sectional play. This one won’t be close. BLITZ SAYS NORWELL BY 22.

BISHOP LUERS AT EASTSIDE. Here we go: Round 4 between these two squads in the playoffs, with the Blazers holding a 2-1 lead over the last three years. Eastside is easy to scout but difficult to stop, with an offense predicated on churning out yards on the ground and taking a lot of time off the clock. Can the Knights be patient if it is unable to strike quickly? Will a young offensive front hold out against a physical Eastside front seven? This one could go either way, but the nod here goes to the home team. BLITZ SAYS EASTSIDE BY 1.

EASTBROOK AT BLUFFTON. If there is a season to take on Eastbrook, this is it. The Panthers are good, but they aren’t elite, which leaves the door open for the Tigers in their bigger home game in seemingly forever. Devin Stupples and Gage Engle are both 1,000-yard rushers for Eastbrook, and quarterback Josh Slater is just dangerous enough in the run and pass games to respect. The Tigers will need to maximize their scoring chances on Friday because they might not get very many. BLITZ SAYS EASTBROOK BY 11.

ADAMS CENTRAL AT NORTHFIELD. Much like the first two games of the playoffs for the Flying Jets, this one won’t be very close. Blitz joked last week if we could skip the rest of the 1A tournament and just have AC and Lutheran play now instead of waiting for Thanksgiving weekend. Everyone is waiting for the Flying Jets to stumble through a game and maybe show some weaknesses. They haven’t done that yet. Don’t expect it this week. BLITZ SAYS ADAMS CENTRAL BY 31.

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