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Friday, September 01, 2017 1:00 am

5 games to watch

SAC

Bishop Luers (2-0) at Homestead (2-0): Former Spartans running back Jordan Presley makes his return to Homestead as a Knight. Both teams are also undefeated so far, looking to remain in contention for an SAC title. Last week, the Knights held off Wayne 28-20, while the Spartans blitzed defending Class 3A state champion Concordia 49-25. Homestead won last year's matchup 38-27. 

NE8

DeKalb (0-2) at New Haven (2-0): This is the first of two matchups for the Barons that tragically never took place last season after the deaths of two DeKalb players. The program also forfeited the following week's game against East Noble. The Barons narrowly lost to DeKalb County rival Garrett 28-18, and New Haven slipped past Mississinewa 36-32 last week.

ACAC

South Adams (2-0) at Bluffton (1-1): The Starfires are off to their first 2-0 start since 2011 after a 31-24 win over Adams County rival Bellmont last week. The Tigers have certainly changed their style in the first two games of the season, losing to Northfield 42-30 in the opener and then beating Manchester 8-0 in Game 2. The Starfires won last year's matchup 56-0. 

NECC

Churubusco (2-0) at Garrett (2-0): Last year, the Railroaders won the matchup 7-6 over the Eagles. By looking at the scores for the first two games for both teams, a repeat appears unlikely. Churubusco is averaging 49 points per game after crushing Lakeland 42-12 last week, while Garrett comes in at 35 points per game after a 28-19 win over DeKalb.

Region

Plymouth (2-0) at Warsaw (1-1): After a 50-19 win over Hammond Morton last week, the Rockies are off to an impressive start. The Tigers fell to East Noble 28-7 a week ago but still appear to be a solid team. Plymouth beat Warsaw 17-10 in 2016. The Rockies have won the last three games against the Tigers.

– Greg Jones, The Journal Gazette