Friday, September 08, 2017 1:00 am
5 games to watch
Homestead (3-0) at Bishop Dwenger (3-0): Two of the three league unbeatens face off in this matchup. The Spartans are in the midst of making a statement early in the season after impressive wins over Concordia and Bishop Luers, the latter coming 47-3 last week. Behind quarterback Jiya Wright, Homestead's offense has been almost unstoppable and is averaging 46.3 points per game. That high-powered offense will face a Saints defense that is giving up only 8.7 points per game, coming off a 48-14 win over South Side last week. Dwenger won last year's matchup, 34-13.
New Haven (3-0, 1-0) at Leo (2-1, 1-0): The Bulldogs put their nine-game conference winning streak on the line as they venture to Leo in an important early league game. The defending Northeast Eight champion Bulldogs won their conference opener last week 41-0 over DeKalb. The Lions also won last week in shutout fashion, blanking Norwell 41-0 to get the early conference win. Last year, New Haven won the game 48-9.
Adams Central (1-2, 0-0) at Jay County (2-1, 1-0): In each of the previous two seasons, the Jets didn't lose their second game of the season until the season was done – in the playoffs. After a 34-33 double-overtime defeat at Lapel last week, Adams Central finds itself in unfamiliar territory, being under .500 this early in the season. The Jets get a chance to turn things around in the conference, where they have yet to lose to anyone other than Woodlan in three years. After a 49-0 win last week against Southern Wells, the Patriots are off a solid start to the season. Adams Central beat Jay County 33-7 a year ago.
Angola (3-0) at West Noble (2-1): Both teams are getting their start in the conference's big-school division in this matchup. The Hornets are off to their first 3-0 start since 2010 after a 31-14 win over Jimtown last week. After winning the first two weeks of the season with almost identical scores of 32-14 and 31-14, the Chargers dropped a defensive slugfest last week 9-8 against Eastside. Last year, Angola came out on top 37-17 over West Noble.
Whitko (0-3) at Rochester (3-0): It has been a turnaround struggle for the Wildcats after the first three games. Last week, Whitko lost to Maconaquah 48-7 after winning the previous year 36-7. Whitko is trying to stop that trend against the Zebras, a team the Wildcats beat a year ago 57-14, as play in the Three Rivers Conference North Division begins.
– Greg Jones, The Journal Gazette