Friday, October 13, 2017 1:00 am
5 Games to watch
Snider (8-0) at Bishop Luers (5-3): The Panthers are riding an 18-game regular-season winning streak, while the Knights have won three of four. Last week, Snider clinched its second straight SAC title with a thrilling win over Bishop Dwenger, 34-31. The Knights beat South Side 37-19 and are only a one-point loss to Dwenger away from a four-game winning streak. Last year, the Panthers beat the Knights 52-27.
Leo (6-2, 5-1) at DeKalb (3-5, 3-3): The Lions could clinch at least a tie for the conference title with a win over the Barons. Leo would share the championship if one or both New Haven and East Noble lose or win it outright if those two teams should both get beaten. Last week, the Lions won their fourth straight game by beating Columbia City 34-13. A 15-14 win over Bellmont last week gave the Barons their first three-game winning streak in exactly one year. The next game was a 48-14 loss to Leo.
Woodlan (7-1, 5-0) at Adams Central (6-2, 5-0): The conference championship comes down to this matchup – for the third straight year. Last year, the Warriors came out on top 28-16, and then won 21-20 in 2015. Woodlan set the game up with a 25-3 win last week over South Adams, while Adams Central blanked Bluffton 46-0. The Jets haven't beaten the Warriors since 2011.
Garrett (5-3) at Central Noble (6-2): The Cougars haven't beaten the Railroaders since 2007, and it has been since 2003 for a Central Noble win in the regular season. Of course, the series took a break when Garrett was in the NECC. Included in that is the Railroaders' 54-32 win over the Cougars last year. Last week, both teams had a chance to win outright division titles and failed, with Garrett falling to Angola 24-6, and Central Noble losing to Eastside 21-7.
Warsaw (5-3, 4-2) at Concord (7-1, 5-1): The Tigers are trying to avoid a three-game losing streak to the Minutemen, who won last year 45-38 and 22-17 in 2015. Concord lost its first game of the year last week when it went down to Northridge, 28-21. Warsaw remained hot, overcoming a big deficit in beating NorthWood 31-28.
– Greg Jones, The Journal Gazette