Friday, September 14, 2018 1:00 am
5 games to watch
Homestead (2-2) at Snider (3-1): Last year, the Spartans and Panthers entered this game 4-0, and it proved to be the matchup that determined the victor of the SAC. The road has been rockier this year: Snider fell to Carroll in Week 2 in the Panthers' largest conference loss since 1988, Homestead is on a two-game slide, and Bishop Dwenger, Bishop Luers and Wayne – at least – are still very much in the running for the conference title. Homestead and Snider have two quarterbacks sharing time: Whether it's Jake Archbold or Luke Goode for the Spartans, they know they can make a big play with targets such as Trevin Taylor and Griffin Little. Meanwhile, Antoine Taylor and Jon Barnes Jr. and their Panthers teammates are settling into new roles, and senior Ethan Hoover has returned to help anchor the defense after missing the first two weeks because of a meniscus tear.
Bishop Dwenger (4-0) at Carroll (2-2): The Saints passed their biggest test of so far last week with a win at Homestead, while the Chargers learned that even unheralded Northrop is ready to get in on the SAC upset action. Carroll, led by quarterback Gaven Vogt and receiver Camdyn Childers, can score (its offensive output of the season was against Bishop Luers in a rainy mess of an opener), but will the Chargers be able to against a Dwenger defense that hits as hard as anyone?
East Noble (3-1) at Leo (2-2): The Lions will be playing a co-defending champion of the NE8 for the second week in a row after losing to New Haven last week. The Leo offense struggled to get going, scoring just six points in the first two weeks, but the Lions have scored 59 in the last two. They will have to protect the ball better than they did last week, when they lost five fumbles in the first half and essentially ended the game with an interception. East Noble has found success by spreading the ball: Four players have at least 100 yards rushing, and three have at last 100 receiving.
Monroe Central (4-0) at South Adams (4-0): The Starfires, who will play the rest of the season without two-way star Nic Stuber, will likely face their toughest opponent in the undefeated Golden Bears from the Mid-Eastern Conference. The teams haven't met since South Adams won a sectional matchup 46-0 in 2011.
Angola (4-0) at Lakeland (3-1): So far, Angola has been just as dominant this year as it was in 2017. But while Lakeland fell to 1-4 after losing to the Hornets 51-13 last season, the Lakers have won seven of their last nine games dating back to last season. Like the Hornets, they also won their conference opener last week.
– Victoria Jacobsen, The Journal Gazette