Friday, October 12, 2018 1:00 am
5 Games to Watch
In this final week of the regular season, the SAC title is still not quite settled. Meanwhile, two area teams face the last hurdle before claiming perfect regular-season records.
Northrop (3-5) at Bishop Dwenger (7-1): A win guarantees the Saints an outright SAC title, and they have to get past a team from the bottom half of the conference standings to do it. The Bruins have struggled on defense (they shut out South Side and gave up 21 to Carroll, but have given up at least 37 points in every other game), but they are also the highest-scoring team in the conference. Dwenger is a heavy favorite but doesn't seem quite so bulletproof after a close win over Bishop Luers and a loss to Snider last week.
Bishop Luers (5-3) at Snider (7-1): The Panthers still have an outside hope of repeating as SAC champs with a win and losses by Bishop Dwenger and Wayne. If the Saints lose and Wayne wins, the three teams will share the conference title. In any scenario, a win would show that Snider is back on track heading into sectionals after two years when the Panthers went into the regional round undefeated.
DeKalb (5-3) at Leo (5-3): With East Noble already crowned NE8 champions, arguably the two next best teams will meet in Week 9. Leo's riding a three-game winning streak and coming off a 31-10 win over Columbia City. The Barons are looking for their fifth win in a row after defeating Bellmont 28-14 last week. The Lions' offense has averaged 33 points over the last six games, but the Barons have shut out opponents three times this season.
Adams Central (8-0) at Woodlan (4-4): The Flying Jets have been dominant this season, but a loss to Woodlan would put both at 5-1 in conference, with the Warriors having the advantage in head-to-head play. Woodlan reached the Class 2A finals last year, but even that team lost the regular-season finale to Adams Central 30-21.
Eastside (5-3) at Angola (8-0): With the NECC title sewn up, the only remaining suspense is whether the Hornets end the regular season undefeated. They've showed no signs of weakness this season, but if there was ever a good time for the Blazers to head to Angola, it's now: After a three-game losing streak that stretched from Week 2 to Week 4, the Blazers have won four straight.
– Victoria Jacobsen, The Journal Gazette