FORT WAYNE –
Snider (5-0, 4-0) at North Side (5-0, 3-0): The challenges have almost been nonexistent this year for these teams. North Side has won by 21.4 points per game, while Snider is just a tick below at 21. This one should be the challenge both teams havent had and will help clarify the SAC championship race. The teams split their matchups last year, with North Side winning 19-16 in the regular season and Snider taking the sectional matchup 35-14.
New Haven (5-0, 3-0) at Columbia City (3-2, 2-1): The unbeaten Bulldogs face a tough task on the road against the talented but inconsistent Eagles. New Haven has been stellar this year on both offense and defense. Columbia City is coming off a 62-10 win over DeKalb last week. New Haven won this matchup last year 62-33.
Heritage (4-1, 3-0) at Leo (4-0, 2-0): Two of the three teams still without a conference loss face each other. While a lot is known about the Lions the last couple of seasons, the Patriots dominance has gone a little unnoticed this year but is equally as impressive. After an opening-game loss to New Haven, Heritage has four straight lopsided wins. Leo has won 24 straight games against ACAC opponents and 21 in a row in the regular season, but both of those streaks are in jeopardy.
Lakeland (5-0, 5-0) at Eastside (2-3, 2-2): The Blazers bounced back – somewhat – from a 54-0 loss to Churubusco two weeks ago to battle Fairfield in a 32-29 loss last week. The undefeated Lakers are next. Lakeland is its usual tough self this year, beating opponents by an average of 53-10, including point totals of 65, 61 and 59 the last three weeks.
Huntington North (2-3, 2-1) at Marion (3-2, 2-1): This one has the makings of a shootout. Both teams gave up 49 points last week – and won. Huntington North beat Anderson 62-49 with quarterback Drew Schnitz throwing a state-record nine touchdown passes, while Marion beat Logansport 56-49. Both offenses are scoring more than 30 points per game.