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Friday, September 29, 2017 1:00 am

5 games to watch

SAC

Homestead (5-1) at Carroll (4-2): The Chargers have bounced back from starting the season 0-2 by a combined score of 103-26 to win four straight, including last week's 62-28 rout of South Side. The Spartans did some bouncing back of their own, from their first loss of the season, to whip North Side 42-14 last week. The Spartans won last year's matchup 35-18. The battle between talented quarterbacks, Jiya Wright from Homestead and Jack Miguel from Carroll, should be interesting as well. 

NE8

East Noble (4-2, 3-1) at Columbia City (4-2, 3-1): Two teams with identical records suffered different fates last week. The Knights powered past Norwell (0-4 in league play) 43-7, while the Eagles lost in the conference for the first time, against defending NE8 champion New Haven (4-0) 48-7. It didn't help Columbia City's cause when starting quarterback Jacob Bolt left the game last week with an injury. The Knights blanked the Eagles 48-0 a year ago. 

ACAC

Woodlan (6-0) at Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic (4-1): The Warriors go out-of-state against the Thunderbirds looking for their third straight win against their Ohio foes and their 25th straight regular-season win. Woodlan, which is averaging 51 points per game, beat Jay County 47-6 last week. Central Catholic took care of Toledo Rogers 49-20. The Warriors beat the Thunderbirds 36-20 last year. 

NECC

Churubusco (6-0, 3-0) at Central Noble (5-1, 2-0): This one is being billed as the biggest game for the Chargers in more than a decade. Central Noble has won five straight games for the first time since an undefeated regular season in 2003. Last week, the Cougars beat Lakeland 41-14. Churubusco won last week 61-0 over Fremont and has opened a season 6-0 for the first time since 2013. A win would mean the Eagles would wrap up the small-school division title, while a Cougars victory would clinch at least a tie for the championship. Last year, Churubusco won 42-6. 

Region

Wawasee (1-5, 0-4 NLC) at Warsaw (3-3, 2-2): The Tigers have won two straight in the annual battle for the “W” trophy. This year, Warsaw has won two of its last three games, while Wawasee has dropped five in a row. The Tigers blanked Goshen 21-0, while the Warriors fell to Plymouth 34-6 last week. Warsaw won last year, 38-14.

– Greg Jones, The Journal Gazette

gjones@jg.net