Friday, October 06, 2017 1:00 am
5 games to watch
Bishop Dwenger (5-2) at Snider (7-0): A win by the Panthers would give them a second straight conference championship, as they are holding the tiebreaker over second-place Homestead (6-1). With last week's 39-25 win over Northrop, Snider has won 17 straight regular-season games. The Panthers' last regular-season loss was 20-17 against Bishop Dwenger in 2015. The Saints have won two straight, including a thrilling 15-14 win over another rival, Bishop Luers, last week. The Panthers beat the Saints 32-25 last year.
New Haven (7-0, 5-0) at East Noble (5-2, 4-1): The defending league champion Bulldogs can clinch at least a tie for another title with a win against the surging Knights. A win by East Noble also clinches at least a tie for a league title. New Haven had a tough time against Bellmont last week, but still came out with an 18-13 win, while East Noble has beaten Norwell and Columbia City 85-7 in the last two weeks, after blanking the Eagles 42-0 last week. The Bulldogs beat the Knights 55-21 a year ago.
South Adams (6-1, 3-1) at Woodlan (6-1, 4-0): A lot is on the line in this matchup. First, a win by either team would clinch at least a tie for the conference championship. Second, either team could avenge a loss from last year, with the Warriors winning the regular-season matchup 36-3, with the Starfires returning the favor in a sectional upset, 20-14. Third, South Adams will be looking to hand Woodlan its second straight loss for the first time since 2014 after the Warriors suffered a rare regular-season loss to Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic last week, 27-20. South Adams outran Jay County 45-28 last week. The Starfires hadn't won six regular-season games since 2011 when they had eight wins.
Garrett (5-2, 3-0) at Angola (7-0, 3-0): In a recurring theme this week, the winner of this matchup will take the championship for the NECC's large-school division. Last week, the Railroaders slipped past Fairfield 20-14, while the Hornets crushed Prairie Heights 49-6. Angola has scored at least 30 points in every game this season. Last year, Garrett beat Angola 28-17.
NorthWood (5-2, 3-2) at Warsaw (4-3, 3-2): The Tigers have won two straight games and three out of four after a 35-13 win last week against rival Wawasee, and the Panthers crushed Elkhart Memorial 65-14. NorthWood beat Warsaw 61-24 a year ago.
– Greg Jones, The Journal Gazette