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Friday, August 31, 2018 1:00 am

5 Games to Watch

SAC

Concordia (1-1) at Snider (1-1): Both teams lost last Friday, but while the Cadets expected a tough test from Homestead, the Panthers – who had been the sixth-ranked team in Class 6A – suffered their worst conference loss since 1988 and their first loss to Carroll in school history. Snider still has a lot of offensive weapons, but quarterback Jake Byrd and his Cadets teammates proved they can hang with the SAC's Class 6A schools. 

Homestead (2-0) at Bishop Luers (1-1): After falling behind 20-3 to Concordia, the Spartans alternated quarterbacks in their comeback win to improve to 2-0. Bishop Luers, meanwhile, will try to avoid falling to 1-2 after narrowly beating Carroll in its home opener Week 1. 

NE8

Norwell (1-1) at Leo (1-1): The Knights and Lions have experienced highs and lows this season, as Leo has shut out an opponent (6-0 over Woodlan) and been shut out (26-0 by Angola). Norwell came back from a loss in the season opener with a big win over Heritage, as Max Ringger ran for two touchdowns and Levi Leidig put up a 50-yard touchdown dash. 

ACAC

Bluffton (2-0) at South Adams (2-0): The Tigers have scored a total of 76 points in their first two games, as senior running back Everett Johnson accumulated 368 yards and five touchdowns against Northfield and Manchester. South Adams shut out Winchester and beat Bellmont 20-17, but they will likely face a more prolific offense in this league opener.

NECC

Garrett (1-1) at Churubusco (2-0): The Eagles led 20-0 at the end of the first quarter last week on the way to a 42-6 victory over Lakeland. More bad news for the Railroaders? Busco has given up just six points this season. Garrett has gotten mixed results this season, beating Prairie Heights but getting shut out by DeKalb, 49-0.

– Victoria Jacobsen, The Journal Gazette

vjacobsen@jg.net