September 23, 2016 1:01 AM
5 games to watch
Concordia (3-2) at Bishop Dwenger (4-1): The defending Class 4A state champion Saints’ 18-game winning streak came to an end last week in a 36-21 loss at Carroll. Dwenger hadn’t tasted defeat since Week 1 of last year to Bishop Luers, 28-15. The Cadets’ explosive offense seems to get better each week and took another step with a 56-22 win over Northrop last week. Concordia has scored no fewer than 21 points in five games this year. Dwenger beat Concordia 38-25 a year ago.
Leo (3-2, 1-2) at Bellmont (2-3, 2-1): Two of the three tri-conference champions in 2015 have struggled at times this year. Unfortunately for the Lions, it has been the last two games. Leo lost its second straight game, 41-21 to East Noble. The week before, it was a 48-9 defeat against New Haven. The Braves got off to a slow start to the season, dropping two straight games and then two in a row. But Bellmont lost to Huntington North 26-7 last week. The Braves beat the Lions 24-21 a year ago.
Adams Central (5-0, 2-0) at South Adams (4-1, 2-0): Two of the three teams unbeaten in league play will go head-to-head in this Adams County rivalry. The Jets’ defense continues to stymie opponents. After beating Heritage 35-6 last week, it marked the third straight game Adams Central has surrendered seven or fewer points. The Starfires’ defense isn’t too bad either. With a 35-0 win over previously unbeaten Wes-Del a week ago, South Adams recorded its second shutout of the season. Adams Central routed South Adams 40-3 in 2015.
Garrett (4-1, 1-0) at West Noble (2-3, 1-1): The Railroaders will be in a bad mood after suffering their first loss of the season, 38-16, last week to rival Eastside. The Chargers were solid in a 38-14 win over Fairfield. Garrett won last year’s matchup against West Noble, 37-20. The Railroaders have won four of the last five games against the Chargers.
Goshen (4-1, 2-1) at Warsaw (3-2, 2-1): The Tigers will try to continue to dominate the RedHawks after winning the previous eight matchups between the teams. The only time Goshen was even within a TD was a 28-21 loss in 2009. Last year, Warsaw beat Goshen 35-7. The Tigers beat Northridge 34-2 last week, while the RedHawks slipped past Concord 28-25.
– Greg Jones, The Journal Gazette