High school football fans will not have to wait until 7 p.m. tonight to see good football in the area, as several games were postponed to today because of the weather.
Where will The Pig be before the Snider-Penn showdown in the evening? Try Carroll and New Haven, with the Bulldogs leading the Chargers 20-7 with 5:22 remaining in the third quarter. Several lightning delays eventually led to the game being moved to 3 p.m. today.
New Haven's defense was stout time after time during the first two-plus quarters against a Chargers team averaging close to 50 points per contest. Carroll saw one drive end at the 1-yard line when Jordan Hogue (an absolute beast of a player, all 6-foot-1, 175 pounds of him), intercepted Carroll quarterback Chris Terry. Another ended on a turnover on downs and yet another got to within the 30 then ended with a punt after going backward.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs earned a lead on the back of two touchdowns on their first two offensive plays – a 71-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Ware to Hogue and a 69-yard run by Anthony Moore.
Can New Haven slow down Carroll's prolific offense? The Pig says no, but with not as much confidence as he would have a week ago.
And how about Moore, who had a few runs Friday night in which he did his best Te'Vaughn Hurse impression, bowling over Carroll defenders like the prolific Bulldogs' running back did before graduating last season.
Get out to New Haven today at 3 p.m. and catch the rest of this game. Admission is free.
Elsewhere Friday night:
- Props to Bishop Luers on making the trek to Toledo Whitmer, a long ride for a 20-3 defeat. Yeah, no one was giving the Knights much of a chance against the Ohio power, but Bishop Luers hung tough while starting freshman quarterback Noah Wezensky. Love 'em or hate 'em, the Knights are willing to go far and wide in order to find tough competition. Yes, The Pig is looking at you, Homestead and Leo.
- The Pig can hear the outrage coming from the Bishop Dwenger faithful now. A loss (that The Pig predicted by the way) to Northrop to drop the Saints to 2-2 on the season has The Pig now believing that Dwenger will win just one more regular-season game, against Wayne.
From top to bottom, the Saints' roster is missing that size and athleticism it typically has. And is there any help on the way? There better be, or Saints fans better get used to being mediocre for the foreseeable future.
- Hey, North Side. Wake up. You actually have a game to play before focusing on Mishawaka, Snider and Bishop Luers the next three weeks. You may have been able to sleepwalk through Wayne last year, but not this season.
- Bluffton is less than half a game away from going to 4-0, with the resumption of the matchup with Woodlan today, with the Tigers leading 14-8.
How big would that accomplishment be? Consider this: Bluffton has had just four or more wins in a season four times since 1995.