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Week 9: High school football media picks and fan picks

Marini exerting his will on the rest of contingent

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 5:17 pm

TOM DAVIS, News-Sentinel Sports Editor

Last week: 7-3

Overall: 60-20

Brebeuf over Concordia Lutheran – Braves enjoy visit to city with easy victory.

Bishop Luers over Bishop Dwenger – Knights are simply too much on both sides of the ball for the Saints this season.

Gary Wallace over South Side – Long road trips in high school athletics never help any squad.

East Noble over Bellmont – Is there a hotter team in the area than the Knights?

Homestead over New Haven – Sparty rolls in what looked like a good game - on paper.

Adams Central over Woodlan – Warriors playing well of late, Flying Jets playing better.

Leo over Bluffton – Lions bounce back by taking care of the ball this week.

Garrett over Heritage – Patriots are really good and are at home. Just won't be enough in tight game.

Churubusco over Lakeland – Eagles will exert strength, discipline and toughness on Lakers.

Culver Academy over Fairfield – Cadets have shown that they don't fear NECC squads.

GLENN MARINI, WANE-TV Sports Director

Last week: 8-2

Overall: 65-15

Brebeuf over Concordia – Brebeuf ranked right behind Lakeland in 3A. Lakers beat Cadets 32-14 last week.

Bishop Luers over Bishop Dwenger – First time in a while this hasn't helped determine an SAC champion.

Gary Wallace over South Side – Archers may have more talent, but long trip does no favors.

East Noble over Bellmont – Braves can keep it close by grinding away and eating the clock.

Homestead over New Haven – Sparties won't overlook NH even with Snider on the horizon.

Woodlan over Adams Central – Warriors have improved each week in 2012 & have some speed.

Leo over Bluffton – Lions need a big performance to gain momentum for playoffs.

Heritage over Garrett – Patriots have a chance to shine on a big stage & will be ready.

Lakeland over Churubusco – Lakers handled Fairfield fairly easily, Busco had to come from behind.

Culver Academy over Fairfield – Culver handled 'Busco fairly easily, Fairfield lost to 'Busco.

JOE WHELAN, WANE-TV Weekend Sports Anchor

Last week: 7-3

Overall: 60-20

Brebeuf over Concordia Lutheran - Cadets defense has struggled this season.

Bishop Luers over Bishop Dwenger - Knights have done well against SAC competition this season, defense has been stout.

South Side over Gary Wallace - both teams have struggled this season, but I have more faith in the Archers offense.

East Noble over Bellmont - Knights have quietly put together a very good season.

Homestead over New Haven - Bulldogs don't have the personnel to slow down the Spartan offense.

Adams Central over Woodlan - Flying Jets have won three straight - they'll make it four.

Leo over Bluffton - Lions will be fired up after suffering their first conference loss in three years.

Garrett over Heritage - Chris DePew's group continues to make noise in his first season.

Lakeland over Churubusco - Lakers have a little more variety in their offense - give them the edge on the road.

Culver Academy over Fairfield - Culver dispatched Busco earlier this season, they'll do the same ot Fairfield.

THE PIG, News-Sentinel football expert

Last week: 9-1

Overall: 53-17

Brebeuf Jesuit over Concordia Lutheran - Not a good confidence builder for Cadets a week before sectionals.

Bishop Luers over Bishop Dwenger - Offenses will struggle, Luers' speed the difference.

South Side over Gary Wallace - Good addition to Archers' schedule right before playoffs.

East Noble over Bellmont - Knights are rolling, could be scary in postseason.

Homestead over New Haven - Hype is gone, Bulldogs' chances nil.

Woodlan over Adams Central - Coach Haydock turning around Warriors' program.

Leo over Bluffton - Lions will take out frustration on Tigers at Lucas Oil.

Heritage over Garrett - Patriots defense comes to play, forces ACAC three-way tie for title.

Churubusco over Lakeland - Eagles' defense the difference.

Culver Academy over Fairfield - Another NECC team falls to the Eagles.

THE FANS, News-Sentinel online polls

Brebeuf Jesuit: 71.83 percent over Concordia Lutheran: 28.17 percent

Bishop Luers: 93.24 percent over Bishop Dwenger: 6.76 percent

East Noble: 71.28 percent over Bellmont: 28.72 percent

Homestead: 84.21 percent over New Haven: 15.79 percent

Woodlan: 61.43 percent over Adams Central: 38.57 percent

Leo: 88.73 percent over Bluffton: 11.27 percent

Heritage: 58.23 percent over Garrett: 41.77

Churubusco: 80.0 percent over Lakeland: 20 percent

Culver: 56.92 percent over Fairfield 43.08 percent